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 group.

The Plug-in for VMware vSphere does not support RDMs for VM backups. If a VM contains RDM LUNs, those LUNs are skipped during backups.

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