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Backing up the ADAM database in VMware Virtual Desktop Manager and VMware View Manager (1010285)
Virtual Desktop Manager 2.1.2 and View Manager 3.x and later releases allow you to configure the backup of the ADAM database using the ADSI Edit utility. ADSI Edit is installed along with the Connection Server, and can be accessed from the Windows Programs menu.
In View 3.1 and all later releases of View, you can also use View Administrator to configure automated backup of the ADAM database to set the backup time, frequency of backups, and so on. However, to change the backup directory (for example, to place the backup files on a shared file system), you must use ADSI Edit and modify the pae-LDAPBUFolder key.
You can configure the backup time, frequency of backups, and so on as follows:
- Run the ADSI Edit utility from Start > Programs > ADAM menu.
- Select Action > Connect to. The Connection Settings dialog box appears.
- Select Distinguished name (DN) or naming context.
- Enter DC=vdi,DC=vmware,DC=int and click OK. The ADAM ADSI Edit main window appears.
- Expand OU=Properties, select OU=Server, select CN=<value> in the right pane, and choose Action > Properties to modify the required parameters.
The parameters that you can modify are listed in the following table:
|pae-LDAPBUUnits||The parameter to indicate whether the backup should be performed hourly, daily or weekly. Specify 1 for hourly backup, 2 for daily backup, and 3 for weekly backup.||1|
|pae-LDAPBUFrequency||Frequency of backups. For example, if pae-LDAPBUUnits is 1 (hourly), then a value of 6 would mean a backup to be performed every 6 hours. Similarly, if pae-LDAPBUUnits is 2 (daily), then a value of 2 would mean a backup to be performed every 2 days. A value of zero indicates that no backup would be performed.||6|
|pae-LDAPBUTime||Number of minutes after pae-LDAPBUUnits to perform a backup. For hours, this is the number of minutes after the hour. For example, if you set pae-LDAPBUTime as 30, the backup would be performed 30 minutes after the hour. For days, this is the number of minutes after midnight. For weeks, this is the number of minutes after the start of Sunday.||30|
|pae-LDAPBUFolder||Folder name to store backups. By default, the backup files are located at: C:\Documents and Settings\All
Users\Application Data\VMware\VDM\backups (For servers with the Windows 2008 OS and later the location of back files are in "C:\ProgramData\VMware\VDM\backups")
(For servers with the Windows 2008 OS and later: %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\VMware\VDM\backups)
|pae-LDAPBUMaxNumber||Maximum number of backups to store in the folder.||5|
|pae-LDAPBULastTime||LDAP Time stamp indicating the last backup time. The format is yyyymmddhhmmss.0Z in UTC. A value 19000101000000.0Z (January 1st 1900) indicates "Never."||20090430123232.0Z|
|pae-LDAPBULastStatus||0=OK, other non 0 values to indicate error codes. 1=System Error, 2=Unable to create backup directory. This value is only valid if pae-LDAPBULastTime is set to a "non Never" value.||0|
|pae-LDAPBUImmediate||Backup on demand. When the value is set to 1, the parameter indicates that a backup is to be performed immediately. This should only be set to 1 if it is currently 0. The value is automatically reset to 0 when the backup is complete.||1|
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