Quantum vmPRO 4000 User guide

Quantum vmPRO 4000 User guide
User’s Guide
Quantum vmPRO
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Preface
Audience
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Chapter 1: Quantum vmPRO
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Quantum vmPRO
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Chapter 2: vmPRO Setup and Configuration
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vmPRO Setup and Configuration
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Quantum vmPRO Requirements
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Configuring Network Settings for a vmPRO Appliance
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Initially Configuring a vmPRO Appliance
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vmPRO Licensing
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Calculating Capacity Requirements for vmPRO Licensing
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Adding Licenses to a vmPRO Appliance
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vmPRO Servers
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Configuring a vCenter Server for a vmPRO Appliance
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Configuring ESX Servers for a vmPRO Appliance
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Discovering Servers for a vmPRO Appliance
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NAS Targets and File Sharing Protocols
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Configuring a CIFS Protocol for a vmPRO Appliance
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Configuring an NFS Protocol for a vmPRO Appliance
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Configuring NAS Targets for SmartMotion Backups
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vmPRO Group Configuration
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Configuring vmPRO Groups
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Managing vmPRO Groups
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Importing vmPRO Group Configurations
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vmPRO Folders
Configuring vmPRO Folders
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vmPRO Emails, Reports, Alerts, and Autosupport
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Configuring Email for a vmPRO Appliance
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Configuring Reports, Alerts, and Autosupport for a vmPRO Appliance
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vmPRO NTP Servers
Configuring an NTP Server for a vmPRO Appliance
vmPRO Users
Configuring Users for a vmPRO Appliance
vmPRO Upgrades
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Checking for vmPRO Software Updates
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Updating vmPRO Versions 2.X to 2.3.3 and 3.0.X to 3.X
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Updating vmPRO Version 2.3.3 to vmPRO Version 3.X
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Updating vmPRO Versions 3.1 or Newer
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Installing vmPRO Software Updates Offline
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vSphere Changed Block Tracking Support
Configuring CBT on a vmPRO Appliance
Quantum VSS Writer
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Preparing a Windows System for VSS Backups
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Using Log Truncation for VSS Backups
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Uninstalling the VSS Writer
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vmPRO Advanced Settings
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Configuring Advanced Settings for a vmPRO Appliance
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HotAdd Transport and Your vmPRO Appliance
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Chapter 3: vmPRO GUI
vmPRO GUI
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Accessing the vmPRO GUI
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Embedding the vmPRO GUI in the vSphere Client
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vmPRO GUI Menus
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Navigating the vmPRO Home Console
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Navigating the vmPRO VMs Console
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vmPRO Auto-Export Feature
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Modifying VM Settings from the vmPRO Appliance
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Managing Servers and Nodes from the VMs Console
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Navigating the vmPRO Alerts Console
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Navigating the vmPRO Tasks Console
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Chapter 4: vmPRO SmartMotion™ Backup
vmPRO SmartMotion Backup
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Manually Activating a SmartMotion Backup
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vmPRO SmartMotion Backup Policies
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Retention Schedules for SmartMotion Backups
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Creating SmartMotion Backup Policies
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Modifying SmartMotion Backup Policies
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Chapter 5: vmPRO Data Recovery
vmPRO Data Recovery
Recovering Virtual Machines
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Recovering VMs Backed Up with a Third-Party Application
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Manually Registering a Recovered VM
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Preparing for Exchange Recovery
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Recovering Mailboxes on an Exchange Server
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Manually Cleaning Up the Exchange Server
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iSCSI Export and Recovery
Recovering VM Disks Using iSCSI
Individual File Recovery
Recovering Individual Files
Appendix 1: vmPRO CLI Guide
vmPRO CLI Guide
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Accessing the vSphere Client Console for vmPRO
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vmPRO Console Commands – autosupport
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vmPRO Console Commands – cbt
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vmPRO Console Commands – config
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vmPRO Console Commands – filesys
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vmPRO Console Commands – group
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vmPRO Console Commands – help
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vmPRO Console Commands – import
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vmPRO Console Commands – log
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vmPRO Console Commands – nagios
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vmPRO Console Commands – net
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vmPRO Console Commands – ntp
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vmPRO Console Commands – nw
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vmPRO Console Commands – smartmotion
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vmPRO Console Commands – snmp
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vmPRO Console Commands – ssh
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vmPRO Console Commands – system
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vmPRO Console Commands – tsm
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vmPRO Console Commands – vss
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External Monitoring Support for a vmPRO Appliance
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Preface
This manual introduces the Quantum Quantum vmPRO and discusses:
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Configuration
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Appliance interface
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System Operations
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Basic troubleshooting
Audience
This manual is written for Quantum vmPRO operators and administrators. It is assumed that this audience
has at least a basic understanding regarding the use and function of the following products and applications:
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Windows Operating Systems
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Linux Operating Systems
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VMware
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Backup and recovery systems
Document Organization
Following is a brief description of chapter contents.
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Chapter_1 provides an overview of the vmPRO appliance.
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Chapter_2 provides detailed instructions for configuring your vmPRO appliance.
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Chapter_3 provides basic instructions for navigating through the vmPRO appliance graphical user
interface (GUI).
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Chapter_4 provides detailed instructions for backing up data with the vmPRO appliance.
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Chapter_5 provides detailed instructions for recovering data with your vmPRO appliance.
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Appendix_A provides information about basic vmPRO CLI commands.
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is the same as
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Data sizes are reported in base 1000 rather than base 1024. For example:
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1 MB = 1,000,000 bytes
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1 GB = 1,000,000,000 bytes
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1 TB = 1,000,000,000,000 bytes
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Related Documents
The following Quantum documents are also available for Quantum vmPRO:
Document Number
Document Title
Document Description
6-67534
Quantum vmPRO Release Notes
Presents compatibility and support information
about the latest release of Quantum vmPRO.
6-67728
Quantum vmPRO Open Source
Licenses
Lists open source software components and
associated licenses used in Quantum vmPRO.
6-66527
Quantum Vision User’s Guide
Describes the Quantum Vision web-based user
interface, management, configuration, and
operation.
6-67612
Quantum DXi V-Series User’s Guide
Describes Quantum’s DXi V-Series appliances
(DXi V1000 and DXi V4000) Web-based user
interface, operations, and configuration.
6-67081
Quantum DXi-Series Command Line
Interface (CLI) Guide
Describes the CLI commands for DXi V-Series
Software.
For the most up to date information on Quantum vmPRO, see:
http://www.quantum.com/serviceandsupport/index.aspx
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Contacts
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Chapter 1: Quantum vmPRO
This chapter contains the following topics and sections:
Quantum vmPRO
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Quantum vmPRO
Quantum vmPRO is a lightweight, agentless backup and recovery application that protects data in its native
format. Deployed as a virtual appliance on a VMware vSphere ESX or ESXi server, Quantum vmPRO
works directly with the guest operating system (OS) of any virtual machine (VM) designated for data
protection.
The vmPRO appliance backs up data in its native virtual machine disk (VMDK) file format to a Network
Attached Storage (NAS) backup target. You can access the backed-up data down to the file level using any
standard file browser. In addition, you can achieve easy drag-and-drop restores of whole VMs or individual
files within seconds from a standard file browser.
You can also pair Quantum vmPRO with a Quantum DXi appliance to replicate backed-up data to another
disk target or to the cloud. This replication allows for fast restores and bootable VMs from the data
replication (DR) location, without the need of a backup application at a secondary location.
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Figure 1: vmPRO Workflow Diagram
SmartMotion™
At the heart of vmPRO is SmartMotion. SmartMotion provides the backup services of vmPRO by initiating a
scheduled push of specified VMDK files to any specified NAS target. The target can be resident on a plain
NAS device or on a deduplication system such as the Quantum DXi.
SmartView™
SmartView can present the ESX environment as a virtual NAS file system in either a CIFS or NFS share
format. Through this presentation, SmartView provides users easy access to VMs located on ESX servers.
Progressive Optimization
Progressive Optimization, a patented background application, runs on VMDK files whenever a read of the
virtual file system is initiated. It filters out white space and deletes unused blocks of data, reducing the use of
host, network, and storage resources by up to 75%.
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Additional vmPRO Highlights
Quantum vmPRO provides the following additional functions and capabilities:
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Without the need for proprietary backup applications, recovers archived data from any medium,
including disk, tape, and cloud
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Supports full manageability within a vCenter console, including Virtual SAN (VSAN) configurations
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Provides Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) support for Windows Shadow Services
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Auto-discovers VMs for better protection in dynamic environments
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Uses the vStorage API with Changed Block Tracking to access both running and idle VMs
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Supports vSphere 4.x, vSphere 5.x, and vSphere 6.0 environments
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Configuration
This chapter contains the following topics and sections:
vmPRO Setup and Configuration
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Quantum vmPRO Requirements
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Configuring Network Settings for a vmPRO Appliance
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Initially Configuring a vmPRO Appliance
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vmPRO Licensing
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vmPRO Servers
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NAS Targets and File Sharing Protocols
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vmPRO Group Configuration
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vmPRO Folders
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vmPRO Emails, Reports, Alerts, and Autosupport
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vmPRO NTP Servers
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vmPRO Users
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vmPRO Upgrades
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vSphere Changed Block Tracking Support
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Quantum VSS Writer
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vmPRO Advanced Settings
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vmPRO Setup and Configuration
After installing your Quantum vmPRO appliance, you need to configure both network and appliance
settings.
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Use the VMware vSphere Client console to configure network settings.
Use the Quantum vmPRO Configuration Wizard in the vmPRO GUI to initially configure appliance
settings.
Use the vmPRO GUI to configure additional appliance settings, or to edit appliance settings, as needed.
Installation Notes
Refer to the following notes for information about installing your vmPRO appliance:
View step-by-step instructions
If you have not yet installed your Quantum vmPRO appliance, see the Quantum vmPRO Download and
Installation Guide. You need a valid email address and password to access the guide.
For Standard Edition users
Documentation, community support, and other resources are available through Forum V (Quantum's
online support forum for virtualization products).
For Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM)
We recommend installing the TSM Linux agent after you install your Quantum vmPRO appliance. For
more information, refer to Installing and using the TSM Client on a Quantum vmPRO virtual appliance.
Configuration Tips
Use the following tips to configure your vmPRO appliance:
Group Configuration
If you plan to use more than one vmPRO appliance as part of your backup solution, set up the appliances
in a group configuration. See Configuring vmPRO Groups.
Multiple VLAN Configuration
If multiple virtual local area networks (VLANs) are present, configure the vmPRO network on the
VLAN that has access to the ESX or vCenter server(s) to be protected.
If you use third-party backup software, its client that connects to the vmPRO network must be able to
access the VLAN, as well.
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DHCP Configuration
Although the vmPRO appliance automatically acquires a network address in environments with dynamic
host configuration protocol (DHCP), we recommend configuring a static IP address during configuration.
See Configuring Network Settings for a vmPRO Appliance.
Active Directory Integration
On Windows backup servers, you can integrate the vmPRO appliance with an Active Directory (AD)
domain to use any authenticated user ID for CIFS backups. When there is not an AD integration, you
must use a local user ID with the same user context as the vmPRO admin user1 for CIFS backups. See
Configuring a CIFS Protocol for a vmPRO Appliance.
Multiple ESX or ESXi Server Configuration
In environments with multiple ESX or ESXi servers and VMs, you can deploy multiple vmPRO
appliances on more than one ESX or ESXi server to increase overall performance and throughput. See
Configuring ESX Servers for a vmPRO Appliance.
VSAN Configuration
In environments using VMware's Virtual SAN (VSAN) configuration, you must set up your
vmPRO appliance to manage the configuration through a vCenter serverrather than as opposed to
managing individual ESX servers. VSAN is a cluster-wide resource that exists as datastores on a cluster
of ESX servers. The vmPRO appliance manages VSAN through a vCenter server, which in turn
manages the ESX servers housing the VSAN datastores.
! Caution: Do not clone a vmPRO appliance. Cloned appliances are not supported.
Quantum vmPRO Requirements
Before installing your vmPRO appliance, make sure that your environment meets or exceeds the following
system requirements.
1Both the default user name and password are "sysadmin". The vmPRO administrator can change these
credentials, as needed.
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Component
Requirements
Virtual
Server
At least one ESX/ESXi server, versions 4.0 update 2 or later, to host the vmPRO appliance and
virtual machines (VMs) being backed up.
Keep the following items in mind when configuring your ESX/ESXi servers:
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Server)
Network
(Host
Server)
In environments with numerous ESX/ ESXi servers hosting multiple VMs, we recommend
deploying a vmPRO appliance on each ESX/ESXi server.
We recommend using paid versions of VMware ESX or ESXi servers. Free versions have
various API limitations that keep vmPRO from functioning as designed.
You can manage your ESX/ESXi server(s) directly or through VMware vCenter. If you have
the option of using a vCenter server, we recommend that you do so.
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Gigabit NIC port for data movement on the vmPRO host server
We recommend that you perform the following tasks in configuring your network:
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Configure a static IP address.
Configure your network on the VLAN that has access to the vCenter or ESX/ ESXi servers to
be protected. If you use third-party backup software, its client that connects to the vmPRO
network must be able to access the VLAN, as well.
Web
Browser
(Client)
Any modern Web browser that supports Adobe Flash Player plug-in 9.X or higher.
Flash Player
plug-in
(Client)
Adobe Flash Player plug-in 9.X or higher.
Microsoft
Exchange
Servers
One of the following versions of Microsoft Exchange for mailbox recovery:
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Windows 2008R2/Exchange 2010
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Windows 2008R2/Exchange 2013
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Windows 2012R2/Exchange 2013
For systems that use Microsoft Exchange servers running Windows 2008R2 and Exchange 2010,
the Window Management Framework 3.0 must be installed.
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Configuring Network Settings for a vmPRO Appliance
Configuring Network Settings for a vmPRO
Appliance
The vmPRO appliance installs with default network settings. You can edit these settings from the
appliance's VMware vSphere Client console. Use the following tasks to help you access your appliance's
Network Configuration screen on the Client console and configure network settings.
Access your vmPRO appliance's Network Configuration screen on the
Client console
1. Access the vSphere Client console. See Accessing the vSphere Client Console for vmPRO.
2. Figure 2: vSphere Client Console
3. Click inside the console and press <Enter> to display the Login prompt.
4. At the Username prompt, enter the vmPRO appliance's user name. The default user name is
sysadmin.
5. At the Password prompt, enter the vmPRO appliance's password. The default password is sysadmin.
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6. Press <Enter> to display the Network Configuration screen.
Figure 3: Network Configuration Screen
Configure your vmPRO appliance's network settings
1. Access your vmPRO appliance's Network Configuration screen on its client console.
2. Edit each of the following settings, as needed:
Setting
Description
Hostname
The host name for the vmPRO appliance.
Edit the host name
a. With Hostname selected, press <Enter> to display the Change Hostname prompt.
Figure 4: Change Hostname Prompt
b. In the Hostname field, enter a new host name.
c. Press <Enter> to save changes.
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Setting
Description
Search Domains
The search domains assigned to the vmPRO appliance.
The vmPRO appliance combines the search domain with the host name
to create a fully qualified domain name (FQDN).
Edit search domains
a. With Search Domains selected, press <Enter> to display the
Change Search Domains prompt.
Figure 5: Change Search Domains Prompt
b. In the domain1-6 fields, enter search domains as needed. These
fields are limited to 256 characters.
c. Press <Enter> to save changes.
Network
The network interface for the vmPRO appliance.
Edit the method by which the appliance's IP addresses are assigned
a. With Network selected, press <Enter> to display the Address Assignment Method prompt.
Figure 6: Address Assignment Method Prompt
b. Select to assign the appliance's IP addresses by either DHCP or
Manual.
c. Press <Enter> to save changes.
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Setting
Description
Network Reset
Manually reset the network
a. With Network Reset selected, press <Enter> to display a warning
stating that resetting the network services may interrupt your data
transfer.
Figure 7: Network Reset Warning
b. To proceed with the network reset, press <Enter>; otherwise, press
<Esc>.
DNS Server
The method by which the DNS servers are assigned.
Edit the DNS Server assignment method
a. With DNS Server selected, press <Enter> to display the Change DNS Server prompt.
Figure 8: Change DNS Server Prompt
b. Select either Automatic or Manual as the DNS server assignment
method.
If you select Manual, enter the DNS servers in the DNS1-3 fields,
as needed.
c. Press <Enter> to save changes.
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Setting
Description
Proxy Setting
The http proxy setting assigned to the vmPRO appliance. Use this proxy
support to access the Internet.
You can configure proxy support for vmPRO software upgrades only. See
Updating vmPRO Versions 3.1 or Newer.
Edit the http proxy setting for the vmPRO appliance
a. With Proxy Setting selected, press <Enter> to display the Change Proxy Setting prompt.
Figure 9: Change Proxy Setting Prompt
b. Select Http proxy, and edit the values in the Server and Port fields
to assign a new proxy server.
c. Select Require authentication, and edit the values in the
Username and Password fields to require login credentials when
using the proxy server.
d. Press <Enter> to save changes.
Group Membership
The group membership assigned to the vmPRO appliance. See
Configuring vmPRO Groups.
System Shutdown
Manually shut down or restart the system
a. With System Shutdown selected, press <Enter> to display the
System Power Control prompt.
Figure 10: System Power Control Prompt
b. Type <S> to shut down the system or type <R> to restart the
system.
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Initially Configuring a vmPRO Appliance
Initially Configuring a vmPRO Appliance
When you first access your vmPRO appliance's GUI, the Quantum vmPRO Configuration Wizard
guides you through the setup of your appliance. The following task provides a road map for navigating this
wizard. Refer to individual topics for detailed instructions on configuring each component of your
vmPRO appliance.
Initially configure your vmPRO appliance using the Quantum vmPRO
Configuration Wizard
1. Log in to your vmPRO GUI. See Accessing the vmPRO GUI.
The first time you log in to your vmPRO GUI, the End User License Agreement dialog box displays.
2. Click I Agree to agree to the vmPRO licensing terms.
After you agree to the licensing terms, the Quantum vmPRO Configuration Wizard displays. If the
wizard does not automatically display, access it from the Configure > Config Wizard menu.
3. Click Next to display the Licenses page, and install the license(s) for the vmPRO appliance. See
Adding Licenses to a vmPRO Appliance.
4. Click Next to display the Servers page, and configure the appropriate vCenter or ESX server for your
vmPRO appliance. See Configuring a vCenter Server for a vmPRO Appliance or Configuring ESX
Servers for a vmPRO Appliance.
i Note: When configuring a server for your vmPRO appliance, you can select either a single
vCenter server to manage ESX servers, OR you can select one or more standalone ESX servers.
You cannot manage both a vCenter server and ESX servers directly from your appliance. If the
configuration includes a VSAN datastore, select the single vCenter server.
5. Click Next to display the File Sharing page, and configure the protocol — either CIFS or NFS — with
which to export the vmPRO appliances file systems. See NAS Targets and File Sharing Protocols.
6. Click Next to display the Storage page, and configure the network storage for your vmPRO appliance.
See Configuring NAS Targets for SmartMotion Backups.
7. Click Next to display the Backup Policies page, and configure the backup policies for your vmPRO
appliance. See Creating SmartMotion Backup Policies.
8. Click Next to display the Email page, and configure email for your vmPRO appliance. See Configuring
Email for a vmPRO Appliance.
9. Click Next to display the Reports & Alerts page, and configure report and alert settings for your
vmPRO appliance. See Configuring Reports, Alerts, and Autosupport for a vmPRO Appliance.
10. Click Next to display the Time & NTP page, and configure the time and NTP server for your
vmPRO appliance. See Configuring an NTP Server for a vmPRO Appliance.
11. Click Next to display the vCenter Plugin page, and register the vCenter plugin for your vmPRO GUI,
as needed. See Embedding the vmPRO GUI in a vSphere Client.
12. Click Next to display the Summary page, and review your configuration updates.
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13. Click Save to save all configuration updates, and then click Next to display the final page of the wizard.
The final page provides next steps to take in using your vmPRO appliance.
14. Click Finish to exit the wizard.
vmPRO Licensing
Quantum vmPRO uses capacity-based licenses as its main licensing format. Target-based licenses are
available to customers who purchase a Quantum vmPRO 4000 product bundle or customers of the
Quantum Service Provider program.
Capacity-Based License
A capacity-based license is enforced based upon the total allocated capacity of all virtual machines (VMs)
exported to a single vmPRO appliance.
When you configure your vmPRO appliance, you can retrieve your capacity-based license from the
vmPRO support site. Upon retrieval, your license is automatically added to your vmPRO appliance. You can
then set a capacity warning threshold, which triggers your vmPRO appliance to generate an alert when you
are nearing your license's capacity.
Determining Maximum Allocated Capacity
VMware provides the information your vmPRO appliance needs to determine the maximum allocated size of
each VM that has been selected for export. Even though the VM may only be using a percent of its allocated
capacity, the vmPRO appliance uses the maximum allocated capacity for its calculations.
Example
A VM has a maximum allocated capacity of 250 GB, but it is only using 115 GB. The vmPRO appliance
still uses the 250 GB for its capacity-based licensing calculations.
Because an exported VM's maximum allocated size counts toward your capacity license, we advise that you
do not export a VM until you want to include it in your backups.
To better estimate your capacity needs, we recommend calculating your capacity requirements using
VMware, Windows, or the vmPRO GUI. See Calculating Capacity Requirements for vmPRO Licensing.
i Note: If you have configured your vmPRO to support Upload a report to Quantum support site every day (see Configuring Reports, Alerts, and Autosupport for a vmPRO Appliance), Quantum can
tell you what capacity you are actually using.
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Exceeding License Capacity
If you exceed your license capacity, the vmPRO GUI displays a warning banner. The vmPRO appliance
continues to back up and restore data, but the warning banner remains until you increase your license
capacity. Contact your Quantum sales representative to purchase additional capacity-based licenses, and
then add the license(s) to your vmPRO appliance.
Figure 11: Capacity Exceeded Warning Banner
Target-Based License
A target-based license has no capacity limit or calculation, but is limited to using just a single Network
Attached Storage (NAS) device as a target in backup policies.
Target-based licenses are available to customers who purchase a Quantum vmPRO 4000 product bundle
or customers of the Quantum Service Provider program. If you qualify for a target-based license, you can
retrieve it from the Web site where you received your initial contact email. You need to manually add your
license to your vmPRO appliance.
Calculating Capacity Requirements for vmPRO Licensing
To better estimate your vmPRO appliance's capacity needs, we recommend calculating your capacity
requirements using the vSphere Client or Web Client, a Windows or Linux operating system (OS), or the
vmPRO GUI versions 3.1 and newer.
i Note: If you have configured your vmPRO to support Upload a report to Quantum support site every day (see Configuring Reports, Alerts, and Autosupport for a vmPRO Appliance), Quantum can
tell you what capacity you are currently using.
Calculate your capacity needs using the vSphere Client
1. Open your vSphere Client.
2. In the left pane, select a virtual machine (VM) to be backed up by the vmPRO appliance, and then click
the Summary tab in the right pane.
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Figure 12: Summary Tab
3. In the Resources pane, locate the Provisioned Storage field.
4. Record the value in the Provisioned Storage field. This value is the amount of provisioned storage for
the VM.
5. Repeat this process to record the provisioned storage for each VM to be backed up by the
vmPRO appliance.
6. Add all of the provisioned storage values together to calculate your vmPRO appliance's capacity needs.
Calculate your capacity needs using the vSphere Web Client
1. Open the vSphere Web Client.
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2. From vCenter Inventory Lists, select Virtual Machines to display the list of VMs within the vCenter.
Figure 13: Virtual Machines Grid
3. For each VM to be backed up by the vmPRO appliance, record the value in the Provisioned Space
column. This value is the amount of provisioned storage for the VM.
4. Add all of the provisioned storage values together to calculate your vmPRO appliance's capacity needs.
Calculate your capacity needs using your machine's OS
i Note: This task assumes you are using a Windows operating system.
1. Browse to the export share on your vmPRO host.
2. Select all the VMs that you are backing up.
3. Right-click on the selected VMs and select Properties to display the Properties dialog box.
4. In the Size field, record the value. This is the size of the capacity-based license you need for your
vmPRO appliance.
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Figure 14: Properties Dialog Box
Calculate your capacity needs using your vmPRO GUI
i Note: This task only applies to vmPRO versions 3.1 and newer.
1. From your vmPRO GUI, click the VMs button to display the VMs console.
2. Click on each folder to display the associated list of VMs within the vmPRO appliance.
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3. In the Size column, view the maximum allocated capacity of each VM.
Figure 15: VMs Console – Size Column
4. Use each VM's maximum allocated capacity to calculate your vmPRO appliance's capacity needs.
Adding Licenses to a vmPRO Appliance
Use the Quantum vmPRO Configuration Wizard to add licenses to your vmPRO appliance. Based on
the type of license that you are installing, use one of the following methods.
Capacity-Based License
When you configure your vmPRO appliance, you can retrieve your capacity-based license from the
vmPRO support site. Upon retrieval, your license is automatically added to your vmPRO appliance. You can
then set a capacity warning threshold, which triggers your vmPRO appliance to generate an alert when you
are nearing your license's capacity.
Add a capacity-based license to your vmPRO appliance
1. From the Configure menu, select Config Wizard to display the Quantum vmPRO Configuration Wizard.
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2. Click the Licenses tab to display the Licenses: Support Site Credentials page.
Figure 16: Licenses: Support Site Credentials Page
3. In the User name field, enter your Quantum support email address.
4. In the Password field, enter your Quantum support password.
5. Click OK to retrieve your license from the Quantum support site, and click Next to display any licenses
currently added to your vmPRO appliance.
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Figure 17: Licenses: Current Licenses Page
6. Click Update Licenses from Support Site to add any additional licenses to your vmPRO appliance.
i Note: If necessary, you can use the Add License Manually option. See below.
7. In the Warning Threshold field, enter a percentage of capacity used. When the amount of the license
being used reaches this percentage, the vmPRO appliance issues an alert.
8. Click the Summary tab to review your license updates on the Summary page.
9. Click Save to save updates, click Next to proceed to the final page of the wizard, and click Finish to exit
the wizard.
! Caution: Any time you make configuration updates from the Quantum vmPRO Configuration Wizard, you must exit the wizard using the Summary tab to save your updates. See Initially
Configuring a vmPRO Appliance.
Target-Based License
When you configure your vmPRO appliance, you can retrieve your target-based license from the Web site
where you received your initial contact email. You need to manually add your license to your vmPRO
appliance by copying the license key from the Web site and pasting it in the wizard.
