Creating a convert to virtual disk job

Article:HOWTO13619  |  Created: 2008-01-05  |  Updated: 2013-10-17  |  Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/HOWTO13619
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Creating a convert to virtual disk job

You can create a schedule to convert the most recent recovery points and incremental recovery points of multiple managed computers. You can convert recovery points to VMware Virtual Disk format or Microsoft Virtual Disk format. You can also convert recovery points directly to a VMware ESX Server.

Note:
Be aware that each time the job runs, the new virtual disk file that is created replaces the previous virtual disk file.

See Creating a convert to virtual disk job based on a system index file.

See Running a one-time convert to virtual disk job.

To create a convert to virtual disk job

  1. On the Manage page, do one of the following:

    • In the right pane, on the Computers tab, select one computer in the table.

    • In the right pane, on the Computers tab, select two or more computers in the table.

      The conversion job that you create is automatically assigned to all of the computers that you selected.

    • In the right pane, on the Groups tab, select one or more group names in the table.

      The conversion job that you create is automatically assigned to all of the computers in the groups that you selected.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • If you selected one or more computers, on the Tasks menu, click Assign New Conversion Job to Computers.

    • If you selected one or more groups, on the Tasks menu, click Assign New Conversion Job to Groups.

  3. Click the virtual disk type (and version, if applicable) that you want to create, and then click Next..

  4. Do one of the following:

    • If you define a conversion job for two or more computers, click All mounted drives on selected computers to convert the latest recovery points of all drives that exist on the selected computers (excludes hidden and unmounted drives).

    • If you define a convert to virtual disk job that converts recovery points of certain drive letters on the selected computers, click By drive letter, and then select the drive letters that you want.

      To view which client computers have the selected drive letters, click Show Details.

      Sometimes a selected drive letter is not available for recovery point conversion on a particular client computer. The drive has either been deleted or the entire hard disk has been removed from the client computer since Backup Exec System Recovery was installed. In such cases, when the recovery point is converted, it does not include the drive.

  5. Select Create one disk per volume to create one virtual disk per volume.

    If you do not select this option, each drive is matched to its respective hard drive letter assignment during the conversion. Therefore, it results in multiple drives within one virtual disk file.

  6. Click Next.

  7. Do one of the following:

    • If you selected VMware Virtual Disk or Microsoft Virtual Disk as the virtual disk type, go to step 9.

    • If you selected VMware ESX Server as the virtual disk type, provide the following information:

      • ESX Server location

        In the list, select a VMware ESX server. If an ESX server is not available from the list, click Create ESX Server.

        Specify the name of the server or the server's IP address.

        Type a valid administrator name that has sufficient rights and a valid password, and then click OK to return to the ESX conversion options pane.

        Note:
        The virtual disk files are transferred to an ESX server through a secure shell (SSH) and secure file transfer protocol (SFTP). You might need to change the settings on the ESX server. For more information, see your ESX server documentation.

      • Upload location on server

        In the list, select an upload path on the ESX Server. Type the path to the folder where the virtual disk files should be written.

      • Import location on server

        Type the path to the folder where you want to import the virtual disk files.

        Note:
        The folder that you select must be different than the upload location folder.

  8. Click Next.

  9. In the Convert job name text box, type a name for the conversion job.

  10. Do one of the following based on the virtual disk type you selected earlier:

    • If you selected VMware Virtual Disk or Microsoft Virtual Disk as the virtual disk type, select a destination for the virtual disk file.

      To use an existing destination for the resulting virtual disk

      From the list of predefined locations, select the location where you want to save the virtual disk.

      To define a new destination for the resulting virtual disk

      Click Create new destination.

      Do one of the following:

      • Type a local folder path. The local folder path you specify is relative to the managed computer. It is not the folder path on the computer where you are running the Backup Exec System Recovery Manager console.

        Local folder paths do not get indexed by the Backup Exec Retrieve Indexing Server; only network share paths.

      • Type a UNC path to a network share.

      • Type the IP address path to a network share.

      If you typed a path to a network share, specify the user name and password to access the location with create, read, and write privileges..


      If there is not enough space at the destination where the virtual disk file is stored, the conversion fails when it runs. An error is also reported in the Home Page view.

      You should avoid storing virtual disk files on the Backup Exec System Recovery Manager server. As the number or size of virtual disks grows, you have less disk space available for regular server use. When you save virtual disk files to a separate drive or a network location it eliminates this problem.

    • If you selected VMware ESX Server as the virtual disk type, select a temporary location for the files.

      To use an existing temporary location for the conversion files

      From the list of predefined temporary locations, select the path where you want to save the temporary conversion files.

      To define a new temporary location for the conversion files

      Click Create new destination.

      Type the name of the server or the server's IP address that you can use as a temporary location for files.

      If you selected a temporary location for files on a network, type a valid administrator user name that has sufficient rights. Type a valid password.


  11. Select any of the following:

    Remove files from temporary locations after conversion

    Check this option if you want the temporary files to be removed after the virtual disk is created.

    This option is only available if you selected VMware ESX Server as the virtual disk type.

    Run Windows Mini-Setup

    Select this option to run Windows Mini-Setup when you restart the computer after recovery.

    During recovery an answer file is generated and provided to Windows Mini-Setup. The answer file automatically applies network card settings and other hardware and software settings on the computer.

    Split virtual disk into multiple 2 GB .vmdk files

    Select this option if you want to split the virtual disk file into multiple 2 GB .vmdk files.

    For example, use this option if your virtual disks are stored on a FAT32 drive (or any file system that does not support files larger than 2 GB). Or, if you want to copy the virtual disk files to a DVD but the size is larger than the DVD allows.

    This option is specific to VMware; it is not available if you selected Microsoft Virtual Disk as the conversion format.

    Specify recovery point passwords

    Click this option, and then add existing recovery point passwords to the list.

    Click OK to return to the General Options pane.

    When you create a backup job, you can optionally assign a password to protect recovery points from unauthorized access. When you convert password-protected recovery points to virtual disks, they must first be unlocked using the specified password.

    To automate the conversion, you can specify these existing passwords in the Manage Passwords dialog box. When you create and run a convert to virtual disk job, the client computers use the list of passwords to unlock the recovery points at the time of conversion


  12. Click Next.

  13. Do one of the following:

    No Schedule

    Select this option to run the conversion only when you run it yourself, manually.

    Weekly

    Select this option to run the conversion at the specified start time and on the days of the week that you select.

    • Run more than once per day

      Select this option if you want to convert recovery points multiple times throughout a day, and then specify the following options:

      • Time between conversions

        Select the amount of time to elapse before the next conversion.

      • Number of times

        Specify the number of times that you want the conversion to occur, beginning from the specified start time.

      • Distribute strategy evenly across (minutes)

        If you are saving virtual disks to a network destination, you have the option to distribute the convert to virtual disk job evenly across a specified number of minutes to all computers assigned to the job.

    Monthly

    Select this option to run the conversion at the time and on the days of the month that you specify.

    Only run once

    Select this option to run the conversion one time on the date and at the time you specify.


    Be aware that each time the job runs, the new virtual disk file that is created replaces the previous virtual disk file.

  14. Click Next.

  15. If you want to run the new conversion job immediately, click Run conversion now.

  16. Click Finish.


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