Integrating Symantec Backup Exec 12.5 For Windows Servers with VCB Proxy Server 1.5

Februari 17, 2010 at 1:35 pm 2 komentar

Integrating Symantec Backup Exec 12.5

For Windows Servers with VCB Proxy Server 1.5

This document provides the steps necessary to integrate Symantec’s Backup Exec 12.5 for Windows with VMware’s Consolidated Backup Framework. The most recent release of Symantec’s Backup Exec 12.5 for Windows Servers allows for complete integration with VCB without the need for VCB’s separate integration scripts used with other solutions. The following is the list of software used to conduct this project:

    ESX Server 3.5 Update 2

   VirtualCenter 2.5 Update 2

   VMware Consolidated Backup Framework 1.5

   Symantec Backup Exec 12.5

   Windows 2003 Server

   VMware Converter 3.0.3 – Standalone Version

Installing Symantec Backup Exec on VCB Proxy Server

Once the source files for Backup Exec have obtained, extract to a folder on the VCB Proxy Server such as, c:\BackupExec.

  1. Navigate to the above folder and run browser.exe.
  2. Click Ok for English or whatever version is appropriate.
  3. On the splash screen, click the Start the Backup Exec Installation hyperlink.
  4. Now select Next.
  5. Click to accept the EULA.
  6. Click Next to accept the defaults.
  7. Click Next
  8. If you have a serial number, enter it or click Next to install a trial version. If this is a trial installation, accept the warning dialog box.
  9. Scroll down and select the Agent for VMware Virtual Infrastructure, then click Next.
  10. Enter a password for the administrative account. Click Next.
  11. Click Ok to accept the Rights changes.
  12. Choose the appropriate database solution for this installation. Click Next
  13. Choose the appropriate drivers for the backup devices and click Next.
  14. Once it’s done, click Install.
  15. Click Finish.
  16. Click Next in the After Installation dialog box. Click Finish.
  17. Double-click the Symantec Backup Exec 12.5 icon on the desktop.
  18. Close the Getting Started with Backup Exec dialog boxes.

Configuring Backup Exec

  1. Create three new folders such as C:\vmbackups, c:\restore and C:\mnt on the VCB Proxy Server. Make sure they are empty.
  2. From within the Symantec Backup Exec Console, select the Devices tab, right-click the Backup-to-Disk Folders object and choose New Backup-to-Disk Folder
  3. Enter any name, such as, VMBackups and browse to the C:\vmbackups folder or any other backup device. Click OK.

 NOTE: It is extremely important that the VCB proxy server be able to fully resolve and reach both the virtual machines to be backed up and the ESX/VirtualCenter servers that it will be accessing.

 Creating a Backup Job for VCB

Backup Exec 12.5 communicates directly with VirtualCenter and/or ESX server to obtain a list of virtual machines that can be archived. In the next steps, the procedures for performing file/folder and/or full virtual machine backups will be outlined.

  1. Start the Backup Exec Manager.
  2. Choose the Job Setup tab at the top and in the left-hand pane, click the New Job link under the Backup Tasks section. Enter a name for the job.
  3. Click the Settings/VMware Virtual Infrastructure link in the left panel.
  4. Make the following selections
  5.             a.    Pick the appropriate.
    Transport mode:

                 SAN – for centralized storage, iSCSI or Fibre channel

                 NBD – for backups over the LAN or NFS datastores

                 NBDSSL – encrypted backups over LAN or NFS datastores

                 Hot-add – local VMFS datastores or VCB virtual machines

                 b.   whether to split the mounted VM(s) into 2GB or single files.

                 c.    Check the Delete any existing VCB snapshots box and enter the path to the mounting directory, such as c:\mnt. 


  6. In the left pane, select Source/Selections. in the View by Resource list, right-click VMware VirtualCenter and ESX Servers, choose Manage VMware VirtualCenter and ESX   Servers… 
  7. Enter the name of the VirtualCenter server and/or ESX server(s) and click Add. Close the dialog box when finished. This needs to be performed once for each VirtualCenter server.
  8. If the VCB proxy server has a different administrative account and password than the VirtualCenter server, an alternate account can be created in advance by choosing Network >Login   Accounts… from the Symantec Backup Exec Manager menu.

