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VMware - How to backup a "Single File"

Created: 29 Apr 2014 • Updated: 14 May 2014 | 4 comments
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I search for a solution to backup single files from a VMWare VM.

The VM is in a normal VMWare policy an the backup works.

Is it possible to backup sinlge files, via bpbackup?

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Mark_Solutions's picture

To do that you just need to install a NetBackup client onto the the machine and back it up as normal

An alternative would be to use a suitable service account (client and legacy network) on another client / media server and back the file up from that server using a UNC path

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Marianne's picture

Yes, bpbackup can be used on the VM.

You need to install NBU Client software in the VM and add a normal OS policy for this client - Standard for Unix/Linux client, MS-Windows policy for Windows.
Add a User Backup schedule with an open window for when user backup will be allowed.

Supporting Storage Foundation and VCS on Unix and Windows as well as NetBackup on Unix and Windows
Handy NBU Links

Nicolai's picture

You can backup a single file, if you deploy a Netbackup agent inside the VM.

You can't backup a single file only using the VMware metod since it's the entire VMDK file you backup. However single file restore is possible using the VMware metod (Netbackup V-ray)

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