The Virtual Server Agent (VSA) provides complete data protection and recovery for virtual machine data, including full virtual machine backups, incremental backups, and synthetic full backups, with support for full VM recovery as well as granular disk and file recovery. The default configuration enables protection for all virtual machines managed by the virtualization platform; you can also configure protection for specific virtual machines or define rules to discover VMs automatically based on criteria such as the host, storage location, and other criteria. When automatic discovery is combined with the ability to define filter rules, you can easily target virtual machines to support different service level agreements (SLAs) and distribute data protection jobs across your available operating window.
To simplify management of virtual machine data, Commvault and the VSA provide a single administration point for different virtualization platforms, policy-based protection, job management, scheduling, and reporting features.
To reduce the impact on production systems and ensure data security, Commvault and the VSA provide enhanced data protection and data transfer features such as proxy-based backups, advanced transport support, hardware-agnostic media management, deduplication, compression, and encryption.
The Virtual Server Agent can be installed on physical or virtual machines, and can be used by itself to protect the entire virtual machine or in conjunction with a guest agent to protect high transaction applications, such as the SQL Server Agent or Exchange Database Agent.
The VSA supports data protection and recovery for the following hypervisors:
- Citrix Xen
- Microsoft Azure
- Microsoft Hyper-V
- Nutanix Acropolis
- Oracle VM
- Red Hat Virtualization
To learn about the capabilities for different hypervisors, see the Feature Comparison for Virtualization.
Virtual Server Protection (VSP) is a solution that makes it easy to back up and recover virtual machine data. You can quickly configure servers for different hypervisors, create protection plans, identify virtual machines to back up, and monitor operations from an integrated dashboard. You can use Virtual Server Protection as a point solution for virtualization, or extend coverage to include other enterprise data such as file systems, databases, and user endpoints.
Integration with an Existing Deployment
When Virtual Server Protection is added to an existing Commvault deployment, you might need to install additional components or perform some configuration from the CommCell Console. The following activities can be performed to supplement the configuration that is available from the Admin Console interface:
- Installing the Virtual Server Agent on additional machines to provide additional proxies for Virtual Server Protection hypervisors:
- Deploying a File Recovery Enabler for Linux for VMware or Converting a Linux MediaAgent to act as a File Recovery Enabler for use with other hypervisors
Other Virtualization Solutions
Allow End Users to Easily Create and Manage VMs
With VM Lifecycle Management, you can define policies and templates that enable end users to create and manage their own VMs. VM Lifecycle Management is available for the following platforms:
- Microsoft Hyper-V
- Oracle Cloud
For more information, see VM Lifecycle Management Administrator Overview.
Virtualize Physical Computers to Simplify Disaster Recovery
The encapsulation and portability inherent in virtualization can be a powerful way to simplify disaster recovery operations and accelerate recovery. Virtualize Me provides an automated process for creating a virtual machine from a backup copy, essentially converting any physical computer into a VM. You can also use Virtualize Me to clone existing VMs.
Virtualization can be an effective and reliable disaster recovery strategy, simplifying disaster recovery testing by eliminating matching hardware and driver requirements, and automating the provisioning, creation, and recovery of system state copies to a disaster recovery site running a virtual platform.
Virtualize Me is supported for the following operating systems:
UNIX Virtualization Support
Commvault agent support of UNIX virtualization is detailed on the following pages:
Virtual Machine Conversion
Using backup data, you can convert virtual machines or VM disks to a different virtualization platform:
- Converting VMware Virtual Machines to Microsoft Hyper-V
- Converting VMware Virtual Machines to Azure
- Converting Virtual Machines to Amazon
- Virtual Machine Disk Conversion
Eliminate Virtual Machine Sprawl
VM Archiving for VMware can shut down, relocate, and archive inactive virtual machines. Save valuable computing, memory, network, and storage resources by identifying VMs that were intended for short term use but never decommissioned. VM archiving incorporates traditional backup and virtual machine archiving in a single operation.
To analyze VM usage and estimate potential savings, download the System Discovery Tool for Virtual Machines, a non-intrusive and highly secure tool that can be used independently of Commvault software.
Provide Self Service Access to Manage Virtual Resources
Enable administrators and end users to manage virtual machines, data protection, and recovery:
- The vCenter VM File Recovery Plug-In enables vSphere administrators to recover virtual machine data from Commvault backups through the vSphere interface.
- The Web Console provides web-based access for end users to manage their own data, including both physical and virtual resources.
Leverage Backup Data for Dynamic Recovery
With the VSA for VMware, backup data can be captured once, then used dynamically.
- Live Browse enables you to view and recover file and folder information, even when metadata was not collected during backup.
- Live Recovery for Virtual Machines recovers and powers on a virtual machine directly from backup without waiting for a full restore.
- Live File Recovery enables file recovery without requiring that metadata is collected during backup. When used with the File Recovery Enabler for Linux, it also provides expanded file system support, including ext2, ext3, ext4, XFS, JFS, HFS, HFS Plus, or Btrfs file systems.
- Live Mount enables you to run a virtual machine directly from a stored backup, to validate VM integrity or to access data without restoring guest files. A Live Mount policy limits resource usage and ensures that live mounted VMs are used only for short term access.
- Live Sync replicates virtual machines from backups. You can use Live Sync to create and maintain disaster recovery sites.