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About Hosts, Virtual Machines, Backup Policies, and Administrative Groups

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 This article provides information about the different aspects of server configuration. To configure virtual machines for backup, you:

  • Register your Hyper-V host
  • Let Phoenix detect all virtual machines on the host
  • Assign a storage, backup policy,  and administrative group to the virtual machines  

Hosts

The host or the registered hosts, is the system that hosts your virtual machines with Phoenix agent deployed. The host is registered under the organization that you select. For example, a Windows 2012 server on which you create and manage virtual machines using Hyper-V. 

Virtual machines

When your host is registered, the agent detects all the virtual machines hosted on your server. To access your virtual machines, in the Phoenix Management Console, from the top menu bar, select your organization > Servers VMs > Hyper-V. A page opens with the following tabs:

  • Hosts
  • All Virtual Machines
  • Configured Virtual Machines

The All Virtual Machines tab lists all the virtual machines hosted across all the registered host. 

Note: You register a Hyper-V host and configure virtual machines for backup.

Administrative groups

Phoenix allows you to group virtual machines for better management. For example, you can group all virtual machines with Linux guest operating system. 

Backup Policy

Backup policy in Phoenix defines:

  • Specifying when a backup job is executed for a host, and bandwidth available to the agent.  
  • When a backup job is triggered
  • Bandwidth available for the agent to execute a backup job.
  • Retention period specifying for how long a snapshot is retained. After a backup job successfully completes, a snapshot of the virtual machine is created. Retention specifies the period for which a snapshot is retained. 
  • If Phoenix should retry triggering a backup job if it fails due to issues like network failure. 

If you are configuring your first virtual machine, you have to:

  1. Select virtual machines
  2.  Select a storage
  3. Select or create an administrative group
  4.  Select or create a backup policy

The administrative groups and backup polices you create are specific to the organization under which you register your server. When you configure a server, Phoenix lets you create a new administrative group and backup policy. In addition, you can create administrative groups and backup policies in advance, and use them when you configure virtual machines for backup.

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