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vRanger 7.6.3 - User Guide

Introduction Configuring vRanger
Configuring vRanger through the Startup Wizard Configuring vRanger manually Supplemental instructions: additional repository types
Using vRanger Backup Restore
Restoring a physical server 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
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-InventoryEntities 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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Configuring VSS tools using the manual method

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Backup > Performing optional configurations > Configuring VSS tools for VMware VMs > Configuring VSS tools using the manual method

Configuring VSS tools using the manual method

For Windows Server® 2003 VMs, the vRanger VSS Tools must be manually deployed to the target VM, using the following procedures.

NOTE: vzShadow.exe works with VMware® Tools. VMware Tools must be installed and running on the VM when using vzShadow.exe.
To configure VSS tools using the manual method:
On the vRanger machine, browse to the Client\VSS\VSSfor2k3 subdirectory in the vRanger installation location.

The default is C:\Program Files\Quest\vRanger\Client\VSS\VSSfor2k3.

In this directory, find the appropriate C++ Redistributable package and vzShadow.exe for the bit level of the source VM — the one you want to back up.

For 64-bit (x64) machines, choose:

vcredist_x64.exe (Microsoft C++ Redistributable)


For 32-bit (x86) machines, choose:



On the source VM, start the vesicatories file to install the C++ Redistributable.

For 64-bit operating system, copy vzshadow_x64.exe.

For 32-bit operating system, copy vzshadow_x86.exe.

Create a directory on the VM: C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\backupscripts.d\

The following shows a sample batch file:

where x equals the drive that hosts the application — if there are multiple volumes on this VM, list all volumes, separated by colon and space (: ), as in:

When using vRanger with Quest Recovery Manager for Exchange 5.1 or later, use the following text for your batch file. This text creates an XML file that Recovery Manager for Exchange uses to identify vRanger savepoints with Exchange databases.

where X equals the drive that hosts the Exchange Server; if there are multiple volumes on this VM, list all volumes, separated by colon and a space (: ), as in:

When VSS is triggered by VMware tools, the pre-freeze script runs vzShadow.exe.

Configuring a backup job

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Backup > Configuring a backup job

Configuring a backup job

vRanger uses a wizard to guide you through the process of creating a backup job. Each page of the wizard is explained in more detail in the topics that follow.

To configure a backup job, complete the following tasks:

Starting the Backup Wizard

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Backup > Configuring a backup job > Starting the Backup Wizard

Starting the Backup Wizard

The first step to creating a vRanger backup job is to select the inventory node — physical server, VMware® vCenter™, host, backup group, and so on — that you want to back up. After selecting the node, you may start the Backup Wizard as described in the following procedures.

You may also create a custom grouping consisting of multiple physical servers or of existing objects from multiple hosts or vCenters. For more information, see Adding a custom backup group. Backup groups are treated the same as any other inventory node when it comes to creating backup jobs.

IMPORTANT: A backup group must contain only physical objects, only Hyper-V® objects, or only VMware® objects. You cannot combine VMware, Hyper-V, and physical objects into a single backup group.

To select an inventory node, complete one of the following procedures:

Selecting a node in the My Inventory view

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Backup > Configuring a backup job > Starting the Backup Wizard > Selecting a node in the My Inventory view

Selecting a node in the My Inventory view

When working in the My Inventory view, starting the Backup Wizard creates a job to back up the selected inventory node or backup group. If a node s not selected, the Add icon on the toolbar is disabled.

To select a node in the My Inventory view:
In the My Inventory view, click the appropriate tab, VMware, Hyper-V, Physical, or vCloud, and then select the preferred node to select the object or backup group.
With the preferred inventory node selected, click the Add drop-down menu, and then click Backup Job.

The Backup Wizard starts.

In the Job Name field, enter a name for the backup job.
[Optional] In the Job Description field, enter a description for the backup job.
Click Next.
NOTE: If your selected inventory node contains only one server, skip to Including hard disks of physical machines or VMs. If your selected node contains multiple servers (such as a backup group or host), proceed to Excluding VMs.
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