Getting Started with Application-Aware Backups

The process for configuring and performing application-aware backups varies depending on the hypervisor and the applications you are protecting.

Step 1: Before You Begin

  • Identify the hypervisors, backup methods, and applications that can be used for application-aware backups.

  • Review all requirements for application-aware backups.

    Requirements include general product requirements, source VM configuration, storage considerations, hypervisor considerations, and application requirements.

Step 2: Prepare the Environment

Step 3: Configuration

  • Configure credentials for the hypervisor, for a VM group, or for specific VMs.

  • Configure a VM group that identifies the VMs to protect for each application.

    The VM that you must identify in VM group content depends on the application.

Other configuration tasks depend on your requirements.

Step 4: Backup Operations

  • Perform a backup operation for the VM group that identifies VMs that run the applications that you are protecting.

Step 5: Recover Data

  • From the application, perform a restore operation.

    Restore operations are always performed from the application, not from the VM group. The type of data you can recover depends on the application.