By Alison / Last Updated April 24, 2022

Important: VMware Consolidated Backup EOA

If you are looking for VMware VM backup solutions, you may have heard the term VMware Consolidated Backup. VMware Consolidated Backup (VCB) is basically a scripting framework that offloads of backup workloads from production ESX servers to centralized proxy servers, providing fast and efficient backup capabilities with backup software.

However, it may disappoint you that VMware has announced the End of the Availability (EOA) for VMware Consolidated Backup in 2010. vSphere versions after 4.1 are all not supported with VCB.

In its place, VMware vStorage APIs for Data Protection (VADP) was released with vSphere 4.0.

EOA of VMware Consolidated Backup

VCB Replacement: vStorage APIs for Data Protection (VADP)

Actually, VMware Consolidated Backup achieves image-level and file-level backups by taking snapshots, copying or mounting the snapshot to VCB proxy, and then exporting VMware snapshot or the mounted drive to target destination via third-party software. It has some disadvantages, such as the need of using restore agents or VMware Converter to restore backups, and that file-level backups can only be performed on Windows guests.

As the replacement of VMware Consolidated Backup, vStorage APIs for Data Protection basically follows this mechanism, but makes up for many of its shortcomings. For example:

  • VADP is built into the data protection software, while VCB requires additional download and installation.
  • VADP can perform file-level backups on both Windows and Linux, while VCB is within Windows guests.
  • VADP requires only a single step (source to target) for a complete VM image-level backup, while VCB requires two steps (source to VCB proxy to target).
  • VADP can perform incremental image-level VMware backups via change block tracking technology, while VCB cannot perform them.

VCB transition VMware announcement

Therefore, you can see this iteration as an improvement. Compared to VCB, VMware VADP improves the VMware virtual machine backup method, and enhances work efficiency.

VMware backup solutions based on VADP

VMware Consolidated Backup has been replaced by vStorage APIs for Data Protection for years. As vSphere has been iterated to 7, has VADP been fully utilized? And how do you transition to it?

Actually, now Data Protection APIs are included with all licensed vSphere versions, and backup vendors have also released backup features based on vStorage APIs for Data Protection.

Most of the dedicated backup software provides faster and better image-level VM backup features as a result, but with different prices. You may choose an economical one from them according to your situation. If you want a backup tool with convenience and reasonable price, I recommend you AOMEI Cyber Backup.

As a professional VMware backup tool based on vStorage APIs for Data Protection, AOMEI Cyber Backup is especially affordable for image-level backups of multiple VMs.

Affordable Pricing: reasonable charges only base on the number of bound devices, regardless of how many VMs are on the host.
Multiple VMs Backup: with 3 easy steps you can create a complete automatic backup task of multiple, or even all VMs on the host.
Auto Execution: capable of automating backup tasks, and cleaning old backup files that exceed the specified retention period.
Offsite Restore: capable of restoring backups to new VMs on original or another datastore, host.
Role Assignment: allows one administrator to create sub-accounts with limited privileges, effectively avoid errors caused by others’ mis-operations.

Here I will demonstrate how to create a backup task of multiple VMware ESXi VMs in 3 steps. You can click the following button to start a free trial.

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3 easy steps to backup multiple VMware ESXi VMs

1. Bind Devices: Access to AOMEI Cyber Backup web client, navigate to Source Device > VMware ESXi > + Add VMware ESXi to add a host. And then click > Bind Device.

Add VMware ESXi host

2. Create Backup Task: Navigate to Backup Task > + Create New Task, and then set Task Name, Backup Type, Device, Target, Schedule, and Cleanup.

  • Device: using AOMEI Cyber Backup you can backup multiple, or even all VMs on the host at once.
  • Target: selecting to back up to a local path, or to a network path. Used paths will be saved in Favorite Storage for handy selection.
  • Schedule: choosing to perform full, differential or incremental backup, and automate execution daily, weekly or monthly according to the frequency you specified.
  • Cleanup: specifying a retention period, and the old backup files that exceed the period will be automatically deleted.

Create a VMware ESXi backup task

3. Start Backup: You can select Add the schedule and start backup now, or Add the schedule only.

Created backup tasks will be listed and monitored separately, for progress checking, schedule changing and restoring.

Summary

If you ever relied on backup methods based on VMware Consolidated Backups, then unfortunately, with VMware’s announcement of the End of Availability (EOA) for VCB, these methods have come to the end of the road.

But please don’t be disappointed, for vStorage APIs for Data Protection (VADP), the replacement VMware released can provide you with a better backup experience. Dedicated backup tools based on VADP such as AOMEI Cyber Backup, can then better protect your VM data whether you want to perform incremental VMware backups, or hassle-free image-level backup VMware virtual machine while running.