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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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Virtual machine (VM) backup

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Backup > Backup overview > Virtual machine (VM) backup

When protecting a VMware® virtual environment, vRanger uses VMware snapshot technology to store incoming write requests temporarily while the source VMs are being backed up. After a VMware backup completes, the snapshot is deleted, which commits those pending writes to disk. vRanger can back up a VMware VM that already has an open snapshot and can back up the open snapshot, but any secondary consolidated helper snapshots are closed prior to running the backup.
With Inventory Node Selection, you can browse the VMware® vCenter™ or VMware® vCloud Director® inventory and select which VMs, groups, or VMware vSphere® vApp(s)™ you want to protect. You can select a VM, folder, resource pool, vApps, VMware® ESXi™ host, data center, or vCenter, and back up all the VMs located under that node in the tree.
VMware vSphere® vApp(s)™ are containers — similar to a resource pool — that help you manage and control resources for the VMs contained within. vApps are used to group the individual components of a multi-tier application properly, allowing for application-level resource control and portability. When protecting vApps, vRanger backs up both the VMs and the vApp metadata to maintain the vApp settings and structure upon restore.
When protecting a Hyper-V® host, the vRanger Hyper-V Agent is installed on the host. The vRanger Hyper-V Agent works with the VSS writer present on all Hyper-V hosts to back up every VM on the host and send the backups directly to the repository. If the host is on the same network as the repository location, such as a SAN, the client can perform LAN-free backups.

Physical machine backup

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Backup > Backup overview > Physical machine backup

For backing up physical machines, vRanger uses a physical backup client, similar to the one used for protecting Hyper-V® VMs, to perform backup and communication operations. The client can be installed when the source server is added to the vRanger inventory, or installed manually to comply with change control requirements.
IMPORTANT: Physical backups are only supported on Windows® machines matching the list of supported operating systems. For more information, see the Quest vRanger Installation/Upgrade Guide.

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