After you configure virtual machines for backup, Phoenix performs a full backup of the virtual machines. Phoenix also, on a regular basis, automatically backs up the virtual machines based on the schedule defined in the backup policy associated with the server group.
However, if you want to backup virtual machines at a given point of time, you can trigger a manual backup on a virtual machine. After the manual backup is complete, the next backup happens as per the schedule defined in the backup policy.
What you should know about manual backups
- During manual backups, Phoenix only backs up data that is defined in the backup policy.
- The first manual backup will always trigger a full backup for the virtual machine. The subsequent manual backup requests will trigger an incremental backup if CBT flag is enabled in the backup policy associated with the server group.
- Phoenix backs up VMDK files and VMX files. However, only VMDK files are available for restore.
- A manual backup is not restricted by the backup window that you defined in the backup policy; it continues till all the data is backed up.
- In the event of a network connection failure during manual backup, Phoenix agent or backup proxy attempts to connect to Phoenix cloud. After the connectivity is restored, backup starts from the state in which it was interrupted.
- If you restart or reboot your virtual machines during backups, the backup operation is aborted. Phoenix agents or backup proxy start a fresh backup following the backup schedule. Alternatively, you can start a manual backup at any time.
- A manual backup is not restricted by bandwidth, it uses maximum bandwidth available.
- The Automatic Retry feature does not work with manual backups.
- If Changed Block Tracking (CBT) is disabled, thin provisioned VMDK files are backed up as thick provisioned disks.
- If this is a subsequent backup of your virtual machines, Phoenix backs up the restored virtual machines (<original virtual machine name>_<counter>).
- Virtual machine must be configured for backup. For more information, see Configure virtual machines for backup.
To manually backup a virtual machine
- On the Phoenix Management Console menu bar, click All Organizations, and then select the required organization from the drop-down list.
- On the Phoenix Management Console menu bar, click VMware. List of all the registered VMware vCenter Servers and ESXi Hypervisors appear.
- Click the desired vCenter Server or ESXi Hypervisor, for which you want to manually backup virtual machines. Details appear.
- Under Configured Virtual Machines tab, search and select the virtual machines that you want to manually backup.
- Click Backup Now. A confirmation dialog box appears.
Note: Backup Now button is unavailable for virtual machines for whom backup is disabled.
- Click Yes to start manual backup of selected virtual machines.
Note: The first manual backup will always trigger a full backup for selected virtual machines. The subsequent manual backup requests will trigger an incremental Backup if CBT flag is enabled in backup policy associated with the server group.
Backup of the selected virtual machines starts. You can track the progress and details about the backup job in progress on View Jobs details page page.