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Moving VMs using tapes

Discussion in 'VMWare / Virtual Machine' started by pieman, Jul 31, 2012.

  1. pieman

    pieman New Member

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    Newbie here so please be kind :p

    We want to move a number of VMs to another site and while we could just export them all to a portable HDD, we have TSM and a tape library so why not use that.

    Now from within a VM I've learned how to point the TSM client to the ESX host, select a VM and back it up and restore it.

    What would be the best way to set aside say x number of tapes in our library and backup to various VMs to those specific tapes so we can then simply insert them at the other site and restore the VMs?
     
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  3. moon-buddy

    moon-buddy Moderator

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    It depends on how many VMs to be moved. If this is just a few (around 100 or so), I would do this:

    1. Create a new Domain et al and backup the VMs to this new Domain
    2. Take a backup of the DB from the existing site and restore it to the remote site
    3. Restore the VMs on the remote site

    or:

    1. Do an export of the VM (as node backup) to the existing site.
    2. Restore the VM

    If there is huge number of VMs to move, I would consider a different approach. I would consider replication of images from site A to site B; or a simple image transfer
     
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  4. TykneeTym

    TykneeTym New Member

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    Moving tapes from one TSM server to another is almost always a pain. I would use the portable HDD over TSM in this case.
     

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