It’s time to Hook SMB into the Cloud with PHD Virtual 6.2

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Create a new backup job

When creating your first backup job, you have the ability to choose from two options:

  • Virtual Full – this one is the one recommended for backing up to cloud storage
  • Full/Incremental – Recommended for network storage, target-side deduplication devices.

Create your first job

  • Create a new job, Click Jobs and Backup. Select the virtual machines you want to backup and Click Next.
  • Select your Backup Appliance
  • Select the Virtual Full option for your Cloud backup.
  • Select Daily for daily backups to the cloud
  • Name the job and Use Changed Block Tracking (highly recommended for Cloud Backups!) image
  • If you have VSS capable windows servers in your list, select  “Quiesce Application”
    If you also run Exchange in your job. Please install the PHD Guest Tools inside the VM and select the “Truncate Logs” option. Click  Next and Submit your Job.
  • Now run the Job to do the first “Full” backup. The backups afterwards are always incremental!

My first job was around 168Gb of VMDK disks, containing 29Gb of backup data, and took around 7 hours to complete on my 100/100Mbit fiber connection at home (yes, I do have 100Mbit of upload speed at home : -))

Please take a look at the job log of my first backup:


My first restore test

My first restore test was the file restore test. The file level restore (FLR) works out of the box and you have the ability to mount the VM’s files as a network share or network location.

To initiate the FLR you must go to the Backup Catalog > and Right Click the VM from where you want the file to be restored and select “Recover Files”.

In this test I’m trying to recover my Exchange 2010 Database. Let’s see if it mounts.image

The PHD Appliance created a nice share which I can access from my workstation and copy the files to my laptop:

This is in my opinion the problem with Cloud Backups. You are depended on the speed of your internet line and cloud provider’s download rate. This could be a bandwidth restriction problem with Amazon S3? I received my Database files with around 200-400Kb/sec. I can’t imagine how long it would take to restore a full VM (or 10?) So Let’s test a full restore and see how long it takes!

The same applies to a backup of the vClouds blog. I tried to restore a single file (how handy) and this was achieved within a few seconds. Just copy it from the share and restore it.image

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About Marco Broeken

Marco Broeken is Author of this blog and owner of vSpecialist Consulting and has 20 years experience in IT. Marco has been rewarded with the vExpert status from 2011 - 2018.

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