Frequently Asked Questions

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I have virtual machines running on ESXi hosts and vCenter servers. Can I backup these VMs to the IDrive BMR device?
How do I backup VMs running on ESXi host and vCenter server to the IDrive BMR device?
I have added new VMs to my ESXi/vCenter. How do I add them for backup?
Can I perform an immediate backup of the virtual machines running on ESXi/ vCenter?
Can I stop all ongoing VMware server backups?
What is the maximum hard disk size of a VM that I can backup?
Can I change the backup schedule of VMs on my ESXi hosts and vCenter servers?
How do I delete an ESXi host or vCenter server added for backup on the IDrive BMR device?
How do I restore the VMs to my ESXi host or vCenter server?
Which versions of ESXi host are supported by IDrive BMR?
Does IDrive BMR support agentless backup for Hyper-V machines?
For which operating systems and file systems can I enable VMware file-level restore?
How do I restore individual files/folders from a source ESXi host/vCenter?
Which operating systems are supported by IDrive BMR VMware backup?
I got the following error message during VM backup: “An error occurred while taking a snapshot: Failed to quiesce the virtual machine.” What should I do?
How can I avoid adding multiple ESXi hosts?
When will cleanup for VMware machines take place?
Can I manually delete the recovery points of my VMware machines?
   

I have virtual machines running on ESXi hosts and vCenter servers. Can I backup these VMs to the IDrive BMR device?

Yes, you can backup virtual machines running on ESXi host and vCenter server to the IDrive BMR device. Connect to the required ESXi hosts and vCenter servers, select the VMs to be added to the IDrive BMR device, and schedule the backup. The initial backup is a full image backup and subsequent backups are full or incremental as per the schedule.

 

How do I backup VMs running on ESXi host and vCenter server to the IDrive BMR device?

You need to add the required VMs on ESXi host/vCenter server to the IDrive BMR device for backup.

To add VMs from ESXi host to the IDrive BMR device,

  1. Connect to the IDrive BMR device interface.
  2. Go to Backup > VMware Servers > ESXi.
  3. Click Add ESXi Host. This will launch the Add ESXi host wizard.
    Add ESXi Host
  4. Enter details such as ESXi name, IP address, username, and password, and click Next.
    Add ESXi Host
  5. Select the virtual machines to be added and click Next.
    Add ESXi Host
    Note: IDrive BMR follows VMware's naming conventions and restrictions for virtual machines. Hence names with the special characters colon, quotation marks, and slash (:, ", \, and /) are not supported.
  6. Set full or incremental backup schedule parameters in the respective tabs and click Next.
    Add ESXi Host
  7. Verify the details and click Add. The selected VMs will be added for backup as per the schedule.
    Add ESXi Host




To add VMs from vCenter server to the IDrive BMR device,

  1. Connect to the IDrive BMR device interface.
  2. Click Backup > VMware Servers > vCenter.
  3. Click Add vCenter Server. This will launch the Add vCenter server wizard.
    Add ESXi Host
  4. Provide details such as vCenter name, IP address, username, and password, and click Next.
    Add ESXi Host
  5. Select the required virtual machines and click Next.
    Add ESXi Host
    Note: IDrive BMR follows VMware's naming conventions and restrictions for virtual machines. Hence names with the special characters colon, quotation marks, and slash (:, ", \, and /) are not supported.
  6. Set full or incremental backup schedule parameters in the respective tabs and click Next.
    Add ESXi Host
  7. Verify the details and click Add. The selected VMs will be added for backup as per the schedule.
    Add ESXi Host

 

I have added new VMs to my ESXi/vCenter. How do I add them for backup?

To add new VMs to the ESXi/vCenter,

  1. Connect to the IDrive BMR device interface.
  2. Go to VMware Servers tab.
  3. Click Add VM under the respectiveESXi/vCenter tab as required.
    vCenter
  4. Select the VMs to be added and click Add.
    vCenter
    Note: IDrive BMR follows VMware's naming conventions and restrictions for virtual machines. Hence names with the special characters colon, quotation marks, and slash (:, ", \, and /) are not supported.
  5. Verify the details of the virtual machines and click Confirm. The selected VMs will be added for backup as per the schedule.
    vCenter

 

Can I perform an immediate backup of the virtual machines running on ESXi/ vCenter?

