Hybrid Backup Recovery (HBR) provides you with two backup modes: instant backup and scheduled backup. In scheduled backup mode, you can also use incremental backup based on your business requirements. In this way, HBR protects your data in an all-around manner.

Background

Currently, you can use HBR to back up the images of VMware virtual machines in the following regions: China (Beijing), China (Shanghai), China (Shenzhen), China (Hangzhou), China (Qingdao), China (Zhangjiakou), China (Hohhot), China (Hong Kong), Singapore, US (Silicon Valley), Indonesia (Jakarta), Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur), Australia (Sydney), Germany (Frankfurt) and Japan (Tokyo). This backup service will be available in more regions soon.

Add a vCenter Server instance

Before you back up VMware virtual machines, you must add a vCenter Server instance in the HBR console.

  1. Log on to theHBR console.
  2. In the left-side navigation pane, chooseBackup > On-Premises Backup. On the On-Premises Backup page, selectVMware VM.
  3. On the page that appears, click theManaged vCentertab. On the Managed vCenter tab, clickAdd vCenterin the upper-right corner.
  4. In theAdd vCenterpane that appears, setServer Network Address,Username, andPassword, and then clickCreate. You can enter a description as needed.

    If the password contains the following special characters, the vCenter Server instance may fail to be added:

    ` ^ ~ = ; ! / ( [ ] { } @ $ \ & # % +

    Note We recommend that you create a vCenter Server account with the administrator permission as a dedicated account for data backup. We also recommend that you use periods (.) as special characters in the password.

Create a backup plan

To create a backup plan, follow these steps:

  1. On the Managed vCenter tab, find the added vCenter Server instance and clickCreate Backup Planin the Actions column.
  2. In the Create Backup Plan pane that appears, set parameters in theConfig Backup Planstep as described in the following table and clickNext.
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    Parameter Description
    Plan Name The name of the backup plan. If you do not specify this parameter, a random name is generated by default.
    Retention The retention period of backup data. Valid units: days, weeks, months, and years.
    Force Silent Snapshots
    • Specifies whether to forcibly use quiesced snapshots. If you select this check box, HBR uses quiesced snapshots to back up data. If quiesced snapshots are unavailable, the backup fails.
    • By default, this check box is cleared. If you do not select this check box, HBR first uses quiesced snapshots to back up data. If quiesced snapshots are unavailable, HBR uses common snapshots to back up data.
    Use Lan-Free Specifies whether to use LAN-free backup. If you select this check box, HBR attaches the disk to the backup gateway and transmits backup data over the storage area network (SAN) instead of the LAN. If the disk fails to be attached, HBR transmits backup data over the LAN.
    Backup Policy The policy for backing up data. Valid values:Instant BackupandSchedule Backup.

    If you selectSchedule Backup, you must specify the start time and interval of the scheduled backup and specify whether to use incremental backup.

    If you enable incremental backup, you must specify the start time and interval of the incremental backup.
    Notice
    • If Change Block Tracking (CBT) is disabled for a virtual machine, HBR backs up full data instead. For more information about CBT, seeVMware documentation.
    • Incremental backup is to back up data added or modified after the last full backup or incremental backup.
    • We recommend that the start time of incremental backup be different from that of full backup, and full backup be performed at least 1 hour after incremental backup starts.
  3. In theVM to Backupstep, select the virtual machine that you want to back up and click Next.
  4. In theConfirm & Executestep, check the configurations, including the backup plan name, backup retention period, backup policy, and selected virtual machine, and then clickCreate.

    After the backup plan is created, HBR backs up the VMware virtual machine at the specified start time and at the specified intervals. On theBackup Plantab, you can also perform the following operations:

    • Start a backup job: Find the target backup plan and clickExecutein theActionscolumn.
    • Pause a backup job: Find the target backup plan and chooseMore > Disable Planin theActionscolumn. To resume a paused backup job, chooseMore > Enable Planin theActionscolumn.
    • Delete a backup job: Find the target backup plan and chooseMore > Delete Planin theActionscolumn. After you delete a backup plan, HBR no longer runs the plan but retains data that is backed up by using the plan.

(Optional) Specify a backup client

After a backup plan is created, the plan is scheduled to a backup client based on the real-time status of available clients. For example, how many jobs are running on a client, whether a client is using the LAN-free backup method to back up virtual machines, and the performance of the ESXi service on which virtual machines are running.

If you need to back up multiple virtual machines, you can deploy multiple backup clients to guarantee backup efficiency. The procedure for deploying multiple backup clients is similar to that for deploying a single backup client. For more information, seePreparations.

After multiple backup clients are deployed, HBR schedules backup plans based on the load of each backup client. You can also specify a backup client to run a backup plan.

  1. Log on to theHBR console.
  2. In the left-side navigation pane, chooseBackup > On-Premises Backup. On the On-Premises Backup page, selectVMware VM.
  3. On the page that appears, click theBackup Plantab. On the Backup Plan tab, find the target backup plan and chooseMore > Assign Clientin the Actions column.
  4. In theAssign Clientdialog box that appears, select a backup client to run the backup plan.
  5. ClickOK.
    You can click theBackup Historytab to view backup clients on which backup jobs for virtual machines are running.backup history