6179: Acronis Backup & Recovery 10: vCenter Integration

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Description of the VMware vCenter intergration implemented in Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Advanced Editions

This article applies to:

  • Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Advanced Server Build 11345 or higher
  • Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Advanced Server - Small Business Server Edition Build 11345 or higher
  • Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Advanced Workstation Build 11345 or higher
  • Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Advanced Server - Virtual Edition Build 11345 or higher

VMware vCenter integration, when enabled, shows virtual machines managed by a VMware vCenter Server in the Acronis Management Server, and shows the backup status of these machines in the vCenter.

Integration is available in all Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Advanced Editions. See Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Editions; a license for Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Virtual Edition is not required. No software installation is required on the vCenter Server.

On the management server side

When integration is enabled, the vCenter's VMs and Templates inventory view appears in the Acronis Management Server under Navigation -> Virtual machines:

From the Acronis Management Server's standpoint, this is a dynamic group of virtual machines. The group name matches the vCenter Server name or IP address (this depends on what was specified when configuring integration). The group content is synchronized with the vCenter Server and cannot be changed on the Acronis Management Server side. In case of an occasional inconsistency, right click the group and select Refresh.

The virtual machines managed by the vCenter Server also appear in the All virtual machines group. You can view virtual machine properties and power state; create groups of virtual machines and add virtual machines to existing groups.

Backup and recovery of a virtual machine is not possible, unless Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Agent for ESX/ESXi is deployed to the virtual machine's host. Such machines appear as not manageable (grayed out).

Once the agent is deployed to an ESX/ESXi host (this requires a license for Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Advanced Server Virtual Edition), the virtual machines from this host are ready for applying a backup policy or individual backup. Such machines appear as manageable.

(!) If Acronis Agent for Windows or Acronis Agent for Linux is installed in a guest system, but there is no Acronis Agent for ESX/ESXi on its host, the virtual machine appears as not manageable under Virtual machines. Such machine has to be managed as a physical one.

On the vCenter Server side

When integration is enabled, the vCenter Server will store and show information about when and how successful each virtual machine was backed up:

The same information is displayed in the Status and the Last backup columns on the Acronis Management Server.

You can see this information in the virtual machine summary (Summary -> Annotations) or on the Virtual Machines tab for every host, datacenter, folder or entire vCenter Server (for example, View -> Inventory -> Hosts and Clusters -> select host -> Virtual Machines).

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