Backup Manager offers backup and recovery for VMware vSphere (ESXi) virtual machines. This is done by creating an identical virtual machine with the same operating system, hardware device settings (drivers for modems, network adapters, printers), and all the same content, including documents. The machine is created automatically at the location you specify so it can be on the same server as the original machine or on a different one.
Installation of the Backup Manager on VMWare devices is done in the same way as installing on any other workstation, see Quick Installation of the Backup Manager for full details.
Guest Level Versus Host Level Backups
VMware VM's can be backed up by either of the following methods:
- Guest Level backups - This is the equivalent of backing up a physical machine, where Backup Manager is installed inside the VMware virtual machine and you can standardize backup settings, make data source selections, and apply filters and exclusions to avoid backing up unnecessary data
- Host Level backups - This method is configured at the hypervisor level, where Backup Manager would be installed and you can configure the selection to backup entire VMs, including their configurations and file structure
We strongly recommend using guest level backups as this will give more granularity and flexibility. Guest level backups are also more efficient.
Instructions on restoring data from this data source can be found on Recovering data in Backup Manager.