About protecting databases and applications with the VSS Provider

VMware Consolidated Backup (VCB) does not automatically discover and quiesce Volume Snapshot Service (VSS) applications, such as Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft SharePoint, and Microsoft Active Directory. To fully protect VSS-aware applications, install the optional Symantec VSS Provider component on your Windows virtual machines.

The Symantec VSS Provider provides an automatic snapshot of the Windows applications and databases for each backup job.

The Symantec VSS Provider does not truncate nor delete database log files.

If you want to use Backup Exec's Granular Recovery Technology (GRT), you must purchase and install the application agents, such as Backup Exec's Agent for Microsoft SQL, on your virtual machines.