How to Back Up VMware Virtual Machines

System Requirements

Managed Backup supports backup and restore of virtual machines that created and controlled by ESXi server which is a part of VMware vSphere product. Therefore as the target for a backup it will be nesessary to specify vCenter or ESXi Host, and system requirements is:

  • Windows OS 64-bit;
  • vSphere version 5.1 or higher.

Step 1. Click on the "Backup VMware" on the toolbar to start the VMware Backup Wizard.

Step 2. Select a storage where you want to back up your VMware machines.

Step 3. Name your backup plan.

Step 4. Select "VMware Host Server" you want to back up and specify login and password for access. It can be vCenter or ESXi Host and you can use IP address or machine/host name. If the target which you chose is vCenter then a list of hosts from the server will be requested, and the host can be selected from the list.

Step 5. Choose the virtual machines to back up. Provided are three options:

  • Back up all Virtual Machines - initiates backup of all virtual machines on selected host.
  • Back up all only running Virtual Machines - initiates backup only of running machines on selected host. The stopped and not started virtual machines will be skipped.
  • Back up selected Virtual Machines - allows to select virtual machine(s) from the list to back up.

Step 6. Specify Compression and Encryption options.

Step 7. Set up Purge options.

Step 8. Specify the Schedule. Here you can select one of the predefined schedule templates or set up a custom schedule.

Step 9. Specify the Full Backup Schedule options. Because block level backup is used it is strongly recommended to run full backup periodically. Otherwise you will not be able to purge out of date versions (differential backups) because of their dependency on an initial full backup.

Step 10. Specify Pre/Post commands you want to be executed before and/or after the backup completes.

Step 11. Set up notifications.

Step 12. Review a Summary and finish the Backup Wizard.

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