NetVault Backup Plug-in for VMware 12.3 - User Guide

Introducing NetVault Backup Plug-in for VMware Installing the plug-in Configuring the plug-in Defining a backup strategy Using the image-level backup method Using the file-level backup method Restoring image-level backups Restoring file-level backups Troubleshooting

Diagnosing virtual machine issues

The Diagnose Virtual Machine method includes some predefined tests, which are used to identify issues in virtual machine setup that can cause failures when the plug-in performs the following activities:

The plug-in reports the problems detected during these tests, and provides suggestions to correct the problems. You can run these tests at any time.

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Start the Backup Job Wizard, and click Create New next to the Selections list.
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Click the virtual machine, and select Diagnose Virtual Machine from the context menu.
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View the results in the Diagnostic Results dialog box:
Results: This tab shows the results of the diagnostic tests (passed or failed).
Recommendations: This tab includes suggestions to correct the problems detected during the tests.
Virtual Machine: This tab shows general information about the virtual machine.

SOAP messages

When you enable tracing, the Plug‑in for VMware generates the following two files along with the other trace logs:

These files contain communication details between the plug-in and vSphere Web Service running on the VMware vCenter or ESXi Servers.

When you send the trace files to Quest Technical Support, ensure that these two files are included.

Generating VDDK logs

The Plug‑in for VMware uses the VMware VDDK API for the following operations:

To diagnose or troubleshoot errors encountered during these operations, Quest Technical Support may request you to send the VDDK logs. You can use the following procedure to enable VDDK logging when these operations are performed.

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In the navigation pane, click Create Backup Job, and then click Create New next to the Selections list.
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Click VMware Plugin, and select Configure from the context menu.
If the plug-in is installed on a NetVault Backup Client, click Client Settings; in the clients table, select the client, and click Next.
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Under Plugins, click Plugin Options.
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Under Troubleshooting, select the Enable VDDK Logging check box.
The plug-in generates the VDDK log files entitled vixDiskLib*.log in the following directories:
Windows: <System Drive>\Windows\Temp\vmware-SYSTEM
Linux: /tmp/vmware-root
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