Configuring a Subclient for Application Aware Backups

Create a separate subclient for application aware backups:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to Client Computers > virtualization_client > Virtual Server > VMware.
  2. Right-click a backup set and click New Subclient.
  3. On the General tab, enter the Subclient name.
  4. Identify virtual machines to back up:
    1. Click the Content tab.
    2. Click Browse.
    3. Navigate to one or more virtual machines and select them.


      • If a specific VM requires unique credentials, select that VM directly.
      • You can include virtual machines running Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Exchange, or Oracle for Windows applications.
      • For application aware backups of Microsoft SharePoint, the content must be a virtual machine running a SQL Server configuration database that supports SharePoint operations.

        Note: Application aware backups set up a maximum of two SharePoint web servers that provide front ends for SharePoint operations. Any additional SharePoint web servers that point to the same configuration database are ignored.

      See Adding Subclient Content for more information about automatic discovery.

    4. Click OK.

      The selected virtual machines are displayed in the Contents of subclient list.

  5. You can also define rules to select or exclude virtual machines based on various criteria; see Defining Filters for Content.
  6. Click the Storage Device tab.
  7. Select a Storage Policy.

    Important: The storage policy must have a Snap copy defined.

  8. Ensure that SnapProtect is enabled for the virtualization client.
  9. Configure the subclient for SnapProtect backups:
    1. Click the IntelliSnap Operations tab.
    2. Select IntelliSnap.
    3. From the Available Snap Engines list, select the engine for the storage array where the virtual machine running the application resides.
  10. Click the Advanced Options tab.
  11. To identify specific proxies to be used with this subclient, add one or more proxies that meet the requirements for application aware backups.
  12. Click the Backup Options tab.
  13. Select Application Aware.
  14. Click Guest Credentials.
  15. The Set Credentials dialog box displays entries for any virtual machines or automatic discovery rules defined in the Content tab for the subclient.
  16. Specify credentials:
    • To specify credentials for all VMs in the subclient, click Change and enter credentials that can be used to back up all VMs.
    • To specify credentials for a specific VM or automatic discovery rule, select the entry, click Edit Credentials, and enter the new credentials.
  17. Click OK.