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Vembu BDR Suite 3.7.0 – Review

What’s Vembu BDR Suite?

Today, data protection and service protection are two important concepts in IT environments. Any company needs tools to protect its data and its business. Also in addition of data protection, companies need to tools to keep their services up always with near zero down time or zero down time. Vembu BDR Suite provides complete, hassle-free, universal Backup and Disaster Recovery (DR) solution for all physical and virtual environments. It features host level backups of VMware and Hyper-V. Vembu BDR Suite also allows granular recovery of files, folders and applications.

Vembu BDR Suite – Editions

Vembu offers two editions of Vembu BDR Suite:

  1. Paid Edition
  2. Free Edition

Free Forever!

The Free Edition of Vembu BDR suite of products contains the mandate features which ensures data protection for both the physical and virtual data center environments. If the organisation is not having any specific backup policy requirement for business continuity and data management environment features like, near continuous data protection with CBT (changed block tracking) incremental backup, VM replication with automated Failover and Failback process, stand-by virtual DR (Quick VM recovery) and Offsite DR, then they can opt for the free edition of Vembu BDR Suite.

Vembu Free Edition
It doesn’t matter that you want to install and use Vembu BDR Suite as paid edition or free edition. There is single installer and if you want to use advanced features, you can buy and install license otherwise you can use free edition after evaluation period.

You can find more information about free and paid editions and compare two editions on this page:

Free Edtion

Vembu BDR Suite Pricing

To buy license and use paid features, check the pricing on this page.

Vembu BDR Suite – Components

Vembu BDR Suite has five main components, we’ll review the components in general view:

Vembu Backup

Vembu BackupVembu VMBackup is a backup and disaster recovery solution for the virtualized data centres. It supports both the VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V environments.

Vembu VMBackup key features are as follows:

  • Agentless VMware Image Backup and Replication
  • Host Level Hyper-V Image Backup
  • Application aware image processing

Vembu Image Backup

Vembu ImageBackupVembu ImageBackup is a disk image based backup and bare-metal recovery software for the Windows Physical Servers, Desktops and Laptops.

Vembu ImageBackup offers the below main features to keep safe data in physical environments:

  • Image based Physical Server Backup
  • Free Image based backup for Desktops and Laptops
  • Changed Block Tracking

Vembu NetworkBackup

Vembu NetworkBackupVembu NetworkBackup is a backup software for the SMBs who would like a Hybrid backup solution (On-Premise with optional cloud storage) for their desktops/laptops, file servers, applications like Microsoft Exchange, SQL Server, Sharepoint, Active Directory and Outlook etc.

  • Endpoint backup for Windows, Mac & Linux
  • Offsite Backup deployment support for Remote Office & Branch Offices
  • Centralized Monitoring and Management

Vembu SaaSBackup

Vembu SaaSBackupVembu SaaSBackup is a backup and recovery software for SaaS applications like Microsoft Office365 and Google Apps.

 

  • Backup user’s e-mails, calendar, contacts and documents
  • Search the user data or e-mail from Vembu Customer Portal
  • Restore the user data or e-mail to same user or different user account
  • End to end Encryption

Vembu OnlineBackup

Vembu OnlineBackupVembu OnlineBackup is a Cloud Backup Solution for the SMBs who would like to backup their Files and applications like Microsoft Exchange, SQL Server, Sharepoint, Active Directory, Outlook and MySQL directly to Vembu Cloud.

  • Restore data Anytime and Anywhere
  • AES 256 bit Encryption
  • Where It Left Off

I’ll publish a post about each component in the future. Please follow me and read the next posts.

System Requirements

Vembu BDR Suite components needs the below requirements:

Vembu BDR Backup Server:

Supported OS:

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2016
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 14.0.4 LTS
  • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

Architecture: 64 bit only

Memory:

  • Minimum: 8 GB
  • Recommended: 16 GB

CPU:

  • Minimum: Quad Core Xeon Processor
  • Recommended: Octa Core Dual Processor

Meta Data Storage: 10% of the planned total backup data size

Network Card: 1Gbps and above

Browser: IE11, Firefox 28 and above, Chrome 34 and above

Vembu BDR OffsiteDRServer:

Requirements are same as Vembu BDR Backup Server

Supported Virtualization Platforms

Vembu BDR Suite supporting both VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V.

So if there is mixed virtual environment, administrators can take backup from virtual machines by single backup and disaster recovery suite.

