VMware backup options
Flexible backup selection
You can back up any of the following:
- the whole server (its configuration will not be backed up)
- a particular virtual machine
- one of its disks
MS SQL and MS Exchange log truncation
If your VMware machine has MS SQL or MS Exchange installed, you can enable automatic log truncation for these applications. The operation involves unneeded logs only and is performed strictly after successfully completed backup sessions.
Log truncation works on the US English versions of MS Windows Server. See the table below for other software compatibility details.
|Guest systems||VMware versions||MS Exchange versions||MS SQL versions|
|Windows Server 2008 and greater (US English versions)||
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Log Trucation Prerequisites
To enable log truncation, make sure the following conditions are met:
- The target virtual machine has VMware tools installed and are running
- PowerShell is installed on the guest OS
- The target virtual machine is started
Enable Log Truncation
To enable the Log Truncation feature from the Backup Manager client:
- Launch the Backup Manager client for the device
- Navigate to the Backup tab
- Scroll to the VMware data source
- Click Edit to update the backup selection
- Select Manage logs > Enable log truncation
- Enter your access credentials (an administrator account is required)
- Save and close
For restore purposes, you must ensure the version of VMWare ESXi on the restore device is the same or higher as is on the backup device.