Vembu BDR Suite : Installation and configuration

Vembu BDR suite is a backup and disaster recovery solution. In my previous post I have covered, in detail, all the product offerings from Vembu has. In this blog post I will be covering the step-by-step procedure of installation and configuration of Vembu BDR suite.

Vembu provides a free version of the BDR suite for customers who are just starting with their backup and DR strategy. They also have products that cater to enterprise customers which can be licensed on on-premises, cloud or hybrid model.

The installation procedure is fairly simple and easy. There are no major pre-requisites that have to be taken care of if you are deploying it on the on-premises environment. Some of the ports have to opened for licensing.

The BDR Suite product can be downloaded from the portal. It’s an exe file that can be then installed on a windows sever.

Download the installation file and run it.

Accept the EULA.

The configuration setting can be default or you can customize the deployment options such as Installation location, storage repository location, credentials etc.

Since the enterprise deployments will always be complex, we will cover the customization steps and how to alter then to fit our needs. First choose the PostgreSQL server configuration. This includes the Installation location and DB storage location.

Choose the BDR suite components’ install location.

Choose the storage repository config. It can be a local disk that is mapped to the server where the installation is being performed or it can be a network share. We will choose a local disk that is present on the windows server in our case.

The above steps covers the customization and now we are ready to install the product. Click on Install to start the installation.

This will take a while as it installs and brings up all the relevant services.

You will have to allow the BRD suite to communicate to outside network, if in case you have the server where this is being installed is behind a firewall. This is needed for the server to communicate to their licensing engine that sits in the SaaS portal.

This completes the installation of the BDR suite and all the services will be up at this point.

Now, go ahead and point the browser to http://<windows-server/localhost>:6060 to reach the Vembu BDR suite manager.

If you haven’t changed the username and password during the installation process, the default username and password is “admin” & “admin

Select the timezone. This is very crucial for the generation of logs and the definition of backup window. Click once you have selected the timezone from the list.

Now the last step is to enter the site BDR ID for your deployed instance. This is a unique ID that is used to identify your server deployment during licensing and when you have multiple deployments.

The dashboard gives a comprehensive views of any current jobs that are running at any given point in time. It also shows details of storage quote status and the recents jobs that have run on the BRD suite server.

Once you have provided all the details, you are good to start creating the backup and replication rules which we’ll see in upcoming posts.



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