This post will walk through the installation of Vembu BDR Server v3.7 on Windows Server 2016, in preparation for backing up a VMware environment. At the time of writing the most recent version is v3.7.0 Update 1, which provides compatibility with vSphere 6.5.
About Vembu BDR Suite
Vembu BDR Suite consists of a number of key products and is available in both free and paid for versions. Vembu free edition offers agentless VMware and Hyper-V backup and restore for virtual environments, and disk image backups for physical Windows machines. In both cases Vembu backups take application-aware snapshots using application-specific VSS writers to ensure clean and consistent recovery of Exchange, SQL Server, Active Directory, and Sharepoint. Transaction log files are truncated after each successful backup.
The free Vembu BDR Suite is sufficient for protecting servers in test or production environments for small to medium businesses. The free version includes a 30 day trial of advanced features such as replication, near Continuous Data Protection (CDP) providing RTO & RPO of under 15 minutes, Changed Block Tracking (CBT), and offsite backup features; offsite DR replication, cloud DR replication, WAN acceleration, distributed Vembu agents, bandwidth throttling, and more. After the 30 day trial ends you can continue to backup unlimited machines forever using the features of the free suite. For a full list see the feature comparison page.
Both the free and licensed versions of Vembu BDR Suite can be used to backup unlimited virtual machines forever. When planning an installation consider the following:
- Vembu BDR Server runs only on 64 bit operating systems: Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012, and Windows Server 2008 R2. Windows 10 is also supported but it is advisable to use only for evaluation purposes.
- The Vembu BDR Backup Server should have a minimum of 8 GB RAM (16 GB recommended) and 4 vCPU (8 vCPU recommended). The NIC(s) should be 1 Gbps or above.
- Storage repository for backups can be either a local drive, or any SAN / NAS device connected using CIFS (SMB) or NFS share. When calculating storage also consider adding 10% for storage of metadata.
- The backup port used is 32004.
- There are no external database requirements since an embedded Postgres SQL database is used.
- To save money on Windows licensing you can also deploy the Vembu BDR backup server as a VMware/Hyper-V virtual appliance, this can be obtained from email@example.com.
- Vembu 3.7.0 U1 is compatible with versions 4.x of vSphere, right the way through to 6.5, and Hyper-V versions 2008 R2 through to 2016.
- The Vembu management interface can be accessed using IE v11 and above, Firefox v28 and above, or Chrome v34 and above. Ports 6060 and 6061 should be open.
- Vembu BDR Suite can be downloaded here and the release notes for v3.7.0 Update 1 here. Ensure you read through the current known limitations in the release notes.
The great thing about Vembu products is the accessibility of information. All the data needed to determine whether Vembu solutions are right for you is available on their website; full product and solution write ups, demos, webinars, datasheets, documentation, knowledgebase, community forum and support, right the way through to visibility on pricing, resellers / distributors and service providers.
Download the Vembu BDR Server here. The installer is the same for both the paid and free versions, you can apply a license for the advanced features or continue to use the unlicensed features at no cost.
Copy the VembuBDRSetup executable to your Windows server, right click and select Run as Administrator, accept any Windows/UAC prompts. The installation wizard will load, click Next.
Accept the end user license agreement and click Next.
Review the configuration settings, if you’re going for a simple, straight forward setup then click Install. If you want to customize any of the settings then select Let me customize the configurations.
The configurations that can be customized are the PostgreSQL Server configuration parameters; such as instance name, installation location, and database storage location (the default installation location for both PostgreSQL and Vembu BDR Backup Server is C:\Program Files).
The storage repository for backups can be changed, this needs to either be a local drive or any SAN / NAS device connected using CIFS (SMB) or NFS share.
If required the default web server port and web console username and password can also be updated.
Accept any new settings and click Install.
Vembu BDR Backup Server will now be installed.
Once complete click Finish.
Providing you left the check boxes on the completion page selected the web console will auto load. Log in with the default username and password of admin admin, unless you changed this during setup.
Select the required time zone and click Save.
Enter a unique ID for this particular instance of Vembu BDR and click Update.
The Vembu BDR dashboard will load.
Vembu is now installed and we can go ahead and configure our backup targets. In the next post we’ll add a license, a SAN storage repository, and a vCenter, then start backing up some virtual machines.