Before implementing a backup, restoration, or disaster recovery procedure, review the planning and preparation information in this topic.
The following recommendations should be included in a backup, restoration, and disaster recovery plan.
Test Backup Operations
Perform a test run of the backup, restoration, and disaster recovery operations in a test or staging environment before performing these operations on a live production setup.
Perform a full backup of the entire vRealize Log Insight cluster. Do not rely on automatic procedures to back up individual files and configurations.
Verify that fixes are implemented and warnings and errors are addressed before performing backup, restoration, and disaster recovery operations. Backup, restoration, and disaster recovery tools usually provide visual validations and steps to ensure that backup, restoration, and disaster recovery configurations are successfully created.
Depending on the cluster configuration, the first backup operation is usually a full backup. You should allow for an extended period of time for the first backup to complete. Successive backups, which can be incremental or full backups, finish relatively faster compared to the first backup operation.
Additional Documentation and Tools
Verify that you are following the documentation for allocating resources for the vRealize Log Insight backup, restoration, and disaster recovery tools.
Verify that you are following the tool-specific best practices and recommendations for third-party backup, restoration, and disaster recovery tools.
For virtual machines deployed using VMware products, use additional tools that can provide special features and configurations to support backup, restoration, and disaster recovery.
Forwarders and Clusters
For forwarders, apply the backup, restoration, and disaster recovery steps for the main vRealize Log Insight cluster. See Restore Nodes and Clusters.
Based on the customer requirements, you might have a single or multiple vRealize Log Insight forwarders. In addition, the forwarders can be installed as a standalone node or as a cluster. For the purpose of backup, restoration, and disaster recovery operations, vRealize Log Insight forwarders are identical to the primary vRealize Log Insight cluster nodes and handled the same way.