Backup Job Wizard for Physical Machines: Options

On the Options page of the wizard, you can specify job options. Proceed as described in these sections: 

Job Options

In this section, you can configure the following settings:

  • Job name: Specify a name for the backup job.

  • App-aware mode: If the mode is enabled, machine processing will be performed using guest OS quiescing to ensure that application data is consistent. Before enabling app-aware mode, make sure you meet the feature requirements for physical machines. In case of failure, the data gets automatically copied directly from source volumes.  If the option is disabled, the product creates normal snapshots of source volumes. 

  • Change tracking: Select one of the options from the drop-down list:

    • Use proprietary method: If this option is selected, NAKIVO Backup & Replication will perform incremental backups using a proprietary change tracking technology. This feature requires the reading of contents of all VM disks to determine which data blocks have changed since the last job run.

    • No change tracking (always full): If this option is selected, NAKIVO Backup & Replication will always perform a full backup of all source machines. 

  • Network acceleration: Enable network acceleration if you transfer data over a slow WAN. Note that you need at least one Transporter on the source and target sites to enable network acceleration.

  • Encryption: If the Encryption option is enabled, machine data will be protected with AES 256 encryption while traveling over the network. Data encryption increases the backup time and CPU load on the machines running Transporters. Select this option if you plan to back up over WAN without a VPN connection. For more details, refer to the Encryption in Flight and at Rest article. 

Full Backup Settings

If the of the Backup Repository that you've selected on the Destination page of the wizard is set to Incremental with full backups (Store backups in separate files option is selected), you can specify the following options:

  • Create full backup: Specify how often full backups should be created. 

  • Full backup mode: Specify how the full backup should be created. You can choose one of the following options:

    • Synthetic full: When this option is selected, NAKIVO Backup & Replication first performs an incremental backup (that is, transfers only the data that has changed since the last backup) and then transforms the available data into a full backup file. The benefits of this approach are:

      • The synthetic full backup is usually faster than the active full backup.

      • The load on the network is lower as less data is transferred.

      • The load on the source datastores running your production VMs is lower.

    • Active full: When this option is selected, NAKIVO Backup & Replication reads all VM data from the source datastore and transfers it to the Backup Repository. 

Pre and Post Job Actions

NAKIVO Backup & Replication provides you with the ability to enable certain actions before a backup job begins and after it has completed. You can choose to send job run reports, truncate Microsoft Exchange and SQL Server logs and run local pre and post job scripts.

Email Notifications

NAKIVO Backup & Replication can send email notifications to specified recipients on job completion status. This feature complements global notifications and provides you with the ability to configure notifications on a per-job level.

Note

To enable this option, configure your Email settings.

Truncation of Microsoft Exchange Server Transaction Logs

Microsoft Exchange Server database transaction logs record all changes in a Microsoft Exchange server database. Over time, these log files accumulate and can consume all of the available disk space if not removed periodically. NAKIVO Backup & Replication provides you with the option to delete (or truncate) Microsoft Exchange Server logs on the source machines after job completion.

The transaction logs are deleted after the job is completed so that the log files are available in the backup. Note that the product deletes only those transaction logs which are already committed to (available in) the Microsoft Exchange database.

To set up Microsoft Exchange log truncation, do the following:

  1. Select the Truncate Exchange logs option.

  2. Select one of the following options: 

    • On successful physical machine processing only

    • Always

  3. In the dialog box that opens, select the checkboxes next to the physical machines running Microsoft Exchange and then select the credentials next to each physical machine. These credentials will be used to log in to the physical machines that you have selected. 

Truncation of Microsoft SQL Server Transaction Logs

Microsoft SQL Server database transaction logs record all changes in a Microsoft SQL Server database. Over time, these logs accumulate and can consume all of the available disk space if not removed periodically. NAKIVO Backup & Replication provides you with the option to delete (or truncate) Microsoft SQL Server logs on the source machines after job completion. The transaction logs are deleted after job completion so that the original log records are available in the backup. Note that the product deletes only those transaction logs that are already committed to (available in) the Microsoft SQL Server database.

