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in Replication - 23 Jan, 2016
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VCP6-DCV blueprint section 6:Configure and Administer a vSphere Backups/Restore/Replication Solution – Part 1

In this post we will continue covering the objective from the blueprint and now its time for the Backup and Recover a vSphere Deployment.Again I will NOT follow the order of blueprint objective but i will cover all of them.

The following are the blueprint objective:

  • Create/Delete/Consolidate virtual machine snapshots
  • Differentiate VMware Data Protection capabilities
  • Explain VMware Data Protection sizing guidelines
  • Install and Configure VMware Data Protection
  • Backup/Restore a virtual machine with VMware Data Protection
  • Install/Configure/Upgrade vSphere Replication
  • Configure VMware Certificate Authority (VMCA) integration with vSphere Replication
  • Configure vSphere Replication for Single/Multiple VMs
  • Recover a VM using vSphere Replication
  • Perform a failback operation using vSphere Replication
  • Deploy a pair of vSphere Replication virtual appliances
  • Compare and contrast vSphere Replication compression methods
  • Configure recovery point objective (RPO) for a protected virtual machine

 

Create/Delete/Consolidate virtual machine snapshots:

Controlling snapshots are easy , just right click on the VM and choose snapshots , you can create new snapshots , managed the snapshots and consolidate snapshots

Snapshot1

Snapshot3

 

Differentiate VMware Data Protection capabilities:

 

vdp1

Source: VMware Data Protection Administration Guide document

 

Image Level Backup and Restore – backup the entire VM including the vmdk files.each VDP appliance can simultaneously back up to 8 virtual machines if the internal proxy is used, or back up to 24 virtual machines if the maximum number of 8 external proxies are deployed with the VDP appliance.

Single VMDK Backup and Restore –  ability to backup only single vmdk files

Guest-level Backup and Restore –  supports guest-level backups for Microsoft SQL Servers, Exchange Servers, and Share Point Servers. Uses client agents that installed on the servers.

Replication – Replication enables you to avoid data loss if the source VDP appliance fails because copies of the backups are available on the destination target.

File Level Recovery(FLR) – File Level Recovery (FLR) allows to restore individual files. FLR is accomplished by using the VDP Restore Client.

 

Explain VMware Data Protection sizing guidelines:

The HW requirements for vDP appliance , you will need to consider future backups when planning.

 

vdp2

Source: VMware Data Protection Administration Guide document

 

Install and Configure VMware Data Protection:

Since i am using VMware workstation and i dont have a lot of resources in my desktop , i temporary remove two nodes and one VM from my lab configuration to free some memory and CPU for this task.

Some prerequisite for the install:

  1. Configure DNS for the new vDP appliance
  2. Configure NTP
  3. Configure user account if you not using Administrator

vdp3

 

After downloading and deploying the ovf  we need to configure vDP (there is not much at the ovf deployment , ill spare you the screenshots)

To configure vDP follow instruction 1 .

vdp4

Enter the default password :changeme

vdp5

Verify DNS settings:

vdp6

Verify/Configure timezone.

vdp7

Create new password for the root user

vdp8

Enter vCenter info and TEST the connection, always a good thing 

vdp9

Configure storage (Dont forget the he HW requirements for vDP appliance see above)

vdp10

Configure CPU and Memory(you can use two CPU but the wizard wouldnt let you change it , so before the VM starts change the CPU to 2.if you dont have sufficient resource the VM would start and you will have to change it manually.  

vdp12

The rest of the step are not mandatory unless you like to optimize the performance of your environment, in production you want to run the analysis. 

 

Backup/Restore a virtual machine with VMware Data Protection:

Creating backups and restoring are simple with vDP , i will not go over all the screenshots but its very simple

after the install click on the vSphere Data protection.vdp20

To create a backup job:

vdp21

Follow the wizard:(as you can see in the task manager i already in the backup process)

vdp29

To restore the VM follow the click the on the job and then click on restore vdp30

Follow the wizard:

vdp31

 

Thanks for reading

Mordi.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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