The Unitrends administrative user interface allows users to configure and manage their Hyper-V 2012 servers, and get a view at a glance of their data protection status. Users can build flexible schedules to back up their VMs periodically. They can use a combination of Full and Incremental backups, or only Incrementals (Incremental “Forever”) and have the Unitrends system will periodically synthesize Full backups. Additionally, a user can backup up VMs on demand, using the “1-Time Backup” tab:
Once a backup job has been started, you can optionally monitor its progress in the Jobs pane:
In a blog post awhile back, I talked about the new feature to show VMs in the navigational tree and how it was used in restoring VMs to an alternate Hyper-V server.
To set up this view, you need to click on the gear at the bottom of the Navigation Pane to bring up the System Preferences menu:
Prior to Release 7.1, you would see your Windows server in the tree, and underneath it, a node indicating that the Hyper-V 2012 role was present. Now, if the system preference “Show Virtual Machines in Navigation Tree?” is checked, you will also see your VMs. For example, on this system, “centos5” is a VM on the Windows Hyper-V 2012 server named “UI_HyperV”.
On the user interface’s status pane you can filter backup statuses at the VM level. This is particularly helpful if you have a lot of VMs on a single Hyper-V server and you want to be able to quickly see if a particular backup failed or not:
Note that in this example, while there were other backups on March 2, only the backups for the VM “Refs_CSVF” are displayed in the calendar when that VM is selected in the navigational pane. Also, there is a new column to quickly let the user know which VM has been backed up, so that even if the “Hyper-V 2012” node is selected in the left-hand-side, the user can quickly see which VM were backed up that day. As you can see in the following status view, backups have completed for two different VMs, and the backup of a third is in progress:
Restores are easily started by selecting the Restore button and then picking the point in time to which you want to restore. The calendar shows which Hyper-V 2012 VMs have backup for a given day and the times the list of backups for that day. You pick the point-in-time, then optionally you can either restore the VM to the original (or in Release 7.1 an alternate) Hyper-V server, or you can expose the files of the VM so that a client can selectively restore the files needed.
As seen here, the Unitrends system can protect your Hyper-V VMs or even a mixed physical/virtual environments seamlessly, and there are many more capabilities than those listed here to help you ensure that your Hyper-V environment is fully protected.