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Reconfigure Virtual Machines Configured For Backup

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Overview

Phoenix lets you reconfigure your virtual machines if:

  • You want to change backup policy
  • Change administrative group
  • Modify the backup content

After you reconfigure a virtual machine

  • Virtual machine is backed up as per the schedule defined in the backup policy associated with it
  • Backup snapshots are retained as per the retention settings specified in the backup policy
  • The server is listed under the Resources tab of the administrative group you choose for a virtual machine

Note: You cannot change the storage assigned to a virtual machine

Prerequisites

Backup policy and administrative group should be created before reconfiguring virtual machines for backup. 

To reconfigure virtual machines from the listing page

  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 VMs > Hyper-V. List of all the registered hosts appear. The servers are listed using their IP address or domain name. You can see the following options in the page: 
    • Hosts
    • All Virtual Machines
    • Configured Virtual Machines
  3. Select the Configured Virtual Machines tab.
  4. Under Configured Virtual Machines tab, search and select the virtual machines that you want to reconfigure.
  5. Click Reconfigure VMs from the bottom of the page. You get the following options:
    • Change Backup Policy
      If you select this option, you see the Change Backup Policy dialog that lets you select a different backup policy. In addition, the dialog displays the backup policy settings, such as backup schedule, ignore backup duration for first backup, automatic retry, and retention. For more details on the backup policy options, see: Manage Backup Policy.
      Select a new backup policy and click Save
    • Change Administrative Group
      If you select this option, Change Administrative Group dialog appears that lets you select a different group. Select a different group and click Save

To reconfigure a virtual machine from the virtual machine page

  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 VMs > Hyper-V. List of all the registered hosts appear. You can see the following options in the page: 
    • Hosts
    • All Virtual Machines
    • Configured Virtual Machines
  3. Select the Configured Virtual Machines tab.
  4. Under Configured Virtual Machines tab, search and click the virtual machine that you want to reconfigure.
    The virtual machine page appears. 
  5. In the virtual machine page, click Reconfigure VM for Backup. The Reconfigure VM for backup wizard appears.
  6. In the Storage & Administrative Group section of the configuration wizard, provide the following options:
    Field Description
    Administrative Group Phoenix lets you create a group for better management of resources. For example, you can create an administrative group for all virtual machines with Linux as the guest operating system. Later, you can directly access all servers using the administrative group page. 

    In this field, you can:
    • Choose an existing administrative group, or
    • You can create a new administrative group
    If you click Create New GroupCreate New Administrative Group window appears. Provide a name and description for the administrative group. For example,
    • In the Name field, enter Linux Virtual Machines
    • In the Description field, enter an administrative group for all virtual machines with Linux Guest OS.
      After you provide a name and description for the administrative group, click Save. After you click Save, the configuration wizard reappears with the group you created as an option for you to select. 
  7. In the Backup Content section, enter the virtual disks you want to exclude and click Next.
  8. In the Backup Policy section, provide the following details:
    Field Description
    Backup Policy The Backup Policy in Phoenix specifies:
    • Backup Schedule
      Settings in backup schedule are:
      • The day, date, and time when Phoenix should trigger a backup
      • Backup duration that specifies for how long Phoenix should run a backup job 
      • Bandwidth available for backup job
    • Ignore backup duration for first backup
      Defines whether Phoenix should ignore backup duration for the first job. Typically, a lot of data is scanned and uploaded in the first job, and it lasts longer the subsequent incremental backup jobs. The default and recommended setting for this option is Yes.
    • Automatic Retry
      Lets you specify the behavior if a backup job fails. Phoenix can retry triggering a backup job if a backup fails for an issue like network failure. You can choose the number of retries and specify the interval after which Phoenix retries triggering the backup job. 
    • Retention
      Specifies the period for which a snapshot is retained in the cloud.

    You can either select an already created backup policy or create a new backup policy using the Create New Backup Policy button. 

    If you click the Create New Backup Policy button, the Create New Backup Policy: Hyper-V wizard appears with the following tabs:

    • Summary
      Provide name and description for the backup policy. For example,
      • Name: Hyper-V backup policy
      • Description: Backup policy for virtual machines. 
    • Backup Schedule
      Lets you specify the backup schedule, ignore backup duration for for first backup, and automatic retry settings described above. 
    • Retention
      Lets you specify the period for which you want Phoenix to retain snapshots for virtual machines. 
    After you select your options, click Finish. 

The virtual machine is reconfigured for backup and is listed under the Configured Virtual Machines tab. Reconfigured virtual machine is backed up based on the schedule defined in the backup policy. You can click the virtual machine name and see its details.