Defining a virtual conversion job

Article:HOWTO21379  |  Created: 2009-01-29  |  Updated: 2013-10-17  |  Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/HOWTO21379
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Defining a virtual conversion job

You can create a schedule to convert recovery points and incremental recovery points to a VMware Virtual Disk or a Microsoft Virtual Disk. You can also convert recovery points directly to VMware ESX Server. Virtual disks are excellent for testing and evaluation purposes.

The following platforms support virtual disks created from recovery points:

  • VMware Workstation 4, 5, and 6

  • VMware ESX 3.0, 3.5, and 4.0

  • VMware ESXi 3.5 and 4.0

  • VMware Server 1

  • VMware GSX Server 3.x (replaced by VMware Server)

  • Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 and later

  • Microsoft Hyper-V 1.0 and 2.0

Scheduled conversions use the system index file (.sv2i) to convert recovery points to virtual disks. The .sv2i file reduces the time it takes to convert multiple recovery points. When a recovery point is created, a .sv2i file is saved with it. The .sv2i file contains a list of the most recent recovery points, which includes the original drive location of each recovery point.

You can also create a one-time virtual conversion.

See Running a one-time virtual conversion.

Viewing the properties of a virtual conversion job

Viewing the progress of a virtual conversion job

Editing a virtual conversion job

Running an existing virtual conversion job immediately

Deleting a virtual conversion job

To define a virtual conversion job

  1. On the Tasks page, click Run or Manage Virtual Conversions.

  2. On the toolbar, click Define New.

  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:

    • Click Use latest recovery points for this computer.

      The list of drives, source files (.v2i and .iv2i files), and dates comes from the most current system index file (.sv2i) that is located in the recovery point storage location on your computer.

    • Click Use alternate system index (*.sv2i) file .

      Click Browse, locate and select an alternate system index file (.sv2i), and then click Open.

      If you selected a system index file that is stored on a network, type your network credentials.

      See About network credentials.

      Select the recovery points that you want to convert in the list box.

  5. Click Next.

  6. Do one of the following based on the virtual disk format and version (if applicable) that you selected:

    If you selected VMware Virtual Disk or Microsoft Virtual Disk as the conversion format.

    • Folder for virtual disks

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

    • Browse

      Click Browse to locate the folder in which you want to place the virtual disk files.

    • Network Credentials

      If you selected a virtual disk folder location on a network, type your network credentials.

    • Rename

      To edit the name of the resulting virtual disk file, select the file name in the list near the bottom of the pane.

      Click Rename, and then type the new file name.

    If you selected VMware ESX Server as the conversion format.

    • ESX server name or IP address

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

    • ESX Server Credentials

      In the ESX Server Credentials group box, type a valid administrator user name that has sufficient rights. Type a valid password.

    • Destination for the virtual disks

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

    • Rename

      To edit the name of the resulting virtual disk file, select the file name in the list near the bottom of the pane.

      Click Rename, and then type the new file name.

    Click Next.

    • Temporary location for conversion

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

    • Temporary Location Credentials

      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.

  7. Click Next.

  8. Type a name for the conversion job. Or, you can use the default name.

  9. Select one or more of the following options.

    Run Windows Mini-Setup

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

    During recovery a text-based answer file is generated that scripts the answers for a series of dialog boxes. When the Mini-Setup wizard starts, it looks for this answer to automate the wizard. For example, the answer file, by way of the wizard, can automatically apply network card settings and other hardware and software settings on the computer.

    Unlike Windows Welcome which can take up to 60 minutes or more to set up Windows, Mini-Setup takes about six minutes. Specific information, including accepting the End–User License Agreement, entering the Product Key, user name, and company name are automatically applied by Mini-Setup which uses the answer file.

    Deselect this option if you want any of the following to occur at the time of recovery instead:

    • Run Windows Welcome instead Mini-Setup

    • You do not want to change any of the configurable options for which the Mini-Setup wizard changes for you at the time of recovery. This ensures that the computer is recovered to its original state prior to recovery.

    For more detailed information about Mini-Setup. you can perform a search for "Mini-Setup" on the Microsoft Help and Support Web site.

    Split virtual disk into multiple 2 GB (.vmdk) files

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

    For example, use this option if your virtual disk is stored on a FAT32 drive (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.

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

  10. Click Next.

  11. In the Conversion Time panel, select one of the following, and then click Next:

    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.

    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 that you specify.

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

  13. Click Finish.


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