[VCSA] Any recommendation for a backup/replica job?

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Re: [vcsa 5] Any recommendation for a backup/replica job?

Veeam Logoby v.Eremin » Thu Feb 27, 2014 10:26 am

I would also make sure that VCSA job doesn't take place at the time when other jobs that have VMs added via vCenter connection are running. Thanks.
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Re: [vcsa 5] Any recommendation for a backup/replica job?

Veeam Logoby Vitaliy S. » Thu Feb 27, 2014 3:39 pm

Hi Luca,
dellock6 wrote:Vitaliy, since VBR 7 with latest patches is able to backup vCenter without needing anymore the "direct ESXi connection" workaround, maybe also VCSA can be backed up directly as any other VM?

Yes, I had the same assumption, but I have double-checked it with the QC team and the workaround we have implemented refers to MS SQL Server only.

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Re: [vcsa 5] Any recommendation for a backup/replica job?

Veeam Logoby dellock6 » Fri Feb 28, 2014 2:47 pm

So the "Direct ESXi mapping" workaround is still needed for VCSA, good to know.

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Re: [vcsa 5] Any recommendation for a backup/replica job?

Veeam Logoby lobo519 » Wed Apr 16, 2014 6:13 pm

Are there any plans to address this?
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Re: [vcsa 5] Any recommendation for a backup/replica job?

Veeam Logoby Gostev » Wed Apr 16, 2014 7:21 pm

I am a little confused by this thread. Could you clarify what needs to be addressed? Frankly I am not aware of any outstanding issues around vCSA that are waiting to be addressed. Thanks!
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Re: [vcsa 5] Any recommendation for a backup/replica job?

Veeam Logoby lobo519 » Wed Apr 16, 2014 8:42 pm

Sorry - From what I read above, to backup VCSA we need to add the VM directly from the host instead of vCenter. A similar issue to backing up a SQL server hosting a vCenter database...

Maybe I am the one who is confused! ><
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Re: [vcsa 5] Any recommendation for a backup/replica job?

Veeam Logoby Gostev » Wed Apr 16, 2014 10:47 pm

This should not be the case with vCSA, as that issue was Microsoft SQL specific. I don't believe Luca's last comment is correct, it just went unnoticed.
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Re: [vcsa 5] Any recommendation for a backup/replica job?

Veeam Logoby lp@albersdruck.de » Thu Apr 17, 2014 5:48 am 2 people like this post

And a little experience from real life:

I do backup vCSA since B&R 6.5 without any problems. vCSA is added through vCenter (vCSA) and not via direct connect to the ESXi host. That backup is running when no other jobs are running normally, but it will work even when other backups start/run as well - tested by coincidence ;)
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Re: [vcsa 5] Any recommendation for a backup/replica job?

Veeam Logoby Gostev » Thu Apr 17, 2014 9:01 am

Thanks for the confirmation Lars, that's what I thought.
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Re: Backup vCenter Appliance

Veeam Logoby EddyChong » Mon Apr 28, 2014 9:37 am

Hi,

I've come across to a situation to backup vcenter server appliance 5.5. The built in database is postgreSQL and If we want a consistent state of db backup we need to enable VMware Tools Quiescence? (There will be no application aware image processing vm within same job)
or we will need a script to freeze the db (like what vss did) before backup?

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Re: Backup vCenter Appliance

Veeam Logoby foggy » Mon Apr 28, 2014 10:24 am

Yes, to get transaction consistency, you should use VMware Tools Quiescence for every non-Windows VM. There are no special scripts that should be used to backup VCSA, as far as I know.

Please also see the adjacent thread regarding VCSA backup with Veeam B&R. Thanks!
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Re: Backup vCenter Appliance

Veeam Logoby EddyChong » Mon Apr 28, 2014 10:27 am

hi Alexander,

Thanks! i'll look into the thread now
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Re: [vcsa 5] Any recommendation for a backup/replica job?

Veeam Logoby v.tom » Tue May 06, 2014 2:33 pm

I've have made a script which can automatically backup the vCenter database: http://virtual-matter.com/backup-vcente ... t-5-1-5-5/

If you backup vCenter with Veeam including this file, you will always have a consistent backup of your vCenter Appliance.
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[MERGED] Best method for Backup VCSA 6

Veeam Logoby tomcek » Fri May 27, 2016 2:49 pm

Can anyone recommend some settings for a consistent backup of a vCenter Appliance 6 (VCSA).

Enable application-aware processing does not work because Veeam seems not to be able to login to the VCSA although shell is enabled (login to VCSA with putty you come direct to the shell with user root). The test always fails.

I ask because of the vPostgres database inside the VCSA. Best would be to stop and start database or services linke "vmware-vdcs" and "vmware-vpxd".

It would be nice if someone can share his experience in backup the VCSA 6.


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Re: [vcsa 5] Any recommendation for a backup/replica job?

Veeam Logoby foggy » Mon May 30, 2016 10:52 am

Please review the thread above. Starting/stopping PostgreSQL services/daemons prior making the VM snapshot should guarantee you application-consistent backups.
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