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NetBackup VMware backup when iSCSI LUNs are present

Created: 02 Oct 2013 • Updated: 08 Jul 2014 | 3 comments
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I have a SQL Server running on a VMware virtual machine which uses iSCSI LUNs for the databases on our NetApp filer.  The databases are being backed up using SQL Maintenance Plans and will soon be replaced with SnapManager for SQL.  We need to backup just the System drive and System State for DR purposes.  The NetBackup Policy I created uses the VMware backup method and the only Backup Selection option is ALL_LOCAL_DRIVES.  Are the iSCSI LUNs treated as local drives since they are assigned a drive letter?  How can I choose only the System Drive (C:\) and System State?  Do I have to install the agent and run a Windows Backup instead?

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RamNagalla's picture

if you are using netbackup 7.5

in the policy VMware tab---> advaced

you will have a option to choose the disks.. you can select

all Disks(default)

if not exclude boot disk or  exclude data disk

if in your case you can go with exclude data disk.. so it will only backup the boot disk whiich is by default OS disk.. and it include the system state for the OS.

and test the backups.

in otherway..ask the Vmware team to make the  SQL data disk as persistance.. Persistance disks does not include in Vmware backups.

Yasuhisa Ishikawa's picture

In VMware virtual machine backup, you can only ise ALL_LOCAL_DRIVES as backup selection. All non-independent vmdks are backed up in VM backup.If you mount iSCSI LUN on VM(means not vmdk) directly, this drive will not be backed up in VM backup. Otherwise, if you created vmdk in this iSCSI datastore and attach this vmdk to thr VM, this bmdk will be backed up.

If you want to backup only System_State, install NetBackup client on VM and configure regular file backup.

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