This article provides information about the different aspects of server configuration. To configure virtual machines for backup, you:
- Register your vCenter server or your ESXi host
- Let Phoenix detect all virtual machines in your server
- Assign a storage, backup policy, administrative group, and backup proxy pool to the virtual machines
- Enable VMware functionalities to let Phoenix efficiently backup and restore virtual machines.
The server or the registered server is the system that hosts your virtual machines with Phoenix backup proxy deployed. The server is registered under the organization that you select. The server can be a vCenter setup or a standalone ESXi.
When your server is registered, the backup proxy 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 > Protect > VMware > Your registered vCenter or ESXi host using IP or domain name. A page opens that lists all the virtual machines hosted on your server.
Note: You register your vCenter/ESXi server, and you configure your virtual machines for backup.
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 in Phoenix defines:
- When Phoenix should execute a backup job for a server
- Bandwidth available to the agent
- When a backup job is triggered
- Bandwidth available for the proxy to execute a backup job.
- The retention period that specifies for how long Phoenix retains a snapshot. After a backup job completes, a snapshot of the virtual machine is created. Retention specifies the period for which a snapshot is retained.
- Should Phoenix retry triggering a backup job if it fails due to issues like network failure
- If Phoenix should enable VMware settings
- If Phoenix should run application-aware processing in the guest OS of the VM
If you are configuring your first virtual machine, you have to:
- Select virtual machines
- Select a storage
- Select or create an administrative group
- Select or create a backup policy
The administrative groups and backup policies 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.