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Creating a VMware Standard Backup Set

VMware Standard backup sets are used to back up VMware virtual machines to the cloud, providing an off-site copy of those virtual machines for disaster-recovery purposes.  VMware Standard backup sets can be restored to the original ESX/ESXi host or to a different one and can be stored online (in the cloud), locally, or both.  This article will describe the process for creating a VMware Standard backup set.



  1. Log into the management portal and go to the computer account for which you want to add a VMware Standard backup set.

  2. Click on the Backup tab and then hit the button next to VMware Standard under Backup Type.

  3. Set the name of this new backup set by clicking on the name at the top or on the button next it.  Then, select whether you want the new backup set to store its backups Local Only, Online Only, or Online and Local.

    Note: Depending how you have the Backup Agent and computer account configured, you may only see one or two of the storage type options.  For more information on which types should be available, reference this article.

  4. Next, select which virtual machines will be included in the backup set.

    If those virtual machines' host is not already recognized, add the IP address of the ESX/ESXi host or vCenter machine managing the virtual machines.  If the Backup Agent needs credentials to authenticate with the server you added, it should prompt you for them.   After the host/vCenter has been added, a list of virtual machines available to be backed up will appear.

    In addition, for a virtual machine to be eligible for backups, it must meet the following requirements:

    • The UUID attribute must be enabled for the virtual machine you intend to back up.

    • The virtual machine must use only SCSI disks.

    • The virtual machine must not use dynamic disks.

      So long as these three conditions are met, there should be no issues backing up the virtual machines.  For clarification, the third point about dynamic disks excludes them from being present at the guest operating system level; if you open Disk Management from within the guest and there are dynamic volumes present, this will not be compatible with backups.

  5. Click Next to continue.

  6. Set a schedule for the backups by choosing a recurrence interval (minutes, hours, days, or weeks) and either how often the backup will run or on which days the backup will run.  If you want to add more than one Daily or Weekly schedule, click the Add New button.

    Keep in mind that if multiple VMware backup sets (Standard or QuickSpin) run concurrently, all those involved will be slowed down.  Additionally, it is strongly recommended a VMware Standard backup and a VMware QuickSpin backup of the same virtual machine not overlap.

    Hit Next to proceed.

  7. On the Retention page, choose an archiving rule for this backup set (how many versions to keep).  You can choose to use the default rule or enable an advanced archiving rule.

    Click Next to continue.

  8. Choose a temporary folder location with at least 1-2 GB free and pick an interval for how often full backups will be taken.  When choosing how often to take full backups, be aware the greater the interval, the longer backup chains will be – this will likely lead to retention exceeding that of your archiving rule.

  9. To see a summary of the backup set, hit Next or click the Create Backup Set button to finish creation of the backup set.

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