  10. Now select the Job Setup tab, right-click the backup job and choose Properties. Choose Source/Resource Credentials, click Change… and modify with the proper credentials. Click Submit when finished.
  11. Next, click the Settings/General link in the left pane and choose one of the following possible
  12.             Backup methods:


                            Full – Using modified time

                            Differential – Using modified time

                            Incremental – Using modified time

                            Working Set – Last accessed in last (X) days

    Make sure the Use Microsoft change journal if available is not selected.



  13. Click OK to accept the warning dialog box.
  14. Verify that the Backup files and directories by following junction points is selected in the Settings/Advanced section.
  15.           NOTE: Verify that the VCB server can fully resolve the VM’s FQDNs.

  16. Under Source/Selections, expand VMware VirtualCenter and ESX Servers to select the virtual machines to be included in the backup job.


Symantec Backup Exec 12.5 with the Agent for VMware Virtual Infrastructure only allows full virtual machine backups. Using Backup Exec Granular Recovery Technology                      permits the restoration of files, folders and disks without a full virtual machine restore for Windows guests only. It is enabled by default for Agent for VMware Virtual Infrastructure backup jobs.

Restoring a Virtual Machine Using Backup Exec Manager

There are a couple of steps to restoring a virtual machine. First, you must restore Backup Exec’s version of the virtual machine’s backup files using the Restore Wizard. Second, pull it from the Service Console using vcbRestore.

  1. In the toolbar at the top of the Backup Exec Manager click arrow next to the Restore button.
  2. Choose New Restore Job…
  3. Click the OK button to close the dialog box. Enter a name for the restore job.
  4. Select the Source/Device in the left and choose your restore device.
  5. Using the “+” signs, expand the list and select that which you want to restore from the backups. Click Next.

It is important to restore full virtual machine backups separately from file level restores. The graphic below is simply an illustration showing how to select the various types of restore.

Full Virtual Machine Restores

        For full virtual machine restores, there are two options:

                        Option 1 – Restore the virtual machine onto the VCB proxy server and use VMware Converter to import it into VirtualCenter

                        Option 2 -Use Symantec Backup Exec Manager to push it into VirtualCenter using VMware Converter Option 1 – Restore Virtual Machine to VCB proxy server

        This process involves restoring the virtual machine to the local file system of the VCB proxy server then using VMware Converter Enterprise in VirtualCenter to import it.


  1. Once the virtual machine to be restored has been selected, choose Destination/File Redirection in the left pane and using the ellipse button, navigate to a restore folder, such as c:\restore.
  2. Next, choose Settings/VMware Virtual Infrastructure and enter the path.
  3. Click Submit then Ok.
  4. Select the Job Monitor tab to verify that jobs completes successfully.
  5. Using the hyperlink above, import the restored virtual machine using VMware Converter.


File Level Restores

            This procedure is exactly the same as the full virtual machine restore (Option 1) with the exception of selecting the files/folders to be restored in lieu of the entire virtual machine.


Option 2 – Restore Virtual Machine to VirtualCenter using Backup Exec

            Alternatively, Symantec Backup Exec 12.5 can restore a virtual machine directly into VirtualCenter using a standalone version of VMware Converter installed on the VCB proxy server. This version can be obtained from free of charge. Once downloaded, install to the VCB proxy using the defaults.

  1. Again, after selecting the virtual machine to be restored, use the following steps to direct the restore into VirtualCenter. Choose Destination/VMware Redirection in the left pane and choose the options listed in the next diagram. Click Ok to close the browser.                                                         
  2. Now select VMware Virtual Infrastructure in the left pane and check the appropriate boxes and enter a path to the staging area on the VCB proxy server, such as c:\restore.                                                                              
  3. Click Submit then Ok.
  4. Select the Job Monitor tab to verify that jobs completes successfully.



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