Category Archives: Vembu BDR Suite v3.6.0

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


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.


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.


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


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


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.


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


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.




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.

How to install Vembu Backup and disaster recovery suite

Installing Vembu BDR suite is simple. In this post I would describe various pre-requisites required and things to take into consideration.  There are four ways you can install BDR suite.

  1. VMware based Vembu VMware Virtual Appliance
  2. Vembu Hyper-V Virtual Appliance
  3. Windows Based
  4. Linux Based

All the installation guides are well explained with detailed steps and screen instructions. If you wish to deploy the Vembu BDR backup server in Linux or as VMware/Hyper-V virtual appliance please contact I’ll cover here Windows based installation. Continue reading How to install Vembu Backup and disaster recovery suite

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

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

Replication using vembu

As promised here is the post which covers replication feature of Vembu. If you have gone through host based replication feature of VMware you may not find some difference. Considering the fact that both tool does the same but Vembu is product which is backup plus DR and hence is referred Vembu Backup Disaster Recovery Suite (BDR).  Why do you replication? Isn’t backup data sufficient to recover. In most cases this is old school. In today’s cloud world SMB and enterprises are looking forward to storing their data in DR site, public cloud or offsite which is more appropriate word. Continue reading Replication using vembu

Configuring Vembu Backup on Hyper-V

I’m starting today series of posts focusing solely on backing up VMs hosted on Hyper-V.  In these posts, I will cover the unique configurations of Hyper-V and Vembu BDR. There are striking differences in the configuration steps which I considered worth covering in these posts. Continue reading Configuring Vembu Backup on Hyper-V

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

Configuring Backup Job in Vembu

In earlier posts (Post:01, Post:02) I gave a brief over of Vembu Backup production. I have consciously still not covered the installation of Vembu. But I will keep that aside. In this post, I shall walk you through how to configure backup job and multiple options that are available.

After you install the straightforward, simplest product I have ever seen, you point the browser to https://localhost:6061 and below page welcomes you.

Vembu BDR Suite Logon Page
Vembu BDR Suite Logon Page

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