To set up Microsoft SQL Server log truncation, do the following:

  1. Select the Truncate SQL logs option.

  2. Select one of the following options:

    • On successful physical machine processing only

    • Always

  3. In the dialog box that opens, select the checkboxes next to the physical machines running Microsoft SQL Server and then select the credentials next to each machine. These credentials will be used to log in to the physical machines that you have selected.

Pre Job Script

To run a script before the product begins backing up the machines, do the following:

  1. Place a script file on the machine on which the Director is installed.

  2. In the Pre and Post Actions section, select the Run local pre job script option.

  3. Specify the following parameters in the dialog box that appears:

    • Script path: Specify a local path to the script on the machine where the Director is installed. Script interpreter should be specified.
      Example (Windows): cmd.exe /c D:\script.bat
      Example (Linux): bash /root/script.sh

    • Job behavior: Choose either of the following job behaviors in relation to script completion:

      • Wait for the script to finish: If this option is selected, physical machine backup will not be started until the script is completed.

      • Do not wait for the script to finish: If this option is selected, the product will run the script and will start backing up machines at the same time.

    • Error handling: Choose either of the following job behaviors in relation to script failure:

      • Continue the job on script failure: If this option is selected, the job will perform machine backup even if the script has failed.

      • Fail the job on script failure: If this option is selected and the script fails, the job will be failed and physical machine backup will not be performed.

Post Job Script

To run a script after the product has finished backing up all physical machines, do the following:

  1. Place a script file on the machine on which the Director is installed.

  2. In the Pre and Post Actions section, select the Run local post job script option.

  3. Specify the following parameters in the dialog box that opens: 

    • Script path: Specify a local path to the script on the machine on which the Director is installed. Script interpreter should be specified.
      Example (Windows): cmd.exe /c D:\script.bat
      Example (Linux): bash /root/script.sh

    • Job behavior: Choose either of the following job behaviors in relation to script completion:

      • Wait for the script to finish: If this option is selected, the job will be in the “running” state until the script is completed.

      • Do not wait for the script to finish: If this option is selected, the job will be completed even if the script execution is still in progress.

    • Error handling: Choose either of the following job behaviors in relation to script failure:

      • Continue the job on script failure: If this option is selected, script failure will not influence the status of the job.

      • Fail the job on script failure: If this option is selected and the script has failed, the job status will be set to “failed” even if a physical machine backup has been successful.

        Important

        Pre and post job scripts can be executed only on the machine where the Director is installed.

Data Transfer

In the Data Transfer section of the Options page, you can specify a transporter load and configure bandwidth throttling.

Transporter Load

In the Data Transfer section, you can limit the maximum number of transporter tasks used by the job. By default, it is set to 3 concurrent tasks.

To change the default number of tasks, do the following:

  1. Select the Limit transporter load to checkbox.

  2. Specify the number of concurrent tasks in the corresponding box.

Bandwidth Throttling

Follow the steps below to regulate the speed of data transfer over the network for your backup job:

  1. For the Bandwidth throttling option, choose Enabled.

    Note

    If bandwidth throttling is disabled for the current job, global bandwidth rules may still apply to your job. Refer to Bandwidth Throttling for details.

  2. Click the settings link that becomes available.

  3. The Job Bandwidth Rules dialog box opens, displaying the list of available rules. You have the following options:

    • Create a new bandwidth rule for your backup job:

      1. Click the Create New Rule button.

      2. The New Bandwidth Rule dialog box opens. Refer to the Bandwidth Throttling topic for details on creating a bandwidth rule.

      3. Click Save.

    • Activate an existing bandwidth rule for your job. Select the checkbox to the left of the necessary bandwidth rule. To deactivate a bandwidth rule for your job, clear the corresponding checkbox.

    • Edit a bandwidth rule. Click the Edit link for a bandwidth rule and modify it in the Edit Bandwidth Rule dialog box that opens.

    • Disable a bandwidth rule. Click the Disable link. The bandwidth rule will be disabled for all jobs.

    • Remove a bandwidth rule. Click the Remove link and then click Delete to confirm your operation.

Completing the New Backup Job Wizard for Physical Machine

Click Finish or Finish & Run to complete the job creation.

Note
If you click Finish & Run, you will have to define the scope of your job. Please refer to Running Jobs on Demand for details.