Vembu BDR Suite 3.7.0: Backup and Restore VMs in VMware Environment (Part-2)

Vembu BDR Suite 3.7.0 U1 (included support for vSphere 6.5) is a 5-in-1 solution for small and medium environment to manage backup and recovery requirements not only for VMware and Hyper-V environments but also for physical servers. It offers a BDR Suite of products meant for on-premise, offsite, cloud backup and disaster recovery across diverse IT environments including physical, virtual, applications and endpoints.

I installed and tested this product in my home lab, and found that it is a very cool solution to protect your virtual and physical environment. You can backup and restore your critical VMs and servers within no time without any hassle.

In previous post of this series, we learned how to install Vembu BDR Suite 3.7.0 with system requirements and also learned some initial configuration. If you missed previous post, you can find here:

  1. Vembu BDR Suite 3.7.0: Installation and Configuration

In this post, we’ll see how to take a backup of a virtual machine and restore it using Vembu VMBackup in VMware environment.

Backup a VM with Vembu BDR Server

After initial configuration, your Dashboard of Vembu BDR Server will look like this. Make sure your Storage Quota is assigned under Storage Volume (it will be assigned automatically during default installation).

First of all, make sure you have changed your default password of Vembu BDR Server.  For this, login to Vembu BDR Server with default credentials, after login, go to Management > Server Management > User Management > Reset Password. Enter your old, New, and Confirm password and click Update to change the password.

Before taking backup a VM, you’ll have to add ESXi host into Vembu BDR Server. For adding an ESXi host, go to Backup > VMware vSphere > Add VMware vSphere Server, and enter ESXi host name/IP Address, user name, password, port (443) and click Save button.

After clicking Save button, your ESXi host along with installed VMs will be added into Vembu BDR Server. Now, click on Backup and select VM which you want to backup and click Next.

Now, you can set schedule for VM backup. Set your schedule and click Next.

Under advanced Retention in Settings Tab, check Monthly Merge and set your requirements and click Next.

In Application Aware Options under Settings, set your Application Aware Process, select ESXi host, VM, username and password. Otherwise leave it default and click Next.

Review your settings, enter the job name, select Run this backup immediately after saving this configuration and click Next.

Confirm the configuration status with clicking on OK button. Backup status is in progress, it will some time, sit relax and have a cup of coffee.

Backup is taken successfully, to verify backup status, click on Reports > Backup Status Reports.

Restore a VM with Vembu BDR Server

To restore a VM from already taken backup, click on Recovery > Restore > Live Recovery to ESX(i) Server (for VMware environment),


Select your restore point and click Next to continue.

Choose your target server, datastore, and VM name and click Next.

Review Restore Configurations and click Restore Now.

Restore process is in progress, it will take some time to complete.

Restore process is done.

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