This article explains how to backup your Virtual Machine using CrashPlan Pro.
CrashPlan Pro is configured to exclude virtual machine hard disks from backup by default.
Virtual Machine Backup
Virtual machines are used for many purposes and may contain data that requires backup. CrashPlan can be used to capture virtual machine data using one of the methods below.
Configure Shared Folders
Shared folders or mirrored folders1 can be configured within virtual machine settings to enable folders to be shared between your OS and the virtual disk.
This is the recommended and preferred method to back up virtual machine data as your data is stored within OS X and thus backed up via the CrashPlan default backup set. This way, only data is backed up and not the virtual machine OS and system files.
Using mirrored folders will also make your data accessible when the virtual machine is powered off.
To enable shared or mirrored folders, refer to our Configuring Shared Folder Access article for additional information and detailed set up instructions.
Note: VMware Tools must be installed for shared folders to work.
Install CrashPlan Pro within the Virtual Machine
CrashPlan can be installed within the virtual machine. This will allow your virtual machine to back up as a separate computer within your CrashPlan Pro account.
- All files and folders will be accessible for restore from within your account.
- The CrashPlan Pro client runs within the virtual machine and will only back up data when the virtual machine is powered on.
Remove Virtual Hard Disk Exclusion
Removing the file type exclusion will allow for your virtual hard disk to be captured during backup as long as the file is located within your backup set.2
Doing this will backup the virtual machine hard disk (.vmdk). This method will not provide immediate access to files and folders, but will backup the entire contents of the virtual machine.
To remove the exclusion:
- Launch the CrashPlan Pro client.
- Select the Settings module.
- Select the Backup tab.
- Click the Configure button located next to Filename patterns to exclude.
- The Backup Exclusions window opens. Locate the expression that contains the file type (.vmdk) that should be included within your backup.
- Select the minus (-) sign to the left of the expression.
- Select OK to save the change.
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