Consistent Backup of vPostgress (vCenter 6.0)

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Consistent Backup of vPostgress (vCenter 6.0)

Veeam Logoby Nobody » Thu Oct 01, 2015 3:19 pm

Hey

Just got the discussion with a backup admin regarding the backup of the Windows vCenter 6.0 vPostgres database.
We wan't to upgrade our smaller vCenter from 5.5 to 6.0 and migrate the database from SQL Express to vPostgres.

Currently we need to backup the vCenter directly on the host, because the Snapshot and VSS of the SQL Server during Veeam Backup will lead to a error.
But if we do a backup we were sure, that the backup was fine because of VSS and Veeam. Also the restore was just one step.

But what is the best way to backup a vCenter 6.0 Win Server (or Linux Appliance) and make sure the Database is ok?
I thought about exporting the database, but that would lead me to a two step restore. First the Windows and then the Database.

Why Veeam is not having a special Job to handle the Backup of the vCenter in the right way?
So many customers out there having a vCenter running and asking the same question.
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Re: Consistent Backup of vPostgress (vCenter 6.0)

Veeam Logoby Vitaliy S. » Thu Oct 01, 2015 5:03 pm

Hi Andreas,
Nobody wrote:Currently we need to backup the vCenter directly on the host, because the Snapshot and VSS of the SQL Server during Veeam Backup will lead to a error.

Do you mean that you configure your backup job via standalone host connection? Please note that you can backup vCenter Server without this trick with version 8. What version are you using now? What is the error message?
Nobody wrote:But what is the best way to backup a vCenter 6.0 Win Server (or Linux Appliance) and make sure the Database is ok?

Back it up via regular backup job, as you back up your other VMs. Additionally, we recommend using SureBackup jobs to verify application consistency.
Nobody wrote:Why Veeam is not having a special Job to handle the Backup of the vCenter in the right way?
So many customers out there having a vCenter running and asking the same question.

We don't have this job, because you can backup your vCenter Server like any other VM and if you're using vCenter Server appliance, then you can use pre-freeze and post-thaw scripts to prepare database for the backup.

Thanks!
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