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Three “MUST DO” steps before backing up your VMs with Vinchin Backup & Recovery

2020-08-20

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Step 1 Get your Vinchin Backup server licensed

First, enter the IP address of your Vinchin Backup server to access the Vinchin web console. 

Default login username: admin, password: 123456

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Once you successfully login to the web console, go to the “system” - “System License”, you can see the License Info details.

 If you have already received the license email from support@vinchin.com, you can click “Upload License” to upload your license.

 If you did not get the license email, click the “Download Thumbprint” button to get the Thumbprint file, then sent this file to support@vinchin.com. You will receive an email from Vinchin with the trial license attached. Then you can click the “Upload License” button to upload your trial license. 

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Step 2 Add a backup storage

When you finish step 1, go to the “Resources”-“Storage”, then click “Add”, you can see the storage settings details.

 Vinchin Backup & Recovery supports multiple types of storage as backup repository including Partition, Local Disk, Local Directory, LVM, Fiber Channel, iSCSI, NFS, CIFS, Off-site Storage, and Cloud Storage. Here, I will select the “Local Disk” as the DEMO example storage. If you have any problems with how to add other storage types, please watch the video of how to add storage.

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Choose a backup node from the “Node IP address/domain” where you want to mount your storage. If there's more than one backup node in your virtual environment, choose one of them to mount your target storage. Once select a local disk as storage, system will recognize the un-mounted /un-used disks, you can select which disk you want to use. To differentiate disks, you can also rename the disk here.

 

Then, at the “Storage Object”, you can choose to use this storage for storing backup data, copy data, or archive data. Please make sure the specified storage type is the one your production system actually is using.

 You can also choose whether to turn on the “Storage Alert”, if you turn on the “Storage Alert”, you should set up a critical value of storage so that when your backup storage is insufficient, the system will alert and send you an email notification. Here are two modes you can set up, Percentage and Size, when the storage free space is less than the pre-set value, the system will alert.

 

When everything's done, click “OK”, a window with “Format Storage” notice will come out since adding a local disk as backup storage, the disk will be forcibly formatted, and all data in this disk will be erased. If the local disk you select contains any partition, the partition will be also formatted and data inside will be lost! If you need to reserve the data in the partition, please add the storage from [Partition]. Once you understand this point, tick on the “Format Storage” and click “OK”.

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After adding storage completed, you can see the newly added storage in the Storage List.

 

Step 3 Add your virtual infrastructure to Vinchin

The last step before starting backup is that registering your virtual infrastructure in Vinchin Backup server.

 Go to “Resources”-“Virtual Infrastructure”, you can see the Virtual Infrastructure List details. Click “Add”, the virtual infrastructure adding page will show up.

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Firstly, select your virtual platform type. Vinchin backup & Recovery supports VMware vSphere, Citrix XenServer, RedHat RHV/oVirt, OpenStack, Sangfor HCI, InCloud Sphere, Huawei Fusion Compute, XCN-ng and Oracle Linux Virtualization Manger. Please note that only VMware vSphere and Huawei Fusion Compute requires no installation of the backup plug-in. If you are using any other virtual platform, please install the corresponding backup plug-in on each target physical host which you want to protect. 

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Here, I will select VMware vSphere platform as an example. Then enter the IP address or domain of your ESXi, Center, or vSAN. Username and Password to access to your ESXi, vCenter or vSAN. Since different virtual platforms have different management methods, there are some details you should notice when adding your virtual infrastructure. More details about adding other virtual platforms, please see the User Guide on Vinchin website. Then edit a name for this new added virtual infrastructure and click “OK”, the newly added virtual platform is in the Virtual Infrastructure List.

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At this moment, you still cannot do any backup because you haven't authorized your target hosts yet. If you do a backup job now, you will fail at the first backup step, you will see all of your target VMs are in “Unauthorized” status.

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The thing you need to do now is clicking “Auth” on the right button to authorize target hosts that you need to protect under your virtual platform. Tick target host and click “Authorize”, all the VMs in that hosts are authorized and you are able to back up them.

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To keep your virtual infrastructure synchronizing with Vinchin backup server, you can set a synchronizing time via “Auto-refresh virtual infrastructure every xx minutes” on the top right of the virtual infrastructure list. In case that you created a new VM in your virtual platform and you want to back up it but not yet seen it here in Vinchin backup server, you can manually click “Sync” to synchronize your virtual infrastructure.


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Once the 3 steps are done, you can do a backup for target VMs with Vinchin Backup & Recovery! 

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