Virtual machines and backup policies

You use VMware vSphere Web Client to create HPE Simplivity virtual machines, just as you would for any other virtual machine. Since the virtual machines reside in datastores, you use HPE OmniStack management interface, such as HPE SimpliVity Plug-in for vSphere Web Client or HPE OmniStack CLI, to manage them.

HPE SimpliVity backup policies enable you to schedule automatic backups of virtual machines. You add rules to backup policies to specify where to store the backup, the frequency of the backup, and the backup retention period. You can assign backup policies to datastores and virtual machines, depending on your business requirements.

When you create a datastore, you must assign a backup policy to it. You can change the backup policy assigned to a datastore at any time. HPE Simplivity applies the new policy to the virtual machines you create in the datastore after assigning the new policy. Existing virtual machines continue to use the policy in force at their time of creation or the policy assigned to that virtual machine.

When you create the first datastore, HPE OmniStack automatically creates an empty backup policy called Fixed Default Backup Policy. The policy has no rules and you cannot modify or delete it. If no other policies exist when you create the datastore, it must use the default backup policy until you create and assign a new policy. Always configure backup policies based on the requirements of your business.


Backups can fail if the VMDK files and VMX file for a virtual machine reside in different datastores.