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NetVault Plug-in for VMware 10.5 - Release Notes

Dell™ NetVault™ Backup Plug‑in for VMware® 10.5

About this release

Dell NetVault Backup Plug‑in for VMware (Plug‑in for VMware) protects your virtual machines from disaster, media failure, and data corruption. Its intuitive, easy-to-use interface gives you a single, centralized console to configure backup and restore policies for your virtual environments. The Plug‑in for VMware is integrated with VMware vStorage APIs for Data Protection (VADP). It allows you to protect your virtual environment without the need for complex scripting or deep understanding of VMware® ESX® or VADP internals. The plug-in minimizes downtime by allowing you to restore complete virtual machine images or individual files quickly and reliably with minimal interaction. Through automatic integration with a wide range of backup devices, your virtualized data can be protected and safely stored off-site to meet your disaster recovery and business continuity goals.

New features

Added the ability to restart failed backups: The Plug‑in for VMware lets you to restart a job to back up only those virtual machines that failed previously. To use this method, you must configure the backup option Enable Restartable backups for the job. When you restart a job, the plug-in runs an Incremental Backup job to back up the failed virtual machines.
*NOTE: The Restart method can only be used with NetVault Backup 11.0 and later.
Added a Diagnose Virtual Machine method: The Diagnose Virtual Machine method includes some pre‑defined tests, which are used to identify issues in virtual machine setup that can cause failures when the plug-in performs the following activities:


Table 1. Enhancements
Changed the default transport mode to Auto on new installations. Depending on your setup, the plug-in automatically selects the SAN or SCSI HotAdd mode without requiring any re‑configuration.
Removed the Use Volume Shadow Copy Service check box from the Backup Preferences dialog box. This option is not supported by plug-in versions 2.x and later.
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