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vRanger 7.8.5 - User Guide

Introduction vRanger overview Configuring vRanger
Configuring vRanger through the Startup Wizard Configuring vRanger manually Supplemental instructions: additional repository types
Using vRanger Backup Restore
Restoring an encrypted VMware VM Performing a full restore for VMware VMs Performing a full restore for Hyper-V® VMs Performing a full restore for VMware vApps Performing a full restore of a physical machine Performing an FLR on Windows Performing an FLR on Linux Restoring from manifest
Replicate VMs Reports Integrating and monitoring vRanger Using the vRanger Console vAPI Cmdlet details

Managing physical machine licensing

Before you start this process, make sure that you have imported the license file and confirmed that it is adequate for managing the number of physical machines you want to protect. The Currently Installed Licenses section includes the total number of physical machine licenses available, and the number being used currently. These numbers increment and decrement based on the selections you make in this dialog box.

Under the Licensing node, click Physical Machine.
In the Currently Installed Licenses section, view the Machines Allowed value to confirm the total number of physical machines licenses available.
In the Physical Backup column, select or clear machines until you have used all the available licenses, or until all your machines are protected.

Managing job configuration settings

Through the Configuration Options dialog box, you can set limits for the number of tasks running, the time frame for task execution, and the space allowed on a datastore to accommodate snapshot growth.

The maximum number of tasks are defined in the following table.

On vRanger

The maximum number of backup, restore, and replication tasks running on this instance of vRanger at any one time.

off a LUN

The maximum number of tasks allowed on any particular logical storage device.

on a host

The maximum number of tasks running on a host at any given time.

per repository

The maximum number of tasks allowed on any specific repository at any specific time.


The number of backup and restore tasks that are physically running on the local vRanger machine.

per VA

The number of replication tasks running on a vRanger virtual appliance (VA).

In the Resource Management section, set a maximum for the number of tasks that can be run:
In the Timeout section, populate the Task Timeout (1 - 999 hours) field — the default is 24.
In the Minimum space needed on host (GB) field, enter a number — the default is 6.

Enabling cataloging options

The vRanger cataloging function must be enabled before data collection can begin. The Catalog dialog box includes the option to enable or disable catalog collection, and displays the status of the Catalog Service.

Under the My Jobs node, click Catalog.
Select Enable Catalog Data Collection.

About catalog filtering

While there are thousands — or hundreds of thousands — of files in a typical VM, most are not relevant to FLR operations. To streamline cataloging operations, and reduce impact to the catalog database, vRanger filters files to be indexed in two ways:

Path: By default, vRanger does not catalog any files in the following directories. Path filtering is determined by entries in the PathFilterTokens.txt file, at C:\Program Files\Quest\vRanger\Configuration.


Program Files






System Volume Information


File: By default, vRanger does not catalog files of the following type. File filtering is determined by entries in the FilesFilterTokens.txt file, at C:\Program Files\Quest\vRanger\CatalogManager\Config\Files.


















For most situations, the default filtering options are sufficient. If you want to filter out additional paths or files, simply add the path or file to the appropriate text file.

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