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Configuring Automated Power Off, Relocation, and VM Archiving for VMware

To use VM archiving, enable archiving on the Virtual Server instance, and then configure resource management and archive management settings on the subclient.

Procedure

  1. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to Client Computers > virtualization_client > Virtual Server.
  2. Right-click Virtual Server and then click Properties.
  3. On the General tab of the Virtual Server Properties dialog box, select the Enable For Archiving check box.

    This setting enables archiving for all backup sets on the virtual server.

  4. Create a backup set.
    1. Right-click VMware and then click All Tasks > Create New Backup Set.
    2. Enter a name for the backup set and, if necessary, select a storage policy; then click OK.
  5. Create a subclient for the backup set. (You can also modify the default subclient.)
    1. Right-click the backup set and then click All Tasks > New Subclient.
    2. Enter a name for the subclient.
    3. Click the Content tab and use the Browse button to select a virtual machine.

      You can also browse to select a proxy, cluster, or ESX server to back up all the virtual machines within the selected item.

      You can also click Add and define rules to identify name patterns for virtual machines or other entities (such as hosts, guest OS, or datastores).

  6. Click the Storage Device tab and select a storage policy.
  7. Click the VM Management tab and configure resource management and archive management settings.
    1. To shut down virtual machines automatically based on usage, select and set any of the following options. If you do not select any of these, virtual machines are not powered off automatically.
      • CPU Usage below (percentage for the specified number of days)
      • Disk Usage below (kilobytes per second for the specified number of days)
      • Network Usage below (kilobits per second for the specified number of days)

      If you select one or more of the resource management options, all of the selected conditions must be satisfied for a virtual machine before it is powered off. You can use Performance graphs in vCenter to get an idea of whether specific virtual machines are likely to be powered off and archived based on the VM Management rules.

    2. Select Archive Management to enable powered off virtual machines to be archived. To confirm this selection, click Yes when the Warning dialog is displayed.

      Note: After VMware archiving is enabled on a subclient, full backups are not performed unless the next backup is the first for the subclient. If a full backup has already been performed and you request a full backup, an incremental backup is run instead; but synthetic full backups can still be run. For an existing subclient, the backup schedule may need to be adjusted to account for the fact that full backups are no longer performed.

      This setting applies for any powered off virtual machines that are selected on the Content tab for the subclient.

    3. If Archive Management is selected, you can choose to archive or relocate the selected virtual machines:
      • Select Archive Powered off VMs; then click Immediately, or click Powered off for and indicate the number of days they should be powered off before they are archived.
      • Select Relocate Powered off VMs; then click Immediately, or click Powered off for and indicate the number of days they should be powered off before they are migrated. When migrating virtual machines, you can enter values for the Destination (host, datastore, and resource pool).

      Note: If you select both Archive Powered off VMs and Relocate Powered off VMs, the virtual machines are migrated during the next incremental backup, then archived.

    4. From the Convert to Thin Provision list, select Yes to relocate the virtual machine disks with Thin provisioning. If you use the default value of No, the original disk provisioning is retained after the virtual machine is relocated.
  8. Click OK.

Note: A virtual machine archived from one subclient cannot be backed up or archived from another subclient until the virtual machine is recovered.

Last modified: 3/13/2019 8:21:52 PM