#VDI Tip 58: Backup All Of Your Components At The Same Time

Backing up all of the View components at the same time might seem like an obvious thing to do but it can be harder than you think. Failing to get close to the same backup window for the View Composer DB(SQL) as the ADAM database can leave you in a bit of a mess. Records may not matching up on a restore will have you deleting virtual machines or records from other parts of the ADAM database to fix inconsistencies.

Inside of the View Administrator console there isn’t a set time that you can select from. The Time starts at Midnight and you can only adjust the frequency, hourly, weekly and so on. You can just adjust it to the hourly setting and that should get you close to what your DBA’s are doing.
I don’t like running backups all day if there isn’t a reason . To get an exact start time you have to head off into the ADAM database. Please read this post for help backing up and connecting to the ADAM database before making any changes.

In the ADAM database Expand OU=Properties, select OU=Server, select CN= in the right pane, and choose Action > Properties to modify the pae-LDAPBUTime. The pae-LDAPBUTime property is the Number of minutes after pae-LDAPBUUnits to perform a backup. Since we left the default of Midnight everything will be based off that time. Therefore, if we but in 60 the next backup should fire at 1:00 am.

ADAM VMware View  - Settings


Hope that helps. If you have a thought or questions drop me a line.

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