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VMX Explorer Backup Directory Options. What's the significance?

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VMX Explorer Backup Directory Options. What's the significance?

During the backup configuration, they give you several options when selecting the backup target.

Down below are the radio button options:

The target directory must not exist, it will be created.
If the target directory exists, then it must be empty.
If the target directory exists, archive existing files in the target directory.
If the target directory exists, overwrite existing files in the target directory.
Incremental Backup, target folder must be empty or must contain specific VM Incremental Backup

Now I understand what each of them mean in theory, but what is the significance of choosing either one in VM Explorer. I notice that compression is greyed out if you choose the incremental backup.

All the other options aside from Incremental backup I assume would make FULL backups each time the backup runs?

 

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Re: VMX Explorer Backup Directory Options. What's the significance?

Hello,

Yes, all the other options aside from Incremental backup are for Full backups.

The target directory must not exist, it will be created.
If the target directory exists, then it must be empty.

above two options are self explainatory

If the target directory exists, archive existing files in the target directory.

You can delete the existing backup before starting the new backup by selecting this option.
Important! Selecting this checkbox means that, if the backup fails, you will no longer have a functional backup

If the target directory exists, overwrite existing files in the target directory.

This option will only overwrite the existing backup after the new backup has been successful.
The reason for this is to always keep a working backup, so make sure you have enough free space while running the backup.

Compression: 

Data can be compressed during transfer / replication in following scenerios -

- Full backup to other Hypervisor host (ESXi / hyper-v), VMX server or Linux host

- Replication to other hypervisor host (ESXi / hyper-v)

Note - In case target compression is used, file level browsing is not possible and we can't restore single file from compressed data.

Encryption:

We can use encryption for backups however currently, encryption cannot be used in conjunction with the compression option. The direct copy connection will also be unavailable and all the data will be relayed through HPE VM Explorer .

Hope this explanation helps.

Regards

Ashok Goyat

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