Add a target-based license to your vmPRO appliance
1. From the Configure menu, select Config Wizard to display the Quantum vmPRO Configuration Wizard.
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2. Click the Licenses tab to display the Licenses: Support Site Credentials page.
Figure 18: Licenses: Support Site Credentials Page
3. Click Cancel to display any licenses currently added to your vmPRO appliance, and click Add License Manually to display the Licenses: Add License page.
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Figure 19: Licenses: Add License Page
4. In the License field, enter the license key.
5. Click OK to add the license to your vmPRO appliance.
6. Click the Summary tab to review your license updates on the Summary page.
7. Click Save to save updates, click Next to proceed to the final page of the wizard, and click Finish to exit
the wizard.
! Caution: Any time you make configuration updates from the Quantum vmPRO Configuration Wizard, you must exit the wizard using the Summary tab to save your updates. See Initially
Configuring a vmPRO Appliance.
vmPRO Servers
When you set up your vmPRO appliance, you must configure its server or servers.
Quantum vmPRO Supported Servers
Quantum vmPRO supports the following types of servers.
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i Note: When configuring a server for your vmPRO appliance, you can select either a single vCenter
server to manage ESX servers, OR you can select one or more standalone ESX servers. You cannot
manage both a vCenter server and ESX servers directly from your appliance.
vCenter Server
Configure a single vCenter server hostname for VM discovery.
If you have the option of using a vCenter server, we recommend that you do so. Because vCenter servers
auto-discover all ESX hosts, they allow for ease of use and reduced management overhead.
i Note: In environments using VMware's Virtual SAN (VSAN) configuration, you must set up your
vmPRO appliance to manage the configuration through a vCenter server rather than as opposed to
managing individual ESX servers. VSAN is a cluster-wide resource that exists as datastores on a
cluster of ESX servers. The vmPRO appliance manages VSAN through a vCenter server, which in turn
manages the ESX servers housing the VSAN datastores.
ESX Server
Configure one or more standalone ESX servers.
For information regarding vSphere ESX host datastore and storage considerations, see the "vSphere ESX
Host Notes and Best Practices" section of the Quantum vmPRO Best Practices Guide.
Discovering Servers
Before the vmPRO appliance can connect to newly added servers, it must discover the servers.
The discovery process is typically an automatic process. You can manually discover servers, as needed.
When the discovery process is complete, you can view your configured servers and their virtual machines
(VMs) on the VMs console. See Navigating the vmPRO VMs Console.
Configuring a vCenter Server for a vmPRO Appliance
Configure a vCenter server from the Quantum vmPRO Configuration Wizard.
Considerations
Before configuring a vCenter server, consider the following items:
Single vCenter Server Support
You can only use a single vCenter server for your vmPRO appliance. If an existing vCenter server is
configured for your appliance, you must delete it before adding a new vCenter server.
Managing Through a vCenter Server
When configuring a server for your vmPRO appliance, you can select either a single vCenter server to
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manage ESX servers, OR you can select one or more standalone ESX servers. You cannot manage
both a vCenter server and ESX servers directly from your appliance. Before adding a new vCenter
server, you must delete any ESX servers that are configured for your appliance.
In environments using VMware's Virtual SAN (VSAN) configuration, you must set up your
vmPRO appliance to manage the configuration through a vCenter server, rather than managing
individual ESX servers. VSAN is a cluster-wide resource that exists as datastores on a cluster of ESX
servers. The vmPRO appliance manages VSAN through a vCenter server, which in turn manages the
ESX servers housing the VSAN datastores.
Delete an existing vCenter server from your vmPRO appliance
1. From the Configure menu, select Config Wizard to display the Quantum vmPRO Configuration Wizard.
2. Click the Servers tab to display the Servers page.
Figure 20: Servers Page
3. Select vCenter Server and click Next to display one of the following:
If you currently have a vCenter server configured, the vCenter Server page displays:
a. Click Delete vCenter to delete the current vCenter server.
b. At the No vCenter is configured prompt, click Add vCenter to display the Configure Server
page.
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Figure 21: vCenter Server Page
Figure 22: No vCenter Is Configured Page
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i Note: If you are adding an ESX server, click Back to return to the Servers page. See Configuring
ESX Servers for a vmPRO Appliance.
If there is not another vCenter server configured, the Configure Server page displays.
Figure 23: Configure Server Page
Delete existing ESX servers from your vmPRO appliance
1. From the Configure menu, select Config Wizard to display the Quantum vmPRO Configuration Wizard.
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2. Click the Servers tab to display the Servers page.
Figure 24: Servers Page
3. Select ESX Server, and click Next to display a list of existing ESX servers configured for your
appliance.
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Figure 25: ESX Server List
4. In the Actions column, click
to remove each server from your appliance.
5. Click Back to return to the Servers page.
Configure a vCenter Server
1. From the Configure menu, select Config Wizard to display the Quantum vmPRO Configuration Wizard.
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2. Click the Servers tab to display the Servers page.
Figure 26: Servers Page
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3. Select vCenter Server and click Next to display the Configure Server page.
Figure 27: Configure Server Page
4. In the Hostname field of the Server pane, enter the host name or IP address assigned to the server.
5. In the Label field of the Server pane, enter a label to assign to the server, as needed.
6. In the Server pane, click the Open Advanced Configuration link to display the Advanced Server Configuration dialog box.
Figure 28: Advanced Server Configuration Dialog Box
7. In the Data Port and Mgmt Port fields, edit the server ports, as needed, and click OK to return to the
Configure Server page.
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8. In the Username and Password fields of the Authentication pane, enter the login credentials needed
to access server read storage.
9. In the Authentication pane, click Test Login to verify that the login credentials work.
10. Click Save to save updates and display the vCenter server page.
Figure 29: vCenter Server Page
11. Select one of the following options:
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Export the entire vCenter – Exports your entire vCenter server and all associated ESX hosts.
i Note: We do not recommend exporting entire vCenter servers as this type of export can
exponentially increase backup times.
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Export a subset of the vCenter – Exports selected ESX hosts. Select the hosts to include in the
export.
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12. Click Next to display the vCenter server in the Servers list.
Figure 30: Servers List
13. Save changes and exit the wizard.
! Caution: Any time you make configuration updates from the Quantum vmPRO Configuration Wizard, you must exit the wizard using the Summary tab to save your updates. See Initially
Configuring a vmPRO Appliance.
Configuring ESX Servers for a vmPRO Appliance
Configure ESX servers from one of the following locations in your vmPRO GUI:
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The Configure Server dialog box, which you can access from the VMs console or the Configure menu.
The Configure Server page, which you can access from the Quantum vmPRO Configuration Wizard.
Considerations
Before configuring ESX servers, consider the following items:
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Server Management
When configuring a server for your vmPRO appliance, you can select either a single vCenter server to
manage ESX servers, OR you can select one or more standalone ESX servers. You cannot manage
both a vCenter server and ESX servers directly from your appliance. If you currently have a vCenter
server configured for your appliance, you need to delete it before adding an ESX server. See
Configuring a vCenter Server for a vmPRO Appliance.
VMware VSAN
In environments using VMware's Virtual SAN (VSAN) configuration, you must set up your
vmPRO appliance to manage the configuration through a vCenter server, rather than managing
individual ESX servers. VSAN is a cluster-wide resource that exists as datastores on a cluster of ESX
servers. The vmPRO appliance manages VSAN through a vCenter server, which manages the ESX
servers housing the VSAN datastores.
Access the Configure Server dialog box from the VMs Console
1. On the vmPRO appliance GUI, click the VMs button to display the VMs console.
2. Click the Resources tab, as needed.
3. In the Servers pane, click Configure to display the Configure Server List dialog box.
Figure 31: Configure Server List Dialog Box
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4. Click Add Server to display the Configure Server dialog box.
Figure 32: Configure Server Dialog Box
Access the Configure Server dialog box from the Configure menu
1. From the Configure menu, select Servers to display the Configure Server List dialog box.
Figure 33: Configure Server List Dialog Box
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2. Click Add Server to display the Configure Server dialog box.
Figure 34: Configure Server Dialog Box
Access the Configure Server page for ESX servers from the Quantum
vmPRO Configuration Wizard
1. From the Configure menu, select Config Wizard to display the Quantum vmPRO Configuration Wizard.
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2. Click the Servers tab to display the Servers page.
Figure 35: Servers Page
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3. Select ESX Server and click Next to display the Server list.
Figure 36: Server List
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4. Click Add Server to display the Configure Server page.
Figure 37: Configure Server Page
Configure an ESX server for your vmPRO appliance
1. Display the Configure Server dialog box or the Configure Server page, as appropriate.
2. In the Hostname field of the Server pane, enter the host name or IP address to assign to the server.
3. In the Label field of the Server pane, enter a label to assign to the server, as needed.
4. In the Server pane, click the Open Advanced Configuration link to display the Advanced Server Configuration dialog box.
Figure 38: Advanced Server Configuration Dialog Box
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5. In the Data Port and Mgmt Port fields, edit the server ports, as needed, and click OK to return to the
Configure Server dialog box.
6. In the Username and Password fields of the Authentication pane, enter the login credentials needed
to access server read storage.
7. In the Authentication pane, click Test Login to verify that the login credentials work.
8. Depending on where you configured the ESX server, do the following:
From the Configure Server dialog box:
a. Click Save to save updates and return to the Configure Server List dialog box.
b. Verify that the server has been added to your appliance, and click OK to exit the dialog box.
From the Configure Server page:
a. Click Save and click Next to return to the Configure Server List.
b. Verify that the server has been added to your appliance.
c. Save your changes and exit the wizard.
! Caution: Any time you make configuration updates from the Quantum vmPRO Configuration Wizard, you must exit the wizard using the Summary tab to save
your updates. See Initially Configuring a vmPRO Appliance.
Discovering Servers for a vmPRO Appliance
The vmPRO appliance must discover all servers before using them. This discovery process usually occurs
automatically. If the automatic discovery process does not discover a new server, you can manually discover
servers.
Manually discover servers
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From the Operations menu, select Discover Now to display the Discovery Started alert box.
Figure 39: Discovery Started Alert Box
When the discovery process is complete, the alert box no longer displays.
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NAS Targets and File Sharing Protocols
Your vmPRO appliance uses Network Attached Storage (NAS) targets, as follows.
User-Accessible Shares
The vmPRO appliance exports the /export and /recover directories as Network Attached Storage (NAS)
targets. After being exported, pre-configured users can access the /export and /recover directories as
mounted shares.
Use these directories to access the following:
/export
The /export directory gives you direct access to the virtual machines (VMs) running on the ESX
server.
/recover
The /recover directory gives you access to the VMs' backed-up data.
File Sharing Protocols
For users to access exported data, you must first configure file sharing protocols to present the directories in
a format that you and other network users can access. Configure one or both of the following file sharing
protocols:
Protocol
Description
CIFS
A Common Internet File System (CIFS) file sharing protocol is typically used with Windows-based
servers. When you configure a CIFS file sharing protocol, define the users who can access the
CIFS share.
NFS
A Network File System (NFS) file sharing protocol is typically used with Linux-based servers. When
you configure an NFS file sharing protocol, define the file systems and hosts that can access the
NFS share.
Consideration
Keep in mind that the operating system (OS) running on the VMs could dictate the best file sharing
protocol to use.
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Example In cases where Windows systems need to directly access backed-up files from a CIFS share, select a
CIFS protocol.
Or
In cases where Linux host integration is a priority, select an NFS protocol.
i Note: We strongly recommend using the NFS protocol for Linux client machines accessing the
vmPRO /export directory. If a Linux client machine uses the CIFS protocol, specify the directio
mount option at the mount command. For example: # mount.cifs -o ..,directio <share>
<mount point>
Back-End Storage
The vmPRO appliance exports SmartMotion™ backups to NAS devices, such as a Quantum DXi device.
This data is stored in the NAS device as a VM disk image. Users cannot directly access this stored data.
Instead, the vmPRO appliance communicates to the device over a CIFS or NFS protocol, both to store
backed-up VM disk images and to recover the stored VM disk images. The vmPRO appliance presents the
stored data to authorized users and machines in the /recover directory as CIFS or NFS shares (see above).
Figure 40: NAS Presentation Example
Before performing SmartMotion backups, you need to configure NAS target devices to which to export data.
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Configuring a CIFS Protocol for a vmPRO Appliance
When you configure a CIFS protocol for your vmPRO appliance, you are defining who can access the
exported data in the CIFS share. Use Workgroup or Active Directory (AD) Authentication to define user
access. Authenticated users can mount the CIFS share as a Windows network drive on their local machine.
Accessing CIFS Authentication Configuration
You can configure authentication for a CIFS protocol from the Configure menu or the Quantum vmPRO Configuration Wizard.
Display the Configure CIFS dialog box
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From the Configure menu, select CIFS.
Figure 41: Configure CIFS Dialog Box
Display the CIFS General Configuration page
1. From the Configure menu, select Config Wizard to display the Quantum vmPRO Configuration Wizard.
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2. Click the File Sharing tab to display the File Sharing page.
Figure 42: File Sharing Page
3. Select the Windows File Sharing (CIFS) check box, as needed, and click Next to display the CIFS General Configuration page.
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Figure 43: CIFS General Configuration Page
WorkGroup Authentication
Configure Workgroup Authentication for your CIFS protocol to authorize user access based on credentials1
defined in the Configure User dialog box. When you add users to a work group created for the
CIFS protocol, you authorize them to access the exported data on the CIFS share.
Configure Workgroup Authentication for a CIFS protocol
1. On the Configure CIFS dialog box or CIFS General Configuration page, select the Enable CIFS access check box, as needed.
2. In the Authentication Method drop-down list, select Workgroup.
3. In the Workgroup name field, edit the work group name, as needed.
1User name and password
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4. Click Users to display Configure User List dialog box.
Figure 44: Configure User List Dialog Box
5. Select the users to add to the work group, and click OK to return to the Configure CIFS dialog box or
CIFS General Configuration page.
i Note: User credentials must be configured before you can add a user to a work group. See
Configuring Users for a vmPRO Appliance.
6. Select the Enable Quantum Support share check box to enable the Quantum support team to
access the CIFS share when support is needed.
7. Click OK to save changes and exit the dialog box, or save changes and exit the wizard.
! Caution: Any time you make configuration updates from the Quantum vmPRO Configuration Wizard, you must exit the wizard using the Summary tab to save your updates. See Initially
Configuring a vmPRO Appliance.
AD Authentication
Configure AD Authentication for your CIFS protocol to authorize user access based on AD domain
controllers. Users who are authenticated against these domain controllers can access the exported data on
the CIFS share.
Requirements
To use authentication with your vmPRO appliance:
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Your vmPRO appliance's main DNS server must be in the same domain as the vmPRO appliance.
See Configuring Network Settings for a vmPRO Appliance.
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Configure AD Authentication for a CIFS protocol
1. On the Configure CIFS dialog box or CIFS General Configuration page, select the Enable CIFS access check box, as needed.
2. In the Authentication Method drop-down list, select Active Directory to display additional
authentication fields, in the CIFS General Configuration Page.
Figure 45: Configure CIFS Dialog Box – Authentication Method
Figure 46: CIFS General Configuration Page – Active Directory Authentication Fields
3. In the Domain Name field, enter the fully qualified domain name for your AD's host.
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4. In the NETBIOS Name field,enter the NetBIOS name of the AD.
5. In the Valid Users field, enter a list of AD-defined users who can access the CIFS share. Separate
each user with a comma.
6. In the Valid Groups field, enter a list of AD-defined groups that can access the CIFS share. Separate
each group with a comma.
7. In the Domain Controller(s) field, do one of the following:
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Enter a list of domain controllers to use in authenticating access. Separate each domain controller
with a comma, OR.
Enter an asterisk (*) to use any available domain controllers to authenticate access.
i Note: If you need to remove a vmPRO appliance from a domain controller, you must do so
manually.
8. Select the Enable Quantum Support share check box to enable the Quantum support team to
access the CIFS share when support is needed.
9. Do one of the following:
From the Configure CIFS dialog box:
a. Click OK to display the CIFS Change popup reminding you that active connections will be
disconnected if you continue.
b. Click OK to display the Join Domain dialog box.
c. In the Username field, enter a user name for an account with authority to join the domain.
d. In the Password field, enter the password for the account.
e. Click Join to join the domain and exit the dialog box.
From the CIFS General Configuration page:
a. In the Username field of the Domain Joining Credentials pane, enter a user name for an
account with authority to join the domain.
b. In the Password field of the Domain Joining Credentials pane, enter the password for the
account.
c. Click Join Domain Now to join the domain.
d. Save changes and exit the wizard.
! Caution: Any time you make configuration updates from the Quantum vmPRO Configuration Wizard, you must exit the wizard using the Summary tab to save
your updates. See Initially Configuring a vmPRO Appliance.
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Mounting a CIFS Share as a Windows Network Drive
Mount a CIFS share as a Windows network drive to access the /export, /recover/images, and
/recover/files directories through Windows. In addition, you can use drag-and-drop functionality to copy
data from the share to your local machine.
i Note: We strongly recommend using the NFS protocol for Linux client machines accessing the
vmPRO /export network file system. If a Linux client machine uses the CIFS protocol, specify the
directio mount option at the mount command. For example: # mount.cifs -o ..,directio
<share> <mount point>
i Note: A system administrator must first configure the NAS target to enable client CIFS mounting. See
Configuring NAS Targets for SmartMotion Backups.
To mount your CIFS share as a Windows network drive:
1. Display Windows Explorer.
2. Click Map network drive to display the dialog box.
3. In the Drive field, select the drive letter to which to map the CIFS share.
4. In the Folder field, enter \\<vmPRO-Host_IP\directory>, where vmPRO-Host_IP is the IP address
for your vmPRO appliance and \directory is the name of the directory that you mount as the CIFS
share.
5. Select the Reconnect at logon and Connect using different credentials check boxes, as needed.
6. Click Finish to mount the CIFS share as a network drive.
Configuring an NFS Protocol for a vmPRO Appliance
When you configure an NFS file sharing protocol for your vmPRO appliance, you are defining the file
systems and hosts that can access the exported vmPRO data.
You can configure an NFS file sharing protocol from the Configure menu or the Quantum vmPRO Configuration Wizard. In addition, you can edit or delete NFS protocols from these locations.
Display the Configure NFS dialog box
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Figure 47: Configure NFS Dialog Box
Display the NFS General Configuration page
1. From the Configure menu, select Config Wizard to display the Quantum vmPRO Configuration Wizard.
2. Click the File Sharing tab to display the File Sharing page.
Figure 48: File Sharing Page
3. Select the Unix File Sharing (NFS) check box, as needed, and click Next to display the NFS General Configuration page.
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Figure 49: NFS General Configuration Page
Configure an NFS protocol
1. On the Configure NFS dialog box or NFS General Configuration page, select the Enable NFS Access check box, as needed.
2. Click Add NFS Export to display the Add NFS Export dialog box or page.
Figure 50: Add NFS Export Dialog Box
3. In the Export drop-down list, select one of the following directories that can be mounted as an
NFS share:
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/recover/images – Only data in the \recover\images directory can be mounted by the host defined
in the Host specification field.
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4. In the Host specification field, enter the IP address or host name for the host that can mount the
specified data in the NFS share.
5. In the Options field, enter actions that users can take with the data in the NFS share, such as ro for
read-only access or rw for read-and-write access. Separate each option with a comma.
6. Click Save to add the NFS protocol to the Client Access Control list on the Configure NFS dialog
box or NFS General Configuration page.
7. Click OK to save changes and exit the dialog box, or save changes and exit the wizard.
! Caution: Any time you make configuration updates from the Quantum vmPRO Configuration Wizard, you must exit the wizard using the Summary tab to save your updates. See Initially
Configuring a vmPRO Appliance.
Mounting Options
Users can mount NFS shares from the NAS as a Linux network drive using <vmPRO-Host:/directory>,
where vmPRO-Host is the name of the host on which to mount the directory and /directory is the directory
to mount.
i Note: We strongly recommend using the NFS protocol for Linux client machines accessing the
vmPRO /export network file system. If a Linux client machine uses the CIFS protocol, specify the
directio mount option at the mount command. For example: # mount.cifs -o ..,directio
<share> <mount point>
Additional Functions
In addition to configuring NFS protocols, you can also use the following icons on the Configure NFS dialog
box or NFS General Configuration page:
Icon
Function
Displays the Edit NFS Export dialog box or page. Use this page to edit the NFS protocol's settings.
Deletes the NFS protocol from the vmPRO appliance.
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Configuring NAS Targets for SmartMotion Backups
To perform SmartMotion™ backups, you need to configure NAS targets to which to export data. When
configuring NAS targets, define a device to use as the NAS target, along with the protocol, share, subfolder, and mount options.
You can configure NAS targets from the SmartMotion Backup menu or the Quantum vmPRO Configuration Wizard.
Display the Configure Storage dialog box
1. From the SmartMotion Backup menu, select Storage to display the Available Storage dialog box.
Figure 51: Available Storage Dialog Box
2. Click Add Storage to display the Configure Storage dialog box.
Figure 52: Configure Storage Dialog Box
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Display the Storage Configuration page
1. From the Configuration menu, select Config Wizard to display the Quantum vmPRO Configuration Wizard.
2. Click the Storage tab to display the Storage page.
Figure 53: Storage Page
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3. Click Add Storage to display the Storage Configuration page.
Figure 54: Storage Configuration Page
Configure NAS targets for SmartMotion backups
1. Display the Configure Storage dialog box or the Storage Configuration page.
2. In the Hostname field, enter the NAS target's IP address or host name.
! Caution: Take care to enter the correct host name or IP address for the target. If you enter an
incorrect target identifier, the exported data may not be stored.
3. In the Nickname field, enter a more easily identifiable name for the NAS target, as necessary.
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4. In the Device drop-down list, select one of the following NAS targets:
NAS Target
Description
Quantum DXi
Use a Quantum DXi device as your NAS target.
Before you can use a DXi device as a NAS target
The DXi appliance must be configured with either a CIFS or NFS share
that is accessible to your vmPRO appliance. See the Quantum DXi
User's Guide for your DXi system for information about configuring your
DXi device.
If you are using the CIFS protocol with your DXi device
Populate the following fields:
a. CIFS User – The user name defined for the DXi device's
NAS configuration settings.
b. CIFS Password – The password defined for the DXi device's
NAS configuration settings.
Data Domain
Use a Data Domain appliance as your NAS target.
If you select this option
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Do the following to add the SSH key to your Data Domain applicance
a. Click Show SSH Key to display the SSH Key popup.
b. Copy the SSH key.
c. Use the adminaccess add ssh-keys command on your Data
Domain appliance.
Generic
Use a generic NAS as your storage target.
5. In the Protocol drop-down list, select a file sharing protocol — either CIFS or NFS — to assign to your
NAS storage target.
6. In the Share field, enter the name of the exported file system being accessed from the NAS target.
7. In the Sub-folder field, enter a directory within the file system, as needed.
8. In the Mount options field, enter the location to which you are mounting the NFS or CIFS shares.
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CIFS share, enter the IP address or host name of the NAS target. See Individual File Recovery.
If you are using a Scalar LTFS appliance with an NFS share, enter the following NFS mount option:
rsize=1048576,wsize=1048576,timeo=12000.
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i Note: For recommendations regarding Linux system mount options, see Configuring an NFS
Protocol for a vmPRO Appliance. For mounting CIFS shares, see Configuring a CIFS Protocol for
a vmPRO Appliance.
9. Do one of the following to save the NAS target:
From the Configure Storage dialog box:
a. Click OK to add the NAS target to the Available Storage dialog box.
b. Click OK to save changes and exit the dialog box.
From the Storage Configuration page:
a. Click Save Storage to add the NAS target to the Storage page.
b. Save changes and exit the wizard.
! Caution: Any time you make configuration updates from the Quantum vmPRO Configuration Wizard, you must exit the wizard using the Summary tab to save
your updates. See Initially Configuring a vmPRO Appliance.
Additional Functions
In addition to configuring NAS targets, you can also use the following icons on the Available Storage dialog
box or Storage page.
Icon
Function
Displays the Configure Storage dialog box or Storage Configuration page. Use this dialog box or
page to edit the NAS target's settings.
Deletes the NAS target from the vmPRO appliance.
vmPRO Group Configuration
If a single vmPRO appliance does not provide enough throughput to complete backups in the desired
window of time, you can deploy additional vmPRO appliances in the network to provide the necessary
throughput. To deploy multiple vmPRO appliances within a single network, configure the vmPRO
appliances as a group.
Group configuration streamlines the management of multiple vmPRO appliances and the virtual machines
(VMs) backed up by the appliances. You can configure and manage all appliances and VMs in a group from
the assigned master appliance.
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Keep in mind that the vmPRO appliances in a group relationship can export only one vCenter server. If two
standalone appliances are joined together, the appliance in the master role is given export priority over its
assigned appliances.
Configure groups from your VMware vSphere Client console. You can then manage groups and backups
from the master vmPRO appliance's GUI.
Prerequisites
Before configuring groups, do the following to ensure that the group deployment of virtual machines
(VMs) works correctly.
Network Connectivity and DNS Resolution Confirmation
Confirm that each vmPRO appliance being assigned to the group has network connectivity and
DNS resolution. If IP routing issues or DNS resolution failures occur in a group deployment, backups can
fail.
Confirm that a vmPRO appliance can communicate with the other appliances in the group
1. Open the VMware vSphere Client console.
2. At the command line, enter the net ping command, or enter the ping <appliance name>
command if using DNS.
3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 for each appliance.
vmPRO Version Confirmation
Verify that all vmPRO appliances in the group are upgraded to the same version of Quantum vmPRO,
such as 3.2.
Folder Configuration
Set up folders on your master vmPRO appliance to use in organizing VMs and backup policies. See
Configuring vmPRO Folders.
Group Mode Licensing
Group Configuration is also advantageous because it allows you to use a single capacity-based license for
the entire group of vmPRO appliances. The exported capacity of all appliances counts toward the capacity
of the license.
Use Group Mode Licensing
1. Install the capacity-based license on the vmPRO appliance that is the master for the group. See Adding
Licenses to a vmPRO Appliance.
2. Configure the vmPRO appliance as the group master. See Configuring vmPRO Groups.
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3. Add vmPRO appliances to the group. See Configuring vmPRO Groups.
The capacity-based license is applied to all vmPRO appliances in the group.
Configuring vmPRO Groups
When you configure a group for your network's multiple vmPRO appliances, you need to first assign a
vmPRO appliance as the master from which to manage all other appliances. Once a master is defined, you
can add appliances to the group.
Configure groups from your VMware vSphere Client console.
