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Four simple steps to Backup VMware VMs using Azure Backup Server

Today, we are announcing support for protection of VMware virtual machines with Azure Backup Server.

Azure Backup Server is recognized in the industry for protection of Microsoft workloads and environments. It protects key Microsoft workloads such as SQL, SharePoint and Exchange as well as virtual machines running on Hyper-V. Today, we are announcing support for protection of VMware virtual machines with Azure Backup Server. This will allow enterprise customers to have a single backup solution across their heterogeneous IT environment.

If you are new to Azure Backup Server and want to enable Microsoft Azure Backup Server, you can download Microsoft Azure Backup Server and start protecting your infrastructure today. If you already have Azure Backup Server installed, please download and install Update 1 to get started with VMware backup. Refer to the documentation for more details on backing up vCenter 6.5/6.0/5.5 using Azure Backup Server.

Here are the four simple steps to configure VMware server and Azure Backup Server to protect VMware VMs.

1. Enable a secure SSL communication between Azure Backup Server and VMware server

2. Add a new user with certain minimum privileges

The set of privileges described in the above video are applicable for a vCenter 5.5 user account. If you are creating a vCenter 6.0 user account, the following table captures the privileges that you need to assign to the user account that you create:

Privileges for vCenter 6.0 user account Privileges for vCenter 5.5 user account
Datastore.AllocateSpace Network.Assign
Global.Manage custom attributes Datastore.AllocateSpace
Global.Set custom attribute VirtualMachine.Config.ChangeTracking
Host.Local operations.Create virtual machine VirtualMachine.State.RemoveSnapshot
Network. Assign network VirtualMachine.State.CreateSnapshot
Resource. Assign virtual machine to resource pool VirtualMachine.Provisioning.DiskRandomRead
Virtual machine.Configuration.Add new disk VirtualMachine.Interact.PowerOff
Virtual machine.Configuration.Advanced VirtualMachine.Inventory.Create
Virtual machine.Configuration.Disk change tracking VirtualMachine.Config.AddNewDisk
Virtual machine.Configuration.Host USB device VirtualMachine.Config.HostUSBDevice
Virtual machine.Configuration.Query unowned files VirtualMachine.Config.AdvancedConfig
Virtual machine.Configuration.Swapfile placement VirtualMachine.Config.SwapPlacement
Virtual machine.Interaction.Power Off Global.ManageCustomFields
Virtual machine.Inventory. Create new  
Virtual machine.Provisioning.Allow disk access  
Virtual machine.Provisioning. Allow read-only disk access  
Virtual machine.Snapshot management.Create snapshot  
Virtual machine.Snapshot management.Remove Snapshot  

3. Add VMware Server to Azure Backup Server

4. Protect VMware VMs with Azure Backup Server

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