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NetVault Plug-in for SQL Server 11.0 - User Guide

Introducing Dell™ NetVault™ Backup Plug-in for SQL Server® Planning your SQL Server deployment Installing and removing the plug-in Configuring the plug-in Backing up data
Defining a backup strategy Reviewing the compression features Performing Online VDI backups Performing VSS backups in SQL Server® Example of creating a full VDI backup of an AlwaysOn Availability Group
Restoring data Troubleshooting

Creating a Virtual Client

As noted earlier, the Virtual Client creation process is not plug-in-specific, and you can find complete details in the Dell NetVault Backup Administrator’s Guide. However, consider the following points during the Virtual Client creation process:
Assign a name to the Virtual Client: Dell strongly recommends that you use the Virtual Server network name (that is, the Fully Qualified Domain Name [FQDN]) assigned to the SQL Server® as the NetVault Backup Virtual Client name. When you browse a Virtual Client, NetVault Backup locates the node currently in control of the clustered application, and reveals the SQL Server Instance, for example, on the NetVault Backup Selections page. With a Virtual Client name set up as the SQL Server Virtual Server network name, you can recognize the SQL Server Instance for which the Virtual Client was created.
Only include relevant cluster nodes in the Virtual Client: Include only the hosts that are relevant to the SQL Server Virtual Server that is to be backed up and restored.

Using multiple SQL Server® Virtual Servers in the same cluster

Create a NetVault Backup Virtual Client for each SQL Server® Virtual Server. Each Virtual Server has its own network name and IP address, and it is displayed as a separate Virtual Client in NetVault Backup.
Create an individual NetVault Backup Virtual Client for each SQL Server Virtual Server: For each SQL Server Virtual Server in the cluster, create a separate Virtual Client. During the creation process, ensure that the following are included:
IP Address of the SQL Server Virtual Server: In the Virtual Client Address field of the Virtual Client page, enter the IP Address assigned to the appropriate SQL Server Virtual Server. For example, if you are creating the first of the two SQL Server Virtual Servers in a failover cluster, enter the IP address assigned to the first Virtual Server.
Give a name to the Virtual Client that corresponds to the network name of the SQL Server Virtual Server: Enter the network name associated with the SQL Server Virtual Server in the Virtual Client Name field.
Copy the “nvsqlserver.cfg” file before creating the next NetVault Backup Virtual Client: Because creating a new Virtual Client overwrites the configuration file, which includes the Logon Detail information, Dell recommends that you perform the following steps:
Store a copy of the first “nvsqlserver.cfg” file in a safe location.
You can find this file in: \\<NetVaultBackupInstallDirectory>\config
Create the next Virtual Client, store a copy of its “nvsqlserver.cfg” file in a safe location, and repeat this step for every new Virtual Client that you need to create.
When you have finished creating Virtual Clients, copy the information from the [Security-<instanceName>] and [ServerList:List] sections in each “nvsqlserver.cfg” file to the same sections in the “nvsqlserver.cfg” file on the primary node.

Licensing the plug-in

The plug-in supports backup and restore of shared data only. For a SQL Server® Failover Cluster or AlwaysOn environment, only a single license is needed — a clustered application license for the Virtual Client.

Removing the plug-in from a standalone deployment

On the Manage Clients page, select the applicable client, and click Manage.
In the Installed Software table on the View Client page, select Plug‑in for SQL Server, and click the Remove Plugin button ().
In the Confirm dialog box, click Remove.
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