Assign a vmPRO appliance as the group's master appliance
1. Log in to the VMware vSphere Client console for the vmPRO appliance to assign as the group's
master.
2. Display the Network Configuration screen. See Configuring Network Settings for a vmPRO
Appliance.
3. Select Group Membership, and press Enter to display the Change Group Membership screen.
Figure 55: Change Group Membership Screen - Create Group
4. Arrow to Create a new group, and press the spacebar to assign the current vmPRO appliance as the
group master.
5. Press Enter to save the assignment and exit the screen.
Assign vmPRO appliances to a group
1. Log in to the VMware vSphere Client console for the vmPRO appliance to assign to a group.
2. Display the Network Configuration screen. See Configuring Network Settings for a vmPRO
Appliance.
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3. Select Group Membership, and press Enter to display the Change Group Membership screen.
Figure 56: Change Group Membership Screen – Join Group
4. Arrow to Join a pre-existing group, and press the spacebar to assign the current vmPRO to a
group.
5. In the Master field, enter the IP address or resolvable host name for the group's master appliance.
6. In the Password field, enter the master appliance's password.
7. Press Enter to save changes and exit the screen. The vmPRO appliance is now part of the master
appliance's group.
Additional Configuration Options
Use the following options on the Change Group Membership screen of your vmPRO appliance's VMware
vSphere Client console to further configure groups.
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Configuration Option
Description
Update master
If a master appliance's IP address or host name changes, use this option to update
that information for each VM appliance in the group.
After updating the master appliance's information for an assigned vmPRO
appliance, you must reboot the appliance for the change to take effect.
Update a master appliance's information for each subordinate appliance in the group
1. Log in to the VMware vSphere Client console for each subordinate
vmPRO appliance.
2. Display the Network Configuration screen. See Configuring Network
Settings for a vmPRO Appliance.
3. Select Group Membership and press Enter to display the Change Group Membership screen.
4. Arrow to Update Master, and press the spacebar to update the master
appliance's information.
5. In the Master field, enter the IP address or resolvable host name of the group's
new master appliance.
6. Press Enter to save changes and exit the screen.
7. Reboot each vmPRO appliance. See vmPRO Console Commands – system.
Leave group
Use this option to remove a vmPRO appliance from its current group.
When you remove a vmPRO appliance from a group, it no longer uses the group's
backup policies. You must configure new backup policies for the appliance, either
from its new master appliance or as a standalone appliance. If you are going to use
the vmPRO appliance as a standalone appliance, you need to provide its own
license.
You cannot remove a master appliance from a group until all other appliances have
been removed.
Remove a vmPRO appliance from a group
1. Log in to the VMware vSphere Client console for each subordinate
vmPRO appliance.
2. Display the Network Configuration screen. See Configuring Network
Settings for a vmPRO Appliance.
3. Select Group Membership and press Enter to display the Change Group Membership screen.
4. Arrow to Leave group, and press the spacebar to remove the appliance from
its current group.
5. Press Enter to save changes and exit the screen.
Managing vmPRO Groups
When you have a vmPRO group configured, you can increase your backup throughput by assigning virtual
machines (VMs) to the vmPRO appliances – or nodes – within the group. Your backup throughput increases
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by using multiple nodes to perform your network's VM backups, rather than using a single appliance to
perform the entire network's VM backups.
You must manage all vmPRO appliances in a group from the master appliance's GUI:
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View all nodes assigned to the master appliance on the VMs Console > Resources tab. See
Navigating the vmPRO VMs Console.
View VM node assignments on the VMs Console > Virtual Machines tab. See Navigating the vmPRO
VMs Console.
Assign VMs to nodes
1. From the master vmPRO appliance's GUI, click the VMs button to display the VMs console.
i Note: If you access a subordinate vmPRO appliance's GUI, it displays a warning reminding you to
use the master appliance's GUI to manage the appliance. Click Go to master to access the
master vmPRO appliance's GUI.
2. Select the Virtual Machines tab, as needed.
3. In the VMs table, locate and select one or more VMs to which to assign a node.
4. Click Edit Selected VMs to display the Configure Virtual Machine dialog box. See Modifying
VM Settings from the vmPRO Appliance.
5. In the Node drop-down list, select a node to assign to the selected VM(s).
6. Click Save to save changes and exit the dialog box.
Importing vmPRO Group Configurations
You can transfer the configuration settings of an existing vmPRO appliance group to a new vmPRO
appliance group. After the transfer, the new group functions as the original group did.
Import group configurations
1. Export the group's configuration file by doing the following:
a. From the Operations menu of the master appliance's GUI, select Export vmPRO Configuration to display the Quantum vmPRO Configuration Save and Import page.
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Figure 57: Quantum vmPRO Configuration Save and Import Page
b. Follow the instructions on the displayed Quantum vmPRO Configuration Save and Import
page to download the configuration file. Make sure to note the name and location of the group's
configuration file when you download it.
2. Import the group's configuration file into the new master vmPRO appliance by doing the following:
a. From the Operations menu of the new master appliance's GUI, select Import vmPRO Configuration to display the Quantum vmPRO Configuration Save and Import
page.
b. Click Choose File to navigate to the original group's exported configuration file.
c. Select the file and click Open to return to the Quantum vmPRO Configuration Save and Import page with the file displayed next to the Choose File button.
d. Click Import to import the configuration file to the new master appliance.
3. For each node in the original group that needs to be replaced, deploy a new vmPRO appliance. See the
Quantum vmPRO Installation Guides.
i Note: You need a valid email address and password to access the Quantum vmPRO Installation
Guide.
4. Add each new vmPRO appliance to the new group. See Configuring vmPRO Groups.
5. Reassign the VMs from the original group to the new group nodes. See Managing vmPRO Groups.
6. Remove the original nodes from the new master appliance's VMs Console > Resources tab. See
Managing Servers and Nodes from the VMs Console.
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7. Reboot all new nodes, either from the VMware vSphere console or from each appliance's console
command line interface (CLI). See vmPRO Console Commands – system.
vmPRO Folders
By default, your vmPRO appliance organizes virtual machines (VMs) in folders named for their respective
vSphere ESX hosts. These folders are separate from the existing folders within the vSphere Client. The
separate folders in your vmPRO appliance's GUI allow you to refine and optimize the backup loads across
your appliance or group of appliances.
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If you add a vCenter server, your VMs appear in a single initial folder with the name of that vCenter
server.
If you add one or more ESX servers, your VMs appear in folders corresponding to the ESX hosts on
which they reside.
You can also configure your own folders on the vmPRO appliance to do the following:
Manage multiple backup policies to facilitate higher throughput
Divide your VMs among several folders to assign multiple backup policies to a single VM. Although VMs can
only belong to one folder, folders can have multiple policies, enabling multiple policies to apply to a single
VM.
You can also use folders to stagger full backups across different weeks to avoid having full backups running
close together.
Manage the distribution of backups across multiple vmPRO appliances
within a group
Assign folders – and the VMs residing within them – to be managed by the different appliances within a
group, distributing the backup load. Folders that you create on the master appliance display for all
appliances within the group.
Manage multiple differential Changed Block Tracking (CBT) backup
rotation schedules
Changed Block Tracking (CBT) enables differential backups, or backing up of only new or changed
information to significantly reduce the amount of data read from the VM and written to the Network Attached
Storage (NAS) target.
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Configuring vmPRO Folders
Configure folders to better organize virtual machines (VMs) and the schedule on which they are backed up.
You can assign SmartMotion™ backup policies to folders, which in turn dictates the schedule for backing up
the VMs in the folder.
Create Folders
When creating folders, you can assign a unique Changed Block Tracking (CBT) schedule to a folder. In
addition, select the transport method for the vmPRO appliance to use in transferring VMDKs.
Create a folder on the vmPRO GUI
1. Click the VMs button to display the VMs Console.
2. Click the Folders tab to display the Folders Tab view.
3. Click Add Folder to display the Configure Folder dialog box.
Figure 58: Configure Folder Dialog Box
4. In the Name field, enter a name for the folder.
5. In the Changed Block Tracking Reset Schedule area, edit the CBT schedule, as needed. See
Configuring CBT on a vmPRO Appliance.
6. In the Transport Method area, select one of the following methods to use in transferring the VM disks
(VMDKs) within the folder:
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Transport Method Description
Use the global default
The vmPRO appliance uses transport method settings defined in the
Configure Advanced Settings dialog box.
See Configuring Advanced Settings for a vmPRO Appliance.
Attempt to use HotAdd, fall back to NBD
The vmPRO appliance uses the HotAdd transport method to transfer
VMDKs.
HotAdd provides a non-network-based method of transferring VMDKs from
the source VM to the vmPRO appliance.
If HotAdd cannot be used for transporting data, such as when the target
VMs are not on the same ESX server as the vmPRO appliance, the
vmPRO appliance uses the network block device (NBD) transport method.
If you select this option, click the View the Hot Add Transport warning
link to display the HotAdd Warnings pop-up. We recommend reviewing
the displayed information.
Figure 59: HotAdd Warnings Pop-up
For more information about HotAdd Transport, see Configuring Advanced
Settings for a vmPRO Appliance.
Use NBD only
The vmPRO appliance uses the NBD transport method to transfer
VMDKs.
The NBD transport method reads a VM's disk over a network
interface. This transport method adds to your network's traffic. If the
VMDK holds large amounts of data, transfer times can be long.
The NBD transport method is the default, and the vmPRO appliance uses
it when HotAdd is not available.
7. Click Save to exit the dialog box and add the new folder to the Folders table.
Assign VMs To Folders
After creating folders, assign VMs to them from the Virtual Machines tab on the VMs Console. You can
assign more than one VM at a time to a folder.
To assign VMs to folders:
1. Click the VMs button to display the VMs Console.
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2. Click the Virtual Machines tab to display the Virtual Machines Tab view.
3. In the VMs table, locate and select one or more VMs to add to a folder.
4. Click Edit Selected VMs to display the Configure Virtual Machine dialog box.
Figure 60: Configure Virtual Machine Dialog Box
5. In the Folder drop-down list, select the folder to which to assign the VMs.
6. Click Save to exit the dialog box and add the VMs to the folder.
Additional Functions
In addition to configuring folders, you can also use the following icons on the VMs Console – Folders Tab
view.
Icon
Function
Displays the Configure Folder dialog box, in which you can edit the folder's settings.
Deletes the folder. At the prompt, confirm the deletion.
You cannot delete folders that contain VMs. You must first move the VMs to another folder.
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vmPRO Emails, Reports, Alerts, and
Autosupport
Use Quantum vmPRO's Email, Reports, and Alerts features to send daily reports and alerts to recipients
who need to stay informed about the vmPRO appliance.
Use the Quantum vmPRO Autosupport feature to include the Quantum support team on daily report and
alert emails, as well as to upload a daily report to the Quantum support site. Uploading reports to the
Quantum support site enables SmartRead statistical analysis, and facilitates pro-active support from the
Quantum support team.
To take advantage of daily reports and email alerts, as well as Autosupport, configure both the Email feature
and the Reports and Alerts feature on your vmPRO appliance.
i Note: Standard edition customers can upload reports, but they cannot access the support site. To take
full advantage of the Autosupport feature, either purchase additional capacity or purchase a service
contract. For more information, go to www.quantum.com.
Configuring Email for a vmPRO Appliance
Configure your vmPRO appliance's Email feature to send daily reports and alerts to recipients who need to
stay informed about the vmPRO appliance. You can configure your appliance's Email feature from the
Configure menu or the Quantum vmPRO Configuration Wizard.
After entering credentials for your appliance's Email feature, you can verify that the credentials are correct
by sending a test email.
Display the Configure Email dialog box
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Figure 61: Configure Email Dialog Box
Display the Email Configuration page
1. From the Configure menu, select Config Wizard to display the Quantum vmPRO Configuration Wizard.
2. Click the Email tab to display the Email Configuration page.
Figure 62: Email Configuration Page
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Configure the Email feature for your vmPRO appliance
1. Display the Configure Email dialog box or the Email Configuration page.
2. In the 'From' Address field, enter the email address from which to send the vmPRO appliance's
reports and alerts.
i Note: We recommend entering an administrator's address in the 'From' Address field, since the
address entered in this field is also used as the recipient address when a password reset is
needed.
3. In the Host or SMTP Server field, enter the host for the vmPRO appliance's SMTP server.
4. In the Port field, enter the port for the vmPRO appliance's SMTP server.
5. Select the Use TLS check box to use transport layer security (TLS) when sending emails over the
Internet, as needed.
6. Select the Use SMTPAUTH check box to use SMTP authentication in accessing the email server, as
needed.
If you select this option, do the following:
a. In the Username field, enter the login name for accessing the SMTP server.
b. In the Password field, enter the password for accessing the SMTP server.
7. Select the Log Debug Messages check box to log debugged emails in the Support Logs. See vmPRO
GUI Menus.
i Note: This field only displays on the Configure Email dialog box.
8. Click Send Test Email Now to send a test email from the email address entered in the 'From' Address field.
9. Click OK to save changes and exit the Configure Email dialog box, or save changes and exit the
wizard.
! Caution: Any time you make configuration updates from the Quantum vmPRO Configuration Wizard, you must exit the wizard using the Summary tab to save your updates. See Initially
Configuring a vmPRO Appliance.
Configuring Reports, Alerts, and Autosupport for a
vmPRO Appliance
Configure your vmPRO appliance to send daily reports and alerts to recipients who need to know about the
status of the appliance. In addition, enable Autosupport to facilitate pro-active support from the Quantum
support team.
i Note: Make sure your firewall allows access to support.Quantum.com on port 443.
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Display the Configure Reports & Alerts dialog box
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From the Configure menu, select Reports & Alerts to display the Configure Reports & Alerts dialog
box.
Figure 63: Configure Reports & Alerts Dialog Box
Display the Report & Alert Configuration page
1. From the Configure menu, select Config Wizard to display the Quantum vmPRO Configuration Wizard.
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2. Click the Reports & Alerts tab to display the Report & Alert Configuration page.
Figure 64: Report & Alert Configuration Page
Configure reports, alerts, and Autosupport for a vmPRO appliance
1. Display the Configure Reports & Alerts dialog box or the Report & Alert Configuration page.
2. In the Recipients field, enter the email addresses to which to send reports and alerts. Separate each
email address with a comma.
3. Select the CC: Quantum Support Team check box to include the Quantum support team on all report
and alert emails.
4. Select the Email a report every day check box to send daily report and alert emails.
5. Select the Include CSV attachment on SmartMotion reports check box to include a plain-text form
of the SmartMotion reports, which can be read by programs such as Microsoft Excel.
6. Select the Upload a report to Quantum support site every day check box to upload a daily report
to the Quantum support site.
i Note: This check box is available only on the Configure Reports & Alerts dialog box.
7. In the Format drop-down list, select the format in which to send the email, either HTML or plain text.
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8. Click OK to save changes and exit the dialog box, or save changes and exit the wizard.
! Caution: Any time you make configuration updates from the Quantum vmPRO Configuration Wizard, you must exit the wizard using the Summary tab to save your updates. See Initially
Configuring a vmPRO Appliance.
Additional Functions
Use the following buttons on the Configure Reports & Alerts dialog box, as needed.
Button Function
View Report Now
Use to view the Quantum vmPRO Report. See vmPRO GUI Menus.
Send Report Now
Use to send the report immediately. The vmPRO appliance sends the report to all
recipients entered in the Recipients field, and posts it on the Quantum support site if
you enabled the auto support feature.
vmPRO NTP Servers
Use Network Time Protocol (NTP) servers with your vmPRO appliance to control the system date and time.
Configuration Considerations
Set up NTP servers for your vmPRO appliance based on your environment.
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The vmPRO appliance and all ESX or ESXi hosts should have their date and time synchronized to an
NTP server.
The vmPRO appliance and the vCenter server must have their date and time synchronized to the
same NTP server.
i Note: The time zone of your vmPRO appliance must be the same as the time zone of the vCenter
or ESX server(s).
Configuring an NTP Server for a vmPRO Appliance
Use the Time & NTP page of the Quantum vmPRO Configuration Wizard to configure an NTP server
for the vmWare environment in which your vmPRO appliance resides.
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Configure an NTP server for your vmPRO appliance
1. From the Configure menu, select Config Wizard to display the Quantum vmPRO Configuration Wizard.
2. Click the Time & NTP tab to display the Time & NTP page.
Figure 65: Time & NTP Page
3. In the Time Zone drop-down list, select the appropriate time zone for the vmPRO appliance.
i Note: The time zone of your vmPRO appliance must be the same as the time zone of the vCenter
or ESX server(s).
4. Select the Enable NTP check box to enable an NTP server for your vmPRO appliance.
5. Select an NTP server for your vmPRO appliance by doing one of the following:
Select an existing NTP server:
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Add a new NTP server:
a. Click Add NTP Server to display the Add NTP Server page.
b. In the NTP Server field, enter the NTP Server to use with your vmPRO appliance.
c. Click Save to return to the Time & NTP page with the new NTP server displayed in the NTP Host
field.
d. Select the NTP server to use with your vmPRO appliance.
6. Save changes and exit the wizard.
! Caution: Any time you make configuration updates from the Quantum vmPRO Configuration Wizard, you must exit the wizard using the Summary tab to save your updates. See Initially
Configuring a vmPRO Appliance.
vmPRO Users
Configure users, both to define the level of access they have to the vmPRO appliance, and to assign them
authentication credentials for accessing the appliance.
Access Levels
When you configure new users for your vmPRO appliance, you can assign them one of the following access
levels.
Access Level
Description
User
Limits users to basic operations, and revokes configuration privileges.
Admin
Grants full access to and use of the vmPRO appliance.
You cannot edit the sysadmin user's access level.
Authentication Credentials
Assign users authentication credentials to give them access to both the vmPRO Command Line Interface
(CLI) Console and the vmPRO GUI.
How the vmPRO appliance authenticates users
a. When logging into the vmPRO GUI and CLI, a user enters assigned credentials – a user name and
password.
b. The vmPRO appliance compares the credentials the user enters to the credentials assigned in the
Configure User dialog box.
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c. If the credentials match, the user is authenticated and given access to the vmPRO CLI Console and
vmPRO GUI.
In addition to granting access to the vmPRO CLI Console and vmPRO GUI, you can use authentication
credentials to grant access to exported CIFS shares. See Configuring a CIFS Protocol for a vmPRO
Appliance.
Configuring Users for a vmPRO Appliance
Configure users, both to define the level of access they have to the vmPRO appliance, and to assign them
authentication credentials for accessing the appliance.
Configure a new user for a vmPRO appliance
1. From the Configure menu, select Users to display the Configure User List dialog box.
Figure 66: Configure User List Dialog Box
2. Click Add User to display the Configure User dialog box.
3. In the User name field, enter a user ID to assign to the user.
4. In the Password field, enter a password to assign to the user.
i Note: Users enter these credentials to access both the vmPRO CLI console and the vmPRO GUI.
5. In the Confirm field, re-enter the user's password to confirm that you entered it correctly.
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6. In the Privilege drop-down list, select one of the following access levels to assign to the user:
Access Level
Description
user
Limits users to basic operations, and revokes configuration privileges.
admin
Grants users full privileges for accessing and using the vmPRO appliance.
7. Click Save to return to the Configure User List dialog box, with the new user's ID displayed.
Additional Functions
In addition to configuring new users, you can also use the following icons in the Configure User List dialog
box.
Icon
Function
Displays the Configure User dialog box, in which you can edit the user's password and access
level.
i Note: You cannot edit the sysadmin user's access level.
i Note: You can also access this dialog box from the Operations > Change My Password
menu.
Deletes the user. At the prompt, confirm the deletion.
i Note: You cannot delete the sysadmin user.
vmPRO Upgrades
You can upgrade your Quantum vmPRO software either online or offline.
i Note: When upgrading to vmPRO versions 3.0 or newer, you must upgrade all vmPRO appliances
within a group together.
i Note: When upgrading from 2.1.4 or prior to to 2.3 and newer, we recommend increasing the memory
allocation on the vmPRO appliance to 1280 MB. You can increase memory by editing the Quantum
vmPRO VM settings in the VI Client.
Online Upgrades
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appliance's Client console. See Updating vmPRO Versions 2.X to 2.3.3 and 3.0.X to 3.X.
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version 3.X appliance first. You can then import your current configuration file from your vmPRO version
2.3.3 appliance into the newly deployed 3.X appliance. See Updating vmPRO Version 2.3.3 to vmPRO
Version 3.X.
If you are upgrading from vmPRO versions 3.1 or newer, you can perform the upgrade from your
vmPRO appliance's GUI. See Updating vmPRO Versions 3.1 or Newer.
Offline Upgrades
If you do not have access to the Internet, you can perform offline upgrades. Before performing an offline
upgrade, you need to access and download the correct zip file containing the upgrade RPMs. See Installing
vmPRO Software Updates Offline.
Checking for vmPRO Software Updates
You can configure your vmPRO appliance to automatically check for software updates. When software
updates are available, a Software Updates Available bar displays above the main buttons of the
vmPRO GUI.
Figure 67: Software Updates Available Bar
Check for vmPRO software updates
1. From the Configure menu, select Software Updates to display the Configure Software Updates
dialog box.
Figure 68: Configure Software Updates Dialog Box
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2. Do one of the following to check for updates:
Check for updates now:
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Click Check now. The vmPRO appliance checks for software updates and lists new updates in the
Available updates list.
Configure the vmPRO appliance to automatically check for updates:
a. Select the Check for updates check box.
b. In the drop-down list, select daily or weekly to indicate how often the appliance checks for
updates.
3. Update the vmPRO software, as needed.
Updating vmPRO Versions 2.X to 2.3.3 and 3.0.X to 3.X
Use your vmPRO appliance's VMware vSphere Client console command line interface (CLI) to perform
software updates for vmPRO versions 2.X to 2.3.3 and 3.0.X to 3.X.
Upgrade Notes
Before you upgrade your current vmPRO appliance, review the following notes:
Firewalls and Ports
This online upgrade process uses port 443 and opens updates.Quantum.com. If your system uses a
firewall, you may need to change your port settings, as appropriate. The process uses signed, private
key/public key encryption to verify and authenticate the updates.
Upgrade Size
Updates are typically no smaller than 17 MBs and no larger than 284 MBs.
Proxy Support
Configure proxy support to access the Internet, as needed. See Configuring Network Settings for a
vmPRO Appliance.
Group Upgrades
When upgrading to vmPRO versions 3.0 or newer, you must upgrade all vmPRO appliances within a
group together.
Update vmPRO versions 2.X to 2.3.3 and 3.0.X to 3.X
1. Close your vmPRO appliance's GUI. The process does not update an open GUI.
2. Access the vmPRO Client console. See Accessing the vSphere Client Console for vmPRO.
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3. At the command line, enter system upgrade.
4. Confirm the upgrade.
The upgrade process automatically downloads and installs updates.
5. To see updates in your vmPRO appliance's GUI, start a new instance of the vmPRO appliance GUI.
Updating vmPRO Version 2.3.3 to vmPRO Version 3.X
Upgrading from vmPRO version 2.3.3 to vmPRO version 3.X allows you to keep your vmPRO appliance's
current configuration. To perform this upgrade, do the following:
1. Deploy a vmPRO version 3.X appliance. See vmPRO Setup and Configuration.
2. Use the vmPRO Import Configuration feature from your current vmPRO version 2.3.3 appliance to
save your current vmPRO configuration.
3. Import your current vmPRO version 2.3.3 appliance's configuration file into your new vmPRO version
3.X appliance.
Upgrade Notes
Before you upgrade your current vmPRO appliance, review the following notes:
Group Upgrades
When upgrading to vmPRO versions 3.0 or newer, you must upgrade all vmPRO appliances within a
group together.
Configuration Files
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originated must no longer be in use.
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Import your vmPRO version 2.3.3 appliance's configuration file to your
vmPRO version 3.X appliance
1. From your vmPRO 2.3.3 appliance's GUI, select Help > About to display the About Quantum vmPRO dialog box.
2. Verify that your vmPRO software is version 2.3.3.
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Figure 69: About Quantum vmPRO Dialog Box
3. From the Operations menu, select Save vmPRO Configuration to display the Quantum vmPRO Configuration Save and Import window.
4. Review the information displayed on the window.
5. Click the db-package.tar.bz2 link to download the upgrade file.
i Note: Remember the location to which you download the upgrade file.
6. Access your vmPRO version 3.X appliance's GUI.
7. From the Operations menu, select Import vmPRO Configuration to display the Quantum vmPRO Configuration Save and Import window.
8. Review the information displayed on the window.
9. Click the Browse button to display the Choose file dialog box.
10. Navigate to the configuration file from your vmPRO version 2.3.3 appliance.
11. Select the file and click Open to import the configuration file into your vmPRO version 3.X appliance.
The vmPRO appliance automatically configures all settings using the imported configuration file.
Updating vmPRO Versions 3.1 or Newer
If you are using vmPRO versions 3.1 or newer, you can install software updates from your
vmPRO appliance's GUI. Use the Configure Software Updates dialog box to perform the update.
Update vmPRO versions 3.1 or newer
1. From the Configure menu, select Software Updates to display the Configure Software Updates
dialog box.
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Figure 70: Configure Software Updates Dialog Box
2. In the Available updates list, review the following information for available software updates:
Column
Description
Package Name
The name of the software update package.
Version
The version of the software update package.
Repository
The repository in which the software update package is located.
3. Click one of the following buttons to update your vmPRO software:
Button
Function
Install x updates now
Installs updates online from the Quantum repository.
To use this option, your vmPRO appliance must have direct access to the
Quantum repository.
Install Offline Updates
Installs updates in offline mode. See Installing vmPRO Software Updates
Offline.
If your vmPRO appliance is located at a dark site, use this option.
4. At the reboot prompt, click OK to begin the update.
After the software update has completed, the vmPRO appliance reboots.
5. After the vmPRO appliance reboots, log off the vmPRO GUI and close the browser.
6. Log back on to the vmPRO GUI for the software updates to take effect.
Installing vmPRO Software Updates Offline
If your vmPRO appliance does not have Internet access, you can perform an offline upgrade.
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Requirements
Before performing an offline upgrade, make sure of the following:
Read and Write Access
The vmPRO appliance must have read and write access to \\<vmpro-host>\quantum-upgrade.
i Note: At this time, you must use CIFS shares for exporting \quantum-upgrade.
RPMs
Download the appropriate zip file containing the upgrade RPMs:
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http://mosaic.quantum.com/downloads/QuantumvmPROUpgrade-2.X.zip.
