Symantec advises against excluding individual vmdk files in a GRT (Granular Restore Technology) enabled backup job with the Backup Exec Agent for VMWare Virtual Infrastructure (AVVI)

Article:TECH165214  |  Created: 2011-07-22  |  Updated: 2011-07-22  |  Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH165214
Article Type
Technical Solution


Environment

Issue



When creating the selection list for a backup job with the Backup Exec Agent for VMWare Virtual Infrastructure (AVVI) by default only the complete virtual machine (VM) is selectable.

However there is the possibility via the "Include/Exclude" button to exclude an individual vmdk file from a VM selection list.

 


Solution



Symantec strongly advises against excluding individual vmdk files in a GRT (Granular Restore Technology) enabled backup job with the Backup Exec Agent for VMWare Virtual Infrastructure (AVVI).

Excluding an individual vmdk will have a negative impact on the complete GRT functionality.

If a vmdk file is excluded then Symantec can only support a redirect restore of the remaining vmdk's to the file system. These vmdk's then need to be imported later via a 3rd party tool.

 

If it is still required not to backup all vmdk's of a VM then Symantec recommends to backup this particular VM like a remote server via the Backup Exec Remote Agent running inside the VM.

 

 


Supplemental Materials

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AVVI: Do we support the exclusion of individual VMDK files?




Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH165214


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