Yes, you can perform an immediate backup of the virtual machines running on your ESXi host/ vCenter server.

To perform an immediate backup,

  1. Connect to the IDrive BMR device interface.
  2. Go to VMware Servers tab.
  3. Click Backup Now corresponding to the VMware server under the respective ESXi/vCenter tab to initiate an immediate backup.
    Click View details link to track the backup progress.
    Incremental image backup

 

Can I stop all ongoing VMware server backups?

Yes, you can stop all ongoing VMware server backups with a single click.

To stop the ongoing backups,

  1. Connect to the IDrive BMR device interface.
  2. Go to Backup > VMware servers.
  3. Click Stop All Backups.
    Add ESXi Host
  4. Click Stop to confirm.
    All the ongoing backups will come to a halt and resume during the next scheduled backup.
Note: To stop backup for a specific VMware server, click Stop Backup corresponding to it.

 

What is the maximum hard disk size of a VM that I can backup?

You can perform VMware backup of hard disks up to 2TB in size. We recommend users to install the backup agent inside the VM for devices more than 2TB in size. These backups will be displayed under the Computers tab.

 

Can I change the backup schedule of VMs on my ESXi hosts and vCenter servers?

Yes, you can change the backup schedule of the virtual machines.

To reschedule VMware backup,

  1. Connect to the IDrive BMR device interface.
  2. Go to the VMware Servers tab.
  3. Click corresponding to the required VMware server under the respective ESXi/vCenter tab. The Backup settings slider appears.
    Disable Schedule
  4. Click corresponding to the Backup schedule field.
    Disable Schedule
  5. Configure the backup interval, schedule, and retention settings.
    You can stop a VM backup by the specified end time. Set a frequency for forced full image backup, if required.
    Disable Schedule
    Note: You can enable/disable the schedule using the toggle at the top right corner of the slider.
  6. Click Save Changes. The backup settings will be updated.

 

How do I delete an ESXi host or vCenter server added for backup on the IDrive BMR device?

To delete an ESXi host or vCenter server from the IDrive BMR device,

  1. Connect to the IDrive BMR device interface.
  2. Go to VMware Servers tab.
  3. Click Remove ESXi/Remove vCenter in the LHS navigation of the ESXi/vCenter tab. Removing an ESXi host/vCenter server will move the server and associated VMs to the deletion queue.
    Disable Schedule
  4. Select the VMware server to be deleted and click Remove. (You can delete only one server at a time.)
    Disable Schedule
  5. Click Remove in the confirmation window. The server and its VMs will be moved to the deletion queue.
    Note: If any backup is in progress for the server, the server will not be deleted.

Alternatively, click corresponding to the VMware server and click Remove ESXi Host/Remove vCenter Server.

 

How do I restore the VMs to my ESXi host or vCenter server?

To restore a VM running on an ESXi host,

  1. Connect to the IDrive BMR device interface.
  2. On the VMware Servers tab, click restore corresponding to the required ESXi VM. You will be directed to VM restore, for the latest recovery point.
    Disable Schedule

    Alternatively, go to Restore > VMware restore > ESXi and select VM restore. Select the required source ESXi host, VM, and recovery point.
  3. Select Same VM if you wish to restore data to the same VM.
    Disable Schedule

    To restore data to another VM, select New VM, choose a target ESXi host for the new VM, enter a VM name, and select a datastore.
    Disable Schedule
    Note: IDrive BMR follows VMware's naming conventions and restrictions for virtual machines. Hence names with the special characters colon, quotation marks, and slash (:, ", \, and /) are not supported.
  4. Click Restore/Create New VM to initiate the restore process. View restore progress in the Activities section below.


To restore a VM running on a vCenter server,

  1. Connect to the IDrive BMR device interface.
  2. On the VMware Servers tab, click restore corresponding to the required vCenter VM. You will be directed to VM restore, for the latest recovery point.
    VM restore

    Alternatively, go to Restore > VMware restore > vCenter and select VM restore. Select the required source ESXi host, VM, and recovery point.
  3. Select Same VM if you wish to restore data to the same VM.
    VM restore
  4. To restore data to another VM, select New VM, choose a target vCenter server for the new VM, enter a VM name, and select a datastore.