If you are upgrading from a 3.0.x appliance, download the two zip files from
https://mosaic.quantum.com/downloads/QuantumvmPROUpgrade-from30x-1-of-2.zip and
https://mosaic.quantum.com/downloads/QuantumvmPROUpgrade-from30x-2-of-2.zip
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https://mosaic.quantum.com/downloads/QuantumvmPROUpgrade.zip
i Note: The upgrade zip file will contain one or more of these Quantum vmPRO upgrade RPMs: unite, -base, -python, and -tools. The zip file may also contain third party RPMs.
Install vmPRO software updates for a 2.X or 3.1.X appliance
1. Extract the RPM files from the zip file and place them in the vmPRO appliance's \quantum-upgrade
folder.
2. Access the vmPRO appliance's VMware vSphere Client console. See Accessing the vSphere Client
Console for vmPRO.
3. At the command line, enter system upgrade local.
4. Confirm the upgrade, which starts automatically after confirmation.
5. Start a new instance of the vmPRO appliance's GUI to see the updates.
Install vmPRO software updates for a 3.0.X appliance
1. Extract the RPM files from the 1-of-2 zip file and place them in the vmPRO appliance's \quantumupgrade folder.
2. Access the vmPRO appliance's VMware vSphere Client console. See Accessing the vSphere Client
Console for vmPRO.
3. At the command line, enter system upgrade local.
4. Confirm the upgrade, which starts automatically after confirmation.
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5. After the upgrade completes, extract the RPM files from the 2-of-2 zip file and place them in the
vmPRO appliance's \quantum-upgrade folder.
6. Access the vmPRO appliance's VMware vSphere Client console.
7. At the command line, enter system upgrade local.
8. Confirm the upgrade, which starts automatically after confirmation.
9. Start a new instance of the vmPRO appliance's GUI to see the updates.
vSphere Changed Block Tracking Support
vSphere's Changed Block Tracking (CBT) identifies the disk blocks that have changed on a virtual machine
(VM) since the previous backup, allowing the vmPRO appliance to back up VMs at a differential level.
Differential-level backups export only the data that has changed since the last full backup, as opposed to
backing up the entire VM disk. When you use CBT with SmartMotion backups, both network I/O and backup
times are reduced.
CBT Cycle
When CBT is enabled for a VM, the vmPRO appliance creates two kinds of files in the /export file system:
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A CBT file (identified by -pancbt.vmdk) for each base disk. The CBT file contains the changed blocks for
the corresponding base disk.
The vmPRO appliance performs differential-level backups with CBT as follows:
1. Using SmartMotion backups, the vmPRO appliance performs a full disk backup following the CBT reset
time. The CBT reset time indicates when to initiate a full disk backup, thus resetting the CBT cycle. For
more information about CBT reset times, see Configuring CBT on a vmPRO Appliance.
2. After the full backup, the vmPRO appliance runs differential backups on the disk until the next reset
time, at which point the vmPRO appliance runs another full disk backup to replace the previous full disk
backup.
i Note: Keep in mind that the base disk's modification time is the start of the reset time, while the
CBT files have newer modification times.
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Figure 71: CBT Cycle
i Note: The CBT files are not complete disk images because they contain only the disk's changed data.
You cannot access the data in CBT files until you perform a full recovery of these files using the
Recover Virtual Machines Wizard.
CBT Considerations
Keep the following in mind when using CBT:
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We recommend using only paid versions of VMware ESX or ESXi servers. Free versions have
various application programming interface (API) limitations that keep the vmPRO appliance from
functioning as designed.
The ESX server must be version 4.0 update 2 or above.
If you are using ESX 4.1, reverting a snapshot resets CBT for that VM.
Resolve the reset
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a. Remove all snapshots from the appliance.
b. On the VMware vSphere Client console, enter the following command:
cbt reset <hypervisor> <VM>
VM Transfers
Transferring a VM with Storage vMotion disables CBT.
Standard vMotion (when only the ESX host changes for the VM, but the VM disk stays in the same
storage location) does not disable CBT.
Load Balancing
Using vMotion on VMs for load balancing during a backup can cause the backup to fail if you do not have
one of the following:
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In these versions, vMotion is disabled on the VMs prior to the start of the backup process.
For vCenter 4.x, you need to configure the VMs so that vMotion does not run during a backup.
Multiple vmPRO Appliances
Multiple appliances cannot manage the same VM using CBT.
Activating and Deactivating CBT
Activating or deactivating CBT on a VM triggers the immediate and simultaneous creation and removal
of a VM snapshot. This function is required by the VMware API.
The removal and creation of a snapshot for each VM can be a time-consuming process when activating
or deactivating CBT on multiple VMs.
CBT and Retention Schedules
During differential disk backups, CBT needs to access data from the flat.vmdk file and the
corresponding database entry. For this reason, the retention schedule for the backup policy does not
initiate partial deletions of full backups. Instead, full backups,differential backups, and associated
database entries are deleted at same time by the same retention schedule.
Configuring CBT on a vmPRO Appliance
Do the following to configure Changed Block Tracking (CBT) on your vmPRO appliance:
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Enable CBT for Virtual Machine (VMs)
You must enable CBT for each VM on which you are performing differential backups from the VMs Console – Virtual Machines tab.
For detailed steps on how to enable CBT for VMs, see Modifying VM Settings from the vmPRO appliance.
Schedule a CBT Cycle Reset
By default, the CBT cycle is reset each Sunday at 03:30. At this point, the vmPRO appliance performs a full
backup of all CBT-enabled VMs. After the full disk backups complete, the vmPRO appliance performs
differential backups of the VMs until the next Sunday at 03:30.
If needed, you can modify the CBT reset schedule from the Configure Folders dialog box. In addition, after
CBT is enabled for a VM, you can perform a one-time, immediate reset of a base disk's modified time from
the appliance's VMware vSphere Client console. A base disk's modified time is the last time the
vmPRO appliance completed a full disk backup for the VM.
i Note: Do not reset your CBT cycle to the same time at which backups are occurring. Instead, reset
your CBT cycle to start a few hours before your backups to ensure that all CBT-enabled VMs have
been reset before backups begin.
Modify a CBT reset schedule
1. Click the VMs button to display the VMs Console.
2. Click the Folders tab to display the Folders Tab view.
3. In the Folders table, locate the folder that contains the VM for which to modify the CBT reset schedule.
4. For the appropriate folder, click
to display the Configure Folder dialog box.
Figure 72: Configure Folder Dialog Box
5. In the Time drop-down lists, select the hour and minute at which to reset the CBT schedule.
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6. In the Frequency field, select one of the following options:
First Radio Button
Reset the CBT schedule for a selected interval and day of the month.
a. In the first drop-down list, select one of the following intervals at which to reset the CBT schedule:
Every, First, Second, Third, Fourth, or Last.
b. In the second drop-down list, select the day of the month on which to reset the CBT schedule for
the chosen interval.
Example
If you select First and Sunday, the CBT schedule is reset on the first Sunday of every month.
Second Radio Button
Reset the CBT schedule to a specific day each month.
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7. Click Save to save changes and exit the dialog box.
Perform a one-time, immediate reset of a base disk's modified time
1. Access your appliance's Client console. See Accessing the vSphere Client Console for vmPRO.
2. At the command line, enter cbt reset [all | <hypervisor> <vm name> | folder <folder>.
The base disk's last modified time is reset to the current time.
Quantum VSS Writer
Enable the Quantum Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) Writer to perform VSS backups for Windowsbased virtual machines (VMs) on an Active Directory (AD) Domain Controller.
The VSS Writer prepares Windows for a VMware snapshot to back up the VM's data. It then automates a
non-authoritative restore of the Windows AD Domain Controller when the VM is restored.
When you restore a Windows AD Domain Controller from a snapshot image, the vmPRO appliance
automatically boots the VM in the restore mode and performs necessary steps to prevent an update
sequence number (USN) rollback. These steps ensure that directory replication works correctly.
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Supported Systems
You can perform VSS backups only on systems for which the vmPRO appliance and Quantum
VSS Writer support application-consistent quiescing and non-authoritative recovery from snapshot
images.
Application-Consistent Quiescing
vmPRO supports application-consistent quiescing of the following Windows systems:
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Non-Authoritative Recovery
The VSS Writer supports automating non-authoritative recovery from a snapshot image of the following:
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Troubleshooting Failed VSS Backups
If a VSS backup fails, make sure that the VMs being backed up are configured correctly. In addition, make
sure of the following:
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not have enough free disk space, the VSS backup will fail. For more information, see
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc708051(v=ws.10).aspx.
Each of the Windows system's VMs have the most up-to-date version of VMware Tools installed.
VSS requires VMware Tools to be current. If a VM is configured for VSS but does not have a current
version of VMware Tools, the following warnings appear on the vmPRO GUI:
Warnings
VMs Console
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The VSS column displays a red YES for the VM.
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An error message displays when you mouse over a VM with a red YES in the VSS column.
Alerts Console
An alert message displays for a VM that does not have a current version of VMware Tools. The
message continues to display until you do one of the following:
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Update VMware Tools for the VM, and rediscover the VM.
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Disable VSS for the VM.
VSS Resources
Use the following links to learn more about VSS:
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For more information about AD recovery, see How to detect and recover from a USN rollback in
Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, and Windows 2008 R2 or Active Directory Backup and
Restore.
Preparing a Windows System for VSS Backups
Before beginning a Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) backup, you must prepare the Windows system
on which a VSS backup is being performed by installing the Quantum VSS Writer, and configuring the
system's virtual machines (VMs).
Install the Quantum VSS Writer
On each Windows system for which you are enabling VSS backups, you must install the Quantum VSS
Writer. You can manually install the Quantum VSS Writer, or you can configure the vmPRO appliance to
automatically install the VSS Writer. See Configure virtual machines (VMs) being backed up with VSS on
the next page
i Note: Manually installing the VSS Writer does not require the Windows system's credentials.
However, you will need to supply the Windows system's user name and password to have the
vmPRO appliance automatically install the VSS Writer.
Manually install the Quantum VSS Writer
1. From the Windows system on which you are installing the VSS Writer, open a Web browser and
navigate to \\<vmPRO IP>\quantum-support\vss.
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2. Navigate to one of the following folders, as appropriate:
Folder
Description
2003
Contains the QuatumVSS.exe file that supports Windows 2003.
2008 and higher
Contains the following two sub-folders:
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2008 or higher.
64bit – Contains the QuantumVSS.exe file that supports 64-bit servers of Windows
2008 or higher.
3. Double-click the appropriate QuantumVSS.exe file to open the installer.
4. Follow the installer's instructions to complete the installation of the Quantum VSS writer.
Configure virtual machines (VMs) being backed up with VSS
For each VM being backed up using VSS, you must first enable quiesce for file system consistency. In
addition, you can select to enable log truncation, as well as to configure the vmPRO appliance to
automatically install and upgrade the VSS writer onto each VM.
You can enable quiesce and test the VSS configuration for multiple VMs at the same time; however, you can
only install or upgrade the Quantum VSS agent on one VM at a time.
To configure a single VM being backed up with VSS:
1. On the vmPRO appliance GUI, click the VMs button to display the VMs Console.
2. Click the Virtual Machines tab to display the list of VMs, as needed.
3. Select a VM for which to enable quiesce, and click Edit Selected VMs to display the Configure Virtual Machine dialog box.
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4. Click Configure VSS Settings to display the Configure VSS Login dialog box.
Figure 73: Configure VSS Login Dialog Box – Single VM
5. Select the Quiesce Enabled check box.
6. Select the Log Truncation Enabled check box, as needed. Fore more information about log
truncation, see Using Log Truncation for VSS Backups.
7. Populate the following fields if you enabled log truncation, or to automatically install or upgrade the VSS
writer:
a. Windows login – Enter the user name to access the Windows system on which log truncation or
an automatic install/upgrade is occurring.
b. Password – Enter the password to access the Windows system on which log truncation or an
automatic install/upgrade is occurring.
8. Click Install or upgrade Quantum VSS agent to install the VSS Writer onto the VM, as needed.
i Note: The installation or upgrade process can take some time if you are configuring a large
number of VMs.
9. Click Save to save changes and exit the dialog box.
To enable quiesce for multiple VMs:
1. On the vmPRO appliance GUI, click the VMs button to display the VMs Console.
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2. Click the Virtual Machines tab to display the list of VMs, as needed.
3. Select the VMs for which to enable quiesce, and click Edit Selected VMs to display the Configure Virtual Machine dialog box.
4. Click Configure VSS Settings to display the Configure VSS Login dialog box.
Figure 74: Configure VSS Login Dialog Box – Multiple VMs
5. From the Quiesce Enabled drop-down list, select Yes.
6. From the Log Truncation Enabled drop-down list, select Yes, as needed. For more information
about log truncation, see Using Log Truncation for VSS Backups.
7. Populate the following fields if you enabled log truncation:
a. Windows login – Enter the user name to access the Windows system on which log truncation or
an automatic install/upgrade is occurring.
b. Password – Enter the password to access the Windows system on which log truncation or an
automatic install/upgrade is occurring.
8. Click Test the Configuration on 1 VM to validate that the VSS configuration is compatible with the
selected VMs.
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i Note: The system tests the configuration on one of the selected VMs. After you save the
configuration, the system will then test the configuration on all selected VMs and notify you of any
errors.
9. After receiving confirmation that the VSS configuration is compatible with one VM, click Save to enable
quiesce for the VMs and save changes.
Using Log Truncation for VSS Backups
To avoid overfilling a Windows system disk or partition with log files, which can lead to application downtime,
it is important to truncate transaction logs after a VSS backup completes.
Enable log truncation on the Configure VSS Login dialog box (see Preparing a Windows System for VSS
Backups). After log truncation is enabled, SmartMotion™ automatically truncates logs after a backup has
completed successfully.
If you are not using SmartMotion, you need to manually initiate log truncation after a backup completes. Use
the vmPRO appliance's GUI (see below) or the vmPRO appliance's VMware Console (see vmPRO
Console Commands – vss) to manually initiate log truncation.
Manually initiate log truncation from the vmPRO appliance's GUI
1. On the vmPRO appliance GUI, click the VMs button to display the VMs Console.
2. Click the Virtual Machines tab to display the Virtual Machines tab view, as needed.
3. Click Complete Backup (VSS) to truncate the transaction logs.
i Note: The Complete Backup (VSS) button displays only after backups are run for VMs that have
log truncation enabled. It can take up to an hour after the backup starts before the button displays.
Uninstalling the VSS Writer
If you need to uninstall the Quantum VSS Writer, use Add/Remove Programs on the Windows Control
Panel. If you encounter an error uninstalling the VSS Writer, update the Uninstall key in the Registry Editor.
Update the Uninstall key
1. From the VM's Windows Start menu, select Run to open the Run dialog box.
2. In the Open field, enter regedit and click OK to display the Registry Editor.
3. Navigate to the following key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\
{13C110B5-F313-4bc5-B700-D7B4B6A70A49}
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4. Change the value of UninstallString to the following, including the quotes:
"C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\backupScripts.d\QuantumVSS.exe" uninstall
Figure 75: Registry Editor Window
i Note: If the Program Files directory is not located at C:\Program Files, enter the actual location
of the directory.
5. Return to Add/Remove Programs, and uninstall the VSS Writer.
vmPRO Advanced Settings
Use the following settings in the Configure Advanced Settings dialog box to configure additional settings
for Progressive Optimization, HotAdd Transport methods, and SmartMotion™ backups.
vmPRO Advanced Settings
Enable the file system integrity check during backup
For Progressive Optimization to work correctly during SmartMotion backups, you need to allow your
vmPRO appliance to execute file system integrity checks on virtual machine (VM) disks prior to the
backup. Otherwise, recovery issues could occur.
Select this setting to allow your vmPRO appliance to execute a file system integrity check on VM disks
before performing a backup.
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Enable HotAdd Transport for all folders by default
Quantum vmPRO supports vSphere's HotAdd Transport feature. With HotAdd Transport, you can add
and remove SCSI virtual hard disks while your vmPRO appliance is running. SCSI HotAdd provides a
convenient method for transporting virtual disk data from guest virtual machines (VMs) directly to the
ESX/ESXi host on which they are running. HotAdd improves performance and provides a non-networkbased method of transferring data from the source VM to your vmPRO appliance for backup purposes.
Select this setting to enable HotAdd Transport for all folders within your vmPRO appliance.
Skip reading of page file and swap partitions during backup
For improved overall disk I/O savings during a SmartMotion backup, select this setting to enable
Progressive Optimization to skip reading blocks of data associated with temporary, transitional files1 on
VMs.
Temporary and transitional files are not required for a full system restore, and so it is safe not to back up
these files.
Allow a SmartMotion backup to run even if the same policy is already running
Select this setting to do the following:
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Start another scheduled SmartMotion backup of a policy, even if that same policy is currently running.
Start another SmartMotion backup immediately after a long running backup – more than 24 hours –
has completed.
This method is not the preferred backup method, and is not enabled by default.
Disallow backups when there is not enough datastore space for snapshot
Select this option to enable the vmPRO appliance to display an alert and stop a backup when the
datastore is at a certain percentage of its total accessible capacity.
Configuring Advanced Settings for a vmPRO Appliance
Use the settings in the Configure Advanced Settings dialog box to configure additional settings for
Progressive Optimization, the HotAdd Transport method, and SmartMotion™ backups.
Configure advanced settings for a vmPRO appliance
1. From the Configure menu, select Advanced Settings to display the Configure Advanced Settings
dialog box.
1Examples include virtual memory paging files and temporary files created during software installation.
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Figure 76: Configure Advanced Settings Dialog Box
2. Select the check box next to any of the following settings, as appropriate:
Settings
Enable the file system integrity check during backup
Select this setting to allow your vmPRO appliance to execute a file system integrity check on VM disks
before performing a backup. See About vmPRO Advanced Settings.
Enable HotAdd Transport for all folders by default
Select to enable HotAdd Transport for all folders within your vmPRO appliance. See HotAdd Transport and
Your vmPRO Appliance.
Skip reading of page file and swap partitions during backup
For improved overall disk I/O savings during a SmartMotion backup, select this setting to enable Progressive
Optimization to skip reading blocks of data associated with temporary, transitional files1 on VMs. See About
vmPRO Advanced Settings.
Allow a SmartMotion backup to run even if the same policy is already running
Select this setting to do the following:
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Start another scheduled SmartMotion backup of a policy even if that same policy is currently running.
Start another SmartMotion backup immediately after a long running backup – more than 24 hours – has
completed.
This method is not the preferred backup method, and is not enabled by default.
1Examples include virtual memory paging files and temporary files created during software installation.
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Settings
Disallow backups when there is not enough datastore space for snapshot
Select this setting to enable the vmPRO appliance to display an alert and stop a backup when the datastore
is at a certain percentage of its total accessible capacity.
In the Allow no more than <x> % datastore capacity field, enter the percentage at which the vmPRO
needs to display the alert and stop the backup.
3. Click OK to save settings and exit the dialog box.
HotAdd Transport and Your vmPRO Appliance
Quantum vmPRO supports vSphere's HotAdd Transport feature. With HotAdd Transport, you can add and
remove SCSI virtual hard disks while your vmPRO appliance is running. SCSI HotAdd provides a
convenient method for transporting virtual disk data from guest virtual machines (VMs) directly to the
ESX/ESXi host on which they are running. HotAdd improves performance and provides a non-networkbased method of transferring data from the source VM to your vmPRO appliance for backup purposes.
Enable HotAdd Transport in the Advanced Settings dialog box. See Configuring Advanced Settings for a
vmPRO Appliance.
i Note: For hypervisors under moderate to heavy system loads, Quantum tests show significant
performance improvement for backup throughput when HotAdd Transport is enabled.
Prerequisites
Ensure that the following prerequisites are met before enabling HotAdd Transport:
VM Conditions
Before enabling HotAdd Transport, keep in mind that the HotAdd Transport feature can only access
VMs if one of the following conditions is met. If neither condition is met, the transport method
automatically reverts to the network block device (NBD) transport method.
Condition 1
Target VMs that are on the same ESX server as the vmPRO appliance.
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Condition 2: Target VMs that are managed by the same vCenter server configured for the vmPRO appliance. In
this case, the vmPRO must manage the ESX server through the vCenter server.
Target VMs under a vCenter server must also share the same storage, and the ESX server hosting
the vmPRO appliance must also have access to the shared storage set up for the VMs.
vSphere's HotAdd Licensing Requirements
You must meet the following licensing requirements for your version of vSphere.
vSphere Version
Licensing Required 5.1 and newer
Does not require special licensing to use HotAdd Transport.
5.0
Requires Enterprise editions and higher with HotAdd licensing enabled.
4.1
Does not require special licensing to use HotAdd Transport.
4.0 update 2
Requires an Advanced, Enterprise, or Enterprise Plus license.
Verification
When you enable HotAdd Transport in the Advanced Configuration dialog box, you are only requesting that
the vmPRO appliance use this transport method. Enabling HotAdd does not guarantee that the
vmPRO appliance will use it.
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Verify that the vmPRO appliance used HotAdd Transport Use one of the following verification options:
a. From your vmPRO appliance's GUI, select Help > vmPRO System to display the vmPRO Appliance Status dialog box.
Figure 77: vmPRO Appliance Status Dialog Box
b. Select the Log Files tab, as needed.
c. Click datastore_fs, and look for Obtained (and using) Transport Mode: hotadd in the viewing
pane.
If you see this message, the vmPRO appliance used HotAdd Transport.
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Use one of the following verification options:
a. Log in to your VMware vSphere Client.
b. In the vSphere client's left pane, right-click on your vmPRO appliance and select Edit Settings to display the
Virtual Machine Properties dialog box.
Figure 78: Virtual Machine Properties Dialog Box
c. Select the Hardware tab as needed, and verify that a new virtual disk is added each time a VM disk is backed
up.
Limitation with Mismatched Block Size
When using HotAdd Transport, the Virtual Machine File System (VMFS) block size must be the same in
both the datastore containing the backed-up VM disk and the datastore containing the proxy VM. Keep in
mind that your vmPRO appliance is standing in as the proxy for the original VM from which the disk is
backed-up.
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The following is an overview of the functions and options you can access from the Quantum vmPRO GUI.
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Home Console
The Home console displays a general status of the appliance, including active alerts, activity over the last 24
hours, summaries of the servers and virtual machines (VMs) that the vmPRO device is managing, and
network throughput.
VMs Console
The VMs console displays status information about the VMs that are resident on the appliance. From this
console, you can modify a VM's settings, select to use the Auto-Export feature, manage folders, and
manage servers and nodes.
Alerts Console
The Alerts console displays a list of current and past alerts. Use this console to manage vmPRO alerts.
Tasks Console
The Tasks console displays backup and recovery information, as well as history for these tasks. From this
console, you can manage backup and recovery tasks and backup policies.
vmPRO GUI Menus
Use the vmPRO GUI menus to access your appliance's SmartMotion features and operational controls, to
configure your appliance, and to access help topics.
Refresh Button
Click
to update the vmPRO GUI display to the most current information.
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Accessing the vmPRO GUI
Your primary means of interacting with the Quantum vmPRO appliance is through its GUI. Use the following
task to assist you in accessing the vmPRO GUI.
Access the vmPRO GUI:
1. In a Web browser's address field, enter the IP address of the vmPRO appliance to display the
Quantum vmPRO Login page.
Figure 79: Quantum vmPRO Login Page
2. In the User name field, enter the user name for the appliance. The default user name is sysadmin.
3. In the Password field, enter the password for the appliance. The default password is sysadmin.
4. Click OK to display the vmPRO GUI.
Embedding the vmPRO GUI in the vSphere
Client
If you use a vCenter server for your vmPRO appliance, you can embed the vmPRO GUI directly into your
vSphere Client. To use this feature, a Quantum plugin must be registered with the vCenter server.
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Register the vmPRO appliance as a vCenter plugin
1. From the Configure menu, select Config Wizard to display the Quantum vmPRO Configuration Wizard.
2. Click the vCenter Plugin tab to display the vCenter Plugin page.
Figure 80: vCenter Plugin Page
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3. Click Register plugin to display the Register vCenter Plugin page.
Figure 81: Register vCenter Plugin Page
4. In the vCenter Server field, enter the IP address or resolvable host name of your vCenter server.
If you need to register your vCenter plugin using an alternate port, enter the IP address and port
number using the following format:
<IP_address:port_number>
5. In the Username field, enter the administrative user name for accessing the vSphere Client.
6. In the Password field, enter the administrative password for accessing the vSphere Client.
7. Click OK to register the vmPRO plugin with the vCenter server.
8. Save changes and exit the wizard.
! Caution: Any time you make configuration updates from the Quantum vmPRO Configuration Wizard, you must exit the wizard using the Summary tab to save your updates. See Initially
Configuring a vmPRO Appliance.
9. Restart your vCenter server.
Access the vmPRO appliance from your vSphere Client:
1. Log in to your vSphere Client.
2. In the left pane, select the vmPRO appliance.
3. Select the Quantum vmPRO <IP address> tab to display the vmPRO GUI in the tab.
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4. Log in to the vmPRO GUI. See Accessing the vmPRO GUI.
i Note: If the vmPRO GUI does not load, make sure Adobe Flash Player is installed on the system
running the vSphere Client.
vmPRO GUI Menus
Use the vmPRO GUI menus to access the following features.
SmartMotion Backup Menu
Use the SmartMotion Backup menu to access the following features:
Menu Item
Feature
Backup
Run SmartMotion Backup
Use this feature to run a SmartMotion backup. In addition, you can edit a backup policy
before running a SmartMotion backup.
See vmPRO SmartMotion Backup.
Recover
Recover Virtual Machines Wizard
Use this feature to recover virtual machines (VMs), or mailboxes on an exchange server.
See vmPRO Data Recovery.
iSCSI Targets
iSCSI Targets
Use this feature to view and manage virtual disk backups that you have exported as
iSCSI targets.
See Recovering VM Disks Using iSCSI.
Backup Policies
Available Backup Policies
Use this feature to create a new policy, set a default policy, edit an existing policy, edit
the folder assignments for the policy, or delete a policy.
See vmPRO SmartMotion Backup Policies.
Storage
Available Storage
Use this feature to add, edit, or delete storage.
See Configuring NAS Targets for SmartMotion Backups.
Configure Menu
Use the Configure menu to access the following features:
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Menu Item
Feature
Servers
Configure Server List
Use to add an ESX server to the vmPRO appliance, modify an existing server's
configuration, or delete a server from the appliance.
You must add vCenter servers using the Configuration Wizard. See Configuring a
vCenter Server for a vmPRO Appliance.
See Configuring ESX Servers for a vmPRO Appliance or Managing Servers and Nodes
from the VM Tab.
