Just looking for a quick summary of responses for what your current preferred \ in use techologies are in your virtual environments? I've gone for the two options I'm looking at in each case but feel free to add your own
VMWare or Hyper-V
Backup Exec or Microsoft DPM
iSCSI, FC or NFS?
hyper v, dpm and iscsi. hyper v as it sits on windows , dpm as its cheap and iscsi for much the same reason.
For VMWare \ Backup Exec people did you go to the VM agents or still using the classic agent backup style? If using the VM agent how did it work out price wise (bearing in mind you don't need the Windows agents once you get the VM agent as far as I understand?)
Also for Backup Exec people have you tested restore processes and is it working reliably?
Custom scripts to take images. Nothing put in for file-level restore
Local storage on the server
- Backup Exec and Veeam (Veeam isn't actually in place yet because the full virtualisation plan hasn't gone ahead yet)
We had to do a full DR due to a gas explosion near by just a few weeks ago.
Suffice to say that we are in the proccess of re assessing our DR options as we were (in our opinion) down for too long.
We have VDR as well running and that (as we found out) is only any good if you still have a VM!
We had the disks 'trashed' so no vm to recover to.
So we had to rebuild some machines manually and then restore from backup.
As the saying goes. Are you REALLY sure you backups will work? Have you actually tried them FULLY?
As we found out no they don't!
If you want full DR, check out Veeam for a better way of backing up entire virtual machines and VMware SRM (Site Recovery Manager) for a proper DR solution that will allow you to test your DR and Business Continuity procedures without having to take down your network.
Sorry to hear about the gas explosion, I think anything like that is a sysadmin's worst nightmare.
VMWare vSphere 4.1
Commvault Simpana 8 using the VMware iDataAgent and VADP
I'm still in the testing phase but overall its looking good.
Sounds good, but have you actually done a full DR yet?
IE fresh hardware and restored from backup to a fully working server?
I have ben let down so many times with these.
Firestreamer to USB Disk
sick of giving money to backup exec for agents, upgrades that don't always work
Not yet, that's why I say I'm still in the testing phase. I've spent the last couple of weeks getting it installed, getting the backup proxy in place and getting the backups just working. The recovery test phase is what's coming next.
I have however tested DR with physical servers using Simpana so I know the software is good.
Please let us know how you get on.
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