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How to Backup VM using VDP

VMware VDP is an vSphere Data Protection which an Backup & Recovery solution from VMware for your vSphere infrastructure. VDP is fully integrated with VMware vCenter Server and VMware vSphere Web Client. VDP is powered by an EMC Avamar. VDP provides agentless, image-level virtual-machine backups to disk. It also provides application-aware protection for business-critical Microsoft applications (such as Exchange, SQL Server and SharePoint) along with WAN-efficient, encrypted backup data replication. As we have already seen about the deployment & configuration of vSphere Data Protection (VDP) now after the successful deployment we can backup our vm’s using the VDP Appliance.

If you haven’t deployed the VDP Appliance yet then check our post:

How to Deploy the vSphere Data Protection step by step ?

In this post we will see on how to take the VM backups using the VDP step by step.

Step 1:
Login to vSphere web client. Choose the VDP plugin to access the VDP.


Step 2:
Here you will see an option to connect to VDP Appliance. So choose the VDP Appliance & click Connect.


Step 3:
This is an Getting started page of VDP where you will get the some info about the VDP & you can also perform Basic tasks.


Step 4:
Click on Backup Tab.
Select the Backup job actions. click on New to create a new backup job.


Step 5:
Specify the Backup Job type here such as you want to backup an virtual machine or the application servers. click Next.


Step 6:
Choose the type of the backup you want to perform either full image backup of vm or the individual disk. click Next.


Step 7:
Select the vm which you want to backup. click Next.


Step 8:
Here you can configure the schedule of the backup task. So make your schedule when you want to start the backup of vm’s.
click Next.


Step 9:
Specify the retention policy for how many days you want to keep your backup. So once the retention policy expires backups will be deleted automatically.
Click Next.


Step 10:
Provide the Name for the Backup Job. Click Next.


Step 11:
Review the backup job details which you have configured.
Click Finish to save the backup job.


Once the backup job is created you will get the notification prompt & your job will be listed in the Backup Tab.
You can also edit or delete the Backup job using Backup job actions.


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You can see the status of backup job in the recent tasks.



Once it is completed successfully you will see the details about the backup job here such as start time, duration, next run time. Is it successful or failed.



That’s it this is how you can easily take the backup of your VM’s using the vSphere Data Protection. Make sure you configure the Backup job properly.

Checkout our posts on VDP:

How to Deploy vSphere Data Protection Step by Step ?

How to Restore VM using VDP Step by Step ?

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Mayur Parmar

Hi I am Mayur Parmar. Independent Author & Founder of Mastering VMware. I am working in IT industry for more than 4 Years with knowledge of VMware , Microsoft Server's, Linux Server's.

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