When you want to achieve a goal … you first need to develop a plan. A plan is an organized way to perform tasks that produce a desired result. With Arcserve UDP, a plan is the single most important function that you can perform … if you do not properly protect your data, all of the restore capabilities will be wasted. A plan is the heart of Arcserve UDP.
In order to protect a node, you need to create a plan … with some type of backup task in the plan. A plan is a group of tasks tied together to manage the backup, replication, and/or creation of virtual standby nodes. A plan must have at least one task, but can also include multiple tasks. Tasks are a set of activities to define such parameters as the source, destination, schedule, and other task-related details.
Each plan must start with a primary task. There are three primary tasks to choose from: Backup, Replicate data from a remote RPS, and Virtual Standby.
1. Backup Task
Lets you create a backup task to protect Windows, Linux, and host-based virtual machine nodes. Based on the type of nodes you want to protect, you can select one of the following backup tasks:
- Agent-Based Windows Backup
Defines a backup task to protect Windows nodes. In an agent-based backup method, an agent component is used to back up data. The agent is installed on the source node.
- Host-Based Agentless Backup
Defines a backup task to protect host-based virtual machines in a VMware vCenter/ESX or Microsoft Hyper-V server. In an agentless backup method, you do not need to install an agent component on either the server or the virtual machine. However, you have to install the agent on a proxy server.
- Agent-Based Linux
Defines a backup task to protect Linux nodes. The agent is installed on a Linux Backup Server and not on the source nodes that you want to protect.
2. Replicate from a remote RPS Task
Lets you create a task to replicate or receive data from a remote recovery point server (RPS).
3. Virtual Standby Task
Lets you create a task to create a virtual standby node.
Depending upon the primary task selected, there are then some corresponding subordinate tasks which can be added to your plan. (You can also string together multiple primary tasks in your plan if necessary). Remember, your plan does not have to include any subordinate tasks. It can just include a single (primary) task.
- Replicate Task
Lets you create a task to replicate backup data from a recovery point server to another recovery point server.
- File Copy Task
Lets you create a task to copy selected files from the source node and store the copied files in a local or shared folder. You can also store the files in a cloud storage location.
- Copy Recovery Points Task
Lets you create a task to copy the recovery points to a local or shared folder.
- Replicate to a remotely-managed RPS
Lets you create a task to replicate or send data to a remote recovery point server.
The following table displays subordinate tasks that you can add after you select a primary task:
|Primary Tasks||Subordinate Tasks|
|Backup: Agent-Based Windows||
|Backup: Host-Based Agentless||
|Backup: Agent-Based Linux||
|Replicate data from a remote RPS||