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Has anyone come across a free / cheap solution to backing up ESX VM's? while there live?...
6th September 2012, 04:56 PM #1
Backing up VM's ESX 4.1 ( Free )
Has anyone come across a free / cheap solution to backing up ESX VM's? while there live?
6th September 2012, 05:03 PM #2
Depending on which version of VMware you have you might be able to use VMWare Consolidated Backup. I've used this for a while and it works well.
But if I wasn't about to leave I'd be having a look at this;
Free virtual machine backup - Veeam Backup
6th September 2012, 05:06 PM #3
25th October 2012, 09:11 PM #4
No - well not the paid for version anyway. Veeam creates a snapshot of the vm and then takes a copy of the orginal disks using Change block tracking (to make incremental backups super quick). Onces its finished it commits the snapshot back.
Originally Posted by MicrosoftTechy
It also supports replication to a DR site.
25th October 2012, 11:05 PM #5
There's also GhettoVCB, it has been great with 4.1 but I think I'll move to Veeam with our new 5.1 installs. GhettoVCB doesn't pause the VM, and it copies across nicely to our NFS NAS. Bit involved to set up compared to some solutions.
25th October 2012, 11:12 PM #6
Have you seen the new features in 6.5? Including the Veeam Explorer for both exchange and San Snapshots.
Originally Posted by 3s-gtech
25th October 2012, 11:17 PM #7
Although not free, I would also recommend Veeam - been very impressed with it.
26th October 2012, 09:20 AM #8
Setup ghettoVCB yesterday in the office in about 15 mins.
And again last night at home.
Works a treat.
26th October 2012, 10:00 AM #9
Nah not played with Veeam yet - not sure there was a free version when I set my backup scheme up a couple of years ago. The features do look crazy though for free software - it's got me sold. Just about to set up my new VM host so that's what I'll use.
26th October 2012, 10:05 AM #10
Veeam isn't free but not that expensive at all in comparison to other softwares.
Originally Posted by 3s-gtech
26th October 2012, 10:37 AM #11
Is it not limited to manual backups in the free version?
I now need to do XEN centre ..
26th October 2012, 10:46 AM #12
There is a free version of it. Free virtual machine backup - Veeam Backup
Originally Posted by glennda
26th October 2012, 10:57 AM #13
^^Yup, that's what I saw and was so interested in. If it's as good as it looks, we could move to a paid version but the free edition is pretty feature rich.
26th October 2012, 10:58 AM #14
As I say, I think there is no automation which is a killer for me.
26th October 2012, 11:05 AM #15
Not such an issue to me, as old fashioned tape changes required manual intervention every day to deal with, so setting a backup off each time we want to on a schedule isn't a big problem. Just make it part of the routine.
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