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New VM Capture (with a twist)

Discussion in 'VMWare / Virtual Machine' started by ILCattivo, Jun 28, 2017.

  1. ILCattivo

    ILCattivo ADSM.ORG Senior Member

    Jul 9, 2013
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    Oxford, United Kingdom
    I am looking for a way to maybe utilize Spectrum Protect to capture any newly created vm's which appear in vCenter.

    The Scenario

    • VMware server estate consist of 100 vm's across a couple of host clusters (multiple hosts underneath each cluster)

    • Currently backing up 20 of those vm's via schedulers running from the server with the 20 servers individually identified via the sched 'Options' line (So we are not capturing any of the other remaining 80 vm servers)

    So now what we want to do is have a new data mover in place which will backup any new vm which is not part of the original 100 vm's and send those vm backups to a new management class with say a 1 day retention?

    This can be achieved by backing up the clusters using the 'DOMAIN.VMFULL vmhostcluster=<cluster1, cluster2> option for this particular isolated DM and then feeding it with a gigantic time consuming '-vm' list. However I would like to know if there is an easier way of doing this?

    Your thoughts please..?

    Many thanks
  3. DanGiles

    DanGiles ADSM.ORG Senior Member

    Oct 25, 2002
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    Sr. Storage Admin
    Toronto, Ont. Canada
    We are looking at tags to do this, but here is what you can do now. Append the VM guest names of the machines you want to back up with _BACKUP (so machine HOST1 becomes HOST1_BACKUP). Then in you data mover set DOMAIN.VMFULL to vm=*_BACKUP

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