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
Multiple sources Vembu can backup
You need to install Vembu NetworkBackup client. You can download it from here. The key point here is that Installation is straight forward. After installation is completed, the installation creates a shortcut is set up on the desktop as seen below.
The shortcut takes you to the browser where you have to configure TimeZone and connect to the backup server.
default username/password is admin/admin
Create a Backup Job
- The first step is to set up the backup job. Select from Backup tab File Backup as shown below.
- Now choose the file to backup. Again, different options are available. I would like to point your attention to “System State,” “Registry,” and Internet Explorer settings backup checkboxes. There are some prerequisites for System State, but it is trivial.
- Next step is configuring scheduling. For file level, you can take up backup every minute or less than a minute. This option “Near CDP” is available only for file level backup. I discussed this in brief in the previous post.
- In Retention policy you have a choice to keep versions of files. You also have more granular selections and decisions to make on how deleted files are removed. Furthermore, you can also retain the file version based on the time window.
In Advance option, I can select multiple checkboxes. Default selects most of them.
In addition to this, you have options to pick the retention policy on deleted files. I have kept it default.
Time-based retention is another less known option, but I have the option to select if the use case is driving it.
- Finally, save the backup job with a name. If needed, I can run the backup job right away as I have selected and shown below
Backup Job of 21 GB with 12,000 files took 9 minutes. I have captured it below
- As backing up the data was simple, so is restoring it. Open https://localhost:4040 this is referred as client side restore. Go to restore tab and select Restore. In the screen I observed the name of the backup job, when did the last backup occur and what type of plugin is used.
- Select the version to restore. In my case, I have recently completed a backup job. Therefore I have only one version to restore fromSelect Version to Restore in VembuSelect the files/folders to restore. You can select individual file as well
In more advanced option, you have several choices in selecting on how to restore files.
Advance restoration option you can rename the files which are to be restored, or you rename the original file. Vembu provides a recommendation on which path to choose. I have selected default options
Before proceeding to restore the folders, review the configuration as shown below
During recovery, you can watch the screen various every minute details can be seen on the screen. I have capture few of them to highlight its importance
- After final restoration is completed, you get a detailed report. It states the total no of files restores. Amount of time it took to restore and what was done with deleted files
In the end, I can conclude that File level backup of Vembu is way too simple to backup and restore your critical file server data. We discussed multiple advanced features unseen in other products. Though I have given the example of Windows file server backup, you must know that file level backup feature is also available for Linux and Mac. Linux and Mac are the big USP for Vembu.