Offering you the absolute best VMware backup solution, SIO promises quick, safe and easy protection for your entire VMware environment. We have configured our system to be easy to use, even for the newbies. Our VMware backup solution ensures fast VMware backup that can help businesses and MSPs back up their virtual machines to local as well as cloud storage quickly. Multiple host backups can be centrally monitored through a web management console. Locally backed up data can be replicated offsite for additional protection. Our new VM Run Direct feature allows you to instantly run a VM from its point in time backup file in just a couple of minutes for disaster recovery. We offer both per Guest VM and per CPU socket licensing options, thus no matter if you have just a few or a lot of Guest VMs in a VMware host, you can have an affordable option to back them up all.
- Backup through vCenter or a standalone machine
- Supports ESXi Free version
- VDDK / Non-VDDK backup mode supported
- Fast backup with VMware Changed Block Tracking (CBT) technology
- VM Disaster Recovery in under 2 minutes with VM Run-Direct
- Live Migration during Recovery Mode
- Virtual machine hot backup
- Fast multi-thread backup
- In-File Delta incremental backup
To back up your VMware system, you just need to install the backup manager application with the VMware Backup Module enabled onto your vCenter , or a standalone machine, in your existing environment. After proper configuration of VMware backup set with Guest selection, backup schedule, destinations, retention policy and VM Run Direct settings, etc, your Guest VMs will be backed up to local storage, network share, centralized backup server (SIO CBS) or cloud storage automatically. You can even have us replicate the data to another data center or additional cloud storage for more protection. To achieve the highest performance, install the backup manager on a 64 bit machine, with multiple CPUs and cores.
For more information please refer to the VMware Configuration Guide
Additionally, some DOs and DONTs when configuring VMware Backups
VMware backup is simple
Simply create a VMware VM Backup set in Online Backup Manager (OBM) client-side backup application.
Enter the information required for logging on the VMware Host.
Select the corresponding virtual machines for backup.
Configure the destinations, schedule, encryption setting, and that's it.
Restore is just a few clicks away
Simply choose the VMware backup set that you have created for the VMware ESXi host.
Select the virtual machines to be restored and choose [Original Location] for restore files to.
User will be prompted if a virtual machine selected to be restored exist on the hypervisor. Choose the appropriate option.
When the restore process is completed, the virtual machine(s) will be restored to the original hypervisor.
Note: Independent disk for VMware virtual machine
Independent disk is a special kind of virtual disk that it is, as designed by VMware, not included in any snapshot. In general, they cannot be backed up when the virtual machine is online. The OBM therefore skips these during the backup process.
If a virtual machine with independent disks is restored to original hypervisor, then there is a chance that the independent disks will be missed at the hypervisor. Therefore, the OBM will detect if those disks are missed, and if so, will modify the vmx file accordingly to disable the missed disks. (Please note that the original vmx file with a suffix of .orig is placed under the virtual machine's folder.)
With this method, it can only ensure that the virtual machine is able to power on. It does not guarantee the virtual machine can boot into its operating system. Whether or not that the virtual machine's operating system can be booted, and whether or not that the operating system can function normally under these conditions depends on how the administrator configures the operating system.