Add Windows server hosts to the management console

Backup and DR Service supports Windows server application types that include Microsoft SQL server, SMB, and local file systems. Before you can discover and back up data from these hosts, you must do the following:

Add Windows host

If you have added the Windows server to Backup and DR as a Compute Engine instance or as a VMware VM, then a host for this VM already exists and you don't need to add it again using the following procedure. Instead, find and edit that host and proceed from step 7.

Use the following instructions to add a new Windows Server host to management console:

  1. Click Manage > Hosts.

  2. Select + Add Host.

  3. In the Add Host form, enter the name and an optional friendly name. The name of a host should start with a letter, and can contain letters and digits (0-9). Underscore ('_') characters are not valid in host names.

  4. Enter the IP address of the host in IP Address. Click the plus sign (+) to add it.

  5. In the Appliances section, select the management console managed appliances that serve this host. If the list is long, you can use the search field to find a specific appliance or group of appliances.

  6. Leave Host Type as Generic.

  7. Enter Application Discovery Credentials to discover and protect the database applications on the host. This field is applicable only for MariaDB, MaxDB, MySQL, PostgreSQL, SAP ASE, and SAP IQ databases.

  8. In the Backup and DR agent settings, complete the following:

    • The Backup and DR agent port is normally port 5106. If it is anything else, enter the port number here.

    • If there are CIFS shares that need to be discovered you must supply a username and password that can access those CIFS shares.

    • You must supply the secret key generated on the Windows host using the instructions Install the Backup and DR agent on a Windows host or Regenerate the secret key section. You can add the secret key now or later using the Add a secret key instructions but before running the application discovery.

  9. Click Add.

Add a secret key

If you want to update the secret key or did not add the secret key for the first time, you can add in the Windows host using the following instructions.

  1. Click Manage and then select Hosts.

  2. Right-click the Windows host and choose Edit.

  3. Scroll down to Backup and DR Agent Settings section and find the Secret text box.

  4. Paste the secret key that you saved earlier in the Secret text box and click Save. Ensure the certificate status changes to Valid.

Find logs and scripts on Windows server hosts

On a Microsoft Windows server host, UDSAgent.logs are stored in C:\Program Files\Google Cloud Backup and DR\log

You can create scripts to perform pre- and post- actions on applications on your Windows hosts. Create a new folder in which to store all scripts: C:\Program Files\Google Cloud Backup and DR\scripts.

Discover local file system

Use these instructions to add local file systems, you must do the following:

  1. Discover the local file system in either of these ways:

    • Go to Back up & Recover and select Back up.

    • Go to App Manager, click Applications, and then select Add application.

  2. Select the All Apps tile. If you select the All Apps tile you also discover Microsoft SQL server apps. After the local file systems are discovered, you can find them using the file system filter in the Applications page.

Service access point IP address for cluster support

If a filesystem is a cluster resource and if you want it to be backed up irrespective of which cluster node is hosting the filesystem, then specify the Cluster resource IP address as a Service Access Point IP. This allows the backup/recovery appliance to connect to the Backup and DR agent using the cluster resource IP and to back up the filesystem from the active cluster node. For backup to work correctly across all cluster nodes, the Backup and DR agent must be installed on all cluster nodes.