VMware Host Server Add-on

Retrospect now protects the data on VMware hosted machines by allowing users to add ESX and Virtual Center servers to Retrospect’s volume database. You can protect the data on any supported Windows guest whose volumes are running NTFS or FAT/FAT32 file systems.

Select individual virtual machines for immediate or scheduled backups by simply entering the required login credentials and creating a backup schedule. All supported virtual machines added to the virtual machines container at the time the backup job runs can be protected.

Retrospect uses VDDK 5.0, which works with the following VMware platform products:

  • ESX/ESXi versions: 4.1 and 5.0
  • vCenter Server versions: 5.0

VMware Tools must be installed and up-to-date on each guest OS to be protected.

Note: Retrospect cannot provide protection beyond the limitations of VMware support for the Windows OS and the specified file systems that are supported by the Windows OS. It is recommended that you refer to VMware’s Support site for a complete, up-to-date list of their platform product and OS support: http://www.vmware.com/support/developer/vddk/VDDK-500-ReleaseNotes.html.

To Back up VMware Virtual Machines

  1. From the Retrospect Console, click Configure > Volumes.
  2. Volumes Database Window
  3. Double-click Virtual Machines from the list of volumes or select the Virtual Machines button.
  4. Configure VMware Connections Window
  5. Click Add Host... to configure a VMware connection.

    This dialog is a control panel for your VMware connections, where you can back up VMs from vSphere or ESX/ESXi hosts, or Virtual Center servers.

  6. VMware Connection Information Dialog
  7. Click Add...
  8. Configure VMware Connections Window
  9. Type the login credentials for the desired host in the spaces provided, then click OK.

    The host should now appear in the host manager list.

    Configure VMware Connections Window 1
  10. Add another host by clicking Add... or click OK to continue.

    Use the Modify button on this dialog to modify the login credentials for the added host.

  11. Once you click OK, click Open to view the guest machines on the host.
  12. Adding Virtual Machine Volume List
  13. Select the Windows virtual machines that you would like displayed in the Virtual Machines container, then click Add.

    The Virtual Machines container now lists the added guest machines that can be backed up.

  14. Volumes Database Window with VMware Guest

Restoring from VMware Backups

VMware backups provide the ability to restore individual files to the local volume, to any physical or virtual computer that is running the Retrospect Client software, or directly to a Windows VM that is powered off. Disaster Recovery of Virtual Machines is not supported. To perform folder and file-level restores, see Immediate Operations: Restore.

Note: The VM agent is a file-based restore only and cannot be used to recreate guests that are no longer on the ESX host.