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StorageCraft Plug-in
Monitor and Manage Backups in Virtual and Hybrid Environments from Your Existing Hypervisor Console


Overview:

What is the StorageCraft Plug-in, and who should use it?

StorageCraft Plug-in is an optional, free addition to StorageCraft ShadowControl remote monitoring software. This plug-in connectsShadowControl and your hypervisor management console and brings in information about your StorageCraft ShadowProtect virtual machine (VM) backups. You can use the StorageCraft Plug-in to efficiently monitor and manage ShadowProtect backup jobs from within your VMware or Microsoft Hyper-V hypervisor.

StorageCraft Plug-in, ShadowControl, and ShadowProtect software are all part of StorageCraft Recover-Ability, our disaster recovery solution that enables you to protect your entire virtual or hybrid environment and ensures that you can recover your machines every time, everywhere, from a disaster of any scope.

This plug-in is available in two versions:

  • StorageCraft Plug-in for VMware
  • StorageCraft Plug-in for Microsoft System Center

When to use StorageCraft Plug-in

You have business-critical systems that are virtualized, and you need to know that those systems are protected and that their VM backup jobs are working properly. Rather than toggling between consoles to manage VMs and their backup jobs, which can be awkward and inefficient, you can work from a single pane of glass, thus saving time and hassle.

Directly from VMware vCenter or Virtual Machine Manager within Microsoft System Center, you can:

  • Monitor the current status of your virtual machine (VM) backup jobs, including last backup time, backup size, and next scheduled backup
  • View all VMs running on a hypervisor host and automatically detect which VMs are not protected by the ShadowProtect agent
  • Transition from vCenter or Microsoft System Center to the ShadowControl web console seamlessly with one click when more detailed information, reports, and access to specific logs are needed
  • Push-install a ShadowProtect agent to any unprotected VMs quickly and easily as well as apply a pre-configured backup job so protection can start immediately

When to use StorageCraft PluginWhen to use StorageCraft Plugin:

You have business-critical systems that are virtualized, and you need to know that those systems are protected and that their VM backup jobs are working properly. Rather than toggling between consoles to manage VMs and their backup jobs, which can be awkward and inefficient, you can work from a single pane of glass, thus saving time and hassle.

How to get StorageCraft Plug-in

o take advantage of StorageCraft Plug-in you need to use:

  • ShadowProtect Virtual VM backup software
  • StorageCraft ShadowControl remote monitoring software (v2.5.0 or newer)

This plugin is available in two versions:

  • StorageCraft Plug-in for VMware
  • StorageCraft Plug-in for Microsoft System Center

After you download ShadowControl, see specific instructions on how to install the plug-in of your choice:

  • Install StorageCraft Plug-in for VMware
  • Install StorageCraft Plug-in for Microsoft System Center

Screenshots:

StorageCraft Plug-in for Microsoft System Center dashboard

StorageCraft Plug in for VMware vSphere dashboard

Technical Specifications:

System Requirements

StorageCraft Plug-in for VMware requires:

  • VMware vCenter
  • VMware vSphere
  • vSphere Web Client
  • ShadowControl 2.5.0 or later

StorageCraft Plug-in for Microsoft System Center requires:

  • Microsoft System Center
  • Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager
  • ShadowControl 2.5.0 or later

For additional details, see:

StorageCraft Plug-in for VMware Requirements

The StorageCraft vCenter Plug-in requires:

  • VMware vCenter v5.1 or v5.5 (vCenter requirements)
    Note: The plug-in does not support the vCenter Server Appliance.
  • WMware vSphere 5.5
  • Workstation with vSphere Web Client and Administrator access to vCenter
  • VMware Tools module installed on each VM client (Refer to Installing VMware Tools on the VMware website for details.)
    Note: Without the Tools module, endpoints won't appear in the ShadowControl plug-in list.
  • Active ShadowControl v2.5.0 or newer appliance

StorageCraft Plug-in for Microsoft System Center Requirements

Installing the ShadowControl plug-in on VMM requires:

  • Microsoft System Center 2012 R2
  • Virtual Machine Manager active on System Center
  • Administrator access to Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager
  • Virtual Guest Services installed on each client VM
  • Active ShadowControl v2.5.0 or newer appliance