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Abiquo 4.7

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The platform uses backup systems, such as Veeam or Avamar, and it creates backups for VMs that are deployed on the hypervisor.

When you configure a backup for your VM, the platform will display the backup symbol in the lower right-hand corner of the VM icon. 

Virtual machine icon with backup symbol because a backup is configured

In some environments the backup system may support restore for VMs that were previously deployed and are now undeployed. If you delete the VM, you cannot access the backup system through the platform. 

Create a manual backup now

To request a manual backup of a VM now:
  1. Go to Virtual datacenters → edit VM → Backup
  2. In the top right-hand corner of the Backup tab, click the Backup now button
    Backup now button to request an immediate backup

The platform will request an immediate backup of the VM.

Configure a VM backup

To configure your VM backup by selecting the backup policy and the disks, do these steps:

Privilege: Manage virtual machine backup disks, Manage virtual machine backup configuration

  1. Go to Backup → Backup policies
  2. Select from the list of Backup policies
  3. Click Show details

Select a backup policy to assign to a VM

Select disks

 To select disks for a complete backup, do these steps:

Privilege: Manage virtual machine backup configuration, Manage virtual machine backup disks

Some backup systems will ignore your disk selection and create a backup of all disks. Check your cloud provider's documentation for more information

  1. Click Select disks
  2. Select the disks for backup 
    1. The disks are shown in sequence order
    2. The system disk is the first one in the list
    Select disks for backup

Configure backup schedule

The administrator can set the Date and Time in the backup policy or they can require the user to set the Date and Time.

Privilege: Manage virtual machine backup configuration, Manage virtual machine backup schedule

To enter backup Dates and Times requires the privilege to Manage virtual machine backup schedule, and you must configure the exact date and time of a backup.

Backup Times

Abiquo uses ISO 8601 and datacenter owners should inform users of the time standard used in the datacenter

Time zones in ISO 8601 are represented as local time (with the location unspecified), as UTC, or as an offset from UTC

Screenshot: The administrator has configured backup schedule

The backup schedule was configured by the administrator and the user cannot select it

Screenshot: The user must configure the backup schedule

The administrator requires that the user configures the backup schedule


Backup results

To display backup results:
  1. Go to Virtual datacenters → edit VM → Backup → Backup results

The results shown may vary depending on your datacenter's backup system. Backups with a status of "done" or "completed" will have a Restore link enabled in the Action column. 

VM backup results page of the Backup tab

Restore a Backup

The administrator may allow users to restore their own backups.

Privilege: Restore virtual machine backups

To restore a VM backup:

  1. Go to Virtual datacenters → edit VM → Backups → Backup results
  2. In the Latest backups section, in the Action column on the right-hand side, click a Restore link

    Restore a completed backup by clicking on the restore link

To display the details of the restore, click on the backup in the Backups list. After the restore is completed, the status is displayed, for example, "done" or "failed".

After you restore a backup, the VM disks are under the control of the backup system, not the platform. So when you undeploy after restoring a VM, the platform will display a warning popup and delete and remove the VM's disks.

If your environment allows, you may request that a backup be restored more than once. If the Restore requests Status is success or failed, Abiquo will reactivate the Restore link and you can click the Restore link to request a new restore of the same backup.

Backup events

For users the backup feature will produce the events described in the Events View#Virtualmachine under METADATA_MODIFIED and RESTORE_BACKUP.

To display VM backup events:

  1. Go to Virtual datacenters → edit VM → Backup → Events

This page will display events from backup integrations. 

The platform displays backup events on the Events page of the Backup tab

To view the details of an event, click on the event.

Click on a backup event to display details of the event

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