How to Backup a VMware Virtual Machine (VM) with a Synology DS920+

The purpose of this blog post is to provide the guidance and the steps needed to backup a VMware Virtual Machine (VM) using Active Backup for Business on my Synology DS920+. This VM is currently found on a physical server (Dell PowerEdge R720).

The Active for Business software can be installed from the Synology Package Center. Additional software can be found here which allows you to expand and create additional use cases for your Synology NAS. Once Active for Business has been installed on your NAS, you can launch the application from the Synology Package Center by selecting Open.

Select Virtual Machine from the options found on the Active Backup for Business window and then select Manage Hypervisor. Select Add at the Manage Hypervisor pop-up window and then enter the Host information on the following screen.

If prompted, select Yes at the Certificate pop-up to proceed. Select Done at the Check VMware vSphere window to proceed. At the Manage Hypervisor window, please select Close to proceed.

Under VMware vSphere, the VMs on your host should be displayed. For the purpose of this guide, we are going to backup the Windows 11 Beta VM in the list. Select the VM and then select Create Task to begin. Please select Next at the Create a Virtual Machine Backup Task window.

Then follow the wizard to select a shared folder as the destination for this backup job. This will include a task name and any other backup related settings.

The backup task has completed successfully.

In my next Synology post, I will guide you through the process of recovering the VM after it has been deleted from vSphere. Also, please checkout similar blog posts on the Synology NAS series from Chris ChilderhoseAnwar Khan, and Ian Anderson.

If you’re interested in learning more about the DS920+, I would highly recommend contacting Synology using the Media Inquiry form.

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