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Backup Copy - SnapProtect for VMware

Backup Copy Operations

A backup copy operation provides the capability to copy snapshots of the data to any media. It is useful for creating additional standby copies of data and can be performed during the SnapProtect backup or at a later time. Note that if primary snap copy is configured as Spool copy (copy with no retention rules) then the snapshots will be automatically deleted after the backup copy operation completes successfully.

Backup copy operations for SnapProtect backups can use any Virtual Server Agent (VSA) proxy to mount a snapshot datastore on a proxy ESX server and create a backup copy. If SAN transport is available, any VSA proxy can use SAN transport mode to copy backup data and create the backup copy.

Note: Multi-proxy support for backup copies is available for NetApp and IBM SVC engines only.

Inline Backup Copy

Backup copy operations performed during the SnapProtect backup job are known as inline backup copy. You can perform inline backup copy operations for primary snapshot copies and not for secondary snapshot copies. If a previously selected snapshot has not been copied to media, the current SnapProtect job will complete without creating the backup copy and you will need to create an offline backup copy for the current backup.

  1. From the Advanced Backup Options dialog box, selected the following:
    1. Select Create Backup Copy immediately to create a backup copy.

      Select Enable Granular Recovery for Backup Copy to view the file/folder level details of the backup copy.

    2. By default, Start Backup Copy Job based on Storage Policy Rules option is selected.

      Select Start Backup Copy Job with the current job option to move snapshots to media for current backup job, even if snapshots related to previous backup jobs have not been moved to media. Note that the backup copy jobs that are skipped due to this option will not be moved to media at any time.

    3. If you want to view the file/folder level details of the snapshot copy, select Enable Granular Recovery for SnapProtect check box.
    4. Click OK.

  2. You can track the progress of the Inline Backup Copy job from the Job Controller window.

    When job is initiated, two separate jobs (i.e., Snap Copy job and Backup Copy job) will be displayed in the Job Controller window.

Offline Backup Copy

Backup copy operations performed independent of the SnapProtect backup job are known as offline backup copy.

Use the following steps to run offline backup copy.

  1. From the CommCell Console, navigate to Policies | Storage Policies.

    Right-click the <storage policy> and click Properties.

    Click the Snapshot tab and the Backup Copy tab.

    Select the Enable Backup Copy check box and click OK.

  2. From the CommCell Console, navigate to Policies | Storage Policies.

    Right-click the <storage policy> and click All Tasks | Run Backup Copy.

  3. Select Start new media to copy the data to a different tape.

    Select Mark media full on Success to mark the media that is used for this operation after the snapshot copy operation has successfully completed.

    Click OK.

For more configuration options of Backup Copy on Storage Policy, see the Advanced Backup Copy page.