CIFS
Configure CIFS
Use to configure a CIFS file sharing protocol for the /export and /recover directories
exported by the vmPRO appliance.
See Configuring a CIFS Protocol for a vmPRO Appliance.
NFS
Configure NFS
Use to configure an NFS file sharing protocol for the /export and /recover directories
exported by the vmPRO appliance.
See Configuring an NFS Protocol for a vmPRO Appliance.
iSCSI
Configure iSCSI
Use to configure the iSCSI write area by defining the following:
l
The storage target for the iSCSi backup.
l
The maximum size of each iSCSI target's write area.
See Preparing For Exchange Recovery.
Email
Configure Email
Use to configure email sent from your vmPRO appliance.
See Configuring Email for a vmPRO Appliance.
Reports & Alerts
Configure Reports & Alerts
Use to create a list of recipients for emailed reports and alerts, as well as to view reports
and send reports.
See Configuring Reports, Alerts, and Autosupport for a vmPRO Appliance.
Advanced Settings
Configure Advanced Settings
Use to enable advanced features for your vmPRO appliance.
See Configuring Advanced Settings for a vmPRO Appliance.
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Menu Item
Feature
Users
Configure User List
Use to configure user access to your vmPRO appliance.
See Configuring Users for a vmPRO Appliance.
Downloads
Configure Downloads
Use to configure file download settings to accomplish the following:
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Enable the vmPRO appliance to download files.
l
Define who can access downloaded files.
l
Define wget commands for downloading files.
When the vmPRO appliance downloads files, you can access the files at
http://<vmPRO_appliance_IP-address>/api/download.
Configure downloads for a vmPRO appliance
a. Select the Enable downloadable files from Quantum vmPRO check box to
allow files to be downloaded from the vmPRO appliance.
b. Select the Require HTTP Authentication check box to require user authentication
to access downloaded files from the vmPRO appliance.
c. In the wget command field, enter additional wget commands, or edit existing ones,
as needed.
d. Click OK to save changes and exit the dialog box.
Figure 82: Configure Downloads Dialog Box
Software Updates
Configure Software Updates
Use both to schedule and check for vmPRO software updates.
See Updating vmPRO Versions 3.1 or Newer.
Config Wizard
Quantum vmPRO Configuration Wizard
Use to access a wizard to guide you through configuration steps for licenses, servers,
file sharing, storage, backup policies, email, reports and alerts, time and NTP, and
vCenter plugins.
See Initially Configuring a vmPRO Appliance.
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Operations Menu
Use the Operations menu to access the following features:
Menu Item
Feature
Discover Now
Discovery
Use to initiate the vmPRO Discovery feature, in which the appliance automatically
finds all VMs that are candidates for export.
See Discovering Servers for a vmPRO Appliance.
View Report
Quantum vmPRO Report
Use to view a report of your vmPRO appliance's daily activity.
Report Contents
Synchronize With Time Server
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Current alerts for the vmPRO appliance.
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Licenses configured for the vmPRO appliance.
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Servers configured for the vmPRO appliance.
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VMs discovered by the vmPRO appliance.
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SmartMotion™ statistics for the vmPRO appliance.
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History of commands given to the vmPRO appliance.
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Performance history for the vmPRO appliance.
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Statistics for VMs on the vmPRO appliance.
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Status of the vmPRO appliance.
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Log files for the vmPRO appliance.
Synchronize Time
Use to synchronize your vmPRO appliance with the time server.
Synchronizing your vmPRO appliance with the time server
a. In the Synchronize Time dialog box, click Sync Now.
b. After the synchronization has completed, click OK to exit the dialog box.
Figure 83: Synchronize Time Dialog Box
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Menu Item
Feature
Gather Support Logs
Gather Support Logs
Use to create and upload support packages to assist Quantum technical support.
Creating and uploading support packages
a. Click Create Support Package to automatically bundle system logs into a
support package.
b. Click Download Support Package to download the system logs to a local
server.
c. Click Upload Support Logs to Quantum to send the bundled system logs to
Quantum technical support.
Figure 84: Gather Support Logs Dialog Box
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Menu Item
Feature
Export vmPRO Configuration
Export vmPRO Configuration
Use to save a copy of your vmPRO appliance's current XML configuration file. Use
this file to do the following:
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Restore your vmPRO appliance's configuration in the event of a disaster recovery
scenario.
Transfer the configuration settings of an existing vmPRO appliance group to a new
vmPRO appliance group.
Export the XML configuration file
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a. Follow the instructions on the displayed Quantum vmPRO Configuration Save and Import page.
b. Note the name and location of the group's configuration file when you download
it.
Figure 85: Quantum vmPRO Configuration Save and Import Page
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Menu Item
Feature
Import vmPRO Configuration
Import vmPRO Configuration
Use to import a previously saved XML configuration file into the current vmPRO
appliance.
Only vmPRO appliances with factory default settings support importing XML
configuration files.
Import an XML configuration file
a. Follow the instructions on the displayed Quantum vmPRO Configuration Save and Import page.
b. Browse to the location of the exported configuration file, and double-click it to
import the configuration settings.
Figure 86: Quantum vmPRO Configuration Save and Import Page
Change My Password
Configure User
Use to change the password for the currently logged-in user.
This function changes the user's password for both the vmPRO GUI and the
vmPRO's Console Command Line (CLI) interface.
See Configuring Users for a vmPRO Appliance.
Logout
Logout
Use to log out of the vmPRO GUI.
Figure 87: Logout Dialog Box
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Help Menu
Use the Help menu to access the following features:
Menu Item
Feature
Help Contents
Quantum vmPRO Online Help
Use to access the Quantum vmPRO Help.
Online Help
Quantum vmPRO Knowledge Base
Use to access Knowledge Base articles addressing vmPRO functionality, installation,
and other topics.
About
About Quantum vmPRO
Use to access information about your vmPRO appliance, such as the privacy statement,
copyright and patent information, version, and Flash runtime version.
Licensing
Quantum vmPRO Licensing
Use to view information about the vmPRO appliance's license.
Displayed Information
End User License
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Type of license.
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Total licensed capacity.
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Current capacity usage.
l
Expiration date.
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Number of days remaining until the expiration date.
Quantum vmPRO End User License Agreement
Use to access and accept the Quantum vmPRO End User License Agreement.
vmPRO System
vmPRO Appliance Status
Use to view your vmPRO appliance's log files, network information, disk information,
CPU information, memory statistics, and GUI errors. From this dialog box, you can also
access the Gather Support Logs dialog box.
Navigating the vmPRO Home Console
Use the vmPRO Home console to view a general status of the appliance, including active alerts, activity
over the last 24 hours, summaries of the servers and virtual machines (VMs) that the vmPRO device is
managing, and network throughput.
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Figure 88: Home Console
Navigate the vmPRO Home console
1. Log in to the vmPRO appliance GUI to display the Home console. If you are on a different tab, click the
Home button to display the Home console.
2. In the Active Alerts pane, review the following information:
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Total number of active alerts.
l
The date and time of the most recent alert.
l
A short description of the most recent alert.
To view all alerts for your vmPRO appliance, click the See all alerts link.
3. In the Last 24 Hrs SmartRead pane, view the amount of data that has been backed up within the past
24 hours.
Hold the cursor over a line or bar on the chart to see the date and time the data was backed up, along
with the total amount of data, the total amount of data read (backed up), and the total amount of data
skipped on the associated VMs.
4. In the Last 24 Hrs I/O Reduction pane, view the amount of data reduction achieved within the past 24
hours.
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5. In the Summary pane, review the following information:
Field
Description
Servers
The total number of servers that the vmPRO appliance is managing.
VMs
The total number of VMs that the vmPRO appliance is managing, along with
the number of VMs that are exported, and the number of VMs requiring
attention.
Click the Needs Attention link to display the Resources tab to access
additional information regarding the VMs. See Navigating the vmPRO VMs
Console.
DXi Targets
If DXi devices are configured for storage with CIFS or NFS shares, displays
the IP address for each DXi target. Click this link to open the native
management interface for the DXi device.
If more than one DXi device is available for extra storage, the x Configured DXi link displays. Click this link to display the Available Storage dialog
box. See Configuring NAS Targets for SmartMotion Backups.
6. In the Network Throughput pane, review the speed at which the current session is processing the
following data:
Data Type
Description
Combined
A combination of both received and transmitted data.
Received
Received data, such as data being recovered.
Transmit
Transmitted data, such as data being backed up.
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Click the appropriate tab or link to display the corresponding data type.
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Click Stop to stop the data refresh feature.
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Click Start to restart the data refresh feature.
Navigating the vmPRO VMs Console
The VMs console displays status information about the virtual machines (VMs) that are resident on the
appliance. From this console, you can modify a VM's settings, select to use the Auto-Export feature,
manage folders, and manage servers and nodes.
The following three tabs are located on the VMs console
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Virtual Machines Tab
Use this tab to view and manage VMs.
Navigate the Virtual Machines tab in the VMs console
1. On the vmPRO appliance GUI, click the VMs button to display the VMs console.
2. Click the Virtual Machines tab, as needed.
Figure 89: VMs Console – Virtual Machines Tab
3. Review the following information in the grid columns:
i Note: You can select the columns to display from the Select Columns drop-down list, as well as
search for a specific VM by entering its name in the Search field. Click Clear to clear any search
criteria.
Column
Description
Name
The name of each VM being managed by the vmPRO appliance.
The VMs are organized in folders. Click the arrow next to a folder to
view the list of VMs within the folder.
Server
The server on which the VM is located.
Datastore
The datastore housing the VM's data.
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Column
Description
Node
The IP address of the vmPRO appliance managing the VM.
Size
The maximum allocated capacity for the VM's virtual disks.
Exported
Whether the VM has been added to the vmPRO appliance's /export
directory.
If the VM has been exported and a SmartMotion™ backup policy is
configured for the VM's folder, then the VM will be backed up to the
defined storage target.
VSS
Whether the VSS operation is set to run during a SmartMotion backup
of the VM. See Quantum VSS Writer.
This option is only available for Windows-based VMs.
LogTr
Whether log truncation has been enabled for the VM. See Using Log
Truncation for VSS Backups.
CBT
Whether Changed Block Tracking has been enabled for the VM. See
vSphere Changed Block Tracking Support.
4. Click on a VM to view summary information in the following fields at the bottom of the console:
Field
Description
VM Name
The name assigned to the VM.
Server
The server on which the VM is located.
Folder
The folder in which the VM is located.
Alerts
Whether alerts exist for the VM.
Exported
Whether the VM is backed up.
Quiesce Enabled
Whether quiesce has been enabled for the VM. See Preparing a
Windows System for VSS Backups.
Change Block Tracking Enabled
Whether Change Block Tracking has been enabled for the VM. See
vSphere Changed Block Tracking Support.
5. Select one or more VMs and click Edit Selected VMs at the upper left of the grid to display the
Configure Virtual Machine dialog box.
Use the dialog box to modify the selected VMs' configuration settings. See Modifying VM Settings from
the vmPRO Appliance.
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6. Select the Automatically export new VMs check box located at the upper right of the grid to enable
the Auto-Export feature. See vmPRO Auto-Export Feature.
Folders Tab
Use this tab to view and manage folders.
Navigate the Folders tab in the VMs console
1. On the vmPRO appliance GUI, click the VMs button to display the VMs console.
2. Click the Folders tab, as needed.
Figure 90: VMs Console – Folders Tab
3. Review the following information in the grid columns:
Column
Description
Folder Name
The name of the folder.
Number of VMs
The number of VMs within the folder.
Total Size of Exported VMs
The total size of exported data for the VMs within the folder.
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Column
Description
Transport Method
The method used to access the data of the VMs within the folder
during SmartMotion backups: global default, HotAdd with fall back to NBD, or NBD only. See Configuring vmPRO Folders.
CBT Reset
The day and time on which the change block tracking schedule is
reset for the VMs within the folder. See Configuring CBT on a
vmPRO Appliance.
Actions
The following action icons:
Click to edit the folder. The Configure Folder dialog box
displays. See Configuring vmPRO Folders.
Click to back up the folder. The Run SmartMotion Backup
dialog box displays. See vmPRO SmartMotion Backup.
Click to delete the folder.
4. Click Add Folder to display the Configure Folder dialog box. Use this box to configure a new folder.
See Configuring vmPRO Folders.
Resources Tab
Use this tab to view and manage both servers configured for the vmPRO appliance, as well as nodes1
assigned to the appliance if it is a group master. See Managing vmPRO Groups .
Navigate the Resources tab on the VMs Console
1. On the vmPRO appliance GUI, click the VMs button to display the VMs console.
1Nodes are subordinate vmPRO appliances in a group configuration.
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2. Click the Resources tab, as needed.
Figure 91: VMs Console – Resources Tab
3. In the Servers pane, review the list of servers configured for the vmPRO appliance.
4. In the Servers pane, click Configure to display the Configure Server List dialog box.
Use this dialog box to add ESX servers, edit servers, or delete servers. See Managing Servers and
Nodes from the VMs Console.
i Note: You must add vCenter servers using the Quantum vmPRO Configuration Wizard. See
Configuring a vCenter Server for a vmPRO Appliance.
5. In the Nodes pane, review the following information for all nodes assigned to the master appliance:
Column
Description
Label or Hostname
The label or IP address assigned to the node.
Total Size of Exported VMs
The total size of the VM disks that have been exported to the
node's /export directory and are available for SmartMotion
backup.
6. In the Nodes pane, click Configure to display the Configure Node List dialog box.
Use this dialog box to edit a node's label, email a notification regarding a node, or delete a node. See
Managing Servers and Nodes from the VMs Console.
vmPRO Auto-Export Feature
The vmPRO Auto-Export feature automatically enables SmartView™ and SmartMotion capabilities for any
new virtual machine (VM) discovered in the vCenter inventory. By default, when you deploy a new
appliance, the Auto-Export feature is enabled.
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Auto-Export Tips
Review the following tips before using Auto-Export:
Unattended Backups
The Auto-Export feature is convenient for unattended backups of remote, isolated, or fully automated
vSphere environments. In addition, this feature assists with scheduled backups for systems where VMs
are frequently moving between servers. When Auto-Export is enabled, the vmPRO appliance
recognizes when VMware moves VMs.
Capacity Threshold Alerts
Keep in Mind that automatic does not mean set-and-forget. Each VM that is backed up consumes space
on the target storage device. As the population of VMs grows, so do the storage requirements. To
monitor storage requirements, set the threshold at which you want to receive alerts regarding your
capacity. See Adding Licenses to a vmPRO Appliance.
Large Environments
Use Auto-Export with caution, especially when enabling the feature in large environments. Excessive
additions of VMs during a backup may overburden the storage target, causing the backup to run longer
than anticipated. Account for any new VMs that may be automatically exported, typically due to a
vMotion/DRS operation that relocates VMs onto a vSphere host that is being managed by the vmPRO
appliance. Plan for available capacity in your backup target.
Modifying VM Settings from the vmPRO Appliance
You can modify virtual machine (VM) configuration settings from the Virtual Machines tab on the VMs
console. You can modify a single VM's configuration settings, or select multiple VMs for which to modify
these settings.
Modify VM configuration settings
1. On the vmPRO appliance GUI, click the VMs button to display the VMs console.
2. Click the Virtual Machines tab, as needed.
3. Select one VM, or multiple VMs, for which to modify configuration settings.
4. Click Edit Selected VMs to display the Configure Virtual Machine dialog box.
For a single VM
The VM's name and server display in the VM Name and Server fields, respectively.
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Figure 92: Configure Virtual Machine Dialog Box – Single VM
For multiple VMs
The number of selected VMs displays in the VM Name field. The Server field is unpopulated.
Figure 93: Configure Virtual Machine Dialog Box – Multiple VMs
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5. Modify the following settings, as needed:
Field
Option
Node
From the drop-down list, select a different node to assign to the VM or
VMs.
Folder
From the drop-down list, select a different folder to assign to the VM or
VMs.
Exported
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For a single VM, select the check box to tag the VM for SmartMotion
backup.
For multiple VMs, select Yes or No from the drop-down list to indicate
whether the VMs should be tagged for SmartMotion backup.
For a single VM, select the check box to enable Changed Block
Tracking (CBT) for the VM.
For multiple VMs, select Yes or No from the drop-down list to enable
CBT for the VMs.
See vSphere Changed Block Tracking Support.
6. To configure VSS settings for the VM(s), click Configure VSS Settings to display the Configure VSS Login dialog box. See Quantum VSS Writer.
i Note: You can configure VSS settings for Microsoft Windows-based VMs only.
7. Click Save to save updates and exit the dialog box.
Managing Servers and Nodes from the VMs Console
You can manage your vmPRO appliance's servers and nodes from the Resources tab on the VMs console.
Servers
From the Resources tab, you can add ESX servers, edit servers, or delete servers.
i Note: You must add vCenter servers using the Quantum vmPRO Configuration Wizard. See
Configuring a vCenter Server for a vmPRO Appliance.
Manage servers
1. On the vmPRO appliance GUI, click the VMs button to display the VMs console.
2. Click the Resources tab, as needed.
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3. In the Servers pane, click Configure to display the Configure Server List dialog box.
Figure 94: Configure Server List Dialog Box
The dialog box displays the following information for each server:
Column
Description
Label
The label assigned to the server.
Server
The server's IP address.
Ports
The server's ports.
4. Perform the following actions, as needed:
Edit a server
a. In the Actions column, click
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Figure 95: Configure Server Dialog Box – Edit Server Mode
b. In Server area's Label field, edit the label assigned to the server, as needed.
i Note: When you are editing a server, the Hostname field is view-only.
c. In the Server area, click the Open Advanced Configuration link to display the Advanced Server Configuration dialog box.
Figure 96: Advanced Server Configuration Dialog Box
d. In the Data Port and Mgmt Port fields, edit the server ports, as needed, and click OK to return to
the Configure Server dialog box.
e. In the Authentication area's Username and Password fields , edit the login credentials needed
to access server read storage, as needed.
f. In the Authentication area, click Test Login to verify that the login credentials work.
g. Click Save to save updates and exit the dialog box.
Delete a server
a. In the Actions column, click
to remove the server from the vmPRO appliance.
b. At the prompt, confirm the deletion.
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Add an ESX server
a. Click Add Server to display the Configure Server dialog box.
Figure 97: Configure Server Dialog Box – Add Server Mode
b. In the Server area's Hostname field, enter the host name or IP address to assign to the server.
c. In the Server area's Label field, enter a label to assign to the server, as needed.
d. In the Server area, click the Open Advanced Configuration link to display the Advanced Server Configuration dialog box.
Figure 98: Advanced Server Configuration Dialog Box
e. In the Data Port and Mgmt Port fields, edit the server ports, as needed, and click OK to return to
the Configure Server dialog box.
f. In the Authentication area's Username and Password fields, enter the login credentials needed to
access server read storage.
g. In the Authentication area, click Test Login to verify that the login credentials work.
h. Click Save to save updates and exit the dialog box.
5. Click OK to save updates and exit the dialog box.
Nodes
From the Resources tab you can edit a node's label, email a notification regarding a node, or delete a node.
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To manage nodes from the Resources tab
1. On the vmPRO appliance GUI, click the VMs button to display the VMs console.
2. Click the Resources tab, as needed.
3. In the Nodes pane, click Configure to display the Configure Node List dialog box.
Figure 99: Configure Node List Dialog Box
The dialog box displays the following information for each node:
Column
Description
Label
The label assigned to the node.
A label allows you to easily identify nodes. You can enter any
alphanumeric combination for a node label. If the node does not have a
label, this field will be blank.
Node
The IP address assigned to the node.
Role
The role assigned to the node if the node is part of a group.
4. Perform the following actions, as needed:
Assign a label to a node
a. In the Actions column, click
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b. In the Label field, enter a label to assign to the node.
c. Click Save to save the node's label and return to the Configure Node List dialog box.
Email a notification
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The node emails a report regarding its status, using the email settings configured on the Configure Email dialog box. See Configuring Email for a vmPRO Appliance.
Delete a node
a. In the Actions column, click
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b. At the prompt, confirm the deletion.
5. Click OK to save updates and exit the dialog box.
Navigating the vmPRO Alerts Console
Use the Alerts console on the vmPRO GUI to review and manage a list of current alerts.
After you have addressed an alert, you can delete it from the list of current alerts. Doing so moves the alert to
an Alert History list, which you can use to determine when the alert was addressed, and by whom the alert
was addressed.
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Figure 101: Alerts Console
Navigate the vmPRO Alerts console
1. On the vmPRO appliance GUI, click the Alerts button to display the Alerts console.
The top pane displays the number of current alerts, and a list of each individual current alert, as follows:
Column
Description
Time
The date and time at which the alert was issued.
Severity
The severity of the alert, such as warning.
Node
The IP address for the node on which the alert occurred.
Message
A message indicating the reason for the alert.
2. When you have addressed an alert, click
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3. In the Alert History pane, review the following information:
Column
Description
Time
The date and time at which the alert was issued.
Severity
The severity of the alert, such as warning.
Node
The IP address for the node on which the alert occurred.
Message
A message indicating the reason for the alert.
Cleared Time
The date and time at which the alert was deleted from the current
alert list.
Cleared By
The ID of the user who deleted the alert.
i Note: From the Select Columns drop-down list, you can select which columns display on the
Alert History pane.
Navigating the vmPRO Tasks Console
Use the vmPRO Tasks console to manage SmartMotion™ Backup and Recovery tasks, as well as to view
history for these tasks.
The following three tabs are located on the Tasks console.
Backup Tab
Use the Tasks Console – Backup tab to view and manage SmartMotion Backup tasks and policies.
Navigate the Backup tab on the Tasks console
1. On the vmPRO appliance GUI, click the Tasks button to display the Tasks console.
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2. Click the Backup tab, as needed.
Figure 102: Tasks Console – Backup Tab
3. In the left pane, review a list of SmartMotion Backup tasks in the following drop-down lists:
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Running – Currently running backup policy tasks.
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Policy History – Completed backup policy tasks, sorted by folders.
4. Select a task for which to display the following details:
i Note: Select the VMs, Folders, Nodes, or Errors tab, as needed.The Errors tab displays only
when errors exist.
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Tab
Column
Description
VMs
VM Name
The name of the backed-up virtual machine (VM).
Status
The status of the backup task for the associated VM, such
as Finished.
Error
The number of errors that occurred for the backup task, if
any.
Copy type
The type of backup task for the associated VM, such as
partial or full.
For more information regarding partial or full backups, see
vSphere Changed Block Tracking Support.
Folders
File size
The amount of data that was backed up for the associated
VM.
Savings
The percentage of saved disk space for the associated VM
and backup task.
Elapsed Time
The amount of time that the backup task took for the
associated VM.
Start Time
The time at which the backup task began for the associated
VM.
End Time
The time at which the backup task ended for the associated
VM.
Folder
The folder for which the backup task was run.
Num VMs
The number of VMs within the folder that were included in
the backup task.
Status
The status of the backup task for the associated folder,
such as Finished.
Num Errors
The number of errors that occurred for the backup task, if
any.
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Tab
Column
Description
Nodes
Node
The node on which the backup task was run.
Num VMs
The number of VMs on the node that were included in the
backup task.
Status
The status of the backup task on the associated node, such
as Finished.
VM Name
The name of the VM for which the backup error occurred.
Error Message
The reason for the error.
Error
5. Click the following buttons, as needed:
Button
Function
View Policies
Displays the Available Backup Policies dialog box.
Use this dialog box to create a new policy, set a default policy, edit an existing
policy, or delete a policy. See Creating SmartMotion Backup Policies.
Start Backup
Displays the Run SmartMotion Backup dialog box.
Use this dialog box to start a SmartMotion Backup. See vmPRO SmartMotion
Backup.
Abort Backup
Use to stop a selected SmartMotion Backup.
Recovery Tab
Use the Tasks Console – Recovery tab to manage SmartMotion Recovery tasks.
Navigate the Recovery tab on the Tasks console
1. On the vmPRO appliance GUI, click the Tasks button to display the Tasks console.
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2. Click the Recovery tab, as needed.
Figure 103: Tasks Console – Recovery Tab
3. Review the following information for each VM that was included in the most recent SmartMotion
Recovery:
Column
Description
Name
The name of the VM recovered during the recovery task.
Status
The status of the VM's recovery progress, such as Finished.
Start Time
The time at which the recovery task began on the associated VM.
Elapsed Time
The amount of time that the recovery task took for the associated VM.
Progress
The current progress of the recovery task for the associated VM.
i Note: Click Recover VMs to start a SmartMotion Recovery task. See vmPRO Data Recovery.
History Tab
Use the Tasks Console – History tab to view a detailed list of tasks.
Navigate the History tab on the Tasks console
1. On the vmPRO appliance GUI, click the Tasks button to display the Tasks console.
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2. Click the History tab, as needed.
Figure 104: Tasks Console – History Tab
3. Review the following information associated with each task:
Column
Description
Time
The date and time on which the task began.
Command
The description of the task, such as Discover hypervisor.
Node
The node on which the task occurred.
Object
The object on which the task was performed.
Status
The status of the task.
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The vmPRO SmartMotion™ Backup feature provides backup services for your vmPRO appliance by
initiating a scheduled push of specified virtual machine disk (VMDK) files to any specified Network Attached
Storage (NAS) target. The target can be resident on a plain NAS device or on a deduplication system, such
as a Quantum DXi system.
Most SmartMotion backups run based on a schedule you set. In addition, you can manually activate a
SmartMotion backup, as needed.
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Prerequisites
Before you can use the SmartMotion Backup feature, you must first do the following:
Configure Servers and Discover VMs
Configure servers for your vmPRO appliance. The vmPRO appliance can then auto-discover all virtual
machines (VMs) within the servers and display them on the VMs console. From the VMs console, you
can select the VMs to export. SmarMotion can then back up data on the exported VMs to the NAS target.
VSAN
VMware's Virtual SAN (VSAN) is a cluster-wide resource that exists as datastores on a cluster of
ESX servers. The vmPRO appliance manages VSAN through a vCenter server, which in turn
manages the ESX servers housing the VSAN datastores. vmPRO supports backing up virtual
machines (VMs) from VSAN datastores to NAS targets, as well as recovering VMs from the NAS
targets back to VSAN datastores. In addition, you can use your vmPRO appliance to back up VMs
from one type of datastore (VSAN or non-VSAN), and then recover the VMs to the other type of
datastore.
Example
A VM backed up from a VSAN datastore can be recovered to a non-VSAN datastore.
In environments using VMware's Virtual SAN (VSAN) configuration, you must set up your
vmPRO appliance to manage the configuration through a vCenter server, as opposed to managing
individual ESX servers.
For information about configuring servers and discovering VMs, see vmPRO Servers.
Set Up Folders and Groups
Set up folders within your vmPRO appliance to organize VMs for different backup needs, such as
backing up VMs by type or location. In addition, you can use folders in conjunction with the Group
Management feature to facilitate multiple backup policies on a single vmPRO appliance.
For more information about creating folders and groups for your vmPRO appliance, see vmPRO Folders
and vmPRO Group Configuration.
Configure Changed Block Tracking
Configure vSphere's Changed Block Tracking (CBT) feature to enable SmartMotion backups to
complete faster.
CBT identifies the VMDK blocks that have changed since the last backup. SmartMotion uses this
information to back up only the changed data on VMDKs, reducing network I/O and backup times.
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For more information about configuring CBT, see vSphere Changed Block Tracking Support.
Configure the Quantum VSS Writer
Configure the Quantum Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) Writer to perform VSS backups for
Windows-based VMs on an Active Directory (AD) Domain Controller.
The VSS Writer prepares Windows for a VMware snapshot to back up the VM's data. It then automates
a non-authoritative restore of the Windows AD Domain Controller when the VM is restored.
For more information about configuring the Quantum VSS Writer, see Quantum VSS Writer.
Select VMs for Export
After your servers are configured and discovered, select the VMs to export.
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For vCenter servers, you can select individual VMs, entire folders organizing the VMs, or the entire
vCenter server.
i Note: We do not recommend exporting entire vCenter servers because this type of export can
exponentially increase backup times.
For more information about selecting VMs for export, see Modifying VM Settings from the
vmPRO Appliance and Configuring a vCenter Server for a vmPRO Appliance.
Set Up Storage
Set up NAS targets to which to back up data, such as a Quantum DXi appliance. This data is stored in
the NAS device as a VM disk image. However, users cannot directly access this stored data. Instead, the
vmPRO appliance communicates to the device over a CIFS or NFS protocol, both to store backed-up
VM disk images and to recover the stored VM disk images. The vmPRO appliance presents the stored
data to authorized users and machines in the /export and /recover directories as CIFS or NFS shares.
For more information about setting up NAS targets, see Configuring NAS Targets for SmartMotion
Backups.
Create Backup Policies
Create backup policies to direct SmartMotion backups. When you create a backup policy, you can
specify the folders to be backed up, assign the NAS target for the backed-up data, set a schedule for the
backup, and define a retention schedule for the backed-up data.
For more information about creating backup policies, see vmPRO SmartMotion Backup Policies.
Additional Notes
Before using SmartMotion Backup, review the following information:
DXi V-Series Appliances
DXi V-Series appliances (such as DXi V1000 or DXi V4000) should not be backed up by a vmPRO
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appliance. When a DXi V-Series appliance is managed by a vmPRO appliance, disable the DXi VSeries appliance from being exported. If you want to back up your DXi V-Series appliance, replicate it to
another DXi appliance.
NAS Targets
If your NAS target is powered down or in a disconnected state, the vmPRO GUI times out. If you see
messages or behavior to this effect, check the status of your NAS target. Proceed with a backup when
the NAS target is behaving correctly.
Additional Backup and Recovery Solutions Quantum vmPRO can support your current backup and recovery solutions. For more information about
using Quantum vmPRO with your current backup and recover solutions, see the product-specific
technical notes on the Quantum Support site, and the online support article, Using Quantum vmPRO
with your backup solution.
Manually Activating a SmartMotion Backup
If you need to manually activate a SmartMotion™ backup, use the Run SmartMotion Backup dialog box.
After initiating the backup, you can view the backup's progress and details from the Backup tab on the Task
console. From this tab, you can also stop a SmartMotion backup. See Navigating the vmPRO Tasks
Console.
Figure 105: Run SmartMotion Backup Dialog Box
Manually activate a SmartMotion backup
1. From the SmartMotion Backup menu, select Backup to display the Run SmartMotion Backup
dialog box.
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2. In the Selected Policy field, select the appropriate backup policy to run.
Click Edit policy to display the Configure SmartMotion Backup Policy dialog box. Use this dialog
box to edit the backup policy, as needed. See Creating SmartMotion Backup Policies.
3. Click Run to run the SmartMotion backup.
4. From the Task console's Backup tab, view the progress of the SmartMotion backup. See Navigating
the vmPRO Tasks Console.
vmPRO SmartMotion Backup Policies
Create backup policies to direct SmartMotion™ Backups. You can create a single backup policy or multiple
backup policies for a vmPRO appliance. Creating multiple backup policies allows for multiple backup and
retention schedules, as well as the use of multiple storage targets.
After creating backup policies, you can define a default policy to use as a sample for creating future policies.
Considerations
Consider the following before creating backup policies:
Folders to Back Up When your vmPRO appliance discovers a server, it creates a folder for that server and its associated
virtual machines (VMs). You can configure additional folders to organize VMs based on backup needs,
such as by geographic location.
Assign backup policies to folders and their associated VMs. Keep in mind that VMs can belong to only
one folder at a time, but folders can have multiple backup policies assigned to them. A VM can be backed
up multiple times with different backup policies.
Storage Targets
Select the storage target to which SmartMotion will back up the selected VMs. If needed, you can
configure new storage targets or edit existing storage targets.
Backup policies are controlled by the vmPRO appliance for which they were created, regardless of
storage targets.
Example If vmPRO A and vmPRO B send data to the same storage target, the data exported by vmPRO A is
backed up and retained based on backup policies configured for vmPRO A. This data is not affected
by vmPRO B's backup and retention policies. The same applies for vmPRO B, where its backed-up
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data is sent and retained by backup policies configured for vmPRO B, and not those configured for
vmPRO A.
Backup and Retention Schedules
Each vmPRO appliance can have multiple backup policies, and each policy has its own schedule.
However, a specific policy can run only once per day. In addition, in a group configuration, only two
backup policies can run simultaneously for the master appliance and any of its nodes.
Retention schedules define both the amount of backed-up data to store and the amount of time for which
to store the data on a Network Attached Storage (NAS) target. For information about setting retention
schedules, see Retention Schedules for SmartMotion Backups.
Configuration File Backup
Within a backup policy, you can select to back up an encrypted copy of the vmPRO appliance's current
configuration file. This file contains all configuration data needed to restore the vmPRO appliance.
When SmartMotion backs up a vmPRO appliance's configuration file, it sends the file to the base
directory of the NAS target. This base directory follows the hierarchy convention of <Storage Subfolder>\<YYY_MM>\<YYY_MM_DD_HHMMSS>.
To restore the configuration file, use the Quantum vmPRO Configuration Save and Import feature.
Access this feature, as well as the configuration file, from the vmPRO GUI to which you are restoring the
vmPRO appliance's configuration. For more information about the Quantum vmPRO Configuration
Save and Import feature, see vmPRO GUI Menus.
Retention Schedules for SmartMotion Backups
Retention schedules define both the amount of backed-up data to store, and the amount of time for which to
store the data on a Network Attached Storage (NAS) target. You can define retention schedules when you
configure SmartMotion™ backup policies.
Retention schedules apply only when multiple copies of a virtual machine (VM) are backed up. Single copies
of backed-up VMs are stored indefinitely.
Important Concepts
Review the following before defining new retention schedules for currently running backup policies.
Daily Retention Schedules
If you define a new daily retention schedule for a backup policy, all data backed up through this policy –
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both before and after the retention schedule is defined – is deleted at the defined daily interval. If you do
not want to delete data backed up prior to defining the retention schedule, define a weekly or monthly
retention schedule instead. Weekly and monthly schedules only apply to backups completed after the
change to the policy's retention schedule.
Weekly and Monthly Retention Schedules
Weekly and monthly retention schedules only affect backups that occur after the schedule is defined for
the policy. Data backed up before a policy's weekly or monthly retention schedule is defined remains in
the NAS target.
Multiple Retention Schedules
You can set SmartMotion backup and retention schedules to run daily, weekly, monthly, annually, or on any
combination of those intervals.
When setting multiple schedules, keep the following in mind:
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Backups occur for the shortest interval of time defined.
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All retention schedules are followed.
Example
You schedule a backup policy to run both daily and weekly. The actual backups occur every day
because that is the shorter of the two defined intervals.
The daily schedule's retention is set for 8 days, and the weekly schedule's retention is set for 5 weeks
with Sunday being the day on which to retain backup data. The vmPRO appliance backs up data
every day, and it deletes data every 8 days, excluding data backed up on the last 5 Sundays. This
data is retained for 5 Sundays due to the weekly retention schedule.
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Figure 106: Retention Schedule Example
i Note: When you run a manual backup, it is treated like a daily backup for retention purposes. For
example, if you run a manual backup on a day when there is not a backup policy scheduled, the backup
is saved as a daily backup and the daily retention schedule is applied to it.
NAS Targets and Retention Schedules
When setting a retention schedule, consider the type of NAS target to which you are backing up data:
Deduplicating NAS Targets
DXi systems and deduplicating NAS targets generally achieve a 10:1 to 20:1 reduction in aggregate backup
volume, enabling greater retention periods than with comparably sized non-deduplicating storage devices.
Full and Differential/Changed Block Tracking (CBT) backups impact storage usage by approximately the
same amount as deduplication for the NAS target.
Non-Deduplicating Storage Targets
Non-deduplicating NAS targets consume disk space more rapidly that their comparably sized deduplicating
counterparts. Full and Differential/CBT backups impact these storage targets differently. CBT backups
generally reduce a backup by 15%-30%, depending on your environment.
Regardless of the type of NAS target, the biggest factor to consider in setting a retention schedule is the rate
at which the VMs generate unique data blocks. VMs generating more unique data blocks use more storage.
Until you can observe the capacity growth rate, we recommend setting a short retention schedule, retaining
data for only 7 to 14 days.
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Creating SmartMotion Backup Policies
Create backup policies to direct SmartMotion™ backups. You can create either a single backup policy or
multiple backup policies for a vmPRO appliance. Creating multiple backup policies allows for multiple
backup and retention schedules, as well as the use of multiple storage targets.
Before creating backup policies for your vmPRO appliance, we recommend reviewing the considerations
outlined in vmPRO SmartMotion Backup Policies and Retention Schedules for SmartMotion Backups.
Access the Configure SmartMotion Backup Policy dialog box
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Do one of the following:
a. From the Tasks tab, click View Policies to display the Available Backup Policies dialog box.
b. Click Create a new policy to display the Configure SmartMotion Backup Policy dialog box.
Or
a. From the SmartMotion Backup menu, select Backup Policies to display the Available Backup Policies dialog box.
b. Click Create a new policy to display the Configure SmartMotion Backup Policy dialog box.
Figure 107: Available Backup Policies Dialog Box
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Figure 108: Configure SmartMotion Backup Policy Dialog Box
Create a backup policy
1. Display the Configure SmartMotion Backup Policy dialog box.
2. In the SmartMotion Policy pane, do the following:
Field/Check Box
Action
Name
Enter a name to assign to the backup policy for easy identification.
Copy Mode
Select one of the following options for the drop-down list:
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multiple copies – Save multiple copies of a virtual machine (VM).
Retention schedules are applied to the multiple VM copies. See Retention
Schedules for SmartMotion Backups.
one copy – Save just one copy of a VM. Retention schedules do not apply
to this option because only one backup copy exists.
Email Backup Report
Select this check box to email a Backup Report to the recipients identified on
the Reports & Alerts dialog box or Report & Alert Configuration page. See
Configuring Reports, Alerts, and Autosupport for a vmPRO Appliance.
Backup vmPRO Configuration
Select this check box to back up a copy of the vmPRO appliance's
configuration file. See vmPRO SmartMotion Backup Policies.
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3. In the Assigned Folders and Storage pane, do the following:
Field/Button
Action
Storage
Select one of the following options from the drop-down list:
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A storage target in which to store backed-up data. If needed, click Edit Storage
to edit the storage target's settings.
Create new Storage to create a new storage target to which to back up data.
See Configuring NAS Targets for SmartMotion Backups.
Configure Folders
Click the button to display the Configure Folder Assignments dialog box. Use
this dialog box to assign the backup policy to folders. See below.
4. In the Scheduled Backups and Retention pane, click Configure to display the Configure Backup Schedules and Retention dialog box. Use this dialog box to set backup and retention schedules. See
below.
5. Click OK to save the policy and exit the dialog box.
Assign a backup policy to folders
1. Display the Configure Folder Assignments dialog box.
Figure 109: Configure Folder Assignments Dialog Box
2. In the Available folders (not assigned to this policy) list, select a folder to which to assign the
backup policy.
3. Click Move Up to move the folder to the Folders assigned to this policy list.
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To create a new folder, click Create Folder to display the Configure Folder dialog box. Use this
dialog box to create new folders to which to assign the backup policy. See Configuring vmPRO
Folders.
5. Click OK to save folder assignments and return to the Configure SmartMotion Backup Policy
dialog box.
Set backup and retention schedules
1. Display the Configure Backup Schedules and Retention dialog box.
Figure 110: Configure Backup Schedules and Retention Dialog Box
2. Set the time at which to automatically run the SmartMotion backup by doing the following:
a. Select the Automatically start scheduled SmartMotion backup at check box.
b. In the Time field's drop-down lists, select the hour and minute values at which to begin the backup.
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3. Do the following to define your backup and retention schedule intervals.
Time Interval
Steps
Daily
a. Select the Daily tab to run backups and retain data on a daily basis.
Figure 111: Daily Tab
b. Select the Enable the daily backup schedule check box to
activate your backup and retention schedule.
c. In the Retain VMs for X days field, enter the number of days for
which to retain backed-up data. After the indicated number of days
passes, the backed-up data is deleted from the storage target.
Example In the Retain VMs for X days field, you enter 10. The backup
runs daily at the indicated time, retaining all stored data in the
storage target for 10 days. After 10 days, the backed-up data is
deleted from the storage target. The backup and retention
schedule continues on this 10-day interval.
! Caution: If you define a new daily retention schedule for a backup
policy, all data backed up through this policy – both before and after
the retention schedule is defined – is deleted at the interval you
have defined. If you do not want to delete data backed up prior to
defining the retention schedule, define a weekly or monthly
retention schedule instead. Weekly and monthly schedules apply
only to backups completed after the change to the policy's retention
schedule.
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Time Interval
Weekly – Basic Mode
Figure 112: Weekly Tab – Basic
Mode
Steps
a. Select the Weekly tab to run backups and retain data on a weekly
basis.
b. Select the Enable the weekly backup schedule check box to
activate your backup and retention schedule.
c. In the Retain VMs from field, select the day of the week on which
both to run your backup and to delete retained files.
d. In the Retain VMs for X weeks field, enter the number of weeks for
which to retain backed-up data. After the indicated number of
weeks, the backed-up data is deleted from the storage target.
Example
a. In the Retain VMs from field, you select Monday.
b. In the Retain VM for X weeks field, you enter 6.
The backup runs every week on Monday at the indicated time,
retaining all stored data for 6 weeks. After 6 weeks, the backedup data is deleted from the storage target. The backup and
retention schedule continues on this 6-week interval.
i Note: Weekly retention schedules only affect backups that occur
after the schedule is defined for the policy. Data backed up before a
policy's weekly retention schedule is defined remains in the
NAS target.
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Time Interval
Weekly – Advanced Mode
Figure 113: Weekly Tab –
Advanced Mode
Steps
a. Select the Weekly tab to run backups and retain data on a weekly
basis.
b. Select the Enable the weekly backup schedule check box to
activate your backup and retention schedule.
c. Click the Advanced Mode link to display the Advanced Mode
view.
d. In the Retain VMs from the following days field, select each day
of the week on which both to run the backup and for which to retain
stored data.
e. In the Retain VMs for X weeks field, enter the number of weeks for
which to retain backed-up data. After the indicated number of
weeks, the backed-up data is deleted from the storage target.
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In the Retain VMs from the following days field, you
select Monday and Friday.
In the Retain VMs for X weeks field, you enter 6.
The backup runs every week on both Mondays and Fridays,
retaining all stored data for 6 weeks. After 6 Mondays, the
backed-up data is deleted from the storage target, with the
exception of the last 6 Friday backups. After 6 Fridays, the
backed-up data is deleted from the storage target, with the
exception of the last Monday backup.
i Note: Weekly retention schedules only affect backups that occur
after the schedule is defined for the policy. Data backed up before a
policy's weekly retention schedule is defined remains in the
NAS target.
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Time Interval
Monthly
Steps
a. Select the Monthly tab to run backups and retain data on a monthly
basis.
Figure 114: Monthly Tab
b. Select the Enable the monthly backup schedule check box to
activate your backup and retention schedule.
c. In the Retain VMs from field, select one of the following:
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Specific day – Use to define a specific day of the month on
which to run backups and begin the retention period. In the
subsequent drop-down list, select the specific day of the month.
The first backup of the month – Use to begin the retention
period on the first backup of the month.
The last backup of the month – Use to begin the retention
period on the last backup of the month.
! Caution: A monthly backup is scheduled only if you select
the Specific day option. Use The first backup of the month and last backup of the month options to define
retention policies only, and then schedule backups to run
daily or weekly.
d. In the Retain VMs for X months field, enter the number of months
for which to retain backed-up data. After the indicated number of
months, the backed-up data is deleted from the storage target.
Example
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The backup runs every week on Fridays, retaining all stored
data for 3 months. After 3 months of backups, the backed-up
data is deleted from the storage target, with the exception of the
last Friday backup of the month. The backup and retention
schedules continue, backing up data every Friday and deleting
stored data every 3 months before the last Friday of the month.
i Note: Monthly retention schedules only affect backups that occur
after the schedule is defined for the policy. Data backed up before a
policy's monthly retention schedule is defined remains in the
NAS target.
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Time Interval
Annually
Steps
a. Select the Annual tab to run backups and retain data on an annual
basis.
Figure 115: Annual Tab
b. Select the Enable the annual backup schedule check box to
activate your backup and retention schedule.
c. In the Retain VMs from field, select one of the following:
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Specific date – Use to define a specific date on which to run
backups and begin the retention period. In the subsequent dropdown lists, select the specific month and day.
The first backup of the year – Use to begin the retention period
on the first backup of the year.
The last backup of the year – Use to begin the retention period
on the last backup of the year.
! Caution: An annual backup is scheduled only if you select
the Specific date option. Use The first backup of the year and last backup of the year options to define
retention policies only, and then schedule backups to run
daily or weekly.
d. In the Retain VMs for X years field, enter the number of years for
which to retain backed-up data. After the indicated number of years,
the backed-up data is deleted from the storage target.
Example
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The backup runs every week on Fridays, retaining all stored
data for 1 year. After 1 year of backups, the backed-up data is
deleted from the storage target, with the exception of the last
Friday backup of the year. The backup and retention schedules
continue, backing up data every Friday and deleting stored data
every year before the last Friday of the year.
i Note: Setting any retention period to zero will keep backed-up data indefinitely.
4. Click OK to save your backup and retention schedules and return to the Configure SmartMotion Backup Policy dialog box.
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Modifying SmartMotion Backup Policies
Use the Available Backup Policies dialog box to modify an existing SmartMotion™ backup policy by
doing any of the following:
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Edit a backup policy's configuration settings.
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Delete a backup policy from the vmPRO appliance.
Figure 116: Available Backup Policies Dialog Box
Designate a Default Backup Policy
1. From the SmartMotion Backup menu, select Backup Policies to display the Available Backup Policies dialog box.
2. Select the policy to set as your default backup policy, and click Set default policy.
The vmPRO appliance assigns the default status to the policy, and places an asterisk (*) next to it in the
Name column.
3. Click OK to save settings and exit the dialog box.
Edit a backup policy's configuration settings
1. From the SmartMotion Backup menu, select Backup Policies to display the Available Backup Policies dialog box.
2. Select the policy to edit, and click
box in edit mode.
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Figure 117: Configure SmartMotion Backup Policy – Edit Mode
i Note: The Configure SmartMotion Backup Policy dialog box in edit mode includes a table
displaying the VM folder assignments for the existing backup policy. Otherwise, the dialog box and
steps taken to edit the policy are the same as when creating a backup policy.
3. Edit the policy’s configuration settings, as needed. See Creating SmartMotion Backup Policies.
Delete a backup policy from the vmPRO appliance
1. From theSmartMotion Backup menu, select Backup Policies to display the Available Backup Policies dialog box.
2. Select the policy to delete from the vmPRO appliance, and click
popup box.
to display the Confirm delete
3. Click Yes to confirm the deletion and remove the policy from the vmPRO appliance.
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This chapter contains the following topics and sections:
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Manually Registering a Recovered VM
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Preparing for Exchange Recovery
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Recovering Individual Files
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Use the vmPRO Recover Virtual Machines Wizard to recover data.
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When you recover data, the vmPRO appliance places the data in target datastores. We recommend that
before recovering data, you verify that the target datastores have enough available space for the recovered
data.The vmPRO appliance does not warn you if there is not enough space on a target datastore before
executing a batch operation. Define the target datastores to which to recover data in the wizard.
The wizard supports the following data recovery options.
Virtual Machine (VM) Recovery
Use this feature to recover VMs to an ESX or vCenter server. When you recover VMs, you can select to
have the vmPRO appliance automatically register the VMs with the server, or you can manually register the
VMs with the server. By registering VMs with the server, you are adding them as new VMs to the server's
inventory.
You can recover VMs backed up with SmartMotion™, and VMs backed up by a third-party application. The
only difference between the two recovery processes is how the vmPRO appliance accesses the VMs to
recover.
Topics
Recovering Virtual Machines
Recovering VMs Backed Up with a Third-Party Application
Manually Registering a Recovered VM
Exchange Recovery
Use this feature to recover mailboxes on an Exchange server. The vmPRO appliance exports and mounts
backup disk images of an Exchange server virtual machine (VM) to a target iSCSI disk. The iSCSI target
then pushes the disk images to a mailbox on a target Exchange server, where you can access the recovered
mailbox.
Before using the Exchange Recovery feature, you need to set up both your vmPRO appliance and your
system. After the vmPRO appliance completes the Exchange Recovery process, it initiates an automatic
Exchange server cleanup. You can manually perform this process, if needed.
Topics
Preparing For Exchange Recovery
Recovering Mailboxes on an Exchange Server
Manually Cleaning Up the Exchange Server
iSCSI Export and Recovery
Use this feature to recover your backed-up data as disk images from a Windows-based virtual machine
(VM) or physical machine.
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With the iSCSI Export and Recovery feature, your vmPRO appliance works with the Windows iSCSI
Initiator to capture the VM's file system as a disk image. On the same Windows system from which the iSCSI
Initiator is running, you can mount the VM disk image (VMDK) to access the files within the VM.
Topics
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Recovering VM Disks Using iSCSI
Recovering Individual Files
Using the vmPRO SmartView feature, you can recover individual files within exported virtual machines
(VMs). This process is separate from the VM recovery process. You can access and recover individual files
within the exported VMs by mounting CIFS shares to your local system.
You can recover individual files from a mounted CIFS share only. This feature does not support NFS
shares. You can access the share from either Windows or Unix/Linux systems.
Topics
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Recovering Individual Files
VSAN
vmPRO supports backing up virtual machines (VMs) from VSAN datastores to Network Attached
Storage (NAS) targets, as well as recovering VMs from the NAS targets back to VSAN datastores. In
addition, you can use your vmPRO appliance to back up VMs from one type of datastore (VSAN or nonVSAN), and then recover VMs to the other type of datastore.
Example
A VM backed up from a VSAN datastore can be recovered to a non-VSAN datastore.
Note: In environments using VMware's Virtual SAN (VSAN) configuration, you must set up your
vmPRO appliance to manage the configuration through a vCenter server, rather than managing
individual ESX servers. See vmPRO Servers.
Recovering Virtual Machines
Use the vmPRO Recover Virtual Machines Wizard to recover virtual machines (VMs).
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Considerations
Selecting VMs to Recover
From the wizard, you can easily select to recover VMs backed up with SmartMotion™. To recover VMs
backed up with a third-party application, you need to create a staging area from which the
vmPRO appliance can access the VM. See Recovering VMs Backed Up with a Third-Party Application.
Recovering One or Multiple VMs
You can recover either one or multiple VMs at a time. Whichever option you choose, you need to define
the backup date from which to recover the data, and a configuration to use in restoring the VMs and
associated disks and files.
Viewing Recovery Status
Both during and after the recovery process, you can use the Tasks console to view the progress of the
recovery. See Navigating the vmPRO Tasks Console.
i Note: If you are recovering a VM with both Active Directory (AD) and VSS enabled, the VSS
restore process reboots the VM twice. These reboots can take several minutes. During this time, we
recommend that you do not attempt to use the VM.
Recover VMs backed up with SmartMotion
1. From the SmartMotion Backup menu, select Recover to display the Recover Virtual Machines Wizard.
Figure 118: Recover Virtual Machines Wizard
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2. As needed, filter the list of VMs from which to select by doing the following:
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In the Backup in the last xx days drop-down list, select to display VMs that have been backed up in
the last 30 or 60 days, or select to display all backup history.
Click Update filter to update the list of VMs based on the filter criteria.
3. Select the VMs to recover by doing one of the following:
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i Note: Click Select none to clear all current selections.
4. In the Recover from drop-down list for each selected VM, select the date and time of the backup from
which to recover data.
i Note: If you are performing a recovery using iSCSI, click Manage iSCSI Targets to display the
iSCSI Targets dialog box. Use this dialog box to view your current iSCSI targets, as well as to
remove iSCSI targets you no longer need. See Manually Cleaning Up the Exchange Server.
5. Click Next to display the Select the type of recovery to perform page.
Figure 119: Select the type of recovery to perform Page
6. Select VM Recovery to recover the selected VMs as new VMs on the appropriate vCenter or ESX
server.
7. Click Next.
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8. Depending on whether you are recovering a single VM or multiple VMs, use one of the following tasks
to complete VM recovery.
Recover a single VM
1. On the Select the type of recovery to perform page, select VM Recovery to display the Select a target virtual machine configuration page.
The page displays the name of the VM selected for recovery, as well as the original name of the VM's
configuration file.
Figure 120: Select a target virtual machine configuration Page
2. Populate the following fields and check boxes, as needed:
Field/Check Box
Description
New VMX Name
The name of the VM's configuration file.
Enter a new name for the configuration file, or keep the original name
for the file.
Datastore for the VMX
The datastore to which to recover the VM's configuration file.
Select a target datastore from the drop-down list.
Directory for the VMX
The directory in which to place the VM's configuration file.
Enter a new directory, or keep the original directory structure for the
file.
