Backing up VMs, VMDKs, and datastores

The SnapCenter Plug-in for VMware vSphere web client performs data protection operations for VMs, VMDKs, and datastores. All backup operations are performed on resource groups, which can contain any combination of one or more VMs and datastores. You can back up on demand or according to a defined protection schedule.

When you back up a datastore, you are backing up all the VMs in that datastore.

Note: The Plug-in for VMware vSphere does not support backing up datastore clusters directly. However, you can put all the datastores that belong to a datastore cluster into a resource group and back up that resource group.

Backup and restore operations cannot be performed simultaneously on the same resource.

The following workflow shows the sequence in which you must perform the backup operations:

Note: SnapCenter backs up SAN and NAS datastores; it does not back up VSAN or VVOL datastores.
Note: If a VM contains a database, then backing up the VM is not the same as backing up the database; it does not provide an application-consistent backup. To perform an application-consistent back up of a database, you must use one of the SnapCenter database plug-ins.