Basics – Using the vSphere Plugin to Add Clients for Backup

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Jul 242017

It’s a rapidly changing trend – businesses increasingly want the various Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) running applications and essential services to be involved in the data protection process. In fact, in the 2016 Data Protection Index, somewhere in the order of 93% of respondents said this was extremely important to their business.

It makes sense, too. Backup administrators do a great job, but they can’t be expected to know everything about every product deployed and protected within the organisation. The old way of doing things was to force the SMEs to learn how to use the interfaces of the backup tools. That doesn’t work so well. Like the backup administrators having their own sphere of focus, so too do the SMEs – they understandably want to use their tools to do their work.

What’s more, if we do find ourselves in a disaster situation, we don’t want backup administrators to become overloaded and a bottleneck to the recovery process. The more those operations are spread around, the faster the business can recover.

So in the modern data protection environment, we have to work together and enable each other.

Teams working together

In a distributed control model, the goal will be for the NetWorker administrator to define the protection policies needed, based on the requirements of the business. Once those policies are defined, enabled SMEs should be able to use their tools to work with those policies.

One of the best examples of that is for VMware protection in NetWorker. Using the plugins provided directly into the vSphere Web Client, the VMware administrators can attach and detach virtual machines from protection policies that have been established in NetWorker, and initiate backups and recoveries as they need.

In the video demo below, I’ll take you through the process whereby the NetWorker administrator defines a new virtual machine backup policy, then the VMware administrator attaches a virtual machine to that policy and kicks it off. It’s really quite simple, and it shows the power that you get when you enable SMEs to interact with data protection from within the comfort of their own tools and interfaces. (Don’t forget to ensure you switch to 720p/HD in order to see what’s going on within the session.)

Don’t forget – if you find the NetWorker Blog useful, you’ll be sure to enjoy Data Protection: Ensuring Data Availability.

Jan 172010

Needing a few interesting things to read at the end of the week?

Here’s a few things I’ve found fascinating this week:

  • Why do IT operations suck? An insightful article by Steve O’Donnell. Steve asks why our staff who have primary involvement with systems 24×7 (operators) are often the least skilled, least trained and least paid. (As a consultant, I’ve frequently experienced companies who consider it a waste of time to properly train operators, and as a result their systems usually suffer for it.)
  • Over at Daring Fireball, John Gruber has an article called The Original Tablet. (It’s a great historical perspective on why Microsoft can’t exclusively claim ownership of the tablet idea.)
  • Like many others, I found Google’s slap in the face to China’s net censorship and cyber-warfare activities well timed and highly appropriate. On the other hand, others such as John Obeto over at Absolutely Windows found it not much more than petty PR. Somewhere in the middle is probably the whole story…
  • Over at IT Depends, I found Terri McClure’s views on Microsoft’s requirements for accessing their Azure SLAs to be the same as mine – staggeringly stupid. (According to Microsoft Fanboy site The Register, Microsoft are reviewing their decision on that one.)
  • Storagebod got me thinking again about Availability and Uptime with his article about how availability is measured.
  • Not technically reading, but I’ve finally jumped on board the growing number of listeners to Infosmack. This podcast is run by Greg Knieriemen and Marc Farley, and frequently has guests from many of the storage vendors and other storage bloggers. I’m really regretting that I haven’t been listening to it for longer. It’s definitely going to be a regular podcast for me from now on.
  • Over at Storage Monkeys, Sunshine Mugrabi’s article on EMC’s heavy involvement in social networking is definitely worth reviewing. (For what it’s worth, if you haven’t ever read it, you need to read The Cluetrain Manifesto if you think that all this social networking stuff is rubbish or just a passing fad. It isn’t. Written years before its time, The Cluetrain Manifesto is a clear and articulate series of essays about exactly how important social networking is.)
  • Finally, there’s been some interesting discussions on VMware and application level VSS backups through VCB/vSphere. Check my posting here for the summary of the important links to be following about it.

Finishing up, a little about what you’ve been reading: the NetWorker Power Users Guide to nsradmin. The number of downloads has been staggering – far more than I hoped for, and I hope like the main blog, the guide proves useful to many a NetWorker administrator.

Jan 122010

Over at Backup Central, Curtis Preston has written a couple of excellent blog posts to do with VSS.

The first, What is Windows VSS and why should you care? is an excellent overview of how the VSS process works within Windows. Even if you’ve been using VSS within your environment, if you’re not quite sure how it works, this is a great piece to read.

The second delves into issues relating to VMware VCB’s (in)ability to perform consistent application backups – i.e., via VSS for say, an Exchange or Microsoft SQL guest. Titled Hyper-V ahead of VMware in the Backup Race, it’s a justifiable kick in the pants to VMware, and a pointed warning regarding VMware/VCB backups of applications.

(These two articles, Curtis mentions, came about from some posts by Scott Waterhouse on The Backup Blog, which talked about vSphere backups.)

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