Vembu BDR v4 First Look – See How You Can Save Your Infrastructure

Vembu BDR v4 First Look – See How You Can Save Your Infrastructure

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.

Vembu BDR v4 : Run Indtaller

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

Vembu BDR v4 : Start the Installation

Provide a service account in the middle of the installation if it prompted and finish the installation.

Vembu BDR v4 : Complete the installation

Vembu Server will be starting automatically and this message will be pop up on the right hand side bottom corner.

Vembu BDR v4 : Tray Icon

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.

Vembu BDR v4 : Login

Provide the time zone, and save the setting

Vembu BDR v4 : Set Time Zone

Provide a unique ID to your BDR Server. Machinename.domain name is recommended as this should be an unique value across the board

Vembu BDR v4 : BDR ID

Since there is no License assigned you will see an Evaluation notification at the bottom

Vembu BDR v4 : License Warning

To assign license, go to “Management” -> “License” and click on “Register

Vembu BDR v4 : Go to License

Provide the registered Email Address and the Password to register with the Vembu portal. Click on “Register” to complete the registration.

Vembu BDR v4 : Register in Portal

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.

Vembu BDR v4 : Run License Check

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.

Vembu BDR v4 : Storage Pool Management

Provide the Storage Pool Name, set the default pool, select the Storage Volume and “Save” the settings.

Vembu BDR v4 : Configure Pool

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.

Vembu BDR v4 : OS partition warning

You can also add the Network Volume to BDR Server, if available

Vembu BDR v4 : Network Drive

Drive Name, Drive Path, Username and Password should be provided for the network drive configuration

Vembu BDR v4 : Add network Drive

In the “Dashboard” you can see the Active Jobs, Storage Quota of your pools and the Backup Job history.

Vembu BDR v4 : Recent Jobs

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

Vembu BDR v4 :  Connect VC

Provide details such as, IP address or Hostname, Credentials and Port to make a connection to the vCenter server

Vembu BDR v4 : VC details
Vembu BDR v4 : Add VC

As soon as you add the vCenter to the BDR server you can directly start off the backing up your Virtual Machines.

Vembu BDR v4 : Run Backup

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”

Vembu BDR v4 : vSphere

Click on Backup right next to the connected vCenter Server

Vembu BDR v4 : Start Backup

You can see your vCenter inventory and select the Virtual Machine you want to backup. Click “Next” to continue

Vembu BDR v4 : Select VM

Application Aware Processing can be enabled in this stage, I’m not going to enable this feature for now

Vembu BDR v4 : Application Aware Processing

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.

Vembu BDR v4 : Backup Scheduler

In the next step, Backup Retention Policies and Storage Pool should be selected. Also, Storage Pool encryption is also part of this step

Vembu BDR v4 : Retention Policies

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

Vembu BDR v4 : Job name

My Thoughts

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

Vembu BDR v4 : Network Re IP Mapping

So, why you are waiting? Do not leave your infrastructure at risk and just give it a Try!

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  1. Rajbharath Balaraman Avatar
    Rajbharath Balaraman

    With such nice features, wondering why vembu is not one of the top choice for the architects.

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