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VCB Selective Image Level Backup

Haven't try this though. It allows selective drive VCB Image Level Backup.
Thanks JustinTurver from vmware communities for this great guide.

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The default VCB scripts do not enable backup of a select disk or disks attached to a VM - vcbMounter.exe will snapshot and backup all disks attached to a VM unless a disk is placed in "Independent" mode meaning it cannot be placed in snapshot mode.

In many situations you may have a VM with a system disk (say 10GB) and an application or data disk (say 50GB) - and you only want to do a full-image backup of the system disk to (and maybe an incremental of the data disk).

This has always frustrated me so I set out to write a script to enable me to export specific VMDKs only.

A description of the process follows.

Attached, you will find a vb script that I have written to perfrom the process from your VCB proxy server. The VBScript takes 2 arguments as shown below:

cscript.exe export_select_disks.vbs

e.g.
cscript.exe *export_select_disks.vbs *DEVSQL01.domain.local scsi0.0,scsi0.1

You will need to modify the constants at the top of the script to suit your environment (default mount point, vcb proxy user and password, whether to delete any existing vcb snapshot for the VM etc).

Hope this helps someone!

(if you have trouble reading the below - see attached word doc)

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FULL IMAGE BACKUP OF INDIVIDUAL DISK USING VCB:
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NOTE: to create a usable script that implements the following process, will need to be able to feed in relevant command line args to CommVault "Pre-backup" script:

* FQDN of VM to backup
* COMMA-SEPARATED LIST oF SCSI ID/s oF DISK/s to export (while ignoring other disks)


Process is as follows:

1. GET "VmId" OF VM:

=> vcbVmName -h -u -p -s ipaddr:
e.g.
vcbVmName -h myvcserver.domain.local -u vcbproxyuser -p vcbproxypass -s ipaddr:vcbtest2.domain.local

Output (+note VM ID in bold+):

Found VM:
moref:vm-14168
name:VCBTEST2
uuid:5026fe86-c802-f99d-b1db-f3d6e9a5e732
ipaddr:10.96.64.136

2. CREATE SNAPSHOT (RETURNS SNAPSHOT ID FOR USE IN SUBSEQUENT COMMANDS):

SYNTAX: vcbSnapshot -h -u -p -c

=> vcbSnapshot -h myvcserver.domain.local -u vcbproxyuser -p vcbproxypass -c moref:vm-14168 VCB-BACKUP

Output (+note snapshot ID in bold+):

--2007-10-03 19:06:27.901 'CreateSnapshot' 4316 info-- Creating snapshot
SsId:snapshot-14259

3. GET LIST OF DISKS IN SNAPSHOT (I.E. ENABLES IDENTIFICATION OF DISK/s TO EXPORT & BACK UP):

=> vcbSnapshot -h myvcserver.domain.local -u vcbproxyuser -p vcbproxypass -l moref:vm-14168 SsId:snapshot-14259

(NOTE: "ssid" and "vmid" values comes from output of previous commands)

Output (note SCSI IDs in bold):

scsi0.0:DEVSANNET08 VCBTEST2/VCBTEST2_1.vmdk
scsi0.1:DEVSANNET08 VCBTEST2/VCBTEST2.vmdk
vmx:DEVSANNET08 VCBTEST2/VCBTEST2.vmx
logdir:DEVSANNET08 VCBTEST2/
suspenddir:DEVSANNET08 VCBTEST2/
config0:VCBTEST2.vmsd
config1:VCBTEST2.vmxf
config2:VCBTEST2.nvram
log0:vmware-7.log
log1:vmware-8.log
log2:vmware-9.log
log3:vmware-10.log
log4:vmware-5.log
log5:vmware-6.log
log6:vmware.log

4. EXPORT THE DESIRED VIRTUAL DISK/s (SCRIPT GETS DISK PATH FROM OUTPUT OF PREVIOUS COMMAND):

cd D:\mnt
md VCBTEST2.emapdev.net-CustomDiskBackup

SYNTAX: vcbExport -M 1 -d VCBTEST2_1.vmdk -s "blklst://@?/"

NOTE: sytax must be precise!

E.G.:
=> vcbExport -M 1 -d D:\mnt\VCBTEST2_1.vmdk -s "blklst://snapshot-14259DEVSANNET08 VCBTEST2/VCBTEST2_1.vmdk@lonman01.emap.net? vcbproxyuser/vcbproxypass"

Output (over SAN not NIC):

Converting "D:\mnt\VCBTEST2_1.vmdk" (compact file):
0%=====================50%=====================100%
**********************************************************************************

Does block-level export in consolidated format to a single .VMDK file.
Repeat for additional disks

5. POST-DISK-EXPORT COMMAND - COMMIT SNAPSHOT AS PER NORMAL vcbMounter POST-EXPORT PROCESS:

SYNTAX: vcbSnapshot -h -u -p -d

E.G.
=> vcbSnapshot -h myvcserver.domain.local -u vcbproxyuser -p vcbproxypass -d moref:*vm-14168 *SsId:snapshot-14259

Then run commands to delete local temp directory holding previously exported vmdk's

_6. SAMPLE COMMAND LINE FOR COMMVAULT PRE_BACKUP SCRIPT:_

SYNTAX: cscript.exe export_select_disks.vbs

E.G. (this is what we would specify in "Pre-scan" command line of our backup software (CommVault in our case)):
cscript.exe export_select_disks.vbs DEVSQL01.domain.local scsi0.0,scsi0.1

(this will back up VM disks SCSI(0:0) and SCSI(0:1) on the VM - each to a consolidated .vmdk file)

7. MOUNTING A DISK EXPORTED (BACKED UP) USING vcbExport (LOTS OF OPTIONS - THIS IS ONLY AN EG OF SYNTAX):

(Use for file extraction or as quick test of backup integrity)

SYNTAX: mountvm -cycleId -d

E.G.
=> mountvm -cycleId -d D:\mnt\DEVSQL01_DISK_SCSI_0.1.vmdk D:\mnt\temp

Unmount:
SYNTAX: mountvm -u
=> mountvm -u D:\mnt\temp

8. HOW TO RESTORE A DISK EXPORTED (BACKED UP) USING vcbExport:

Provided "-M 1" option is used during vcbExport backup, then restore is simple process:

* Copy the VMDK to a temp drive on the target ESX server
* Import the vmdk file: vmkfstools -i
(NOTE: This will expand the disk to it's original size!)
* Now just add the virtual disk to either a new VM, or to original VM (at same SCSI BUS ID as per original disk you are replacing)


See attached files and comments in the VB Script file
Link to the file
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