VMware backup options

Flexible backup selection

You can back up any of the following:

  • the whole server (its configuration will not be backed up)
  • a particular virtual machine
  • one of its disks

MS SQL and MS Exchange log truncation

If your VMware machine has MS SQL or MS Exchange installed, you can enable automatic log truncation for these applications. The operation involves unneeded logs only and is performed strictly after successfully completed backup sessions.

Log truncation works on the US English versions of MS Windows Server. See the table below for other software compatibility details.

Guest systems VMware versions MS Exchange versions MS SQL versions
Windows Server 2008 and greater (US English versions) 6.0 and 6.5 Exchange Server 2010, 2013 and 2016 SQL Server 2008, 2008 R2, 2012, 2014 and 2016

When a version of a third-party product reaches End of Life, we will endeavor to provide best effort support. However, if versions which are no longer supported by their company begin to fail, the assistance our Support Teams can provide is limited.

To enable log truncation, make sure the following conditions are met:

  1. The target virtual machine has VMware tools installed and are running.
  2. PowerShell is installed on the guest OS.
  3. The target virtual machine is started.

Here is how to enable the feature:

  1. Click Backup > VMware. Click to edit the backup selection.
  2. Click Manage logs > Enable log truncation.
  3. Enter your access credentials (an administrator account is required).

For restore purposes, you must ensure the version of VMWare ESXi on the restore device is the same or higher as is on the backup device.