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

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

Veeam Logoby maxfontana » Mon Apr 23, 2012 2:30 pm

Hi.
I've recently switched from Vcenter 4.1 to Vcenter Server virtual appliance based as you know on a linux distro.
I'm recreating all my jobs and would like you to give me some advices on how to best configure my replica and backup jobs for this vm.
Should the Vmware tool quiescence be enabled or not?
A always, many thanks in advance.
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Re: [vcsa 5] Any recommendation for a backup/replica job?

Veeam Logoby Vitaliy S. » Tue Apr 24, 2012 10:29 pm

Hi Max,

Generally speaking my recommendation would be to use VMware Tools Quiescence for every non-Windows VM to keep it in transaction consistent state. As to other tips and tricks, then please search these forums for more info about vCenter Server (Windows box) backup job configuration, as these guidelines can still be applied to your scenario.

Hope this helps!
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[MERGED] Using Veeam to Backup VCSA

Veeam Logoby pendragoncrw » Sat Nov 10, 2012 5:28 pm

We have started exploring the vCenter appliance (most of our installs are 4.1 so they have vCenter on a windows server) for some selective use with our smaller clients. Before I jump into it though, I wanted to find out what specific considerations need to be taken to back it up using Veeam aside from using a different proxy than the vCenter appliance itself. Are there some special scripts that should be run? Do we need to disable the VMWare tools quiesece?

My experience with the appliance in the past (initial 5.0 release, initial 5.1 release) were very hit-or-miss so I don't want to just toss it in a backup job and see what happens.

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

Veeam Logoby Vitaliy S. » Sun Nov 11, 2012 9:52 am

There are no special scripts that should be used to backup a VCSA, just make sure you add it to the backup job through the standalone ESX(i) server connection. Thanks!
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[MERGED] Best practice for backup of vCSA 5.5 ?

Veeam Logoby btniko » Wed Feb 26, 2014 8:00 pm

Hi -

Is there any Veeam best practice for backup of VMware vCenter Appliance 5.5 with embedded Postgre db ?

Kind r

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

Veeam Logoby Vitaliy S. » Wed Feb 26, 2014 8:57 pm

VMware has a KB article describing how to backup VCSA database via built-in functionality, however if you want to backup it with Veeam I assume the recommendation should be the same as I have described above.
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Re: [vcsa 5] Any recommendation for a backup/replica job?

Veeam Logoby dellock6 » Thu Feb 27, 2014 10:10 am

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? Also, the problem was about the SQL server of vCenter, but CSA does not uses MS SQL...

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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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