I’m glad to work with Vembu, one of my blog sponsors and it was a great experience to work with their flagship products. I have been working with Vembu BDR v4 Release and it was pretty straight forward installation and configuration which you can complete within few minutes. I expect this will make your life more easier without time consuming infrastructure configuration for a new solution.
I previously, published an article regarding the features that you can expect with this release prior to the actual release of the product.
How To Install Vembu BDR v4
You can easily download Vembu BDR v4 from Vembu website. Just download the installer and proceed with the installation.
Just proceed with the installer and provide the relevant accounts details, I hope everyone is well aware of the software installation and this is an easy installation
Provide a service account in the middle of the installation if it prompted and finish the installation.
Vembu Server will be starting automatically and this message will be pop up on the right hand side bottom corner.
Web Console will be opening up automatically and otherwise click on the desktop Icon to access the web console (desktop icon will be placed automatically). Provide the default username and password as “admin”, don’t worry you can change it later.
Provide the time zone, and save the setting
Provide a unique ID to your BDR Server. Machinename.domain name is recommended as this should be an unique value across the board
Since there is no License assigned you will see an Evaluation notification at the bottom
To assign license, go to “Management” -> “License” and click on “Register“
Provide the registered Email Address and the Password to register with the Vembu portal. Click on “Register” to complete the registration.
You can see the “Last Successful Connection” time stamp and manual licence check can be run if required, otherwise it will run the licensing check in every 24 hours.
At this moment no Storage Pool is configured to run the backups, under “Storage Pool Management” you can see the basic utilization of Storage and it will direct you to configure the Storage Pool. Click on the given link to configure the pool.
Provide the Storage Pool Name, set the default pool, select the Storage Volume and “Save” the settings.
Selecting the volume which Operating System installed as the Storage Pool is not recommended. In my case, I’m installing this in my test bed so I don’t worry about this warning. But, do not select the OS volume in the production environment.
You can also add the Network Volume to BDR Server, if available
Drive Name, Drive Path, Username and Password should be provided for the network drive configuration
In the “Dashboard” you can see the Active Jobs, Storage Quota of your pools and the Backup Job history.
Now, initial configuration is now completed. Let’s see some other functionalities of Vembu BDR server.
How To Connect The vCenter Server
Vembu BDR Server is providing many solutions such as VMware Backup, Hyper-V backup, Windows Server Backup and File and Application level backup. You can easily add these components in few clicks. I’m just focusing on the VMware vSphere Backups in this article.
To add the vCenter Server just click on the “Add VMware vSphere” button
Provide details such as, IP address or Hostname, Credentials and Port to make a connection to the vCenter server
As soon as you add the vCenter to the BDR server you can directly start off the backing up your Virtual Machines.
Backup Your VMware vSphere Virtual Machines
Now, I have successfully connected my VMware vCenter Server to my Vembu BDR server. So, let’s see how can we run our first backup job.
To getting started with the backup job creation, go to “Backup” -> “VMware vSphere”
Click on Backup right next to the connected vCenter Server
You can see your vCenter inventory and select the Virtual Machine you want to backup. Click “Next” to continue
Application Aware Processing can be enabled in this stage, I’m not going to enable this feature for now
Backup job schedule configuration is in the next step. Jobs can be configured in Hourly, Daily and Weekly and Additional Full Backup also possible in this step.
In the next step, Backup Retention Policies and Storage Pool should be selected. Also, Storage Pool encryption is also part of this step
We are now almost done, just provide a proper name and review the configuration options. Once all done, just click on the “Save the backup” button. I have selected the “Run this job immediately after saving” option to start the job immediately
Installation was simple and easy, withing few clicks you can complete the installation and start configuring your backups jobs. I had few issues while installing due to the Windows patches and I suggest you to patch your entire Windows server before you proceed with the installation. I used Windows Server 2016 and after running the full Windows updates, installation was successful without any issues.
In terms of features, it has almost all the features you need in a backup solution and single blog post is not enough to bring up all of these features. I’m planning to publish few articles in the future, so stay tuned!
I really like the feature called “Network Re-IP Mapping” when you are creating a replication job and complete site recovery can be accomplished with this backup solution
So, why you are waiting? Do not leave your infrastructure at risk and just give it a Try!