vRanger

VMware and Hyper-V protection that’s simple, fast and scalable

vRanger is a VMware data protection solution that also backs up and recovers Hyper-V and Windows physical servers and files with blazing speed and minimal storage requirements. With vRanger, you get comprehensive protection for both virtual and physical environments that you can manage from one intuitive interface. No wonder more than 40,000 customers rely on vRanger’s speed, simplicity and scalability to protect their critical data every day.

Choose one of three editions to fit your needs:

  • vRanger Pro – Simple, fast, scalable data protection for any size virtual or physical Windows environment
  • vRanger Standard Edition (SE) – Simple and fast data protection for small virtual environments
  • vReplicator – Replication-only solution for virtual environments that are already protected with another backup and recovery solution

Find out which vRanger edition is best for you

Features

Simplicity

  • Easy to learn and use
  • Wizard-driven
  • Takes minutes to configure and start protecting the environment
  • Efficient, agentless architecture for protecting virtual and physical environments
  • Comprehensive protection for both virtual and physical environments that can be managed from one simple interface
  • Automated virtual appliance deployment through Static IP support

Speed

  • Employs fastest I/O path available, ensuring high-speed performance with minimal disruption to production systems
  • Multi-threaded processing executes multiple operations in parallel to reduce both backup and replication job windows
  • Patented Active Block Mapping (ABM) backs up only the blocks of data that have changed, protecting active data while skipping Windows page files and unallocated, deleted and zero-filled blocks to reduce backup/restore times, network traffic and storage requirements

Scalability

  • Comprehensive resource allocation control ensures data protection operations complete optimally with minimal impact on production systems and networks
  • Increased scalability through optional Virtual Appliance, which includes a simple deployment of Linux and DHCP support, to distribute job execution while providing centralized control on the vRanger server
  • A single vRanger Virtual Appliance can support a cluster of hosts for scalable protection
  • Integration with EMC Data Domain Boost simplifies disaster recovery planning, dramatically reduces network traffic and backup storage requirements and improves backup, restore and replication times

Deduplication

  • NetVault SmartDisk vRanger Edition provides enterprise-class deduplication at an SMB price. Its industrial-strength, byte-level, variable-block-size deduplication is built on a hardware-agnostic architecture, making it easy to expand capacity.

Reliability

  • VMware ReadyTM certification ensures seamless integration and support for vSphere APIs, features, performance and scalability
  • vSphere 5 vMotion support ensures vRanger automatically protects VMs as they move from one host to another, even when backup jobs are running.
  • Support for vSphere 5 vMotion ensures vRanger follows VM storage disks when they are relocated to different data stores, and locks VM storage disks when vRanger accesses the disks during a job

Efficient Backup and Recovery

  • One centralized installation provides VMware ESX and ESXi backup across your entire vSphere environment
  • Native cataloging efficiently indexes file metadata for easy search recovery
  • Offloads applications, host operations and the network by leveraging the virtual infrastructure
  • Automatically backs up new virtual machines as new resource objects are provisioned

Robust and Flexible Disaster Recovery

  • Replicate virtual machines for flexible and cost-effective off-site disaster recovery preparedness
  • Combine backup and replication jobs to ensure you meet your organization’s SLAs for recovery-time and recovery-point objectives
  • Ensure ESX and ESXi replication across your entire vSphere environment with one centralized installation 
  • Perform quick recovery on site or at remote sites

Virtualized Application Support

  • Agentless  implementation of Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) ensures application-consistent snapshots for critical transactional servers with the option to truncate application logs
  • Image-level backups are compatible with object-level and application-specific recovery with Quest Recovery Manager for Exchange and Recovery Manager for SharePoint

User-Interface

  • Unicode support ensures functionality in multi-byte environments

Sys Reqs

vRanger

Complete requirements are posted in the vRanger Systems Requirements Guide – please use this information to confirm vRanger is supported in your environment.


Supported VMware Platforms*

ESX(i) Server*

vCenter

VCB

  • 4.0 Update 3
  • 4.0 Update 4
  • 4.1
  • 4.1 Update 1
  • 4.1 Update 2
  • 5.0
  • 5.0 Update 1
  • 5.1
  • 5.5 (all updates)
  • 4.1 Update 2
  • 5.0
  • 5.0 Update 1
  • 5.1
  • 5.5 (all updates)

VCB integration is not supported in this release.


* See Note regarding VMware ESXi Support below

HotAdd functionality requires VMware Enterprise or higher licensing. HotAdd is not supported on VMware Standard hosts.

* Please note: Support for backup on ESXi requires VMware’s vStorage API. The vStorage API is not available with the free version of ESXi Server. Please be sure to have the appropriate platform licensing level before attempting ESXi backups.

