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General questions for vmware agent under BE2010

Created: 25 Sep 2010 • Updated: 01 Oct 2013 | 6 comments
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some questions about BACKUPEXEC VMWARE agent if I can be directed to the resources. I am evlauating this product and will probably purchase it after trial however there is no presales support of any kind.

In any case, here goes:

1) is there any way to enable compression for vmware backups?
2)  Any way to see the individual files backed up when a VM is selected for backup?
3) Is it possible to remove the error notification for granular restore if it is not being used? (always gives this error)
4)  Any way to restore the VM to a different host?
5) Any place to select / choose /unselect the snapshots ogf a VM, or are they all automatically included in the backup?
6) any special ways or tips to backing up the backup server itself (it is virtualized)

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CraigV's picture

Hi Jamie,

To answer...

1. I strongly suspect you won't get much compression, if at all, on a VM file backup. If your hardware can do it, there is a setting in BE to use Hardware, otherwise software. Choose that setting to see if you get anything out of it. However, that file might already be compressed, which means you get very little, and possibly no compression out of it.

2. On your job log, you can set the amount of detail to show. There is a setting to show everything in your job log, in which case it would show everything backed up. The downside to this is that you will have a very large job log as a result.

3. Not that I know of...

4. You are able to redirect a restore of a VM to a different host.

5. Your snapshots would be deleted out of VMware itself...BE doesn't do that.

6. If you have the SQL agent installed, select the SQL instance for Backup Exec, as well as your Data and Catalogs folders, and the System State of the server.

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CraigV's picture

...forgot to add...

For further in-depth answers, get hold of the BE 2010 R2 Admin Guide (it will be the same as the BE 2010 Admin Guide), and go to pg. 1333. This is the start of the section on the AVVI, and will discuss how to do your restores, backups etc.

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teiva-boy's picture

1.  You are limited to what compression your tape device can do, or leverage the deduplication option in BackupExec.

2.  No.  However, if you use GRT, you will be able to see both the VMDK's and files/folder to be restored, this is the killer feature of BE, the ability to backup a VMDK and restore more than just that, right out of the VMDK.

3.  Is GRT even enabled in the job properties?

4.  Yes, it's possible.  Both to another vcenter or direct to an ESX host.

5.  BE calls vCenter to make a new snap, move the snap to your backup destination, then deletes the snap.  BE is simply making calls to vCenter, nothing more.  It is not responsible for making the snaps at all.

6.  Personally, all you need is the data and catalog folders.  BE already dumps the database as a flat file that you can pick up without needing a SQL agent.

There is an online portal, save yourself the long hold times. Create ticket online, then call in with ticket # in hand :-) "We backup data to restore, we don't backup data just to back it up."

jamiegor's picture

Thank you all.
I have done a test backup of a VMWARE system, and here is the situation:

The backup of the system that was made was actually of vcenter server (not sure if this is important just a side note)

However when i go to restore from restore job wizard, the only file there is .vmdk. How can i speciify for all the needed files to accompany the backup that are needed?

if i browse to the datastore, these are the files present for this vm:

Index of VCENTERx64 on datastore LocalData90 in datacenter ha-datacenter
Name Last modified Size

Parent Directory   - 
VCENTERx64-000001-delta.vmdk 18-Sep-2010 19:27 6140545024
VCENTERx64-000001.vmdk 25-Sep-2010 23:26 301
VCENTERx64-000002-ctk.vmdk 25-Sep-2010 16:55 2621952
VCENTERx64-000002-delta.vmdk 25-Sep-2010 16:55 2114013184
VCENTERx64-000002.vmdk 25-Sep-2010 23:26 377
VCENTERx64-000003-ctk.vmdk 26-Sep-2010 06:03 2621952
VCENTERx64-000003-delta.vmdk 26-Sep-2010 15:27 3993061376
VCENTERx64-000003.vmdk 26-Sep-2010 06:03 400
VCENTERx64-6cf9f1f3.hlog 23-Mar-2010 07:41 1
VCENTERx64-6cf9f1f3.vswp 26-Sep-2010 06:03 5867831296
VCENTERx64-Snapshot1.vmsn 15-Sep-2010 04:10 6296877671
VCENTERx64-Snapshot2.vmsn 18-Sep-2010 19:32 6296881561
VCENTERx64-Snapshot3.vmsn 25-Sep-2010 16:55 28595
VCENTERx64-aux.xml 25-Sep-2010 23:27 127
VCENTERx64-flat.vmdk 15-Sep-2010 04:04 42949672960 25-Sep-2010 16:55 384
VCENTERx64.nvram 26-Sep-2010 06:07 8684
VCENTERx64.vmdk 25-Sep-2010 23:26 501
VCENTERx64.vmsd 25-Sep-2010 23:28 1639
VCENTERx64.vmx 26-Sep-2010 06:03 3109
VCENTERx64.vmxf 25-Sep-2010 16:55 265
vmware-1.log 22-Mar-2010 08:58 1005529
vmware-2.log 22-Mar-2010 09:01 135719
vmware-3.log 23-Mar-2010 07:41 236287
vmware-4.log 23-Sep-2010 04:20 531235
vmware-5.log 23-Sep-2010 04:44 228591
vmware-6.log 26-Sep-2010 05:59 442507
vmware.log 26-Sep-2010 06:07 225677

So, please let me know if the other files are needed, and how to have them included. Or, is the backed up file.
However, if you can give me some insight as to the relationship between the file made by the backup and the files in the datastore, that would offer me some good information.
CraigV's picture

Nope...through vCenter itself, you would simply select the VMs to be backed up. As far as I know, the file made by the backup is a snapshot that gets mounted for backup, and deleted once it is complete.

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