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Field/Check Box
Description
Action on Conflict
Select one of the following options if a VM name or directory name
conflict occurs during the VM recovery:
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need to rename either the original VM/directory or the VM/directory
being recovered, and then restart the recovery process.
rename – The vmPRO appliance continues the recovery process,
and registers the recovered VM with a new name, using the
following convention:
<VM_name> (1). If <VM_name> (1) exists, the appliance uses
the next sequential number, such as <VM_name> (2).
The vmPRO appliance uses this same convention in renaming a
duplicate directory.
Add the VM to vSphere/ESX inventory after restore
Select to automatically add the VM to the vSphere or ESX server's
inventory.
If the VM is not originally from a vCenter or ESX server, or if you want
to manually register the VM with a different server, clear this check
box.
Register with the configuration from the backup
If you selected to automatically add the VM to the server's inventory,
select if you want to register the VM to the same location from which it
was backed up.
If the VM is not originally from a vCenter or ESX server, or if you want
to manually register the VM with a different server, clear this check
box.
3. In the Virtual Disk Configuration field, select one of the following options:
Virtual Disk Configuration Description
Use the above datastore and directory
Recovers the VM with the configuration defined in the fields above.
Use the original configuration Recovers the VM with its original configuration.
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Virtual Disk Configuration Description
Change each virtual disk's configuration
Customize each disk's configuration on the VM.
a. Click the Edit Configuration link to display the Virtual Disk Configuration dialog box.
b. In the Virtual Disk Number drop-down list, select the disk number
for which to configure settings.
c. In the Target Disk Name field, edit the name assigned to the disk,
as needed.
d. In the Target Datastore drop-down list, select the datastore to
which to recover the disk.
e. In the Target Directory field, enter the directory in which to place
the disk.
f. In the Disk Provisioning drop-down list, select the provision type
to assign to the disk, either thick or thin.
g. Click Save to save updates and return to the previous page.
4. Click Next to display the Verify the configuration of the VM to be restored page.
Figure 121: Verify the configuration of the VM to be restored Page
5. Review the recovery settings, and click Start to begin the recovery.
Recover multiple VMs
1. On the Select the type of recovery to perform page, select VM Recovery to display the Select a policy for recovering your virtual machines page.
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Figure 122: Select a policy for recovering your virtual machines Page
2. Select one of the following recovery policy options:
Recovery Policy Option
Description
Keep the original configuration
The vmPRO appliance recovers the VMs to their original datastores,
following the original directory structure. If the original directory still
exists on the datastore, the vmPRO appliance renames the directory
in which the recovered VMs are placed.
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using the original directory_xyz.
The vmPRO appliance recovers the VMs to Datastore A, but
directory_xyz is still intact on the datastore.
The vmPRO appliance creates directory_xyz_1 on
Datastore A, and places the recovered VMs in this renamed
directory.
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Recovery Policy Option
Description
Set a policy to map virtual machines to datastores
The vmPRO appliance recovers the VMs to datastores that you
define on the Configure policy mappings page. This page displays
when you click Next. See below.
The vmPRO appliance uses the recovered VMs' original directory
structure.
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You define Datastore B as the recovery target for VMs 1, 2,
and 3.
VMs 1, 2, and 3 originally resided on Datastore A in
directory_xyz.
The vmPRO appliance recovers VMs 1, 2, and 3 to Datastore B, creating directory_xyz for the recovered VMs.
The vmPRO appliance recovers all VMs, files, and disks from one
datastore to another datastore that you define on the Configure policy mappings page. This page displays when you click Next.
See below.
Example
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originally on Datastore A to Datastore B.
The vmPRO appliance uses this recovery policy and
recovers VMs, files, and disks originally on Datastore A to
Datastore B.
3. Select the Attempt to add the VMs to vSphere/ESX inventory after restore (using the original configuration)?check box to register the recovered VMs to the appropriate server's inventory.
i Note: If you select this option, we recommend removing the original VMs from the server before
restoring them. The vmPRO appliance does not rename the restored VMs, which could cause
identification issues if you have both the original and restored VMs with the same name on the
server.
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4. Click Next to display the Verify the configuration of the VM to be restored page.
Figure 123: Verify the configuration of the VM to be restoredPage
5. Review the recovery settings, and click Start to begin the recovery.
Configure policy mappings
1. On the Select a policy for recovering your virtual machines page, select either Set a policy to map virtual machines to datastores or Set a policy to map original datastores to new datastores.
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2. Click Next to display the Configure policy mappings page.
Figure 124: Configure policy mappings Page – Set a policy to map virtual machines to datastores Option
Figure 125: Configure policy mappings Page – Set a policy to map original datastores to new datastores Option
3. Depending on which option you selected, do the following to configure your restore policy:
Set a policy to map virtual machines to datastores
a. Click Add new policy to display the Configure Target Datastore dialog box.
b. In the Target Datastore drop-down list, select the datastore to which to recover the VMs.
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c. In the VMs to recover to the target datastore list, select each VM to recover to the selected
datastore.
d. Click Save to save updates and return to the Configure policy mappings dialog box with your
new mappings displayed.
e. Click Next to display the Confirm your recovery configuration page.
f. Review the recovery settings, and click Start to begin the recovery.
Set a policy to map original datastores to new datastores
a. Click Add new policy to display the Configure Target Datastore dialog box.
b. In the Target Datastore drop-down list, select the datastore to which to recover the VMs.
c. In the Datastores to map to the target datastore list, select each datastore to recover to the
selected datastore.
d. Click Save to save updates and return to the Configure policy mappings dialog box with your
new mappings displayed.
e. Click Next to display the Confirm your recovery configuration page.
f. Review the recovery settings, and click Start to begin the recovery.
Recovering VMs Backed Up with a Third-Party
Application
You can use the vmPRO Recover Virtual Machines Wizard to recover virtual machines (VMs) backed up
with a third-party application.
i Note: If you are recovering a VM with both Active Directory (AD) and VSS enabled, the VSS restore
process reboots the VM twice. These reboots can take several minutes. During this time, we
recommend that you do not attempt to use the VM. See Quantum VSS Writer
Considerations
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After recovering a VM backed up with a third-party application, manually delete the files from your
staging area.
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Create a staging area from which the vmPRO appliance can access
the VM
1. Create the staging area in which to place the VM by doing one of the following:
If the vmPRO appliance can access the location to which you restored the VM
Use the restore location as your staging area.
If the vmPRO appliance cannot access the location to which you restored the VM
Create a staging area on a host other than your vmPRO appliance. You can create a staging area on
any Network Attached Storage (NAS) device that is accessible to both the third-party application and
the vmPRO appliance.
2. Ensure that the directory in which the VM is located is in the staging area, along with the following files:
i Note: The VM's directory should have the same name as the VM.
File
Description
<VM name>-flat.vmdk
The full base disk image.
<VM name>-pancbt.vmdk
If you use Changed Block Tracking (CBT), the file containing the
changed blocks since the last full disk image was written. You should
have the latest of these files for each flat file. See vSphere Changed
Block Tracking Support.
<VM name>-.vmx
The VM's configuration file.
3. Add the staging area to the vmPRO appliance as additional storage to allow the Recover Virtual Machines Wizard to access the staging area. See Configuring NAS Targets for SmartMotion
Backups.
Recover a VM backed up with a third-party application
1. From the SmartMotion Backup menu, select Recover to display the Recover Virtual Machines Wizard.
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Figure 126: Recover Virtual Machines Wizard
2. Click Manually Choose a VM to display the Select directory dialog box.
Figure 127: Select directory Dialog Box
3. Double-click the appropriate storage location, and then the appropriate folder, until the list of VMs
displays.
4. Select the VM(s) to recover, and click OK to return to the Recover Virtual Machines Wizard.
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5. To complete the recovery process, proceed with step 5 from the Recover VMs Backed Up with
SmartMotion task in the Recovering Virtual Machines topic.
Manually Registering a Recovered VM
You must manually register a recovered virtual machine (VM) if you did not select to automatically add it to a
server's inventory during recovery.
When the VM is registered with a server, it is added to the server's inventory and automatically discovered
by the vmPRO appliance. In addition, the VM is automatically exported if you have Automatically export new VMs enabled on the VMs Console. See Navigating the vmPRO VMs Console.
Manually register a recovered VM using the vSphere Client
1. Using a vSphere Client, log in to the ESX or vCenter server where the VM resides.
2. In the left pane, select the server to which to add the VM.
3. Click the Summary tab to display the server's general and resource information.
4. In the Resources pane, right-click the storage location of the recovered VM and select Browse Datastore to display the Datastore Browser dialog box.
Figure 128: Resources Pane – Storage Location
5. Locate and open the VM directory that was created during the recovery process.
6. Rick-click the .vmx file, and select Add to Inventory to display the Add to Inventory wizard.
7. In the Name field, edit the name of the VM, as needed, and click Next to display the Resource Pool
page.
8. In the Resource Pool pane, select the location in which to place the VM.
9. Click Next to display the Ready to Complete page, and click Finish to add the VM to the server's
inventory.
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Manually register a recovered VM using the vSphere Web Client
1. Open a vSphere Web Client.
2. From vCenter Inventory Lists, select Datastores to display a list of datastores.
3. Select the datastore to which to add the VM.
4. Locate and open the VM directory that was created during the recovery process.
Figure 129: Datastore Files List
5. Right-click the .vmx file, and select Register VM to display the Register Virtual Machine wizard.
6. In the Name field, edit the name of the VM, as needed.
7. In the Select inventory location list, select the folder in which to place the registered VM.
8. Click Next to display the Host/Cluster page.
9. In the displayed list, select the host or cluster on which to run the VM.
10. Click Next to display the Resource Pool page.
11. In the displayed list, select the resource pool in which to run the VM.
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12. Click Next to display the Ready to Complete page, and click Finish to add the VM to the server's
inventory.
Preparing for Exchange Recovery
Before using the vmPRO Exhange Recovery feature, make sure that the following prerequisites are met.
Prerequisites
Ensure that the following prerequisites are met before using Exchange Recovery:
Exchange Management Shell
You must have a working Exchange Management Shell to successfully recover mailboxes on an
Exchange server.
Microsoft Exchange
You must have one of the following versions of Microsoft Exchange for mailbox recovery:
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For systems that use Microsoft Exchange servers running Windows 2008R2 and Exchange 2010, the
Window Management Framework 3.0 must be installed.
Target iSCSI Disk
The vmPRO Exchange Recovery feature exports and mounts backup disk images of an Exchange
server virtual machine (VM) to a target iSCSI disk.
Mapping eth0 to the iSCSI IP Address
The vmPRO appliance accesses the target iSCSI disk using the eth0 network path, which VMware tools
automatically map to the iSCSI IP address. Ensure that eth0 is mapped to the iSCSI IP address. You will
specify the iSCSI target in the wizard.
iSCSI Write Area Settings
In addition, the iSCSI target stores the recovered disk images of the Exchange server VM in its write
area. This write area is separate from the area that the iSCSI target uses to store backed-up disk
images. You must configure each iSCSI target's write area by specifying the amount of space to reserve
for the recovered disk images.
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Configure an iSCSI target's write area settings
1. From the Configure menu, select iSCSI to display the Configure iSCSI dialog box.
Figure 130: Configure iSCSI Dialog Box
2. In the Storage for iSCSI Write Area drop-down list, select the target iSCSI to which to recover
Exchange server disk images, or select Create new Storage to configure an iSCSI storage
target. See Configuring NAS Targets for SmartMotion Backups.
3. In the Maximum size per target field, enter the amount of space to reserve for the recovered
disk images in gigabytes.
4. Click OK to save changes and exit the dialog box.
Target Exchange Server
The iSCSI target pushes the recovered mailboxes to a mailbox on a target Exchange server. Make sure
that the target mailbox has enough available space for the recovered mailbox. Otherwise, the Exchange
Recover will fail.
You will specify the target Exchange server from the wizard.
Quantum VSS Agent
The vmPRO Exchange Recovery feature performs best when the Quantum VSS agent performs the
backup of mailboxes on an Exchange server. To enable the Quantum VSS Agent, see Quantum VSS
Writer.
i Note: You must use version 1.3 or higher of the Quantum VSS agent.
Adding the Exchange Server to the Organization Management Domain Group
When using the Quantum VSS agent to perform the backup of mailboxes on an Exchange server, add
the Exchange server to the Organization Management domain group within Microsoft Exchange. Adding
the Exchange server to the domain group enables the Quantum VSS agent to capture the mailbox
database information during a backup. Then during the recovery of an Exchange server's mailboxes, the
vmPRO can access the mailbox database information located on the backed-up Exchange server.
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If you do not add the Exchange server to the domain group, you must manually locate the mailbox
databases to recover by browsing to the Exchange server's database .edb file and corresponding
transaction log directory.
Add an Exchange server to the Organization Management domain group for Microsoft Exchange 2013
1. In a local browser, enter https://<Exchange Server IP Address>/ecp/default.aspx to
access the Exchange admin center page for Microsoft Exchange 2013.
2. Select the Permissions tab, and then select the admin roles tab.
Figure 131: Exchange admin center – admin roles Tab
3. Double-click Organization Management to display the Role Group window.
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4. In the Members list, click the plus icon to display the Select Members window.
Figure 132: Select Members Window
5. In the displayed list, select Exchange Servers and click add to add the name to the
Organization Management domain group.
6. Click ok to return to the Role Group window, with Exchange Servers displayed in the
Members list.
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Figure 133: Role Group Window – Members List
7. Click Save to save changes and exit the window.
Add an Exchange server to the Organization Management domain group for Microsoft Exchange 2010:
1. In a local browser, enter https://<Exchange Server IP Address>/ecp to access the
Exchange Server page for Microsoft Exchange 2010.
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2. Select the Roles and Auditing tab, and then select the Administrator Roles tab.
Figure 134: Exchange Server – Administrator Roles Tab
3. Double-click Organization Management to display the Role Group window.
4. In the Members list, click the plus icon to display the Select Members window.
Figure 135: Select Members Window
5. In the displayed list, select Exchange Servers and click Add to add the name to the
Organization Management domain group.
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6. Click OK to return to the Role Group window, with Exchange Servers displayed in the
Members list.
Figure 136: Role Group Window – Members List
7. Click Save to save changes and exit the window.
Recovering Mailboxes on an Exchange Server
Use the Exchange Recovery Wizard to recover mailboxes on an Exchange server. You can view the
status of a mailbox recovery on the Tasks console. See Navigating the vmPRO Tasks Console.
Use the following tasks to recover a mailbox on an Exchange server. After the vmPRO appliance completes
the recovery process, it initiates an automatic Exchange server cleanup process. See Manually Cleaning Up
the Exchange Server.
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Access the Exchange Recovery Wizard
1. From the SmartMotion Backup menu, select Recover to display the Recover Virtual Machines Wizard.
Figure 137: Recover Virtual Machines Wizard
2. As needed, filter the list of VMs from which to select by doing the following:
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In the Filter VM Name field, enter the name of the VM to recover.
In the Backup in the last xx days drop-down list, select to display VMs that have been backed up in
the last 30 or 60 days, or select to display all backup history.
Click Update filter to update the list of VMs based on the filter criteria.
3. Select the VMs to recover by doing one of the following:
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Select the check box next to each VM to recover.
i Note: Click Select none to clear all current selections.
4. In the Recover from drop-down list for each selected VM, select the date and time of the backup from
which to recover data.
i Note: If you are performing a recovery using iSCSI, click Manage iSCSI Targets to display the
iSCSI Targets dialog box. Use this dialog box to view your current iSCSI targets, as well as to
remove iSCSI targets you no longer need. See Manually Cleaning Up the Exchange Server.
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5. Click Next to display the Select the type of recovery to perform page.
Figure 138: Select the type of recovery to perform Page
6. Select Exchange Recovery to recover mailboxes on an exchange server, and click Next to display the
Exchange Recovery Wizard.
Set up for the Exchange recovery
1. Access the Exchange Recovery Wizard.
2. Do one of the following, depending on whether you use the Quantum VSS agent to perform backups of
your Exchange server:
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If the Quantum VSS agent is enabled
Figure 139: Select database by name
a. Select the Select database by name check box, as needed.
b. Select the Exchange database that contains the mailbox to recover.
c. Click Next to display the vCenter/ESX server information page.
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If the Quantum VSS agent is not enabled
Figure 140: Browse this backup for the Exchange .edb file and transaction log directory
a. Click Browse Edb. file to display the Select .edb file dialog box.
b. Navigate to the .edb file for the mailbox to recover, select it, and click OK to return to the
Exchange Recovery Wizard.
c. Click Browse Log dir to display the Select log directory dialog box.
d. Navigate to the log directory for the mailbox to recover, select it, and click OK to return to the
Exchange Recovery Wizard.
e. Click Next to display the vCenter/ESX server information page.
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Figure 141: vCenter/ESX server information Page
3. In the following fields, enter the credentials for the vSphere server that is hosting the Exchange server
VM to recover:
Field
Description
Hostname
The vSphere server's host name.
VMware User
The user name needed to access the vSphere server.
VMware Password
The password needed to access the vSphere server.
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4. Click Next to display the Target Exchange Server page.
Figure 142: Target Exchange Server Page
5. In the following fields, enter the credentials for the target Exchange server VM:
Field
Description
VM Name
The name of the target Exchange server VM.
IP address
The IP address of the target Exchange server.
Windows Username
The Windows user name needed to access the target Exchange server.
Windows Password
The Windows password needed to access the target Exchange server.
i Note: Because Exchange Recovery requires administrator access to the target Exchange server
VM, you must provide Windows credentials with administrator privileges.
6. Click Next to activate the recovery database setup. When the setup has completed, the Select mailbox to recover page displays.
Recover mailboxes on an Exchange server
1. Display the Select mailbox to recover page.
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Figure 143: Select mailbox to recover Page
2. In the mailbox list, select the mailbox to recover.
i Note: You can recover only one mailbox at a time.
3. Select the Keep this window open to do additional recoveries from this database check box to
return to this page after the selected mailbox is recovered.
4. In the Target Mailbox Option area, select one of the following:
Option
Description
Recover to the mailbox with the same name on this server
Places the recovered mailbox in the target mailbox with the
same name.
Recover to an existing mailbox
Places the recovered mailbox in the target mailbox specified in
the Mailbox name field.
In the Mailbox name field, enter the target mailbox's name.
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5. In the Recovery Options area, indicate the following recovery options, as needed:
Option
Description
Conflict Resolution Option
Specifies the action for the Mailbox Replication Service (MRS) to take if
multiple matching messages exist in the target mailbox.
From the drop-down list, select one of the following:
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Keep Source – Keeps the source message and deletes all other
matching messages.
Keep Latest – Keeps the latest message and deletes all other
matching messages.
Keep All – Keeps all matching messages.
Specifies the top-level folder in which to restore data. Enter a target root
folder, as appropriate.
If you do not enter a target root folder, the vmPRO appliance restores
data to the top of the folder structure in the target mailbox. In doing so,
the appliance merges content under existing folders, and creates new
folders when they do not already exist in the target mailbox.
6. Click Start to recover the mailbox. After the mailbox is recovered, one of the following happens:
If you did not select the Keep this window open to do additional recoveries from this database option:
The vmPRO appliance automatically activates the Exchange server cleanup process and closes the
wizard.
If you selected the Keep this window open to do additional recoveries from this database option:
The Mailbox Successfully Recovered dialog box displays.
a. Click OK to return to the Select mailbox to recover page.
b. Continue restoring mailboxes, as needed.
c. Before starting the last mailbox recovery, clear the Keep this window open to do additional recoveries from this database check box. The vmPRO appliance recovers the last mailbox, and
automatically activates the Exchange server cleanup process and closes the wizard.
i Note: If you abort a mailbox recovery, you will see mailboxes continue to be moved to the target
mailbox for a period of time due to a time delay between the abort command and the Exchange
server's suspension of the recovery.
Manually Cleaning Up the Exchange Server
During the recovery of an Exchange server, the vmPRO appliance configures iSCSI disks and a recovery
database on your Exchange server. The appliance automatically cleans up this configuration when the
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recovery process is complete, or when you exit the Exchange Recovery Wizard by using the back,
cancel, or X buttons.
If you close the vmPRO GUI without exiting the Exchange Recovery Wizard, or if the browser crashes
when a recovery is running, the vmPRO appliance does not automatically clean up the configuration
changes made to your Exchange server. If this occurs, you must do a manual cleanup of your Exchange
server.
Removing the Recovery Database
Use your Exchange Management Shell to dismount and remove the recovery database from your
Exchange server.
Remove the recovery database from the Exchange server
1. Open your Exchange Management Shell.
2. At the prompt, enter Get-MailboxDatabase ¦ Select-Object Name to display the vmPRORecovery database name.
Figure 144: Obtain the Recovery Database Name
3. At the prompt, enter Dismount-Database <database name> to display a confirmation prompt.
4. Enter Y to confirm the dismount.
Figure 145: Dismount the Recovery Database
5. At the next prompt, enter Remove-MailboxDatabase-identity <database name> to display a
confirmation prompt.
6. Enter Y to confirm the removal.
Figure 146: Remove the Recovery Database
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Dismount Volumes from Your Local System
The vmPRO appliance adds one or more disks to your system. It adds more than one disk when the
Exchange database and transaction logs are on different disks. When the Exchange database and
transaction logs are on the same disk, but in different partitions, the vmPRO appliance mounts two volumes
on that disk. You need to dismount each volume on each disk that the vmPRO appliance added.
Remove vmPRO mounted volumes
1. From the Computer Management window, select Storage > Disk Management to display the
system's mounted volumes and disk information in the center pane.
Figure 147: Computer Management – Disk Management Pane
2. Right-click the appropriate volumes on each disk mounted by the vmPRO appliance, and then select
Change Drive Letter and Paths to display the Change Drive Letter and Paths for New Volume
dialog box.
i Note: Volumes mounted by the vmPRO appliance display QuantumExcRecv in the dialog box.
3. Click Remove to dismount the volume.
4. Right-click each volume that you dismounted, and select Offline to take the volumes offline.
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Remove the vmPRO Target
Make sure to both disconnect the vmPRO target and remove the vmPRO target portal from the
iSCSI Initiator before the removing the iSCSI target.
Remove the vmPRO target from your iSCSI Initiator
1. Open the iSCSI Initiator Properties dialog box.
2. Click the Targets tab, as needed, and select the vmPRO target.
Figure 148: iSCSI Initiator Properties Dialog Box – TargetsTab
3. Click Disconnect to disconnect the vmPRO target from the iSCSI Initiator.
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4. Click the Discovery tab, and select the vmPRO target portal.
Figure 149: iSCSI Initiator Properties Dialog Box – Discovery Tab
5. Click Remove to remove the vmPRO target portal from the iSCSI Initiator.
Remove the iSCSI Target
As your final clean up step, you need to access your vmPRO GUI to remove the iSCSI target from your
vmPRO appliance.
Remove the iSCSI target from your vmPRO appliance:
1. Display the vmPRO GUI.
2. From the SmartMotion Backup menu, select iSCSI Targets to display the iSCSI Targets dialog
box.
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Figure 150: iSCSI Targets Dialog Box
3. For each iSCSI target to remove, click
to delete it from the vmPRO appliance.
4. Click OK to exit the dialog box.
iSCSI Export and Recovery
Use the vmPRO appliance's iSCSI Export and Recovery feature to recover your backed-up data as disk
images from a Windows-based virtual machine (VM) or physical machine.
The iSCSI Export and Recovery feature differs from VM recovery as follows:
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When you recover a backed-up VM, you are recovering an entire file system from the Network Attached
Storage (NAS) target. The VM's file system is added to the datastore's (target server's) inventory as a
new VM, which users can then access.
With the iSCSI Export and Recovery feature, your vmPRO appliance works with the Windows iSCSI
Initiator to capture the VM's file system as a disk image. On the same Windows system from which the
iSCSI Initiator is running, you can mount the VM disk image (VMDK) to access the files within the VM.
For more information about recovering entire VM file systems, see Recovering Virtual Machines.
Prerequisites
Before using the iSCSI Export and Recovery feature, make sure your system meets the following
prerequisites:
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Windows iSCSI Initiator Installation
The Windows iSCSI Initiator must be installed on your Windows system, typically in the Administrative Tools folder. If you need to download the iSCSI Initiator, you can do so from
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=18986.
iSCSI User Configuration
For authentication and security purposes, the Windows iSCSI Initiator requires a unique user.
Using the Configure User dialog box, create a user for the iSCSI Initiator. You must assign the
iSCSI user a 12- to-16-character password. See Configuring Users for a vmPRO Appliance.
iSCSI Write Area Settings
The iSCSI Initiator adds each exported disk image as a file to the iSCSI target's write area storage. You
must configure the iSCSI write area settings for these files. See the "Target iSCSI Disk" section of
Preparing For Exchange Recovery.
iSCSI Configuration Notes
Keep the following in mind when using the iSCI Initiator to recover VM file systems:
iSCSI IP Address
The VMDK is exported to a specific IP address for the iSCSI Initiator. Other iSCSI Initiators cannot
discover the vmPRO appliance or its exported VMDKs.
Target vmPRO Appliances
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you remove unused targets from your iSCSI Initiator.
The iSCSI Initiator keeps track of how long a target is active, and it generates a warning when the
target has been exposed for more than 24 hours.
i Note: You cannot delete a target vmPRO appliance when it is connected to the iSCSI Initiator.
iSCSI User
You cannot edit or delete the iSCSI user or password created on your vmPRO appliance when the
following occurs:
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Reboots
When a vmPRO appliance is rebooted, its connection to the iSCSI Initiator is lost, along with all
previously written data. In addition, previously exported VMDKs are no longer available. After a reboot,
you must perform a new iSCSI export and recovery.
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Recovering VM Disks Using iSCSI
Use the following workflow to recover virtual machine disk images (VMDKs) using iSCSI:
Figure 151: iSCSI Recovery Workflow
Export VMDKs to an iSCSI target
1. From the SmartMotion Backup menu, select Recover to display the Recover Virtual Machines Wizard.
Figure 152: Recover Virtual Machines Wizard
2. As needed, filter the list of VMs from which to select by doing the following:
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3. Select the VMs to recover by doing one of the following:
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i Note: Click Select none to clear all current selections.
4. In the Recover from drop-down list for each selected VM, select the date and time of the backup from
which to recover data.
i Note: If you are performing a recovery using iSCSI, click Manage iSCSI Targets to display the
iSCSI Targets dialog box. Use this dialog box to view your current iSCSI targets, as well as to
remove iSCSI targets you no longer need. See Manually Cleaning Up the Exchange Server.
