pete (2nd June 2010)
Has anyone used this software for backing up Xenserver VM's?
XenServer Backup Software - Alike by Quorum Software
pete (2nd June 2010)
I have and its worked great for me so far. Very simple to use, and the compression is excellent. We're running it in a pilot now, but we considering pulling the trigger.
hmm, that looks worth a shot.
Yes, well, it is hard to argue with the price of entry (free).
Can you tell me what's missing from the free product, anything that might affect a small site like a school with 6 VM's?
https://www.quorumsoft.com/learnmore.php, you'll need a backup machine per metal Xen host that you want to back up, whereas the paid version allows you to back up as many hosts as you have licenses with one backup machine.
(yes, that's $1,200 per metal host...)
On the plus side, I now have a backup product for the home xen test lab.
I dunno, I think the free version is pretty generous... it can backup an unlimited number of VMs on a single xen server. I don't know how many physical servers you have to run your 6 VMs cookie, but if its only 1, then you probably don't need to pay anything. Plus, before I got a trial when I was using the free version, I could cheat a bit and temporarily move a VM I wanted to backup onto my pool master.
We have 2 physical Xenservers they'll soon host 4+ VMs each.
Much easier way: QuorumLabs onQ - appliance based, makes XS VMs of any physical or virtual server, including replication and deduplicated snapshots for point-in-time recovery.
Is it possible to look at the backups at a filesystem level and recover a file without having to restore the entire server to something, then boot it, then get the file?
Yes, onQ provides both point-in-time file-level-recovery (without booting the VM replica), full system recovery to any physical or virtual machine and provides a ready-to-run replica of your protected server that can be run right on the appliance. Videos at Instant Education Series might be useful.
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