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30th January 2012, 11:27 AM #1
Schedule Snapshots of ESXi5 VM's
I'm new to the virtualisastion setup but I've managed to get my installation of ESXi 5 running, some servers installed and in general it all looks OK.
However I am wondering how I go about backing up the VM's as a whole (i.e. in case of serious hardware failure)
As I've only got a single Virtualised server at the minute I'm not using vCentre. But what I want to be able to do is schedule a snapshot of the PC then copy the files onto a NAS so if there is a major issue I can get the machines back much quicker.
Is there an easy way to accomplish this?
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30th January 2012, 11:30 AM #2
I use GhettoVCB for this, this is a script which runs from my DC using Task Scheduler. It runs a script on the host which backs up the named VMs to a NFS attached NAS. Took a little fiddling to install, but working okay now. The instructions provided are pretty good.
30th January 2012, 11:35 AM #3
This method of backup is not always suitable. It should never be done on a DC it will cause lots of problems. Also on a file server it won't be good as you cannot restore invidual files easily.
With some virtual machines it's best to treat the backups aside the server is physical.
30th January 2012, 11:39 AM #4
Agreed - my DC which runs the script is just the script host, and is physical. I have made a list VMs on the host which it'll backup, the DC that's on there is not included.
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