Overview - Virtual Server Agent for Amazon

You can use the Virtual Server Agent for Amazon to perform the following operations:

  • Perform crash consistent backups and recover Amazon EC2 instances.
  • Convert backups of Hyper-V and VMware virtual machines to Amazon instances.
  • Create VM lifecycle policies.  Amazon VM lifecycle policies are templates that end users can use to create and manage their own instances on the Web Console.

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) and Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) provide scalable computing resources in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud. You can create instances (virtual computing environments) based on Amazon Machine Images (AMIs), which are preconfigured templates for instances. (Amazon instances are the equivalent of virtual machines for other hypervisors.)

An Amazon environment includes regions for different geographical areas, and regions contain different locations referred to as availability zones. Instances are associated with regions and zones.

SnapProtect data protection operations are managed through the CommCell Console. Use the CommCell Console to configure a virtualization client and other entities that are used to support operations.

A virtualization client is the access point for an AWS user account. You must define a virtualization client for each AWS user account and provide the access key and secret key associated with the AWS account.

When you create a virtualization client, the SnapProtect software automatically creates an instance, a backup set, and a default subclient that can be used to protect all instances. You can create additional subclients to perform separate protection operations for different groups of instances. For example, you can create a different subclient for each region or zone, or for different guest operating systems, and use the default subclient to protect any remaining instances that are not covered by user-defined subclients.

You can perform full, incremental, differential, or synthetic full backups of EC2 or VPC instances. The first backup of an instance is always a full backup, regardless of the selected backup type.

You can restore full instances (virtual machines) or guest files and folders.

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