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

Pre-requisites

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.

Vembu NetworkBackup Client Shortcut
Vembu NetworkBackup Client Shortcut

The shortcut takes you to the browser where you have to configure TimeZone and connect to the backup server.

Login page for Vembu Client backup
Login page for Vembu Client backup

default username/password is admin/admin

Configure Time Zone for Vembu Backup Client
Configure Time Zone for Vembu Backup Client

Enter Vembu Backup Server IP/Server name
Enter Vembu Backup Server IP/Server name

Create a Backup Job

    • The first step is to set up the backup job. Select from Backup tab File Backup as shown below.
Various Application Level Backups available
Various Application Level Backups available
    • 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.
Select the files to backup using Vembu
Select the files to backup using Vembu
    • 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.
Near CDP options for File Level Backup in Vembu
Near CDP options for File Level Backup in Vembu
    • 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.
Various Retention options available for Files in Vembu
Various Retention options available for Files in Vembu

In Advance option, I can select multiple checkboxes. Default selects most of them.

Advance Options in Retention Policies in Vembu
Advanced Options in Retention Policies in Vembu

In addition to this, you have options to pick the retention policy on deleted files. I have kept it default.

Retention Policies for Deleted Files in Vembu
Retention Policies for Deleted Files in Vembu

Time-based retention is another less known option, but I have the option to select if the use case is driving it.

Time based Retention Policy in Vembu
Time-based Retention Policy in Vembu
  • 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
Enter Backup Job name in Vembu
Enter Backup Job name in Vembu

Backup Job of 21 GB with 12,000 files took 9 minutes. I have captured it below

Time taken to backup files in Vembu
Time is taken to backup files in Vembu

Restoring Files

  • 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.

    Restoring file in Vembu
    Restoring file in Vembu
  • 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 Version to Restore in VembuSelect the files/folders to restore. You can select individual file as well
    File and Folders to restore in Vembu
    File and Folders to restore in Vembu
    File and Folders to restore in Vembu
    File and Folders to restore in Vembu

    In more advanced option, you have several choices in selecting on how to restore files.

  • Several Choices to restore files and folders
    Several Choices to restore files and folders

    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

    Advance Restoration Option
    Advance Restoration Option

    Before proceeding to restore the folders, review the configuration as shown below

    Restoration configuration in Vembu
    Restoration setting in Vembu

    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

    File and Folders Restoration is in progress in Vembu
    File and Folders Restoration is in progress in Vembu
  • 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
    File Restore report in Vembu
    File Restore report in Vembu

    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.