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NetVault Plug-in for SQL Server 12.2 - User Guide

Introducing 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 Understanding snapshot-based backups 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 on Windows
Restoring data Using the CLI with the plug-in Troubleshooting

NetVault Backup Policy Management

A NetVault Backup Job Policy can be used to submit one or more jobs that target one or more similar clients.

If you intend to use NetVault Backup Job Policy across your organization's SQL Server clients, Quest strongly recommends that you use, whenever possible, a generic name for the SQL Server Instances deployed in different SQL Servers. Do not use a name associated with the machine on which the instance resides, or a name that is unique.

Jobs generated for instances with unique names, in general, cannot be ported to other SQL Server clients in your organization. Using generic instance names improves portability and policy management across all affected clients. In this way, you can create NetVault Backup Job Policies that can be applied to the different SQL Server clients in your organization.

For more information, see the Managing Policies in the Quest NetVault Backup Administrator’s Guide.

Installing and removing the plug-in

Installation prerequisites

The requirements vary depending on your configuration:

Prerequisites for a standalone deployment

Before installing Plug‑in for SQL Server, check that the following software is installed and configured on the machine that is to host SQL Server:

NetVault Backup Server and Client software: At a minimum, the Client version of NetVault Backup software must be installed on the machine configured as the SQL Server.
SQL Server software: The machine must be running a supported version of SQL Server. For a list of supported versions, see the Quest NetVault Backup Compatibility Guide, which is available at
SQL Server VSS Writer Services: If you want to implement a VSS backup strategy for SQL Server databases on Windows Servers, the SQL Server VSS Writer service must be running. The SQL Server VSS Writer is automatically installed. However, the service is not set to start automatically. To enable VSS backups, use the Windows Services utility. Quest recommends that you set the Startup Type for this service to Automatic.
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