    VM restore

    Note: IDrive BMR follows VMware's naming conventions and restrictions for virtual machines. Hence names with the special characters colon, quotation marks, and slash (:, ", \, and /) are not supported.
  5. Click Restore/Create New VM to initiate the restore process. View restore progress in the Activities section below.

 

Which versions of ESXi host are supported by IDrive BMR?

IDrive BMR supports ESXi server versions 5.5, 6.0, 6.5, 6.7, 7.0, and 8.0. We do not support free ESXi.

 

Does IDrive BMR support agentless backup for Hyper-V machines?

Since Hyper-V is a Windows machine, using IDrive BMR for backup allows you to protect all the VMs too. For a successful bare-metal restore of the Hyper-V machines, ensure VMs are present locally on the same Hyper-V server machine during backup. For steps, refer to Does IDrive BMR support agentless backup for Hyper-V machines?

 

For which operating systems and file systems can I enable VMware file-level restore?

You can enable VMware file-level restore for the following operating systems:

Microsoft Windows Linux BSD, Solaris Mac Disk Types RAID
FAT, FAT32
NTFS
ext2, ext3, ext4
ReiserFS
JFS
XFS
Btrfs
UFS
UFS2
HFS
HFS+
Basic and Dynamic disks are supported Mirrored RAID volumes are supported. Since there are two disks with the same data, both the VMDK images will be mounted for file restore.


Note:

Microsoft Windows:

  • ReFS is not supported.

Linux:

  • ZFS is not supported.
  • Linux LVM is supported; however, encrypted LVM volumes are not supported.

BSD, Solaris:

  • Limited support for variants of UFS, used in the following systems - SunOS, Sunx86, HP-UX, NeXTSTEP, OpenStep

RAID:

  • All other types of RAID configuration are not supported.
  • Striped volumes, and split volumes are not supported.

 

How do I restore individual files/folders from a source ESXi host/vCenter?

Restore individual files/folders, irrespective of the operating system used on the VM. All major file systems on the VM are also supported.

To restore individual files/folders from a source ESXi host/vCenter,

  1. Go to Restore > VMware restore > ESXi/ vCenter.
  2. Select the File restore radio button.
  3. Select the required source ESXi host/vCenter server and the target ESXi host you want to restore.
  4. Select a VM and the required recovery point.
  5. Choose the mount username and enter the password.
  6. Click Create Restore Path to initiate the restore process. You can view the restore path and related details in the Mount summary section.

 

Which operating systems are supported by IDrive BMR VMware backup?

IDrive BMR is compatible with all operating systems and therefore supports VM backups running on any VMware server, irrespective of the OS.

 

I got the following error message during VM backup: “An error occurred while taking a snapshot: Failed to quiesce the virtual machine.” What should I do?

You are getting this error message due to an issue with the virtual machine's configuration.

The possible causes of this issue include:

Follow the resolutions mentioned in the respective VMware articles to address these issues and complete the VM backup.

 

How can I avoid adding multiple ESXi hosts?

You don't have to add every single ESXi host to initiate backups. You can add the relevant vCenter servers and all the associated ESXi hosts will be automatically added too for backup.

   

When will cleanup for VMware machines take place?

The cleanup for VMware machines will follow the same cleanup schedule specified for your computers.

   

Can I manually delete the recovery points of my VMware machines?

Yes, you can manually delete the recovery points of your VMware machines.

To view and manage recovery points of a VMware machine,

  1. Connect to the IDrive BMR device interface.
  2. Go to VMware Servers tab.
  3. Click corresponding to the specific VMware server under the respective ESXi/vCenter tab. The Backup settings slider appears.
    VM restore
  4. Click . The Manage recovery points screen appears listing out the recovery points of VMs of the selected ESXi/vCenter server.
  5. Use the filter to view Available recovery points.
    VM restore
  6. Select the recovery point(s) you wish to delete and click Delete. Alternatively, click the corresponding to a recovery point to delete it.
    These recovery points will be queued for deletion and permanently removed from the IDrive BMR device in the order they are added to the queue.
    VM restore
    Note: Click the Refresh to view the latest status of the recovery points.

Uptil a recovery point is deleted, you can recover it from the deletion queue. Set the filter to In deletion queue, select the required recovery points, and click . Alternatively, set the filter to In deletion queue and click the corresponding to a recovery point to delete it permanently.