Vembu BDR Suite supporting:

  • VMware vSphere 4.x
  • VMware vSphere 5.x
  • VMware vSphere 6.0
  • Microsoft Hyper-V 2016
  • Microsoft Hyper-V 2012 R2
  • Microsoft Hyper-V 2012
  • Microsoft Hyper-V 2008 R2

Disk Image Backup

The below OSes are supported in physical environment:

  •  Microsoft Windows Server 2016
  •  Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2
  •  Microsoft Windows Server 2012
  •  Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2
  •  Microsoft Windows Server 2008
  •  Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 SP2
  •  Microsoft Windows Server 2003 SP2
  • Microsoft Windows 10
  • Microsoft Windows 8
  • Microsoft Windows 7
  • Microsoft Windows Vista
  • Microsoft Windows XP SP2

Also the below computing resources need for run ImageBackup server:

Memory:

  • Minimum: 2 GB
  • Recommended: 4 GB

CPU:

  • Dual Core Processor

 

Browser: IE11, Firefox 28 and above, Chrome 34 and above

Please read Vembu BDR release note for more information.

Download Installer

Vembu BDR Suite is available for download as Windows installer file on the below link:

Download BDR Suite

Vembu BDR Suite is also available as virtual appliance and Linux installer but access to them needs to contact with Vembu sales.

Installing Vembu BDR Suite

Vembu BDR Suite 3.7.0 is latest version of backup and disaster recovery which released by Vembu.

After downloading installer, configure a virtual machine or physical machine according to its requirements and make it ready for installation.

Please read this post and find the best practices about preparing and deploying backup solutions for virtual environments:

VM Backup Best Practices

Pre-Installation

Vembu BDR Suite need to open some ports on firewall, if firewall is configured, the below port should open before installation:

  1. Backup Port: 32004
  2. GUI Port: 6061
  3. Remote Repository: 6060 (Optional)

There is two options for backup repository storage:

  • Local
  • Remote (CIFS and NFS)

So if remote repository has been choose, port 6060 must open on firewall.

About network bandwidth, using more than one 1Gb or 10Gb or faster link is recommended.

You can read more about deployment method and transfer methods in next posts.

Installation

Installation process is so simple, just run the installer and follow the below instruction.

Run the installer and click on the next button:

Vembu BDR 3.7.0 Installation - Welcome Dialog

 

Accept the license agreement:

Vembu BDR 3.7.0 Installation - License Agreement

Now, there is two options:

  • Choosing default configuration
  • Customizing the configuration

Check “Let me customize the configurations” to customize some configurations such as installation directories, service port, admin user password and other configuration.

If you don’t know, what is the process to allow or block ports in firewall, don’t change service ports.

Vembu BDR 3.7.0 Installation - Configuration Settings

Vembu BDR 3.7.0 Installation - Database Settings

Vembu BDR 3.7.0 Installation - Installation Path

About backup repository, I have mentioned that there is two options, local or remote.

At this step, you must choose location of backup repository:

Vembu BDR 3.7.0 Installation - Storage Repository

Local drive is better choice, when you want to install BDR Suite for your lab but use remote storage repository for production. I’ll review Storage Repository types at next posts.

 You can customize web server port and change default username and password at this step:

Vembu BDR 3.7.0 Installation - Defaults

It’s done!

Just click “Next” and then click “Install” on the next window and drink a coffee not more! Then your backup infra is ready to take backup from both virtual and physical machines.

Vembu BDR 3.7.0 Installation - Installation Start

During installation, the installer will install some prerequisites such as “Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime” and others.

So don’t install Vembu BDR Suite with other software, use a fresh and clean Windows machines.

Vembu BDR 3.7.0 Installation - Progress

Vembu BDR 3.7.0 Installation - Progress

Vembu BDR 3.7.0 Installation - Progress

At final step, click on “Finish” and Vembu BDR Suite logon page will show:

Vembu BDR 3.7.0 Installation - Finish

Vembu BDR 3.7.0 Installation - Logon Page

 

Post Installation

This post was first review of Vembu BDR Suite, Vembu BDR Suite configurations will be the next and we’ll review post installation process in the next post.

Thank you for reading the post.

Davoud Teimouri is as a professional blogger, vExpert 2015-2016-2017, VCA, MCITP. This blog is started with simple posts and now, it has large following readers.

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