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How to do the VMs backup and restore using ESX 4.x VCB?

Posted on 2012-09-05
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Last Modified: 2012-09-14
This is an existing VMware Hypervisor infra that consists of few hosts and 20+ VMs. My boss wanted us to automate the backup operation by using VCB. Btw, how to setup VCB for backup? and how about restore? Please show step-by-step.

Thanks in advance.
Question by:MezzutOzil
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by:Stelian Stan
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Use this guide:
- VMware Consolidated Backup installation instructions: http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1010092

Maybe ghettoVCB is for you: http://communities.vmware.com/docs/DOC-8760
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To restore a file you can mount an image using vcbmount included with the VCB software or you can reimport a machine using vmware converter.
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VCB has been discontinued, are you licensed for the product, because it needs to be used in conjunction with another backup product, e.g. Symantec Backup Exec.

See my EE Article for alternatives

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ID: 38383366
Hi everyone,

Thank you for your replies. The objective is talking about using VCB for backup/restore, no other alternatives are allowed at the moment. This is because company policies and budget to change to use 3rd party backup software is beyond the topic.

Hi Clonyxlro,

Your article led to setup. How about the normal backup and restore procedure. Kindly share with us.
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You must configure your existing Backup Application to work with VCB.

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Now that I found that the VCB is work along with Symantec NetBackup 7.0.1. That means all backup and restore are done on Netbackup console. Can anyone shed a limelight on how the backup options/policy/selections look like as well as restore?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 1000 total points
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See here


VMware VCB is an enabler, that allows you to get the VM of the server for backup, by your existing backup application e.g. Symantec NetBackup 7.0.1.

However Restores are very clunky....

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