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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

Including hard disks of physical machines or VMs

The Hard Disk Inclusion page follows the Virtual Machine Exclusion page. If you selected a single VM or are backing up physical servers, you see only the Hard Disk Inclusion page.

The Machine Hard Disk Inclusion page creates a rule for vRanger to use when determining which disks to back up.

When you create a backup job for one server, the rule tells vRanger which disks to back up for that server. When you create a job for multiple servers, however, the rule determines which disks are backed up for every server.

When protecting a VM, the Current Virtual Machines pane lists the servers included in the backup job, based on your selections in the Excluding VMs procedure. The Include Hard Disks pane represents the maximum number of disks configured for any server in the job. For example, if you have a backup job with multiple single-disk servers and one server with six disks, the Include Hard Disks column shows six entries. Selecting “Hard Disk 1” through “Hard Disk 6” tells vRanger to back up every disk for each server.

If, in the preceding example, the six-disk server receives an extra disk, that disk is not going to be backed up, because only six disks are included in the rule. To allow for future growth, the Show all disk possibilities option lets you select all potential disks; selecting this option ensures that any disk added to a server in the future is included in the backup job.

In the Included Hard Disks pane, select the disks that vRanger should include in the rule it applies to each server.
[Optional] If you want to allow for additional disks in the future, select Show all disk possibilities, and select additional disks.
Click Next.

Selecting a repository

On the Repository Selection page of the wizard, you can select the repository to which the job should send the backup data. You can also add a repository from this page. For more information, see Adding a repository.

vRanger supports the following repository options for storing backup archives:

NetVault SmartDisk (NVSD): The Quest disk-based data-deduplication option which reduces storage costs with byte-level, variable-block-based software deduplication. For more information on NetVault SmartDisk, see or the Quest vRanger Integration Guide for Quest NetVault SmartDisk.
EMC Data Domain Boost (DDB): Integrating EMC Data Domain Boost (DD Boost) with vRanger is achieved by adding a Data Domain appliance running DD Boost to vRanger as a repository. Backups written to that repository are deduplicated according to your configuration.
Quest Rapid Data Access (RDA): Provided by the Quest DR Series appliances — purpose-built, disk backup appliances that use Quest deduplication technology to improve backup and recovery processes. For more information on Quest DR Series appliances, see or the Quest vRanger Integration Guide for Quest DR Series Disk Backup Appliance.
Click Next.

Selecting a backup data transport method for VMware machines

In vRanger, the transport determines how backup data is sent, and where the backup processing activity occurs; for more information, see VMware backup transport options. When configuring a backup job for a VMware® VM, the Backup Wizard, by default, uses the Automatic Transport Selection option to select the best transport method at run-time automatically; you can also configure the transport manually by using the Using Custom transport selection option.

NOTE: The Transport Selection page is not available when backing up a physical machine or Hyper-V® virtual server. Because only one transport method is available for Hyper-V and physical servers, the Transport Selection page of the Backup Wizard does not display.

To select a backup data transport method for VMware machines, complete one of the following procedures:

Using Automatic transport selection

The Backup Wizard includes an Automatic transport selection option, which lets vRanger select the best available method for your configuration. When determining the best transport, vRanger uses two key criteria:

The logic used to select a transport differs slightly based on whether vRanger is installed on a VM or on a physical server. For more information about the order in which vRanger checks for transport availability, see Transport selection order: VM backup.

On the Transport Selection page, select Automatic transport selection.
If no VA is detected, click Configure Virtual Appliance to add a VA to vRanger. For more information about configuring the VA, see Understanding the vRanger virtual appliance (VA).
Click Next.
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