Create and Manage Backup Resources

Backup resources are based on plugins that enable running backups on third-party systems. Creating a backup resource is the first step to take after installing a backup plugin. You can install you custom plugin or default plugins that are provided for R1Soft 6.4 and Veeam 9.5. In this section, you can find information on how to view, create, edit and delete backup resources. 

You can use the Veeam plugin only for VMware resources such as vCloud Director and vCenter. If you want to use a plugin for Veeam Backup & Replication, make sure that you complete the steps from Prerequisites for Veeam.


Prerequisites for Veeam



Before you install a plugin for Veeam and create a backup resource, complete the following steps via Veeam Backup & Replication UI:

  1. Add your VMware vCenter Servers or VMware vCloud Director to the Veeam backup infrastructure. 
  2. Add a Backup Repository to the Veeam backup infrastructure. 
  3. Create a vSphere backup job and specify the Retention Policy settings. 

After you complete the preceding steps, you can create a backup resource and add advanced options that are required for Veeam.  


View Backup Resources



To view backup resources available in your cloud, follow the next steps:

  1. Go to your Control Panel > Settings menu. 
  2. Click the Backup Resources icon. 
  3. On the page that appears, you will see the list of available backup resources and the following details: 
    • Label - the name of the backup resource

    • Primary host - the primary address (either hostname or IP address) used to connect to the third-party backup system

    • Enabled - the status that indicates whether the backup resource is enabled (YES) or not (NO

    • Resource zone - the backup resource zone to which the backup resource is assigned

    • Plugin - the name of the backup plugin

  4. The Actions button allows to run the following actions on the backup resource: 

To view properties of a particular backup resource, refer to the following section. 


View Backup Resource Details



To view details of a particular backup resource, follow the next steps:

  1. Go to your Control Panel > Settings menu. 
  2. Click the Backup Resources icon. 
  3. Click a label of a backup resource to view the following details: 
    • Label - the name of the backup resource

    • Backup resource zone - the backup resource zone to which the backup resource is assigned
    • Enabled - the status that indicates whether the backup resource is enabled (YES) or not (NO
    • Plugin - the name of the backup plugin
    • Primary host - the primary address (either hostname or IP address) used to connect to the third-party backup system

    • Secondary host - the secondary address (either hostname or IP address) used to connect to the third-party backup system

    • Username - the username used to connect to the third-party backup system

On the backup resource details page, you can also click the Edit icon to change the resource settings



Create Backup Resource



Backup resources that are built on the R1Soft plugin are not currently supported for Windows-based virtual servers.

To create a new backup resource, follow the next steps: 

  1. Go to your Control Panel > Settings menu. 
  2. Click the Backup Resources icon. 
  3. On the page that appears, click the '+' or New Backup Resource button and provide the following details: 
    • Label - type the name of the backup resource
    • Enabled - turn the slider to the right/left to enable/disable the backup resource

      The disabled backup resource cannot be attached to a virtual server. Make sure that the Enabled slider is turned on before attaching the backup resource to virtual servers.

    • Backup resource zone - select the backup resource zone to assign the backup resource to

      If you have no backup resource zone at this point, you can assign the backup resource to the zone when it is created.

    • Plugin - select the plugin for the backup resource
    • Primary host - enter the primary address (either hostname or IP address) used to connect to the third-party backup system. Specify a protocol and port type of the primary host, that is http://{address}:{port} or https://{address}:{port}
    • Secondary host - enter the secondary address (either hostname or IP address) used to connect to the third-party backup system. Specify a protocol and port type of the secondary host, that is http://{address}:{port} or https://{address}:{port}. 
    • Username - type the username used to connect to the third-party backup system
    • Password - type the password used to connect to the third-party backup system
  4. Click the Create button to add a new backup resource. 



Edit Backup Resource



To edit a backup resource, follow the next steps: 

  1. Go to your Control Panel > Settings menu. 
  2. Click the Backup Resources icon. 
  3. On the page that appears, click the Actions button next to the required backup resource and then click Edit. You can change the following properties of the backup resource: 
    • Label - type the name of the backup resource
    • Enabled - turn the slider to the right/left to enable/disable the backup resource

      The disabled backup resource cannot be attached to a virtual server. Make sure that the Enabled slider is turned on before attaching the backup resource to virtual servers.

    • Primary host - enter the primary address (either hostname or IP address) used to connect to the third-party backup system. Specify a protocol and port type of the primary host, that is http://{address}:{port} or https://{address}:{port}
    • Secondary host - enter the secondary address (either hostname or IP address) used to connect to the third-party backup system. Specify a protocol and port type of the secondary host, that is http://{address}:{port} or https://{address}:{port}. 
    • Username - type the username used to connect to the third-party backup system
    • Password - type the password used to connect to the third-party backup system
  4. Click the Save button to apply new settings for the backup resource.



Manage Advanced Options



The advanced options for a backup resource are automatically fetched from the config.xml file of a backup plugin. You can edit the advanced options for the backup resource as follows: 

  1. Go to your Control Panel > Settings menu. 
  2. Click the Backup Resources icon. 
  3. Click the Actions button next to the required backup resource and then click Advanced options
  4. You can manage the following advanced options, depending on a backup plugin: 

Veeam

    • vSphere template job name - enter a name of a vSphere backup job that is added to the Veeam backup infrastructure
    • Backup repository name - enter a name of a backup repository that is added to the Veeam backup infrastructure
    • Power on after restore - select this checkbox to power on virtual servers after restoring them from recovery points
    • Quick rollback - select this checkbox to perform an incremental restore of virtual servers from recovery points

      For more information on the incremental restore, see Quick Rollback.

R1Soft

There are no options that require an advanced management for the R1Soft backup plugin. 

Custom Plugin

You can manage advanced options that you provide for your custom plugin in the config.xml file. For more information, please refer to the Create Backup Plugin guidance.

    5. Click the Save button to apply changes.


Delete Backup Resource



To delete a backup resource, follow the next steps: 

  1. Go to your Control Panel > Settings menu. 
  2. Click the Backup Resources icon. 
  3. On the page that appears, click the Actions button next to the required backup resource and then click Delete
  4. In the pop-up box, click the Ok button to confirm your action. 

If you delete a backup resource that is attached to a virtual server, the backups for this VS will be no longer run by means of the plugin.