Following on from the previous installation of Vembu Backup Server v3.7 on Windows Server 2016; this post will walk through the configuration steps to add a vCenter target and configure virtual machine backup jobs.
On the Windows server running Vembu Backup Server browse to https://localhost:6061 and login with the default username and password of admin admin. Alternatively from a remote machine browse to the FQDN or IP address of the Vembu Backup Server over port 6061. If you changed the web UI port or default credentials during setup then update accordingly.
The Vembu BDR dashboard will load.
When logging in you will notice the license notification in the bottom left hand corner. The full feature set is available for 30 days, after which you can continue with Vembu BDR Suite free edition. To purchase licenses you can register the server from the Management tab, under Server Management, and Server Registration.
Email notifications can also be configured from the Management tab, under Settings, and Email Settings.
If you didn’t configure a backup repository during installation then we’ll need to do this now before continuing. Select the Management tab, from the drop down menu and click Storage Management.
Select the appropriate location for the backup repository, this can be a local disk:
Or a SAN / NAS hosted network share:
Configuring vSphere Backups
Once a valid storage repository is in place we can begin configuring backup jobs. First let’s add the vCenter: from the Backup tab select VMware vSphere. Click Add VMware vSphere Server and enter the vCenter FQDN or IP address, and credentials. Click Save.
Added vCenter Servers can be viewed in the List VMware Servers page.
Setup a backup job by clicking Backup next to the relevant vCenter Server, the backup wizard loads.
Select the clusters, hosts or VMs to backup. You can exclude VMs or individual disks here also. When you’re ready, click Next.
Set the backup schedule to your own preferences, and click Next.
Configure the appropriate retention policy and click Next.
Application aware backups can be configured here, select any servers that require application consistent snapshots, such as Exchange, SQL, etc. and select whether transaction logs should be truncated post backup. You need to enter valid guest OS credentials, create a service account for this purpose if one doesn’t already exist.
Review the settings, and click Next. You can run the backup straight away by ticking the option if required.
Click Ok to confirm creation of the new backup job, you will now see this in the list of backup jobs.
If you opted to run the backup immediately you will see the backup progress page.
You can run the backup at any time from the List all Backups page, and also edit or delete backup jobs.