Notes about Vinchin

First impression — very good! Everything! Easy to deploy (from all-in-one image file .iso), web interface, documentation, feedback in DM in Whatsup, long-term trial version with all credentials in one mail. And main — it works! Done by myself — backup and restore VMs on Ubuntu and Windows Server, add local drives as a storage for backup, archive backup to S3 in Ceph. Done by my colleague — backup Oracle and MySQL with agent. May be later I will show how easy in can be.

Now I gonna try to add new storage for new backup. Actually, I just add new disk in VM configuration. OS and all default staff is located on /sda block device. I attach new 200G disk to VM and see new drive in console:

[root@vinchin-server ~]# lsblk
sda 8:0 0 100G 0 disk
├─sda1 8:1 0 1G 0 part /boot
└─sda2 8:2 0 99G 0 part
├─centos-root 253:0 0 50G 0 lvm /
├─centos-swap 253:1 0 7.9G 0 lvm [SWAP]
└─centos-home 253:2 0 41.1G 0 lvm /home
sdb 8:16 0 200G 0 disk
└─36000c2922c26a9f945a0d55300d07cfe 253:3 0 200G 0 mpath
sr0 11:0 1 2.7G 0 rom

Somehow it shows multipath device, hmm, interesting:

[root@vinchin-server ~]# multipath -ll
36000c2922c26a9f945a0d55300d07cfe dm-3 VMware ,Virtual disk
size=200G features=’0′ hwhandler=’0′ wp=rw
-+- policy='service-time 0' prio=1 status=active — 0:0:1:0 sdb 8:16 active ready running

Now add this device in web-console

Add new device for backup

Now wizard suggest to format new storage. Ok, lets see:

Format new device

Now in looks good:

New device after formating in web console
New device after formating in console

What is all this for? I want to backup my VMs before I start upgrade software. Actually, I want to backup my Bacula installation 🙂 Bacula installation consist of Director (with local storage for backups), Storage node (it is a dedicated VM with storage and more space for backup), bacula-lin-client (with Centos and 5.2 version of File Demon). It works fice on 9.6 version, but it should be 11 or 13. Lets take a look how a backup job created in Vinchin.

Select all VMs you need to backup and create new backup job:

Choose VMs for backup

Then select Backup Destination:

Add Backup Destination

Setup Backup Strategy you need based on your RTO and RPO:

Backup settings and schedule

And setup some other settings:

Backup settings

Then you need to check all settings on final page and move to Jobs tab to see the progress. Dont forget to start the Job manually if need:

Starting backup job manually

There are three tab where you can find some usefull information about task:

Run Log Tab
VM List Tab

Then job is finished:

Job finish

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