Backing up databases using PowerShell cmdlets

Backing up a database includes establishing a connection with the SnapCenter Server, adding resources, adding a policy, creating a backup resource group, and backing up.

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The information regarding the parameters that can be used with the cmdlet and their descriptions can be obtained by running Get-Help command_name. Alternatively, you can also refer to the Cmdlet Reference Guide.

SnapCenter Software 4.4 Cmdlet Reference Guide


  1. Initiate a connection session with the SnapCenter Server for a specified user by using the Open-SmConnection cmdlet.
    Open-smconnection  -SMSbaseurl  https:\\\
    The username and password prompt is displayed.
  2. Optional: Add resources by using the Add-SmResources cmdlet.
    This example shows how to add a SAP HANA database of SingleContainer type:
    C:\PS> Add-SmResource -HostName '' -PluginCode 'HANA' -DatabaseName H10 -ResourceType SingleContainer -StorageFootPrint (@{"VolumeName"="HanaData10";"StorageSystem"="vserver_scauto_primary"}) -SID 'H10' -filebackuppath '/tmp/HanaFileLog' -userstorekeys 'HS10' -osdbuser 'h10adm' -filebackupprefix 'H10_'
    This example shows how to add a SAP HANA database of MultipleContainers type:
    C:\PS> Add-SmResource -HostName '' -PluginCode 'HANA' -DatabaseName MDC_MT -ResourceType MultipleContainers -StorageFootPrint (@{"VolumeName"="VP_HANA2_data";"StorageSystem"=""}) -sid 'A12' -userstorekeys 'A12KEY' -TenantType 'MultiTenant'
    This example shows how to create a non-data volume resource:
    C:\PS> Add-SmResource -HostName '' -PluginCode 'hana' -ResourceName NonDataVolume -ResourceType NonDataVolume -StorageFootPrint (@{"VolumeName"="ng_pvol";"StorageSystem"="vserver_scauto_primary"}) -sid 'S10'
  3. Create a backup policy by using the Add-SmPolicy cmdlet.

    This example creates a backup policy for a Snapshot copy-based backup:

    C:\PS> Add-SmPolicy -PolicyName hana_snapshotbased -PolicyType Backup -PluginPolicyType hana -BackupType SnapShotBasedBackup

    This example creates a backup policy for a File-Based backup:

    C:\PS> Add-SmPolicy -PolicyName hana_Filebased -PolicyType Backup -PluginPolicyType hana -BackupType FileBasedBackup
  4. Protect the resource or add a new resource group to SnapCenter by using the Add-SmResourceGroup cmdlet.

    This example protects a single container resource:

    C:\PS> Add-SmProtectResource -PluginCode HANA  -Policies hana_snapshotbased,hana_Filebased
     -Resources @{"Host"="";"UID"="SID"} -Description test -usesnapcenterwithoutfilesystemconsistency

    This example protects a multiple containers resource:

    C:\PS> Add-SmProtectResource -PluginCode HANA  -Policies hana_snapshotbased,hana_Filebased
     -Resources @{"Host"="";"UID"="MDC\SID"} -Description test -usesnapcenterwithoutfilesystemconsistency

    This example creates a new resource group with the specified policy and resources:

    C:\PS> Add-SmResourceGroup -ResourceGroupName 'ResourceGroup_with_SingleContainer_MultipleContainers_Resources' -Resources @(@{"Host"="";"Uid"="SID"},@{"Host"="";"Uid"="MDC\SID"})
      -Policies hana_snapshotbased,hana_Filebased  -usesnapcenterwithoutfilesystemconsistency  -plugincode 'HANA'
    This example creates a non-data volume resource group:
    C:\PS> Add-SmResourceGroup -ResourceGroupName 'Mixed_RG_backup_when_Remove_Backup_throguh_BackupName_windows' -Resources @(@{"Host"="";"Uid"="H11";"PluginName"="hana"},@{"Host"="";"Uid"="MDC\H31";"PluginName"="hana"},@{"Host"="";"Uid"="NonDataVolume\S10\NonDataVolume";"PluginName"="hana"}) -Policies hanaprimary
  5. Initiate a new backup job by using the New-SmBackup cmdlet.

    This example shows how to backup a resource group:

    C:\PS> New-SMBackup -ResourceGroupName 'ResourceGroup_with_SingleContainer_MultipleContainers_Resources'  -Policy hana_snapshotbased

    This example backs up a protected resource:

    C:\PS> New-SMBackup -Resources @{"Host"="";"Uid"="MDC\SID";"PluginName"="hana"} -Policy hana_Filebased
  6. Monitor the job status (running, completed, or failed) by using the Get-smJobSummaryReport cmdlet.
    PS C:\> Get-smJobSummaryReport -JobID 123
  7. Monitor the backup job details like backup ID, backup name to perform restore or clone operation by using the Get-SmBackupReport cmdlet.
    PS C:\> Get-SmBackupReport -JobId 351
    BackedUpObjects           : {DB1}
    FailedObjects             : {}
    IsScheduled               : False
    HasMetadata               : False
    SmBackupId                : 269
    SmJobId                   : 2361
    StartDateTime             : 10/4/2016 11:20:45 PM
    EndDateTime               : 10/4/2016 11:21:32 PM
    Duration                  : 00:00:46.2536470
    CreatedDateTime           : 10/4/2016 11:21:09 PM
    Status                    : Completed
    ProtectionGroupName       : Verify_ASUP_Message_windows
    SmProtectionGroupId       : 211
    PolicyName                : test2
    SmPolicyId                : 20
    BackupName                : Verify_ASUP_Message_windows_scc54_10-04-2016_23.20.46.2758
    VerificationStatus        : NotVerified
    VerificationStatuses      : 
    SmJobError                : 
    BackupType                : SCC_BACKUP
    CatalogingStatus          : NotApplicable
    CatalogingStatuses        : 
    ReportDataCreatedDateTime :