Quest vRanger backup and replication with vSAN datastores
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Quest vRanger backup and replication with vSAN datastores


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VMware vSAN


This article provides information about vRanger Backup & Replication 7.7.1.

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VMware vSAN 6.x


Use Cases

  • To backup virtual machines with disks residing on a VMware vSAN datastore.
  • To restore backed up virtual machines with the same VMware vSAN storage policy if available.
  • To enable disaster recovery by replicating a production virtual machine and failing back on a virtual machine replica residing on a VMware vSAN datastore.

Solution Architecture

Quest vRanger Backup & Replication is a simple and easy to use desktop-based solution that can be used to protect entire VMware environments. You can install it either on a supported Windows based virtual or a physical machine. Post installation steps involve configuring the VMware infrastructure, repositories and optional virtual appliances. The virtual appliances provide scalability and decrease the overall workload on the vRanger server.

Quest vRanger Backup and Replication has the following components:
  1. vRanger server
    1. Coordinates backup, restore, replication, and repository replication tasks
    2. Enable file level restore for backups of virtual machines with windows guest operating system.
    3. Controls job scheduling
    4. Manages backup infrastructure  
    5. Manging and generating reports
    6. Set configurations
    7. Deploy and manage virtual appliances
Optionally it can also be used to handle i/o data and data storage.
  1.  vRanger UI client console: Client console gives access to the vRanger server.
  2. vRanger powershell console: Enables automating vRanger server functionalities.
  3. vRanger virtual appliance: Is a Linux proxy which can be auto deployed on all ESXi hosts, or on a per cluster basis in the VMware infrastructure to deliver the backup and replication traffic. It retrieves virtual machine data from the virtual disk residing on the datastore and writes it to a backup repository in case of backup and the target datastore in case of replication.
A Backup repository is a storage location where the backup files and metadata files are stored.

For more information on the installation and upgrading, see
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Solution Components

  • List solution components: Quest vRanger Backup & Replication 7.7.1.
  • Provide detailed information about the solution: Quest vRanger Backup & Replication processes VMware vSAN datastores to obtain the virtual machine data efficiently for backup and replication. It also understands the VMware vSAN storage policy applied and retains it during backup.
  • Include the version of the VMware product: VMware vSphere 6.0 or greater.
  • Link to official product interoperability matrix or VMware Compatibility Guide (vCG) with VMware products:
  • Provide steps to download and install the product on VMware products: For more information on downloading, installing and purchasing Quest vRanger Backup & Replication, see

Additional Information

You can raise the severity of a Service Request, through the online Service Request tool, or call us and request to speak with a Support Manager.  
Upon your request, the Support Manager will evaluate the service request and create an action plan. If you are not satisfied with the plan or with the progress of the case after the plan has been implemented, you may contact the Director of Technical Support, who will review the service request with the Support Manager and determine if different or additional actions are required. 
More information regarding our support process, SLA, and escalation process can be found here:
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Sample problematic scenarios and how to address them:
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