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Manage server groups

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Overview

A server group is a logical categorization of servers that share similar attributes. Servers can be grouped together based on similar attributes like server type, server location, operating system, and so on.

Server groups are formed in order to simplify server management. Following are the reasons why you should form a server group in Phoenix:

  • Eliminate the need to configure backup policy for every individual server.
  • Control the backup activity on individual servers through a single backup policy.

Examples

  • Servers located in one region, for example, US West, can be grouped together and a single backup policy can be defined for them.
  • Servers having same operating system can be grouped together and made part of one server group. A single backup policy can be defined for them.

In this section

Best practices

Follow these best practices when creating a new server group to group virtual machines in your environment.

  • Phoenix supports backup of SQL server, File server, and VMware servers. Phoenix administrators must create separate server groups for each server type, that is, separate server group for SQL servers, separate server group for File servers, and separate server group for VMware servers.
  • Plan and segregate virtual machines in a server group, depending upon the criteria you have defined, like, maximum number of virtual machines in a server group, or location of the virtual machines, or any other.

Add a server group

Add or create new VMware server groups based on your organization needs to logically categorize virtual machines.

Prerequisites

  • You must be a cloud administrator.
  • You must have created or configured the following,
    • Phoenix storage where the backed up server data should reside. For more information, see Managing storage.
    • Backup policy defining the schedule for backup. For more information, see Configure backup policy.
    • Retention policy defining the daily/weekly/monthly/yearly snapshots to be retained. For more information, see Configure retention policy.

Procedure

  1. On the Phoenix Management Console menu bar, click All Organizations, and then select the required organization from the drop-down list.
  2. On the Phoenix Management Console menu bar, click Manage > Server GroupsManage Server Groups page with existing list of server groups appears.
  3. Click Add New Server Group, located at the top-right corner of the page. Add New Server Group page appears.
  4. Under Group Summary, provide the following information for the new server group,
    Field Description
    Server Group Name Specify a unique name for the server group.

    Storage

    Select the Phoenix storage to which the backed up server data should be saved.

    Note: Once storage is selected, you cannot change the storage assigned to this server group at a later stage.

    Backup Policy Type

    Select ‘VMware’ as the Backup Policy Type.

    Backup Policy

    Select an appropriate backup policy from the drop-down list. Backup policy defines the schedule for backup. For more information, see Configure backup policy.

    Retention Policy

    Select an appropriate retention policy from the drop-down list. Retention policy defines the number of daily/weekly/monthly/yearly snapshots that should be retained for the server group. For more information, see Configure retention policy.

  5. Click Save.

New server group is created and listed on the Manage Server Groups page.

Update a server group

Phoenix administrator can update a server group at any point of time for the following details,

  • Name – Update the name of the server group as per organization defined naming convention.
  • Backup Policy – Change the backup policy associated with the server group. After you assign a new backup policy, the first backup from your servers is a full backup. However, Phoenix saves a copy of the backup data that was created following the previous backup policy.
  • Retention Policy – Change the retention policy associated with the server group. When you change the retention policy of a server group, the retention rules of the new policy are applicable for all servers belonging to this server group.

Prerequisites

You must have created or configured the following,

Procedure

  1. On the Phoenix Management Console menu bar, click All Organizations, and then select the required organization from the drop-down list.
  2. On the Phoenix Management Console menu bar, click Manage > Server GroupsManage Server Groups page with existing list of server groups appears.
  3. Select the server group that you want to edit. Details of the server group are displayed.
  4. Click Edit. Edit Server Group window appears.
  5. As per your requirements, update the following:
    1. Server Group Name – Update the server group name.
    2. Backup Policy – Select the desired backup policy from the drop-down list.
      Note: After you assign a new backup policy, the first backup from your servers is a full backup. However, Phoenix saves a copy of the backup data that was created following the previous backup policy.
    3. Retention Policy – Select the desired retention policy from the drop-down list.
      Note: When you change the retention policy of a server group, the retention rules of the new policy are applicable for all servers belonging to this server group.
  6. Click Save.

VMware server group is updated with the details. If you have updated the backup policy and retention policy, Phoenix applies the settings defined in those policies for the servers in the server group. If you have changed the backup policy, the first backup from your servers is a full backup. Phoenix saves a copy of the backup data that was created following the previous backup policy.

Delete a server group

Phoenix administrators can delete a server group, if it is no longer needed. However, before deleting a server group, the virtual machines belonging to this server group, should be assigned or moved to a different server group.

Virtual machines should be reconfigured in order to be assigned or moved to a different server group. For more information, see Reconfigure virtual machines.

As VMware server group is just a logical entity, deleting server group doesn't affect the virtual machine data anyway.

Prerequisites

  • All the virtual machines, that are part of the server group being deleted, must be reconfigured and assigned a new server group. To view the list of virtual machines that are part of the server group planned to be deleted, see View Server Group Details page.

Procedure

  1. On the Phoenix Management Console menu bar, click All Organizations, and then select the required organization from the drop-down list.
  2. On the Phoenix Management Console menu bar, click Manage > Server GroupsManage Server Groups page with existing list of server groups appears.
  3. Select the VMware server group that you want to delete. Details of the server group are displayed.
  4. Click Delete. A dialog box appears asking for your confirmation.
  5. Click Yes. VMware server group is deleted.