HP Data Protector 6.1 Software: VMware Integration Installation Best Practice
HP Data Protector software is a backup and disaster recovery application that provides reliable data protection and high accessibility for your fast-growing business data. Data Protector offers comprehensive backup and restore functionality specifically tailored for enterprise-wide and distributed environments. Data Protector can be used in environments ranging from a single system to thousands of systems on several sites. Due to the network component concept of Data Protector, elements of the backup infrastructure can be placed in the topology according to user requirements. The numerous backup options and alternatives to setting up a backup infrastructure allow the implementation of virtually any configuration you want.
HP Data Protector enables you to perform backup to a large number of backup devices simultaneously. It supports high-end devices in very large libraries. Various backup possibilities, such as local backup, network backup, online backup, disk image backup, synthetic backup, backup with object mirroring, and built-in support for parallel data streams allow you to tune your backups to best fit your requirements.
Since HP Data Protector 6.1, a fully automated integration for backing up VMware virtual machines is available. To enable the snapshot backup feature, you need to install the VMware Integration on the ESX server. This can be done in different ways, for example, if a network is already in place or if a Data Protector UNIX Installation Server is available.
This white paper discusses the different ways for installing the Data Protector package and shows the pros and cons of each method. You can choose the method which fits your requirements.
At the end of this white paper, a troubleshooting chapter lists error messages and necessary steps for fixing these problems.