SEP Instructional Video Series: Citrix XenServer Backup

SEP’s Xen & Now for Citrix XenServer offers Disaster Recovery and functionality for Citrix VMs that has been previously unavailable in the marketplace. The precise depiction of the XenServer infrastructure is displayed in the management interface showing available virtual guest systems, simplifying planning and execution of automated backup processes. No additional effort is required to backup and protect any XenServer environment. By implementing SEP’s Xen & Now, companies realize savings in operating expenses, time and manpower.

The SEP Xen and Now License enables SEP to communicate directly with the Citrix XenServer API to back up snapshot images of the virtual machines without the need for clients/agents. The user simply enters their XenCenter username and password, and a list of all Citrix hosts and virtual machines auto-populates. The user can drag and drop VMs into any backup group schedule.

The module also includes Activation Loss Prevention by keeping the same MAC Address and UID so users don’t have to re-enter Windows Key Codes or re-activate third party software.

Key Features

  • Agentless technology
  • Prevents license activation loss
  • Management interface integration
  • Simplifies backup management with a single console for
  • XenSever and the entire Enterprise
  • Linux server snapshots
  • Windows VSS server snapshots
  • Encryption
  • Can see all guests with authentication to the XenServer pool
  • Can be used to keep a disaster recovery site in sync for a hot or cold availability solution
  • Disaster recovery is used to synchronize your virtual machine to another pool or offsite location
  • Can restore to other XenServer hosts or pools
  • Can back up metadata & host-specific information
  • Convert between Virtual and Physical Servers (V2P and P2V)*
  • Backup methods:
    • Offline Backup
    • Online Live Memory Backup
    • Online Quiesced Backup
    • Online Normal Backup
  • Supported platforms:
    • XenServer 5.6 and Greater
  • Back up & restore servers from a Bare Metal State

Agentless Technology

The SEP server is able to communicate natively with the XenServer environment using Citrix’s application interface. No agent from SEP is required, saving you time in getting your environment prepared for backup.

Backup of XenDesktop Key Components:

  • Desktop delivery controller
  • User-specific profiles
  • Provisioning server
  • Master image
  • Metadata
  • Templates
  • SQL database

Backup of XenApp Key Components

  • XenApp Server
  • User-specific profiles
  • License server
  • Citrix secure gateway
  • Active directory
  • Granular file and file share rights
  • Server farm information
  • System-specific information (included in system state)


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