You can use a VM client to back up the image of a local virtual machine. HBR supports the following backup modes: instant backup and scheduled backup. You can select the required backup mode based on your business needs.

Instant backup

If you have no regular backup plan and only need to perform a full backup, you can perform the following steps:

  1. Log on to the Hybrid Backup Recovery Gateway. In the top navigation pane, select Backup.
  2. Add target backup servers. Click Add Server in the upper-right corner or choose Actions > Add Server.
  3. In the Add Server dialog box, enter the Type, IP Address, Username, and Password, and click OK.
  4. In the upper-right corner of the page, click Create Backup Plan.
  5. Enter the Plan Name, specify the Retention, and select Instant. Click Next.
  6. Select one or more virtual machines and click Next.
  7. Confirm the backup and virtual machine information, and click Create.
Note After a backup plan is created, you can view the details of the backup plan on the Backup Plans tab.

Scheduled backup

If you have a regular backup plan, you can create a scheduled backup based on a custom backup policy. Proceed as follows:

  1. Log on to the Hybrid Backup Recovery Gateway. In the top navigation bar, click Backup.
  2. Click Add Server in the upper-right corner or choose Actions > Add Server to add the target backup server.
  3. In the Add Server dialog box, enter the IP address, username, and password of the target backup server, and click OK.
  4. Click Create Backup Plan.
  5. Enter the name of a backup plan, select a retention period, and select Scheduled.
  6. Select a full backup policy. If you need to perform an incremental backup, select an incremental backup policy and click Next.
    Note When you perform an incremental backup for a virtual machine, you must enable Changed Block Tracking (CBT) on the virtual machine. For more information about CBT, see VMware documentation.
  7. Select one or more virtual machines, and then click Next.
  8. Confirm the backup and virtual machine information, and click Create.
    Note After a backup plan is created, you can view the details of the backup plan on the Backup Plans tab.