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Configuring Agent-assisted Image-based Backups

Created: 23 Jan 2014 | 6 comments

I have a BE2012 server running on Server 2008 R2. I have a number of servers, mostly Windows 2008 R@, and mostly VMWare virtual machines. We have been taking agent-based backups of each of these servers so I already have an agent-based backup set for each individual Windows server. I am wanting to implement agent-assisted image-based backups as well. This will cover file, application, and image level recoveries. We currently have a cluster of VMWare ESX 5.5 hosts, all with the same ESX admin credentials. I have added one of these ESX servers to BE2012 and I am attempting to backup each VM that resides on it. I check the credentials to make sure that the ESX local Admin has rights to all the VMs and it only has rights to a few but not all. I have tried authenticating with domain admin credentials and local Windows server credentials and it doesn't make a difference. It doesn't authenticate to all of the servers, only a few. Anyone know any tricks, or is there documentation out there that has requirements for configuring these types of backups? Also, do you need to run image-based and agent-based backups separately for each VM? I would appreciate any help you can provide.


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pkh's picture

By image backup, I take it to mean backing up the vmdk. If you backup the vmdk, then you do not need to backup the VM's as if they are physical machines. With GRT, you can restore individual files/folders and single mail items in Exchange and SQL databases.

You need to get an AVVI license for each of your ESX hosts. You then backup the entire host or vCenter. That is it. For each application and database, you still need one Agent for Application and Databases license for each application/database in each VM

thohaus's picture

Thanks for the reply. Correct, I want to back up the vmdk of each VM. Excellent, so I know I only need to do one backup of the entire ESX server. Now why would permissions only work for certain VMs? I wouldn't suspect the AVVI license would correct the permissions issue would it?

pkh's picture

See this document

although it is written for BE 2010, it is valid for BE 2012.

thohaus's picture

And now that I look at our licensing, it looks like we already have licenses for VMWare hosts:

pkh's picture

If you need to backup applications/databases in the VM's, then you need one Agent for Applications and Databases for each application/database in each VM.

lmosla's picture

Here is a document about access rights that might be helpful: