vCloud Air Data Protection:Part-2: Virtual Machine Backup

In last post of this series Introduction to DPS we had a look on what DPS is and how it works. We also discussed the benefits which a customer can get via DPS for his critical workloads running in vCloud Air.

In this post we will look into how to configure Org vDC’s for backups, edit backup policies and how to take backup of a VM.

Prerequisites for DPS:

1: You should have a Dedicated/Virtual Private Cloud Instance running in vCloud Air

2: You should have purchased DPS subscription.

Lets jump into lab now.

1: Login to vCloud Air portal and navigate to Data protection tab. This tab gives you information about how many vDC’s are being currently protected via DPS, how many vApps are configured to be backed up, how much storage backups are consuming and number of VM’s which have been deleted (intentionally/accidentally)


2: Select the VDC on which you want to enable DPS and from Actions tab select Enable Data Protection


A new window will pop-up. Select Enable Data Protection.


3: Post enabling DPS, you will get a confirmation message that DPS have been successfully enabled on the selected VDC.


4: Next is to define the backup policy for your workloads. From Actions tab, choose Edit Policy to define the backup policy for your VDC.


5: On the Edit Policy window, choose the retention period for backups, define the backup window (this is the time when backup is triggered) and optionally define an email address for any notifications regarding backup (failed or successful backup). Hit save to save the policy.


6: Once you have defined the backup policy, its time to take backup.

Note that when you are not using self-service option in DPS, all vApps that belongs to a VDC are automatically configured to be backed up and the backup policy is enforced on all vApps.

I am demonstrating adhoc backup in this post.

From the VDC, select the vApp on which you want to run adhoc backup and click on small arrow button in corner and it will bring a drop-down menu. Choose Run backup now.


A new window will pop-up. Hit Run backup Now button


7: The portal will display a message that backup has been initiated on the vApp.


8: Once the backup is completed, portal will notify you of the completion status.

You can see now restore point reporting as 1. Also you can see amount of storage used.


Thats it. We have successfully executed backup on a VM and verified backup is completed.

isn’t is pretty easy?

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About Alex Hunt

Hi All I am Manish Kumar Jha aka Alex Hunt. I am currently working in VMware Software India Pvt Ltd as Operations System Engineer (vCloud Air Operations). I have around 5 Years of IT experience and have exposure on VMware vSphere, vCloud Director, RHEL and modern data center technologies like Cisco UCS and Cisco Nexus 1000v and NSX. If you find any post informational to you please press like and share it across social media and leave your comments if you want to discuss further on any post. Disclaimer: All the information on this website is published in good faith and for general information purpose only. I don’t make any warranties about the completeness, reliability and accuracy of this information. Any action you take upon the information you find on this blog is strictly at your own risk. The Views and opinions published on this blog are my own and not the opinions of my employer or any of the vendors of the product discussed.
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One Response to vCloud Air Data Protection:Part-2: Virtual Machine Backup

  1. Pingback: vCloud Air Data Protection:Part-3: Restore a Deleted VM From Backup | Virtual Reality

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