File Level Backup Features of Vembu
In the previous post, I discussed what the various options to backup Virtual Machines, Physical Servers, Applications, Files and types of backup. In this post and futures post, I shall delve into each type of backup. Let’s start with the file level backup as you might know this is the most common backup types.
Below screen highlights the various options available in Vembu
Multiple sources Vembu can backup
You need to install Vembu NetworkBackup client. You can download it from here. The key point here is that Installation is straight forward. After installation is completed, the installation creates a shortcut is set up on the desktop as seen below.
Vembu NetworkBackup Client Shortcut
The shortcut takes you to the browser where you have to configure TimeZone and connect to the backup server.
Login page for Vembu Client backup
default username/password is admin/admin
Configure Time Zone for Vembu Backup Client
Enter Vembu Backup Server IP/Server name
Create a Backup Job
The first step is to set up the backup job. Select from Backup tab File Backup as shown below.
Various Application Level Backups available
Now choose the file to backup. Again, different options are available. I would like to point your attention to “System State,” “Registry,” and Internet Explorer settings backup checkboxes. There are some prerequisites for System State, but it is trivial.
Select the files to backup using Vembu
Next step is configuring scheduling. For file level, you can take up backup every minute or less than a minute. This option “Near CDP” is available only for file level backup. I discussed this in brief in the previous post.
Near CDP options for File Level Backup in Vembu
In Retention policy you have a choice to keep versions of files. You also have more granular selections and decisions to make on how deleted files are removed. Furthermore, you can also retain the file version based on the time window.
Various Retention options available for Files in Vembu
In Advance option, I can select multiple checkboxes. Default selects most of them.
Advanced Options in Retention Policies in Vembu
In addition to this, you have options to pick the retention policy on deleted files. I have kept it default.
Retention Policies for Deleted Files in Vembu
Time-based retention is another less known option, but I have the option to select if the use case is driving it.
Time-based Retention Policy in Vembu
Finally, save the backup job with a name. If needed, I can run the backup job right away as I have selected and shown below
Enter Backup Job name in Vembu
Backup Job of 21 GB with 12,000 files took 9 minutes. I have captured it below
Time is taken to backup files in Vembu
As backing up the data was simple, so is restoring it. Open https://localhost:4040 this is referred as client side restore. Go to restore tab and select Restore. In the screen I observed the name of the backup job, when did the last backup occur and what type of plugin is used.
Restoring file in Vembu
Select the version to restore. In my case, I have recently completed a backup job. Therefore I have only one version to restore from
File and Folders to restore in Vembu
File and Folders to restore in Vembu
In more advanced option, you have several choices in selecting on how to restore files.
Several Choices to restore files and folders
Advance restoration option you can rename the files which are to be restored, or you rename the original file. Vembu provides a recommendation on which path to choose. I have selected default options
Advance Restoration Option
Before proceeding to restore the folders, review the configuration as shown below
Restoration setting in Vembu
During recovery, you can watch the screen various every minute details can be seen on the screen. I have capture few of them to highlight its importance
File and Folders Restoration is in progress in Vembu
After final restoration is completed, you get a detailed report. It states the total no of files restores. Amount of time it took to restore and what was done with deleted files
File Restore report in Vembu
In the end, I can conclude that File level backup of Vembu is way too simple to backup and restore your critical file server data. We discussed multiple advanced features unseen in other products. Though I have given the example of Windows file server backup, you must know that file level backup feature is also available for Linux and Mac. Linux and Mac are the big USP for Vembu.
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