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    Question VMWare backup solutions

    Hi Guys,,

    I was wondering what solutions any of you guys are using to backup VMware server. We currently use backup exec and backup in the region of 2Tb, So what i am really asking is do you know of any better solutions ?

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    Last edited by Jumper; 11th November 2010 at 01:06 PM.

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    Only 2gb do you mean 2tb?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesreedersmith View Post
    Only 2gb do you mean 2tb?
    Well spotted that man and original post edited.

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    Are you installing the BackupExec clients on the virtual machines or are you backing up the hosts directly?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norphy View Post
    Are you installing the BackupExec clients on the virtual machines or are you backing up the hosts directly?
    The backup exec clients are installed on the virtual machines presently. We are looking at Veeam as one possible solution.

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    Can you clarify which VMware you're using? Is it the free VMware server or is it ESX/vSphere?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norphy View Post
    Can you clarify which VMware you're using? Is it the free VMware server or is it ESX/vSphere?
    My bad should of given more info in the OP, we are using VSphere and ESXi currently

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    In that case, you could use the built-in consolidated backup routines that comes with vSphere and/or use a backup application which can take advantage of it. We use Commvault Simpana here and I'm in the process of using it and Consolidated Backup to back things up here at the moment.

    Commvault is an extremely good backup package in itself, it knocks spots off Backup Exec

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    we were in a similar boat.

    we had BackupExec installed on every physical server before virtualizing. We are now running vSphere 4 with three ESXi hosts.

    We went for vRanger Pro which works really well. Connects into vCenter (if you are running that) or individual esx hosts and allows you to either backup your entire infrastructure or specific VM's within it

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    I am Using MS DPM and installing the client on VMs. It's not the best solution for VMs like Veeam but it does allow a lot of scope for synchronisation and recovery points as well as easy bare metal recovery. Plus it costs something like 10 per server on a schools agreement so it's a winner on price.

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    The commercial VM backup software is very, very overpriced. We use VMwareVDR1.2 and DPM2010.

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    Thanks for the replies, gives me a few other options to look at.

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    We will probably go down the Veeam route when we virtualise next year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sylv3r View Post
    We will probably go down the Veeam route when we virtualise next year.
    We have just been doing some testing with Veeam and it is looking very good. It will do 90% of what we need.

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    BackupExec with the Vmware Agent here.

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