Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Using Vembu BDR to backup Windows Server


I talked about using Vembu DBR to take backup from Windows Workstation machines in another article; now, I'll show you how to use this amazing tool to backup Windows Server machines. So, let's begin.

Requirements

  • 1 Windows Server machine - Server: As Vembu BDR uses the classic Client-Server model, we will need a machine that will work as the Server. Vembu BDR supports:
    • Windows Server 2012 R2 (64 Bit) 
    • Windows Server 2008 R2 (64 Bit) 
    • Windows Server 2012 
    • Windows Server 2016 
  • 1 Windows Server machine - Client: We will need another machines to work as the Client. I will use a Windows 2008 R2 machine for this example.

Installation

Server

The steps to install the Vembu BDR Server are exactly the same that I pointed out in this article:

1. Download Vembu BDR from here and copy the installer to the Server machine.
2. Double click the installer to start the installation wizard.
3. Click yes to give permissions to the installer.
4. On the first wizard screen, click Next.
5. Accept the agreement and click Next.
6. In the Default Settings screen, you'll see a list of the settings which will be used for the installation. If you want to customize these options, check 'Let me customize the configurations' and press Customize. I will leave the option unchecked because I'll install the program with the default settings. So, click Install. Next, click Yes in the confirmation dialog.
7. Once the installation finishes, you'll see a last screen. Leave the two options selected and click Finish.
8. The Vembu Web Console will be opened. Use 'admin' as user name and password and then click Sign in.
9. Select the Time Zone corresponding to your location and clic Save.
10. Enter a Vembu BDR ID. This is a unique ID that will identify the Server machine. So, I'll name it testools_server. Then click Update.

Client


1. Download the Vembu client installer from here.
2. Copy the installer to the Client machine.
3. Go to the client machine and double click the installer.
4. Click Yes in the request for permissions.
5. Click Next in the welcome screen.
6. Accept the agreement and click Next.
7. Enter an ID for the Client. I used: 'testools_client_winserv'. Then click Next.
8. In the following screen, select Typical to install with the default options. Click Next.
9. Verify all the installation options and, if everything's OK, click Install to begins with the installation.
10. Once the installation finishes, leave the two check boxes selected and click Finish.
11. Login the web console with 'admin' as user name and password.
12. Select the time zone and click Save.
13. Click Yes in the confirmation dialog.
14. Enter the IP or hostname of the Server and click Connect. You'll see a success message:
15. In the next screen, click 'Install Vembu ImageBackup Disk image driver.'. That will install the driver for monitoring the disks. Wait for the installation to finish and the computed will be rebooted.
16. Click Yes in the confirmation dialog. Now wait until the machine is rebooted.

Taking the backup

1. Once the machine is rebooted, open the Web Console.
2. Access with 'admin' for user name and password.
3. Select the all the elements that belong to the disk and click Next.
4. Select the options of scheduling. I left all the options by default here. Then, click Next.
5. Configure the retention. I left all the default options here. Click Next.
6. Enter a name for the backup. I used 'testools_server_backup'. Then click Save the backup.
7. Click OK in the confirmation dialog.
Now, all you have to do is wait for the backup to complete:

And that's it! You can check your backup in the Client dashboard:
Or in the Server dashboard:

As you can see, the process for taking backups is very easy with Vembu BDR. Make sure to check the other article I wrote about taking backups for Windows machines for more details about this great tool.

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