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Creating a VMware Standard Backup Set

VMware Standard backup sets are used to back up VMware virtual machines to the cloud, providing an off-site copy of those virtual machines for disaster-recovery purposes.  VMware Standard backup sets can be restored to the original ESX/ESXi host or to a different one and can be stored online (in the cloud), locally, or both.  This article will describe the process for creating a VMware Standard backup set.

 

Directions


  1. Log into the management portal and go to the computer account for which you want to add a VMware Standard backup set.
     

  2. Click on the Backup tab and then hit the Add Backup Set button.
     

  3. In the Create Backup Set wizard, select Virtual Machines from the left-hand side, pick VMware and then Standard backup as the backup set type.  Lastly, set the backup destination and give the backup set a name. Click Next when done.
     


  4. On the next page, select the virtual machines to be included in the backup set.

    First, add the IP address of the host server (or the vCenter server if the host is managed by one).  If credentials are required to access the host you will be prompted for those after adding the address.  Once the host or vCenter machine is accessible to the software, you will be shown a list of the virtual machines present.  Pick the ones you want to be backed up and click Next.

    When checking to see the virtual machines are eligible to be backed up, you may get the following warning:
    The requirements necessary for backups to work are:

    1. The UUID attribute must be enabled for the virtual machine you intend to back up.

    2. The virtual machine must use only SCSI disks.

    3. The virtual machine must not use dynamic disks.

      So long as those three conditions are met, there should be no issues backing up the virtual machines.  For clarification, the third point about dynamic disks excludes them from being present at the guest operating system level; if you open Disk Management from within the guest and there are dynamic volumes present, this will not be compatible with backups.
       


  5. After selecting the virtual machines to be backed up, create a schedule for the backups.

    Edit a scheduled backup job by double-clicking on it or by dragging the sticky note to another time or day.  You can delete jobs by clicking on the sticky note and hitting the "Delete" key and can add jobs by double-clicking in an empty space.

    When you are done setting the schedule, click Next.


  6. On the Settings page, set the archiving rules for the backup set (how many backup versions the software will keep) as well as the temporary folder location.  VMware Standard backups do not need any more than 1-2 GB of temporary space during the backups.  In the Full Backups section, specify the interval for which full backups will be taken.

    Click Next when you are finished.
     

  7. At the final page you will be given a summary of the backup set you created.  Click Create to finalize the backup set.

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