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29.01.2020

vProtect Guide – Recovery Plans

With vProtect it is possible not only easily automate backup but also recovery processes. This saves you time in carrying out the necessary tests and guarantees that in the event of a failure our backup is valid. Now, you are able to define rules, how and where multiple virtual machines should be restored when you need DR. You also can schedule them and restore a set of VMs periodically to your test locations, to be sure that you’re able to restore them if you need to. This process can run on-demand or according to a set schedule.

Therefore, the ‘recovery plans’ functionality is a perfect complement to backup strategies with automatic recovery tests. We know that even the best backup is useless if we cannot guarantee its correctness (consistency). Thanks to recovery plans, validation takes place in an automated way, we also get several options that will help us plan the entire process and inform if something is not working as intended.

Let’s have a quick look on how the Recovery Plans functionality works.

 

With vProtect you can easily extend your current backup strategy with automated DR testing. This functionality allows you to verify if backups you took can be successfully recovered in case of disaster.

Why to use recovery plans?

  • automate VMs restoration process
  • save time spent on testing procedures and VM recoverability
  • with this feature we get assurance

Tutorial with screens:

With vProtect, you can create separate snapshot management policies, define all the necessary information regarding time and frequency of snapshots, as well as the retention.

Steps Example screen
To create a recovery plan enter: Policies / Recovery Plan / Create Policy.
We are now able to add or edit the RULES of the recovery plan, including general information

(name and status: active / inactive), virtual environment, schedules and restore parameters.

The restore parameters determine:

a) which backup should be restored – last or last successful

b) choosing a place to restore it
c) and the option whether the virtual environment that exists in the selected location should be deleted
It is possible to execute a recovery plan on demand
You can find a schedule for performing recovery tests for virtual environments in: Schedules / Recovery Plan