5. Click Next to display the Select the type of recovery to perform page.
Figure 153: Select the type of recovery to perform Page
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6. Select iSCSI Export and click Next to display the Enable Disks for iSCSI Export dialog box.
Figure 154: Enable Disks for iSCSI Export Dialog Box
7. Select the check box next to each VMDK to export to the iSCSI target.
i Note: Click Manage All iSCSI Targets to display the iSCSI Targets dialog box. Use this dialog
box to view your current iSCSI targets, as well as to remove iSCSI targets you no longer need.
See the Remove the iSCSI Target task in Manually Cleaning Up the Exchange Server.
8. In the iSCSI Initiator IP Address field, enter the address of the computer on which the iSCSI Initiator
is running.
9. In the iSCSI User drop-down list, select one of the following:
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Create New User to display the Configure User dialog box. Use this dialog box to create a user for
the iSCSI Initiator. See Configuring Users for a vmPRO Appliance.
10. In the Password field, enter the 12- to-16-character password assigned to the iSCSI user.
11. Click Export Selected Disks to export the selected VMDKs to the iSCSI target.
12. Click OK to exit the wizard.
Recover disk images from the iSCSI Initiator
1. Open your iSCSI Initiator.
2. Discover the vmPRO:
a. Click the Discovery tab to display the Discovery page.
b. Click Discover Portal to display the Discover Target Portal dialog box.
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c. In the IP address or DNS name field, enter the IP address of your vmPRO appliance.
d. Click OK to save changes and exit the dialog box.
3. Click the Targets tab of the iSCSI Initiator to display the vmPRO appliance in the Discovered targets
field.
Figure 155: Targets Page
4. Select the vmPRO appliance, and click Connect to display the Connect To Target dialog box.
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5. Click Advanced to display the Advanced Settings dialog box.
Figure 156: Advanced Settings Dialog Box
6. Connect to the iSCSI target from the vmPRO appliance:
a. Select the Enable CHAP log on check box to encrypt the password needed to access the target.
b. In the Name field, enter the user name created for the vmPRO iSCSI user. See the "Prerequisites"
section of About iSCSI Export and Recovery.
c. In the Target secret field, enter the password assigned to the vmPRO iSCSI user.
d. Click OK to save changes and exit the dialog box.
7. In the Connect To Target dialog box, click OK to display an AutoPlay dialog box, which you can use
to access your mounted VMDK.
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Figure 157: AutoPlay Dialog Box for iSCSI Target
8. Open your mounted VMDK to access its files.
! Caution: Do not close the iSCSI Initiator after connecting to the target vmPRO appliance. If you
close the iSCSI Initiator, the AutoPlay dialog box will not display, and you will be unable to access
the files on the VMDKs without repeating the discovery and connection process.
Abort an iSCSI export
1. Display the iSCSI Targets dialog box by doing one of the following:
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From the SmartMotion Backup menu, select iSCSI Targets.
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From the Recover Virtual Machines Wizard, click Manage iSCSI Targets.
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Figure 158: iSCSI Targets Dialog Box
2. Select the VMDK being exported to an iSCSI target.
3. Click
to abort the export.
4. Click OK to save updates and exit the dialog box.
Individual File Recovery
Using the vmPRO SmartView feature, you can recover individual files within exported virtual machines
(VMs) by mounting CIFS shares to your local system.
i Note: You cannot recover individual files from NFS shares.
i Note: This process is separate from the VM recovery process. If you use a third-party application to
back up data, you must use that application to recover the entire VM. See Recovering VMs Backed Up
with a Third-Party Application.
Prerequisite
Before you can access the mounted CIFS share, you must configure the Mount options setting on the
vmPRO appliance to point directly to the location of the SmartMotion backups. This setting provides filelevel access to the backups at the \\<vmPRO-Host_IP>\recover\files directory on the CIFS share. For
instructions on how to configure the Mount options setting, see Configuring NAS Targets for
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Supported File Systems and Dynamic Disks
The vmPRO SmartView feature supports only a limited number of types of file systems, dynamic disks,
and partitions. Review the following table to view a list of supported and unsupported file systems,
dynamic disks, and partitions.
Supported File Systems, Dynamic Disks, and Partitions
Unsupported File Systems, Dynamic Disks, and Partitions
Extended file systems (ext) 2, 3, and 4
Windows dynamic disks that span multiple drives
File Allocation Table (FAT) file systems
Windows dynamic disks that are striped
New Technology File Systems (NTFS)
Windows dynamic disks that use RAID
Supported file systems that are embedded in logical
volume manager (LVM) 2 volumes that do not span
multiple virtual disks
Windows 2008 dynamic disk file level access
Disks with Master Boot Record (MBR) partitions
Dynamic volumes that span multiple disks
Disks with GUID Partition Table (GPT) partitions
Volumes that span multiple virtual disks
Windows 2003 simple dynamic disks with a single
partition
Solaris Unix file systems (UFS)
i Note: If there are multiple partitions on a
Windows 2003 dynamic disk, you can only
access files on the first partition.
File systems on raw (un-partitioned) disks
Physical/logical LVM partitions that have been
created on raw (un-partitioned) disks
Disk partition tables that are converted from GPT to
MBR.
Recovering Individual Files
Recover individual files within an exported virtual machine's disk by mounting the CIFS share on your local
system.
You can recover individual files from a mounted CIFS share only. This feature does not support NFS
shares. You can access the share from either a Windows or Unix/Linux operating system (OS).
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From a Windows OS, mount the CIFS share, and then navigate to the files in the CIFS share using
Windows Explorer.
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From a Unix/Linux OS, mount the CIFS share, and then navigate to the files in the CIFS share using the
change directory (cd) command from your vmPRO appliance's console command line interface (CLI).
Recover individual files from a Windows system
1. Mount the CIFS \recover share. For mounting a CIFS share on a Windows system, see Configuring a
CIFS Protocol for a vmPRO Appliance.
2. Open Windows Explorer.
3. In the UNC Path field, enter \\<vmPRO-Host_IP_Address>\recover\files to access the
recover\files directory in the mounted CIFS share.
4. Navigate to the individual files to recover by using the following path:
storage-target (such as DXi Storage)
smartmotion_backups
yyyy-mm (month of backup)
yyyy-mm-dd-tttt (date and time of backup)
server folder (such as the IP address for an ESX server)
VM directory (identified by a file system, such as FAT-small)
disk name (identified by .volume)
partition number (identified by a number, such as 0, 1, 2, ...)
files and directories
Figure 159: recover\files Directory Hierarchy
Recover an individual file from a Unix/Linux system
1. Log on to your vmPRO appliance's console command line interface (CLI).
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2. At the command line, enter the mount command to mount the CIFS \recover share. For mounting a
CIFS share on a Linux system, see Configuring a CIFS Protocol for a vmPRO Appliance.
3. At the command line, enter cd <vmPRO-Host_IP_Address>/recover/files to locate the
/recover/files directory.
The /recover/files directory contains directories for each configured NAS target. Each NAS target
directory then contains the data exported from your vmPRO appliance. See the directory structure in
the preceding task.
4. At each successive command line, enter the appropriate cd command to drill down to and automatically
mount the correct partition directory.
i Note: You can use the cd command to mount more than one partition. There could be a short
delay during the automatic mount process of multiple partitions.
5. Access and recover the individual files from the mounted partitions.
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vmPRO Console Commands – autosupport
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vmPRO Console Commands – cbt
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vmPRO Console Commands – config
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vmPRO Console Commands – filesys
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vmPRO Console Commands – group
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vmPRO Console Commands – help
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vmPRO Console Commands – import
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vmPRO Console Commands – log
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vmPRO Console Commands – nagios
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vmPRO Console Commands – net
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vmPRO Console Commands – ntp
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vmPRO Console Commands – nw
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vmPRO Console Commands – smartmotion
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vmPRO Console Commands – snmp
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You configure most settings for your vmPRO appliance using the vmPRO GUI or the VMware vSphere
Client Console Configuration Wizard. You can also perform a limited number of functions from the
vmPRO appliance's VMware vSphere Client console command line interface (CLI).
Examples
l
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If your vmPRO appliance does not have Internet access, you can perform an offline upgrade using the
console command line.
If you use NTP servers to control your vmPRO appliance's internal clock, you can configure NTP time
servers from the console command line.
For instructions on accessing the console command line, see Accessing the vSphere Client Console for
vmPRO.
Supported Console Commands
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autosupport
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cbt
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config
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filesys
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group
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help
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import
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log
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nagios
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net
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ntp
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nw
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smartmotion
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snmp
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ssh
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system
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tsm
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vss
i Note: All network commands reflect the network related to the vmPRO appliance.
Accessing the vSphere Client Console for
vmPRO
Use the VMware VSphere Client or Web Client console to use the command line interface (CLI) for your
vmPRO appliance.
Launch the vSphere Client console for vmPRO
1. Log in to your VMware vSphere Client.
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2. In the vSphere Client's left pane, select your vmPRO appliance.
Figure 160: vSphere Client – Left Pane
3. In the vSphere Client's right pane, select the Console tab to display the appliance's console. The
console displays the Quantum vmPRO version number and IP address for the appliance.
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Figure 161: vSphere Client – Console Tab
Launch the vSphere Web Client console for vmPRO
1. Log in to your VMware vSphere Web Client.
2. From vCenter Inventory Lists, select Virtual Machines to display the list of virtual machines (VMs)
within the vCenter.
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Figure 162: vSphere Web Client – Virtual Machines Grid
3. From the grid, select the vmPRO appliance.
4. Click
to launch the appliance's console. The console displays the Quantum vmPRO version number
and IP address for the appliance (see the vSphere Client – Console Tab figure above.)
Log in to the vmPRO appliance's console
1. Click inside the Console screen and enter 1 to display the CLI.
2. At the localhost login prompt, enter the user name for the vmPRO appliance.
3. At the Password prompt, enter the password for the vmPRO appliance.
Additional Navigation Functions
Use the following functions to navigate the vmPRO appliance's client console.
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Function
Description
<ctrl +
alt>
Use to free the cursor from the console.
Arrow Keys
Use to navigate to different options.
Enter
Use to access the setting on which the cursor is placed.
After changing the setting, press <Enter> again to save the setting.
Spacebar
Use to activate an input area.
X or *
Either of these characters inside the brackets indicates the option is selected, such as [X] or
[*].
exit
Use to exit the command line.
vmPRO Console Commands – autosupport
Use the autosupport commands to gather log files, and to send the compiled packages to the provided
email address.
i Note: Before using this command, you must set up SMTP mail in the vmPRO appliance GUI. See
Configuring Email for a vmPRO Appliance.
autosupport commands
autosupport send logs [<email-address>]
Use to email support packages to the email address given in the command.
autosupport upload logs [nocreate]
Use to upload support packages to the Quantum Support site. The nocreate flag tells the system not to
create a support package, since it has already been created.
autosupport upload report
Use to upload reports the Quantum Support site.
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autosupport set daily-upload-packages on|off
Use to activate or deactivate automatic uploading of support bundles when core files are generated.
i Note: Using this command does not change settings configured for reports and alerts in the
vmPRO appliance GUI. See Configuring Reports, Alerts, and Autosupport for a vmPRO Appliance
vmPRO Console Commands – cbt
Use the Changed Block Tracking (cbt) command to reset the base disk's last modified time to the current
time. See vSphere Changed Block Tracking Support.
cbt command
cbt reset [all] | [<hypervisor> <vm name> | folder <folder>]
Use to reset the base disk's last modified time to the current time. With this command, you can reset all virtual
machines (VMs) on the vmPRO appliance, or specify an individual VM within a specific folder.
vmPRO Console Commands – config
Use the config command to configure your appliance's system date and time, as well as to create a new
HTTPS SSL certificate for your appliance.
i Note: You will configure most settings for your vmPRO appliance using the vmPRO GUI or the
VMware vSphere Client Console Configuration Wizard. See vmPRO Setup and Configuration.
config commands
config set date MM/DD/YYYY HH:MM[:SS]
Use to set the system date and time.
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config set time zone <timezone>
Use to set the system time zone.
vmPRO uses standard time zone names, such as US/Pacific, Asia/Tokyo, and Europe/Paris. You can view a
complete list of time zones on the Quantum Support site. See
http://www.quantum.com/serviceandsupport/index.aspx.
config create https-certificate
Use to create a new HTTP SSL certificate for your vmPRO appliance.
i Note: If you have the vmPRO appliance GUI open, refresh the browser for the new certificate to take
effect.
vmPRO Console Commands – filesys
Use the filesys commands to list file systems within the defined parameters.
filesys commands
filesys find <search-term> | vmx | vmdk
Use to list known files and directories.
l
<search term> – Use this argument to limit listings by the term entered. The <search-term>
argument can be the whole file or directory name, or part of the file or directory name.
l
vmx – Use this command argument to list every .vmx file.
l
vmdk – Use this command argument to list every .vmdk file.
Example
filesys find quantum
/export/192.168.1.110/quantum-4/
/export/192.168.1.110/quantum-4/quantum-4.vmx
/export/192.168.1.110/quantum-4/quantum-4.vmdk
/export/192.168.1.110/quantum-4/quantum-4-flat.vmdk
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filesys list [<export-path>]
Without a specified command argument, use to list everything mounted under the Quantum vmPRO /export
directory. With an <export-path> argument, use to list only what is mounted in that path.
Example
filesys list /export/192.168.201.10
vmPRO Console Commands – group
Use the group commands to configure vmPRO groups for your network. See vmPRO Group Configuration.
group commands
group status
Use to view the vmPRO appliance's current group membership.
group create master
Use to make the current vmPRO appliance the master appliance for the group.
group join <master>
Use to add the current vmPRO appliance to the group with the master identified in the <master> argument.
group leave
Use to remove the current vmPRO appliance from its current group.
If the appliance is the group's master, you cannot remove it until all other appliances have been removed from
the group.
group update master <master>
Use to update the group master's new IP address/host name for the current vmPRO appliance.
Run this command only after net set hostname is run on the group master.
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vmPRO Console Commands – help
Use the help command to list a summary of top-level commands. Enter a command argument to list all
command options for the argument.
help commands
help
Use to list a summary of available top-level commands.
help <command argument>
Use to list all command options for the defined <command argument>.
Example
quantum:bsmith> help ssh
showing commands that start with 'ssh':
ssh disable
ssh enable
ssh status
i Note: To list all of an argument's options, you can also enter the <command argument> without using
the help command . For example, you can enter ssh to receive the same response as you do when you
enter help ssh.
vmPRO Console Commands – import
Use the import commands during a single-step recovery from the /import directory.
import commands
import mkdir <directory-name>
Use to create a directory under the /import directory.
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import rmdir <directory-name>
Use to remove the directory from the /import directory.
import edit <cfg-file>
Use to edit the cfg file found in the /import directory, such as /import/my_directory/vmname.cfg.
import show errors <directory-name>
Use to list all error files (.err) in the /import directory, as well as all errors within the .err files.
import list
Use to list all files and directories within the /import directory.
vmPRO Console Commands – log
Use the log commands to access vmPRO logs.
log commands
log list
Use to list all Quantum vmPRO logs.
log search <phrase>
Use to search all log files for a character string.
The system handles strings as plain text, meaning that it does not use regular expressions or pattern
matching. If the string contains one or more spaces, enclose the string in quotes. Use Ctrl-C to exit the
command.
log view <log-file>
Use to display the contents of the named log. Use the log list command to find log names. Use Ctrl-C to
exit the command.
log watch <log-file>
Use to display the most recent entries of the named log, and to update the display any time a new message is
added to the log. Use Ctrl-C to exit the command.
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vmPRO Console Commands – nagios
Use the nagios commands to enable and disable the Nagios plugin for your vmPRO appliance, as well as
to check the status of the Nagios application. For more information about using the Nagios plugin with your
vmPRO appliance, see External Monitoring Support for a vmPRO Appliance.
nagios commands
nagios disable
Use to disable the Nagios plugin on your vmPRO appliance.
nagios enable
Use to enable the Nagios plugin on your vmPRO appliance.
nagios status
Use to check the status of the Nagios plugin.
vmPRO Console Commands – net
Use net commands to access and monitor network settings, edit network hosts, and initiate or stop a
tcpdump.
net commands
net hosts add <IP_address> <host-list>
Use to add one or more hosts to your network.
net hosts del <IP_address>
Use to delete a host from your network.
net hosts reset
Use to delete all hosts from your network.
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net hosts show
Use to display all hosts for your network.
net nslookup <hostname | IP_address>
Use to check for DNS-to-IP or IP-to-DNS mapping. Use this command for debugging network problems.
net ping <hostname>
Use to confirm a connection between the vmPRO appliance and a host.
net reset
Use to reset network service.
net set hostname <hostname | IP_address>
Use to set a host name or IP address for the vmPRO appliance.
net show config [all]
Use to display the current network driver settings for the Quantum vmPRO Ethernet interface.
net show dhcp
Use to display Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) details.
net show hostname
Use to display the current host name used by the vmPRO appliance.
net show routes
Use to display all entries in the IP routing table.
net show status
Use to display network statistics, including live connections.
net tcpdump start [<tcpdump argument> ...]
Use to begin a tcpdump that writes output to a file similar to tcpdump.2010-09-20.09-54.log.
Any valid arguments for the tcpdump command can be used.
Example
net tcpdump start -c 100 executes tcdump -c 100
You can run only one tcpdump at a time.
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net tcpdump stop
Use to stop a running tcpdump, and print the file to which the data was being written.
Output files for tcpdump commands cannot exceed 8 MB. If a single tcpdump file reaches 8 MB in size, the
system automatically stops running the command. Older tcpdump log files are deleted to make room for new
ones.
vmPRO Console Commands – ntp
Use ntp commands to configure and monitor the list of Network Time Protocol (NTP) servers that your
vmPRO appliance can use to control its internal clock. In addition, use ntp commands to activate and
deactivate NTP service for your vmPRO appliance, as well as to sync the appliance with its NTP server.
ntp commands
ntp add <server>
Use to add a time server to the list of available NTP servers.
ntp del <server>
Use to delete a time server from the list of available NTP servers.
ntp disable
Use to deactivate the NTP service for your vmPRO appliance.
ntp enable
Use to activate the NTP service for your vmPRO appliance.
ntp reset
Use to read through the list of time servers, and to identify changes to the list of servers.
ntp show
Use to display the list of time servers available to your vmPRO appliance.
ntp sync
Use to synchronize your vmPRO appliance with its assigned NTP server.
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vmPRO Console Commands – nw
Use NetWorker (nw) commands to access your NetWorker agent.
nw commands
nw install
Use to run the Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) install script provided by pancetera-integ-networker RPM. You
must install this script before using NetWorker.
nw uninstall
Use to uninstall the NetWorker agent.
nw edit servers file
Use to edit the NetWorker server file.
nw set nsrports <number of ports>
Use to set the range of Networker's nsrports. The port range begins at 7937.
nw show nsrports
Use to show NetWorker port settings.
nw enable
Use to start the NetWorker agent.
nw disable
Use to stop the NetWorker agent.
nw restart
Use to restart the NetWorker agent.
nw status
Use to show service NetWorker status and network statistics (netstat -nlp | grep nsrexecd).
nw save <save arguments>
Use to save files, directories, or entire file systems to the NetWorker server.
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nw mminfo <mminfo arguments>
Use to report information about NetWorker media and save sets. The mminfo command can produce several
different reports, depending on the specified flags.
nw recover <recover arguments>
Use to browse the saved file index and recover selected files from the NetWorker system.
vmPRO Console Commands – smartmotion
Use smartmotion commands to control SmartMotion backups from your command console.
smartmotion commands
smartmotion abort [<policy name>]
Use to abort the identified SmartMotion backup.
smartmotion backup [<policy name>]
Use to start the identified SmartMotion backup.
smartmotion set [policy <policy name>] [schedule {never | daily <hr>:<mn>}]
[email {enabled | disabled}]
Use to set parameters for a SmartMotion backup policy.
smartmotion show policy [<policy name>]
Use to show the identified SmartMotion backup policy.
smartmotion status [<policy name>]
Use to show the status of the identified SmartMotion backup.
smartmotion sync
Use to start a SmartMotion backup of the default policy.
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vmPRO Console Commands – snmp
Use Simple Network Management Protocol (snmp) commands to configure SNMP for your vmPRO
appliance.
snmp commands
snmp disable
Use to disable SNMP for your vmPRO appliance.
snmp enable
Use to enable SNMP for your vmPRO appliance.
snmp reset rocommunity
Use to reset the read-only community string to public.
snmp set rocommunity <community string>
Use to set the read-only community string to the named argument.
snmp status
Use to show whether SNMP is enabled, and to print the current read-only community string.
vmPRO Console Commands – ssh
Use Secure Shell (ssh) commands to enable or disable SSH service for vmPRO appliance's network.
ssh commands
ssh disable
Use to disable the SSH service for your vmPRO appliance's network. Attempted logins through SSH fail.
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ssh enable
Use to enable the SSH service for your vmPRO appliance's network. By enabling the SSH service, you are
allowing SSH logins to your vmPRO appliance.
ssh status
Use to display whether the SSH service is enabled and running, along with the process ID number and all
active SSH sessions.
vmPRO Console Commands – system
Use system commands to reboot, restart, shut down, or upgrade your vmPRO appliance. You can also use
the system commands to access system information.
system commands
system reboot
Use to reboot the vmPRO appliance.
system restart services [all]
Use to restart all services for the vmPRO appliance.
system status [all]
Use to view service statuses for the vmPRO appliance.
system show date
Use to display the current system day of the week, date, and time for the time zone.
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system show license
Use to display the vmPRO appliance's licenses and associated information.
Example
quantum: vmPR5152> system show license
SmartView License Information:
Expires: in 66 days
Licensed sockets: 20
system show uptime
Use to display the amount of time that has passed since the vmPRO appliance's last reboot.
system show version [detail | all]
Use to display the version numbers of the Quantum components.
The all option lists version numbers for all open source packages used by Quantum vmPRO. Updates to the
open source packages are included in standard Quantum vmPRO updates.
system shutdown
Use to shut down the vmPRO appliance.
system stackdump controller
Use to create a stack trace of the controller process.
system upgrade [local]
Use to check for Quantum vmPRO updates. If updates are available, the command automatically downloads
and installs the updates, which are typically 2 MB.
The automatic system upgrade process uses port 443 and opens updates.Quantum.com. If your system uses
a firewall, you may need to change your port settings, as appropriate. The process uses signed, private
key/public key encryption to verify and authenticate the updates.
The process does not update an open GUI. To see updates in a GUI, close the browser and start a new
instance of the vmPRO appliance GUI.
Use the local argument to manually perform a system upgrade. Before performing a manual upgrade. you
need to manually copy the upgrade files to the upgrade directory . After copying the files to the upgrade
directory, you can run the system upgrade local command to manually upgrade your vmPRO. See
Installing vmPRO Software Updates Offline.
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vmPRO Console Commands – tsm
Use the Tivoli Storage Manager (tsm) commands to install and control the TSM client service from your
vmPRO appliance's console.
tsm commands
tsm install
Use to run the TSM install script provided by the Quantum RPM. You must install this script before using TSM.
tsm edit dsmsys
Use to edit the TSM dsm.sys file.
tsm edit dsmopt
Use to edit the TSM dsm.opt file.
tsm dsmc <dsmc arguments>
Use to run the dsmc command to back up and restore data from TSM.
tsm enable
Use to enable the installed TSM client service.
tsm disable
Use to disable the installed TSM client service.
tsm status
Use to view the status of the installed TSM client service.
tsm restart
Use to restart the installed TSM client service.
vmPRO Console Commands – vss
Use the Volume Shadow Copy Service (vss) commands to list virtual machines (VMs) being backed up with
VSS, as well as to control log truncation for VMs with completed VSS backups.
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vss commands
vss query
Use to list all virtual machines (VMs) waiting for the VSS backup to complete.
vss backup complete [query | all | <vm uuid>]
Use to perform log truncation on VMs with a completed backup.
Use the query argument to list VMs that are waiting for log truncation.
Specific VM
To run log truncation for a specific VM from the returned list, enter the list number of the VM.
All VM s
To run log truncation on all listed VMs, use the all argument.
VM UUID
To run log truncation for a VM using its universally unique identifier (uuid), use the <vm uuid> argument.
vss backup fail [query | all | <vm uuid>]
Use to remove VMs with a completed backup from the log truncation waiting list.
Use the query argument to list VMs that are waiting for log truncation.
Specific VM
To remove a specific VM from the log truncation waiting list, enter the list number of the VM.
All VMs
To remove all listed VMs from the log truncation waiting list, use the all argument.
VM UUID
To remove a VM from the log truncation waiting list using the VM's universally unique identifier (uuid), use the
<vm uuid> argument.
External Monitoring Support for a vmPRO
Appliance
You can use external monitoring applications for the devices in your vmPRO environment to catch issues
that require administrative attention. Quantum vmPRO supports the following external monitoring
applications.
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Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP)
You can use SNMP version 2c for external read-only monitoring of your vmPRO environment. SNMP
allows access to any object in a system's branch of a tree within your vmPRO environment. Configure
SNMP from your vmPRO appliance's Client console. For a list of vmPRO-supported SNMP commands,
see vmPRO Console Commands – snmp.
In addition, Quantum vmPRO supports the Management Information Base (MIB) II as the information
repository for SNMP.
System Statistics MIBs
MIB
Description
.1.3.6.1.4.1.2021.4
Memory
.1.3.6.1.4.1.2021.9
Disks (/, /var, and /var/cores only)
.1.3.6.1.4.1.2021.10
Load
.1.3.6.1.4.1.2021.11
CPU
.1.3.6.1.2.1.1
System information, such as uptime.
.1.3.6.1.2.1.2.0.0.0.2
Interfaces (eth0 only)
.1.3.6.1.2.1.4
Networking
Nagios
For UNIX/Linux systems, you can use Nagios for external monitoring of certain aspects of your vmPRO
appliance in addition to SNMP. Use the Nagios remote plugin executor (NRPE) add-on to plug Nagios into
your vmPRO appliance.
Use your vmPRO appliance's Client console to enable and disable the Nagios plugin for your vmPRO
appliance. In addition, you can check the status of the Nagios application from this console. See vmPRO
Console Commands – nagios.
Execute monitoring commands from the external Nagios application. Use the following check_nrpe plugin
with arguments to specify the host address and command:
check_nrpe -H <Quantum vmPRO appliance address> -c <command>
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Supported Commands
Command
Description
check_disk
Check the disk space on the appliance file system.
check_load
Check the system load average over the last 1, 5, or 15
minutes.
check_snmp
Check the status of SNMP on the appliance.
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