Category Archives: Backup

Live Recovery to Hyper-V server using Vembu BDR Suite

In case you loose data due to any reason you have to recover it from backup. Fortunately, you have more than one way to restore data and bring service back up into Production. In this post, we will discuss how to restore VM using one of the methods available.

In the previous post, I have performed the backup of FileServer. I’ll use FileServer to demonstrate how to restore Virtual Machine.   I can restore fileserver in various ways. Although I’m describing you single VM restoration procedure, however, you can restore multiple VMs simultaneously. It is noteworthy to understand that you can restore VMs in following  four ways

  1. Instant VM Recovery –While VM is booted directly from the backup file on the Backup server, but you must remember to install Hyper-V role on the backup server. In the restore time, RTO is reduced to minute rather minutes it might take to uncompressed Backup data and restore it directly to Hyper-V server.
  2. Live Recovery to Hyper-V server – I will cover this restore option in this post.
  3. File Level Recovery (You must install agent on the file server)

Live Recovery to Hyper-V server

In live recovery option, a Full VM is restored from the Backup server to the Hyper-V. VM is automatically registered with the Hyper-V manager. To clarify here, after the restore operation is finished, VM must be connected to VirtualSwitch and powered ON manually. To put it differently, VM is restored but not attached to the network neither is turned on automatically.

Live Recovery takes more time than Instant VM Recovery, but the most compelling reason to restore by using this method is to warranty production storage performance rather than backup storage performance.

In this section, I wish to restore FileServer from the backup. I have chosen the alternate location to restore the VM and manually powered ON the VM on the Hyper-V host. Firstly, open the browser and enter the VBDR default URL https://backupserver:6061, then select the Recovery Tab, lastly choose the Backup Job name to restore the VM by clicking on the restore button. From the following four choices, I chose Live Recovery to Hyper-V server

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I have to decide the restore version. The most recent backup version, In particular, i.e. 9th Dec 2300 is an incremental backup. To repeat here, Vembu only performs Incremental Forward backup which I discussed in the previous post, a process which will complete restore from full backup and apply all incremental from the time you selected till the full backup date. In the next screen i.e. screen “Choose the restore data” I have the only fileserver listed.

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In Restore Options I have to provide the UNC path to download the image file. The image file format is VHDX. I have entered my admin credentials in addition to that below I have sized the RAM. Finally, before proceeding further, I reviewed the details. When I press next button, Behind the scene UNC path is verified.

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At this stage, most of the necessary recovery steps are finalized. In below screen, you review the details one final time and press Yes to confirm the restoration.

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I could observe the restore progress details in the following screen noted below.

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After restoration process is completed, I went back to restore screen report to see the VM name restore along with its status.

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I opened my Hyper-V manager to validate the restore VM name is matching with fileserve_10DEC2016_19_36_41  reported in the below screen.

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Before I power on the VM, I verified the network connectivity. VM was not connected to any network.

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Furthermore, I checked the VM Generation, CPU Memory, and Harddisk. VM Generation was right, but Dynamic Memory was disabled. By default, Dynamic memory settings will not be restored in the current version of Vembu BCDR suite but in the future release, it will be incorporated.

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Conclusion

Restoring VM is as easy, simple four step procedure. VM gets restored, but you must select the network, Memory before powering on the VM. Taking into consideration, the price point Vembu is offering these features are the true reflection of value for money.

Configure the Backup Job of a VM hosted on Hyper-v

Configure the Backup Job of a VM hosted on Hyper-v

Like all backup product, Vembu also needs job to carry out backup of VM. We will together follow the backup job wizard. First step is choose VM or VMs. One backup job could be used to process more than one VMs. In Choose Virtual Machines screen which primarily lists down the inventory of VM managed by Hyper-V we select single VM. To start, I selected the vdc2017 which is Domain Controller in my case. It is noteworthy to point out how smartly the VM status is displayed in the screen below.  Continue reading Configure the Backup Job of a VM hosted on Hyper-v

Free Backup for VMware, Hyper-V, Physical servers by Vembu BCDR Solution

Last week Vembu released a Free Version of their BCDR suite which is over and above Paid Version. In the Free version, Vembu is heavily focusing on organizations who do not have a proper backup mechanism for Virtual Servers, Physical Servers, and Desktops. For the first month you get access to full features of paid version, post 30 days you either have an option to insert key or product automatically changes into the Free version.

