Question - How do I backup a virtual server?

Answered by: David Morgan  |  Category: General  |  Last Updated: 27-06-2022  |  Views: 1183  |  Total Questions: 13

To back up the virtual machine: Ensure your virtual machine is in a powered off state. Locate the virtual machine folder. Right-click the virtual machine folder and click Copy. Navigate to the folder in which you want to store the backup, right-click anywhere within the folder, and click Paste. In the vSphere Client, select Home > Solutions and Applications > VMware Data Recovery. Connect to the backup appliance. Click the Restore tab and click the Restore link to launch Virtual Machine Restore wizard. The Restore Virtual Machines wizard appears. Uranium Backup PRO Virtual – Hyper-V AND VMware Backup Installation Platform: Windows (Windows Server). Full VM Backup, Incremental backup, Copy backup, Replication, Cloud backup, Tape backup. Hot backup – backup of running VMs, even on ESX/ESXi Free Hypervisor host. Backup process The backup is optimized by backing up each VM disk in parallel. For each disk that's being backed up, Azure Backup reads the blocks on the disk and identifies and transfers only the data blocks that changed (the delta) since the previous backup. Snapshot data might not be immediately copied to the vault. VM snapshot backup techniques are the most common means of VM protection. Simply stated, a VM snapshot is a copy of the VM state as it exists in server memory at a particular moment, along with any settings and the state of any virtual disks assigned to the VM. The VM snapshot is saved to disk, typically the SAN.

https://documentation.commvault.com/commvault/v11/article?p=32606.htm

To recover a VM: In the Computers column under My Virtual Machines, click the virtual machine to be recovered. Click Recover Virtual Machine to recover the VM. In the Recover Virtual Machine dialog box, the VM Name field shows the name of the source VM. Leave the default name to restore the original VM. Click Submit.

https://searchdatabackup.techtarget.com/definition/VMware-backup

VMware backup is the copying of data on a virtual machine (VM) in a VMware environment to prevent data loss. VMware-specific backup tools from companies such as Veeam and Vizioncore are emerging that address file-level restore.

https://pubs.vmware.com/fusion-4/topic/com.vmware.fusion.help.doc/GUID-50863728-C156-47B7-B79F-F341F

Connect to the media to which you will be copying the virtual machine. Browse to the Virtual Machines folder (usually in your user /Documents folder) and select the virtual machine to copy. Right-click and select Copy " virtual machine name ". Open the external media in the Finder, right-click and select Paste Item.

https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/2030609

Copying a Workstation virtual machine from one location to another (2030609) Shut down your virtual machine. Select the folder where the virtual machine is stored and press Ctrl+c. Select the location where you want to copy the virtual machine. Press Ctrl+v. Power on the copied virtual machine.

https://www.vmware.com/products/vsphere/data-protection.html

vSphere Data Protection is a backup and recovery solution designed for vSphere environments. It also provides application-aware protection for business-critical Microsoft applications (such as Exchange, SQL Server and SharePoint) along with WAN-efficient, encrypted backup data replication.

https://www.howtogeek.com/196060/beginner-geek-how-to-create-and-use-virtual-machines/

Virtual machines allow you to run an operating system in an app window on your desktop that behaves like a full, separate computer. You can use them play around with different operating systems, run software your main operating system can't, and try out apps in a safe, sandboxed environment.

https://pubs.vmware.com/workstation-11/topic/com.vmware.ws.using.doc/GUID-1C25DD11-C117-4BA0-B3A2-FA

Select File > Connect to Server. Type the host name or IP address, your user name and password, and click Connect. If the VMware Workstation Server service running on the remote server is not using the default port, you must specify the port number, for example, remotehost:444.

https://www.veeam.com/blog/why-snapshots-alone-are-not-backups.html

It is important to note that the snapshot by itself is not a backup – but it can be used as a critical part of the backup process. This is because the snapshot is used as part of the data movement process to a backup file or a replicated VM. The snapshot is removed when the backup job is complete.

https://www.sqlmvp.org/sql-server-database-snapshot-vs-backup/

The major difference between snapshot and backup in SQL Server is the time taken by the both to backup and restore data. However, backups are quite slow when compared snapshots while taking backup and restoring the database. It is because the snapshot is not an actual copy of data, it is a virtual copy of the data.

https://documentation.commvault.com/commvault/v11/article?p=32255.htm

Commvault supports backups for environments using vStorage APIs for Data Protection (VADP). During VADP backups, the Virtual Server Agent requests a snapshot of the virtual machine hosted on the VMFS datastore. You can also verify archived virtual machines in the vSphere client.

https://helpcenter.veeam.com/docs/backup/vsphere/install_vbr.html

Installing Veeam Backup & Replication Start the setup wizard. Read and accept the license agreement. Provide a license file. Review components and select an installation folder. Install missing software. Specify installation settings. Specify service account settings. Select a Microsoft SQL Server.

https://www.altaro.com/vmware/esxi-backup-command-line/

To back up the configuration of ESXi, follow the procedure described next. Open an administrative command prompt. Run cd ”Program Files (x86)VMwareVMware vSphere CLIin”. Run vicfg-cfgbackup. pl –server=<host IP address> –username=root -s <backup filename>.

https://helpcenter.veeam.com/docs/backup/vsphere/about_backup.html

Veeam Backup & Replication copies VM data from the source datastore at a block level. It retrieves VM data, compresses and deduplicates it, and stores in backup files on the backup repository in Veeam's proprietary format. In Veeam Backup & Replication, backup is a job-driven process.