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© XSIBackup GUI: configuring jobs (part 2)

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Now you have to choose the backup point where to store the local backup. As Vmkfstools backups can only be performed locally, you will be shown a directory selection dialog box. Just navigate with the arrow keys and select your desired backup point by using the space bar. The timestamped subfolder will be automatically added to the chosen backup point, so you don't need to worry about that (Figure 7).

XSIBackup GUI: choose a backup point
Figure 7

Next stage will guide you through deciding whether to choose the particular Virtual Machines that you want to backup, choosing All VMs, or just the Running ones. There exist some additional options, like choosing VMs based on a Regular Expression pattern. If you want to use REGEXP, just choose Custom now and add some Virtual Machines to the list. You will need to edit the job file later on to add your REGEXP pattern, as this cannot be accomplished by using a GUI.

For our example we will use the Custom option and will choose some Virtual Machines manually.

XSIBackup GUI: backup type options
Figure 8

In our example we have chosen three Virtual Machines. Depending on your favourite SSH client capabilities, you might be able to select/ deselect by using the space bar or even by clicking with your mouse arrow point over the list entry (Figure 9).

We cannot try every SSH client out there, so we will stick to using Putty for our examples. You should not find much trouble using other SSH clients, but that's something you will have to investigate in your preferred SSH client options. If you just want to use the software and avoid configuration hassles, just use Putty.

XSIBackup GUI: backup selected Virtual Machines
Figure 9

In the next screen we will configure the --backup-how argument. This should be well known for you so far, unless you are a novice user. Here you choose whether to perform a Hot backup (while the VM is running), Warm (requires a reboot before backing up) and Cold (stops the VM while being backed up)

XSIBackup GUI: --backup-how in the GUI
Figure 10

At this point you have to choose if you want to configure extended options, such as backup chaining by means of the --on-error and --on-sucess arguments, setting the remote installation point dynamically through the --remote-xsipath argument, or some other additional job options. For our first example on how to configure a backup job with the GUI, we'll answer No.

XSIBackup GUI: extended options
Figure 11

And we have finished configuring our first local Vmkfstools backup, now all that's left is to configure the e-mail report sending options, basically the SMTP server to use and to what e-mail address/es we want the report to be sent.

XSIBackup GUI: choose an SMTP server
Figure 12

We'll ignore the next two screens, as there's not much to comment about them. Finally you will be asked to enter a backup Id for your job and a short description. Id length is limited to 5 characters and alphanumeric characters, while the description will allow a longer string composed by letters and numbers.

XSIBackup GUI: set backup Id
Figure 13

Once you assign the backup Id and description, the backup job file will be created and placed in the xsi-dir/jobs folder. You can edit that file to add or change some argument. In fact, there are some things that will still need to be achieved by editing the job file, as commented before.

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