What is in Free Version?

Vembu has included essential features which are mandatory for backup to functions in the suite. Features mentioned below are available on all VMware, Hyper-V and Physical servers

  1. Agentless backup functionality for Image-Based Backup
  2. You can Backup VMs from vCenter. VCenter Integration is part of free edition
  3. There is no limit as to how many VMs you can backup in Free edition
  4. Options to backup full Operating system and or to exclude disk are part of the free edition
  5. Backup Transport mode e.g. SAN, Network is similarly available in the free version.
  6. Application-aware backup a feature I consider a must in any backup software is surprisingly a part of free edition
  7. Cross Hypervisor migration feature is also there in free Edition
  8. Free version not only allows you restore files but also have features to recover Exchange mailboxes, MS SQL Databases, MS SharePoint, Active Directory users, groups and File
  9. Web-based management, Backup Monitoring, and Reporting is still possible in free edition
  10. Singularly in Hyper-V, you can backup VMs stored on Cluster Shared Volumes
  11. For the Physical servers, you can backup GPT disks, do Raw Device Mapping disks and Pass-through disk mapping. Not only this, but you can also the backup Physical server with drives size more than 2 TB.
  12. Finally, you get end to end encryption, compression and scale out repository in Vembu

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Physical server image level backup using vembu

Physical server Image level backup is also possible in Vembu BDR suite. It is the exclusive feature in comparison with other backup products. In cloud era do we need a solution for physical servers? My answer is 200% Yes. The fact that green field is 100% virtual is a reality on the one hand, but on another hand, it is only 10-20% of the complete story. Most of the IT infrastructure is a brown field. It is the mix of physical servers and virtual servers. So far all products which focus on virtualization of the backup product has failed or had the biggest hinder in deciding it.
You do not believe me? Ok, check Veeam they have started with introducing backup agent for the physical server, but it was free of cost and support on best effort basis. The demand for the solution for physical server back was so high that they have to introduce this feature. Continue reading Physical server image level backup using vembu

Migrate from any hypervisor to any hypervisor using vembu

We can use Vembu to migrate VMs to any hypervisor. Such tools are available in the market, but what is unique about Vembu it offers this feature as a part of the backup suite. I can backup VM in VMDK (VMWare) format and restore it to hyper-v format. This Feature can of great use if you are using different hypervisor in DR than in production. Let me describe the use case.

Use Case: Migrate from VMware to Hyper-V, VMware to KVM, Hyper-V to VMware, Hyper-V to KVM, KVM to Hyper-V, KVM to VMware  (Any to Any Hypervisor) Continue reading Migrate from any hypervisor to any hypervisor using vembu

File Level Backup Features of Vembu

In the previous post, I discussed what the various options to backup Virtual Machines, Physical Servers, Applications, Files and types of backup. In this post and futures post, I shall delve into each type of backup. Let’s start with the file level backup as you might know this is the most common backup types.

Below screen highlights the various options available in Vembu

Various sources Vembu can backup

Multiple sources Vembu can backup

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Vembu Backup Options

Vembu is Business and Data Protection suite is widely prevalent among Small And Medium size business and growing. It has almost all the features of any Backup Product available in the market. In this part: 01 the where I will discuss what are primary features Vembu offers

vBDR offers following backup options

  1. Image backup for VMware and Microsoft Hypervisor as shown in the screen below
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2. Image backup for Physical servers and desktop. It is worth noting Desktop Backup software is offered free of cost which means you get a full backup solution for servers desktops and applications. So what is supported for application level backup also referred as Granular level backups (GLR)? Here is the list below Application-aware Backup Continue reading Vembu Backup Options