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Does IDrive support incremental backups for VMware virtual machines?
Which ports are required by the IDrive application to perform backup and restore operations?
How do I test the VMware connectivity to port 902?
How can I backup my VMware virtual machine(s)?
How do I view and backup virtual machines from vCenter?
What are the system requirements for IDrive VMware backup?
Do I need to turn off or shutdown the Virtual machine(s) in VMware manager to take a backup?
How secure is data transfer during backup/restore using IDrive VMware backup?
How do I restore virtual machine(s) to the VMware Server?
Is there a need for an additional/external storage volume for VMware backup?
Can I attach a VMDK file from IDrive VMware Backup to a different VMware server?
Can I upload the backed up VMDK file using 'vsphere client/web interface' to attach to VWware ESXi?

Does IDrive support incremental backups for VMware virtual machines?

Yes, after the initial full backup subsequent backups with IDrive are incremental. To perform incremental backup, enable Change Block Tracking (CBT).

To enable CBT,

  1. Power off the virtual machine.
  2. Right-click the virtual machine and click 'Edit Settings'.
  3. Click the 'Options' tab.
  4. Click 'General' under the 'Advanced' section, and then click 'Configuration Parameters'. The Configuration Parameters dialog box appears.
  5. Click 'Add Row'.
  6. Add the ctkEnabled parameter, and then set its value to true.
  7. Click 'Add Row', add scsi0:0.ctkEnabled, and set its value to true.

Note: scsi0:0 in scsi0:0.ctkEnabled indicates the SCSI device assigned to the hard disk, which is added to the virtual machine. Every hard disk added to the virtual machine is given a SCSI device similar to scsi0:0, scsi0:1, or scsi 1:1. The CBT option is either enabled or disabled on each disk.

Which ports are required by the IDrive application to perform backup and restore operations?

Ports 443 and 902 should be open and accessible on the source host to perform backup and restore operations.

How do I test the VMware connectivity to port 902?

To test Port 902 on an ESXi/ESX host, execute the following command:

C:\>telnet server 902

How can I backup my VMware virtual machine(s)?

To backup your VMware virtual machine(s),

  1. Log in to the IDrive application and click the 'Server Backup' tab.
  2. In the VMware Backup section, click Backup. The VMware login screen appears.

  3. Select the 'ESX 5.5/ 6.0 / 6.5 / 6.7' radio button.
  4. Enter valid credentials, and click login to ESX.

  5. Select the virtual machine(s) from the list and specify the local backup path.
  6. Select the 'Online Backup' or 'Local Backup' radio button.
  7. Click 'Schedule Now'.
    The Schedule backup screen appears, where you can schedule the backup for any future day and time or perform an immediate backup of the selected virtual machine(s).

How do I view and backup virtual machines from vCenter?

To backup multiple ESX virtual machine(s),

  1. Log in to the IDrive application and click the 'Server Backup' tab.
  2. In the VMware Backup section, click Backup. The VMware login screen appears.

  3. Select the 'vCenter' radio button.

  4. Enter IP address, Username, Password, and click 'Login to vCenter'.

  5. Select the virtual machine(s) from the list and specify the local backup path.
  6. Select the 'Online Backup' or 'Local Backup' radio button.
  7. Click 'Schedule Now'. The Schedule backup screen is displayed where you can schedule the backup for any future day and time or perform an immediate backup of the selected virtual machine(s).

What are the system requirements for IDrive VMware backup?

The system requirements for IDrive VMware backup are:

  • ESXi 5.5 , ESXi 6.0, ESXi 6.5, ESXi 6.7
  • Windows 64 bit operating system
  • 2 GB RAM
  • Sufficient hard disk space to store the virtual machine files for temporary backup and restore

Do I need to turn off or shutdown the virtual machine(s) in VMware manager to take a backup?

No, you do not have to shut down your active virtual machine(s) to perform a backup. IDrive enables you to backup virtual machine(s) in their running state.

How secure is data transfer during backup/restore using IDrive VMware backup?

IDrive uses military grade 256-bit AES encryption to encrypt all data transferred during a backup / restore operation using IDrive VMware Backup.

How do I restore virtual machine(s) to the VMware server?

To restore virtual machine(s) to the VMware server,

  1. Log in to the IDrive application and click the 'Restore' tab.
  2. Locate and select the 'IDVMwareBackup' folder in your IDrive account.
  3. Click 'Restore Now' to restore the 'IDVMwareBackup' folder to the local computer.
  4. Once the 'IDVMwareBackup' folder has been successfully restored, click the 'Server Backup' tab.
  5. In the VMware section, click 'Restore'. The VMware login screen appears.

  6. Enter valid credentials, and click 'Login to ESX'.

  7. Browse and choose the 'IDVMwareBackup' folder (restored earlier from your IDrive account).
  8. Select the virtual machine(s) you want to restore to your VMware server.
  9. Click 'Restore Now' to restore the virtual machine(s) to the VMware server.

Is there a need for an additional/external storage volume for VMware backup?

No. However, do ensure that the temporary location that you select while scheduling the VMware backup has sufficient disk space to hold the selected items, during the backup process.

Can I attach a VMDK file from IDrive VMware Backup to a different VMware server?

Yes, you can attach a VMDK file from IDrive VMware backup to a different VMware server.

Can I upload the backed up VMDK file using 'vsphere client/web interface' to attach to VWware ESXi?

Yes, you can upload the backed up VMDK file to ESXi using vsphere client. However, you need to convert the monolithic sparse VMDK file to thin disk after uploading, using 'vmkfstools', to attach to VMware.

Run the following command to convert the monolithic sparse vmdk file:
vmkfstools - i "Source vmdk path" "destination vmdk path after conversion"
For example: vmkfstools -i /vmfs/volumes/datastore1/centos/centos.vmdk" "/vmfs/volumes/datastore1/centos/centosafterconvert.vmdk"

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