Supported Hyper-V Platforms

  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Hyper-V System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM)

Supported Guest OSs

vRanger supports any guest OS that is supported by VMware. For a complete list, see VMware’s Guest Operating System Installation Guide.


Hardware Requirements

CPU
  • Type: Dual Core
  • Minimum Number: 2
RAM2GB (2 GB recommended)
StorageAt least 4 GB free hard disk space


Software Requirements

Operating System Service Pack Level Bit Level

vRanger requires a physical or virtual machine running one of the following OSes:

vRanger Version 5.2.0:

  • Microsoft Windows 2003 Server SP2 (x86 or x64)
  • Microsoft Windows 2003 R2 (x86 or x 64)
  • Microsoft Vista Business or Ultimate (x86 or x64)
  • Windows Server 2008 SP2 (x86 or x64)
  • Windows 7 (x86 or x64)
  • Windows 2008 R2 (x64)

vRanger Version 5.3.0:

  • Microsoft Vista Business SP2 (x86 or x64)
  • Windows 7 SP1 (x86 or x64)
  • Microsoft Windows 2003 Server SP2 (x86 or x64)
  • Microsoft Windows 2003 R2 SP2 (x86 or x 64)
  • Windows Server 2008 SP2 (x86 or x64)
  • Windows 2008 R2 SP1 (x64)

vRanger Version 5.4.0:

  • Microsoft Vista Business SP2 (x86 or x64)
  • Windows 7 SP1 (x86 or x64)
  • Microsoft Windows 2003 Server SP2 (x86 or x64)
  • Microsoft Windows 2003 R2 SP2 (x86 or x 64)
  • Windows Server 2008 SP2 (x86 or x64)
  • Windows 2008 R2 SP1 (x64)

vRanger Version 6:

  • Microsoft Windows 2003 Server SP2 (x86 or x64)
  • Microsoft Windows 2003 R2 SP2 (x86 or x 64)
  • Windows Server 2008 SP2 (x86 or x64)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 (x86 or x64)

vRanger Version 6.1:

  • Windows Server 2008 SP2 (x86 or x64)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 (x64)
  • Windows Server 2012 (x64)

NetVault SmartDisk – vRanger Edition

vRanger Pro 5.3

  • Microsoft Windows 2003 Server SP2 (x86 or x64)
  • Microsoft Windows 2003 R2 SP2 (x86 or x 64)
  • Windows Server 2008 SP2 (x86 or x64)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 (x86 or x64)

vRanger Version 5.4.0:

  • Microsoft Windows 2003 Server SP2 (x86 or x64)
  • Microsoft Windows 2003 R2 SP2 (x86 or x 64)
  • Windows Server 2008 SP2 (x86 or x64)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 (x86 or x64)

Hardware

Supported on physical server only

  • 2 dual-core CPUs
  • 2 GB RAM, plus 400 MB for each 1 TB unique data

OS

  • Windows Vista (x86, x64)
  • Windows 2003 (x86, x64)
  • Windows 2003 R2 (x86, x64)
  • Windows 2008 (x86, x64)
  • Windows 2008 R2 (x64)
  • Windows 7 (x86, x64)

Videos

Screenshots

Screenshot Tour

Take a tour of vRanger

# of Screenshots: 9

Catalog feature

Catalog feature

Cataloging provides quick and easy ability to locate and restore files from a virtual environment, with minimal impact on backup window and system resources.

Fibre Channel restore

Fibre Channel restore

vRanger speeds recovery and lowers the impact of recovery on business users by allowing both backup AND restore data to travel over a Storage Area Network (SAN) Fibre Channel rather than the business network.

Replication wizard

Replication wizard

A flexible backup wizard allows you to protect your virtual environment quickly and easily.

Replication wizard

Replication wizard

vReplicator allows you to pre-seed a replication job with the contents of an existing virtual machine - getting you up and running fast with quick, efficient replication.

Replication wizard

Replication wizard

vRanger Pro offers both hybrid replication - a fast, efficient way to maximize the quantitiy of replication passes, or differential replication, for conservative snapshot managment.

Interface

Interface

vRanger Pro has a simple graphic interface that organizes your information about your system in a logical and easy-to-access manner.

Backup Wizard

Backup Wizard

A flexible backup wizard allows you to protect your virtual environment quickly and easily.

Restore Wizard

Restore Wizard

vRanger wizard-driven restore interface can schedule restores to run at any time. Restores can even happen in parallel during backup operations.

File Level Restore

File Level Restore

vRanger provides instantaneous file-level restore: restore individual files or directories from your image backups, without having to restore the related virtual machine.

Docs

Case Studies

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