Four simple steps to backup VMware VMs using SC DPM

Published Feb 16 2019 03:46 AM 2,751 Views

First published on TECHNET on Aug 26, 2016
System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) is well recognized in the industry for protection of Microsoft workloads and environments. It protects key Microsoft workloads such as SQL, SharePoint and Exchange as well as virtual machines running on Hyper-V.  Today, we are announcing support for protection of VMware virtual machines . This will allow enterprise customers to have a single backup solution across their heterogeneous IT environment.

Here are the four simple steps to configure VMware server and DPM to protect VMware VMs.

1. Enable a secure SSL communication between DPM and VMware server

2.Add a new user with certain minimum privileges

The set of privileges described in the above video are applicable for a vCenter 5.5 user account. If you are creating a vCenter 6.0 user account, the following table captures the privileges that you need to assign to the user account that you create:

Privileges for vCenter 6.5 and above user account Privileges for vCenter 6.0 user account Privileges for vCenter 5.5 user account
Datastore cluster.Configure a datatstore cluster    
Datastore.AllocateSpace Datastore.AllocateSpace Network.Assign
Datastore.Browse datastore Global.Manage custom attributes Datastore.AllocateSpace
Datastore.Low-level file operations Global.Set custom attribute VirtualMachine.Config.ChangeTracking
Global.Disable methods Host.Local operations.Create virtual machine VirtualMachine.State.RemoveSnapshot
Global.Enable methods Network. Assign network VirtualMachine.State.CreateSnapshot
Global.Licenses Resource. Assign virtual machine to resource pool VirtualMachine.Provisioning.DiskRandomRead
Global.Log event Virtual machine.Configuration.Add new disk VirtualMachine.Interact.PowerOff
Global.Manage custom attributes Virtual machine.Configuration.Advanced VirtualMachine.Inventory.Create
Global.Set custom attribute Virtual machine.Configuration.Disk change tracking VirtualMachine.Config.AddNewDisk
Host.Local operations.Create virtual machine Virtual machine.Configuration.Host USB device VirtualMachine.Config.HostUSBDevice
Network.Assign network Virtual machine.Configuration.Query unowned files VirtualMachine.Config.AdvancedConfig
Resource. Assign virtual machine to resource pool Virtual machine.Configuration.Swapfile placement VirtualMachine.Config.SwapPlacement
vApp.Add virtual machine Virtual machine.Interaction.Power Off Global.ManageCustomFields
vApp.Assign resource pool Virtual machine.Inventory. Create new  
vApp.Unregister Virtual machine.Provisioning.Allow disk access  
VirtualMachine.Configuration. Add Or Remove Device Virtual machine.Provisioning. Allow read-only disk access  
Virtual machine.Configuration.Disk lease Virtual machine.Snapshot management.Create snapshot  
Virtual machine.Configuration.Add new disk Virtual machine.Snapshot management.Remove Snapshot  
Virtual machine.Configuration.Advanced    
Virtual machine.Configuration.Disk change tracking    
Virtual machine.Configuration.Host USB device    
Virtual machine.Configuration.Extend virtual disk    
Virtual machine.Configuration.Query unowned files    
Virtual machine.Configuration.Swapfile placement    
Virtual machine.Guest Operations.Guest Operation Program Execution    
Virtual machine.Guest Operations.Guest Operation Modifications    
Virtual machine.Guest Operations.Guest Operation Queries    
Virtual machine .Interaction .Device connection    
Virtual machine .Interaction .Guest operating system management by VIX API    
Virtual machine .Interaction .Power Off    
Virtual machine .Inventory.Create new    
Virtual machine .Inventory.Remove    
Virtual machine .Inventory.Register    
Virtual machine .Provisioning.Allow disk access    
Virtual machine .Provisioning.Allow file access    
Virtual machine .Provisioning.Allow read-only disk access    
Virtual machine .Provisioning.Allow virtual machine download              
Virtual machine .Snapshot management. Create snapshot    
Virtual machine .Snapshot management.Remove Snapshot    
Virtual machine .Snapshot management.Revert to snapshot    

3.Add VMware Server to DPM

4.Protect VMware VMs with DPM

If you are new to Azure Backup and want to enable Azure Backup for longterm retention, refer to Preparing to backup workloads to Azure with DPM . Click for a free Azure trial subscription

Here are some additional resources:



Update (March 16, 2020) : Updated privileges table for vCenter 6.5 and above user account

Key words: Announcement, VMware VM Backup, DPM, DPM 2012 R2, SC DPM, Microsoft Azure Backup Server, MABS, Azure Backup, Backup & Recovery, OMS, Cloud Backup, Virtual Machines, VMware, vCenter, ESXi

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