arcserve UDP Instant VM Immediate Access to Physical and Virtual Servers


Arcserve UDP provides several recovery methods that provide rapid access to the protected data: mount of recovery points, immediate open of backup points, virtual standby vms and now a new instant VM.

An instant VM restore, or IVM, is about mounting your latest backup point to your Hypervisor host as a temporary data store point and registering that VM into the virtual infrastructure for immediate accessibility. It is no longer necessary to wait for your restore to copy points from backup disk into production – with IVM your RTO is seconds to minutes.

UDP6 has just developed this feature in the new release V6. UDP 6 does have vPower functionality and can support instant VM restore cross-hypervisor, can instantly restore a VMware VM onto Hyper-V. In addition, UDP 6 also protects physical machines and allows for instant VM recovery of a physical node “P2V IVM”. This is very powerful stuff.

To Create IVM -> Open the Wizard from the Node management view:

1. Click the resources tab.

2. From the left pane, navigate to Nodes and click All Nodes.

3. All the nodes are displayed on the center pane.

4. Right-click a node and select Create an Instant VM.

The Instant VM wizard opens.

Note: If a node is not associated with any plan, such node does not have the Create an Instant VM option.


Select a Recovery Point

The Select a Recovery Point page displays the location of the recovery point and lets you select a recovery point. The recovery point can be in a shared location or in a data store in RPS.

The Console automatically recognizes the location of the recovery point and pre-selects the Location Type, Recovery Point Server, and Data Store or Network Share Folder fields.

Expand the Date list, select the required recovery point from the list, and click Next.

The VM Location page opens.


Select a VM Location

Specify the location of the virtual machine where you want to create the Instant VM. You can specify either VMware or a Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machine.

Follow these steps:

  1. Select a Hypervisor Type. (Vmware / Hyper-V)


VMware vSphere

a. Select VMware vSphere.

b. If you have already added a VMware node to the selected Site in the Console, select the node from the vCenter ESX(i) Server drop-down list.

c. If you have not added any VMware nodes, then click Add.

The Specify the VM Destination dialog opens.

d. Specify the virtual machine details and click OK.

The Specify the VM Destination dialog closes and you see the VM Location page again. All the ESX(i) or resource pools are displayed on the central pane.

e. Select either the ESX(i), cluster, resource pool, virtual App as the location.

The VMware vSphere machine is specified


Microsoft Hyper-V

a. Select Microsoft Hyper-V.

b. If you have already added a Hyper-V node to the selected Site in the Console, select the node from the Hyper-V Server/Cluster drop-down list.

c. If you have not added any Hyper-V nodes, then click Add.

The Specify the VM Destination dialog opens.

Note: When you connect to the Hyper-V Instant VM using a non-built-in administrator account, the remote UAC needs to be disabled.

d. Specify the Hyper-V server details and click OK.

The Hyper-V virtual machine is specified.

2. Click Next.

The Recovery Server page opens.


Specify the Instant Virtual Machine Details

Specify the details for the Instant VM. The options may vary depending on the hypervisor.

Follow these steps:

1. Specify the name and description of the Instant VM.

VM Name

Specifies the name of the Instant VM. You can only specify itme as the prefix or suffix of the Instant VM. The name of the source node becomes the default name of the Instant VM. The name of the source node with a prefix is the default name of the Instant VM. Some special characters are not allowed in the name, such as ‘@’, ‘\’ and so on.

Description

(Optional) Specifies the description for the Instant VM.

2. Specify the folder location of the Instant VM on the recovery server.

You can browse the volume information of the recovery server.

3. Specify the Instant VM settings.

CPU Count

Specifies the number of CPU that you would require in the Instant VM.

Memory Size

Specifies the size of memory that you would require in the Instant VM.

4. Add network adapters.

a. Click the Add an Adapter button to add an adapter and specify the details of the network.


You can add multiple network adapters. After adding a network adapter, you can edit and delete the network adapter from the Actions column.

b. Specify the Virtual Network, Adapter Type, and TCP/IP Settings. If you want to specify the IP address of the Instant VM, you can click Add an Address and select the address you want to configure.


5. Update DNS.

a. Click the Update DNS button to specify DNS details.


Note: You can specify the Update DNS detail information if you have specified an IP address and DNS address in the Network Adapter and the source machine is in a domain.

b. Click Add a DNS Address to add a DNS update record. Click Remove to remove DNS update record. Click Up and Down button to adjust the sequence of the records.


c. Select a DNS Address and an IP Address from the drop-down list and then click OK.

d. Specify the Time to Live (TTL).

e. Specify the DNS Authentication.

For Microsoft DNS Server, enter the username and password. For Bind Server, you need to specify the full path, including the file name of the key file in the Recovery Server.

6. Change the Instant Virtual Machine hostname

a. Click the Change Host Name checkbox to update the hostname of the Instant Virtual Machine.


b. Specify a New Host Name for the Instant Virtual Machine. If the source machine is in a domain, provide the User Account and password.

Note: If the source machine is in a domain, the account should have the permission to change the hostname in domain.

Now you can submit the job.

Submit the Instant Virtual Machine Job

To create the Instant VM, submit the Instant VM job. After the job is complete, you can see the Instant VM in resources, Infrastructure, Instant Virtual Machine.

Follow these steps:

1. Click Create VM.

The Create VM dialog opens.

2. Select one of the following options:

Boot Now

Submits a job to create the Instant VM. After the VM is created, it automatically starts the VM.

Boot Later

Creates an Instant VM. You have to manually start the VM. You can start the VM after the Instant VM job is complete.

Cancel

Closes the Create VM dialog without creating any VM. You are returned to the Create VM page.

The Instant VM job is successfully created.

Manage an Instant Virtual Machine

You can manage the Instant VM from Console. You can power-on or power-off an Instant VM from the Console. Also, you can delete any Instant VM.

Note: The Console displays only those Instant VM that are created from the recovery points managed from the selected Site.

Start or Stop an Instant Virtual Machine

You can start or stop an Instant VM after it is created. The start or stop button displays depending on the status of the VM.

Follow these steps:

1. From the Console, click resources.

2. Navigate to Infrastructures and click Instant Virtual Machines.

3. Select the virtual machine from the center pane and click Actions.

4. Select Power On or Power Off depending on the status of the virtual machine.

The virtual machine successfully starts or stops.

Delete an Instant Virtual Machine

You can delete any Instant VM that you do not require anymore.

Follow these steps:

1. From the Console, click resources.

2. Navigate to Infrastructures and click Instant Virtual Machines.

3. Select the virtual machine from the center pane and click Actions.

4. Click Delete.

A confirmation dialog opens.

5. Click OK.

The virtual machine is successfully deleted.


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