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SnapCenter Plug-in for VMware vSphere 4.5
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Back up resource groups on demand


Backup operations are performed on all the resources defined in a resource group. If a resource group has a policy attached and a schedule configured, then backups occur automatically according to the schedule.

Before you begin

You must have created a resource group with a policy attached.

Important Do not start an on-demand backup job when a job to back up the SnapCenter VMware plug-in MySQL database is already running. Use the maintenance console to see the configured backup schedule for the MySQL database.
About this task

In earlier releases of Virtual Storage Console (VSC), you could perform an on-demand backup without having a backup job configured for a VM or datastore. However, for the SnapCenter VMware plug-in, VMs and datastores must be in a resource group before you can perform backups.

  1. In the left Navigator pane of the VMware vSphere web client, click Resource Groups, then select a resource group, and then click Error: Missing Graphic Image Run Now to start the backup.

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  2. If the resource group has multiple policies configured, then in the Backup Now dialog box, select the policy you want to use for this backup operation.

  3. Click OK to start the backup.

  4. Optional: Monitor the operation progress by clicking Recent Tasks at the bottom of the window or on the dashboard Job Monitor for more details.

If the quiesce operation fails for any of the VMs in the backup, then the backup completes with a warning and is marked as not VM consistent even if the selected policy has VM consistency selected. In this case, it is possible that some of the VMs were successfully quiesced. In the job monitor, the failed VM details will show the quiesce as failed.