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vRanger 7.8 - User Guide

Introduction Configuring vRanger
Configuration overview Configuring vRanger through the Startup Wizard Configuring vRanger manually Supplemental instructions: additional repository types
Using vRanger Backup Restore Replicate VMs Reports Integrating and monitoring vRanger Using the vRanger Console vAPI Cmdlet details
Add-BackupGroupEntity Add-BackupJobTemplate Add-CIFSRepository Add-DdbReplicationRepository Add-DdbRepository Add-EsxHost Add-HypervCluster Add-HypervHost Add-HypervRestoreJobTemplate Add-NFSRepository Add-NVSDRepository Add-PhysicalMachine Add-RdaRepository Add-ReplicationJobTemplate Add-RestoreFromManifestJobTemplate Add-RestoreJobTemplate Add-VirtualAppforLinuxFLR Add-VirtualAppforLinuxFLRVA Add-VirtualCenter Disable-Job Dismount-LinuxVolume Enable-Job Get-AddressBook Get-BackupGroupEntity Get-CatalogSearchData Get-CatalogStatus Get-ConfigOption Get-Connection Get-CurrentTemplateVersionID Get-Datastore Get-GlobalTransportFailover Get-InventoryEntity Get-IsInventoryRefreshing Get-Job Get-JobTemplate Get-MonitorLog Get-Network Get-PhysicalMachineDiskMap Get-Repository Get-RepositoryJob Get-RepositorySavePoint Get-RestoreDiskMap Get-SavepointDisk Get-SavepointManifest Get-Savepoints Get-TransportFailover Get-VirtualApplianceConfig Get-VirtualApplianceDeploymentStatus Get-VirtualApplianceReconfigStatus Get-VirtualMachinesUnderInventory Get-VmDisk Get-VMDKVolume Install-VirtualAppliance Mount-LinuxVolume New-BackupFlag New-BackupGroupMember New-Daily Schedule New-EmailAddress New-IntervalSchedule New-MonthlySchedule New-ReplicationFlag New-RestoreFlag New-SMTPServer New-TransportConfiguration New-VirtualAppliance New-WeeklySchedule New-YearlySchedule Remove-AllMount Remove-BackupGroupEntity Remove-BackupGroupMember Remove-Catalog Remove-DdbStorageUnit Remove-JobTemplate Remove-LinuxVolume Remove-Repository Remove-SavePoint Remove-VirtualAppliance Remove-VirtualApplianceConfiguration Run-JobsNow Run-ReplicationFailover Run-ResumeReplicationFailover Run-TestReplicationFailover Set-Cataloging Set-CBTonVM Set-LinuxVolume Set-MountPath Set-Resources Stop-vRangerJob Update-BackupJobTemplate Update-GlobalTransportFailover Update-HypervRestoreJobTemplate Update-Inventory Update-ReplicationJobTemplate Update-RestoreJobTemplate Update-VirtualAppliance Update-VirtualApplianceConfiguration
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Selecting a repository

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Backup > Configuring a backup job > 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.
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 http://quest.com/products/netvault-smartdisk/ 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 http://quest.com/products/dr-series-disk-backup-appliances/ or the Quest vRanger Integration Guide for Quest DR Series Disk Backup Appliance.
If you want to add a repository, see Adding a repository for more information.
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Selecting a backup data transport method for VMware machines

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Backup > Configuring a backup job > 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.
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:
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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).
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The Custom transport selection option lets you specify both where the actual backup processing activity occurs) and which transport to use. For more information, see VMware backup transport options.
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On the Transport Selection page, select Custom 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).
For more information, see VMware backup transport options.
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[Optional] If you want your LAN backups to be encrypted, select Use SSL encryption while transferring files over the LAN connection when available.
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Configuring backup options

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Backup > Configuring a backup job > Configuring backup options

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On the Backup Options page, select your preferences from the options described in the following table.
If this flag is selected, vRanger updates the VM Notes in VMware® vCenter™ with the most recent backup status. vRanger maintains the existing VM notes in vCenter, appending the backup status to the end.
This option enables the VMware® Tools when creating a backup. Use this flag if you are backing up a database server. During this process, vRanger freezes or pauses writes on supported applications to provide a consistent image of VSS-enabled databases. For more information, see Application consistency for virtual backups.
NOTE: This option is only presented for physical backups. For backups of VMware and Hyper-V® VMs, selecting Enable guest quiescing enables VSS application quiescing if supported by the Guest OS and application.
NOTE: This option is only presented for physical backups. For backups of VMware and Hyper-V VMs, selecting Enable guest quiescing enables VSS log truncation if supported by the Guest OS and application.
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Selecting a Retention Policy

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Backup > Configuring a backup job > Selecting a Retention Policy

Active Block Mapping (ABM): ABM scans the disks on a VM and detects the blocks actively used by the disk, as opposed to blocks that were deleted by the Windows® operating system. With ABM enabled, vRanger only backs up that part of a virtual disk that has active data on it. ABM also provides the following settings options:
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On the Retention Policy Selection page, use the up and down arrows to select your Savepoint Count — the default is 7.
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In the Space Saving Technology section, select None.
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Active Block Mapping (ABM): ABM scans the disks on a VM and detects the blocks actively used by the disk, as opposed to blocks that were deleted by the Windows® operating system. With ABM enabled, vRanger only backs up the part of a virtual disk that has active data on it. ABM also provides the following settings options:
Changed Block Tracking (CBT): CBT reduces the time needed for incremental and differential backups by only backing up the portions of a disk that have changed since the last backup. By determining which blocks changed within the VMDK file, vRanger only backs up the portions of a disk that have changed since the last backup. This often results in shorter durations for backup operations, and reduced resource consumption on network and storage elements.
NOTE: CBT does copy deleted blocks if ABM is not also enabled. CBT is a VMware® feature, and does not apply to physical machine or Hyper-V® VM backup.
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On the Retention Policy Selection page, select your Savepoint Count — the default setting is 7, the maximum value is 1000.
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In the Space Saving Technology section, select Incremental.
The Options section appears.
Threshold Count: This option defines the number of incremental backups to perform before a full backup is done.
Full Backup Days: Select the day or days on which you want vRanger to take a full backup of the server.
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Active Block Mapping (ABM): ABM scans the disks on a VM and detects the blocks actively used by the disk, as opposed to blocks that were deleted by the Windows® operating system. With ABM enabled, vRanger only backs up the part of a virtual disk that has active data on it. ABM also provides the following settings options:
Changed Block Tracking (CBT): CBT reduces the time needed for incremental and differential backups by only backing up the portions of a disk that have changed since the last backup. By determining which blocks changed within the VMDK file, vRanger only backs up the portions of a disk that have changed since the last backup. This often results in shorter durations for backup operations, and reduced resource consumption on network and storage elements.
NOTE: CBT copies deleted blocks if ABM is not also enabled. CBT is a VMware® feature, and does not apply to physical machine or Hyper-V® VM backup.
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On the Retention Policy Selection page, select your Savepoint Count — the default setting is 7, the maximum value is 1000.
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In the Space Saving Technology section, select Differential.
The Options section appears.
Threshold Count: This option defines the number of incremental backups to perform before a full backup is done.
Full Backup Days: Select the day or days on which you want vRanger to take a full backup of the server.
The Threshold Size refers to the percentage of the hard disk of a VM that must be captured in differential backups before performing a full backup. Using the Threshold Size value might cause your full backups to be taken on unexpected days.
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