About hosts, virtual machines, backup policies, and administrative groups
This article provides information about the different aspects of server configuration. To configure virtual machines for backup, you:
- Register your Hyper-V host
- Let Druva detect all virtual machines on the host
- Assign a storage, backup policy, and administrative group to the virtual machines
The host or the registered hosts, is the system that hosts your virtual machines with Hybrid Workloads 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.
When your host is registered, the agent detects all the virtual machines hosted on your server. To access your virtual machines, log in to the Hybrid Workloads Management Console. select the workload from the Protect menu. Note that if the All Organizations menu is enabled, you have to first select an organization and then select the workload.
A page opens with the following tabs:
- 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.
Druva 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 Druva 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 recovery point is retained. After a backup job successfully completes, a recovery point of the virtual machine is created. Retention specifies the period for which a recovery point is retained.
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 polices you create are specific to the organization under which you register your server. When you configure a server, Druva 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.