Bacula Enterprise Edition 10.2 delivers full agentless backup and recovery for Red Hat Virtualization, and introduces cloud connectivity for Oracle Cloud and Google Cloud.

Red Hat Virtualization – Native Integration for advanced Backup and Restore

This  module is designed to increase flexibility, efficiency and reduce costs for users of Red Hat Virtualization. It typically renders a lower total cost of ownership year over year when compared to other backup and recovery solutions, and its functionality is unique in the industry, providing the following benefits:

  • Agentless backup of the Red Hat Virtualization environment
  • Full image-level backup.
  • Completely agnostic to storage back-end
  • Transparent quiescing and snapshot creation. RHV snapshot integration to create a snapshop to back up, and delete this snapshot when backup finishes (when the module finishes its work, or when the next backup is initiated).
  • Restore flexibility: to the same or different cluster/storage, existing or new virtual instances
  • Configuration of restored virtual machines on the fly, and option to restore to plain files for further processing
  • Disk exclusion. To control backup granularity and capacity requirements. Administrators can set up a general, automated backup, for big sets of VMs and can choose not to backup specific storage destinations. Users can retain customized configuration to simplify administration tasks.
  • VM exclusion Offers similar benefits as above, but for VMs.
  • Selection of VMs to back up by tags, regular expression matching on name, per cluster, or per Storage Domain
  • Backup of virtual machines in a “running”, “paused” or “shut off” state
  • Optional password obfuscation
  • Failed backup controls:
    – Find and remove previous failed backups / snapshots with every execution.
    – Backup cancellation and connection loss controls to try to remove snapshots or clones of current backup

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Specific Restore features:

The Bacula RHV module performs Restore to the original or to a different location (cluster or storage domain). This flexibility allows the user choices such as:

  • Replace original VMs or create new VMs with a new name. For example, change destination VM name, to facilitate actions such as migration
  • Local restore of disk images and VM XML configuration to allow further, manual processing
  • Exclude disks from Restore, potentially resulting in less data retrieval and increasing efficiency
  • Turn VM on after restore, or leave turned off, offering less downtime as well as automated operations
  • Restore disk configuration:
    – Virtual disk image format (COW or raw)
    – Virtual disk interface (ide, virtio, virtio_scsi, spart).
    – “Active” state of disk
    – “Boot disk” flag
    – Disk name format
  • Restore NIC configurations (providing MAC address list). Administrators can choose if they want the exact same machine, or a copy of it

 

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Further help on Bacula Enterprise:

  • Do you run other applications inside Red Hat virtual machines? Take a look at our database backup solutions.
  • Also using Microsoft virtualization as well as RHV? Take a look at our backup of Hyper V.
  • Don’t know about Bacula Enterprise Edition’s especially wide range of backu and recovery capabilities? See the full product description.
  • BWeb™ Management Suite is a comprehensive GUI management suite for Bacula Enterprise Edition that provides the data reports, core metrics and analysis that system administrators need to provide to managers.