[Networker] VMWare ESX VI 3.0 Questions

2007-05-11 15:52:39
Subject: [Networker] VMWare ESX VI 3.0 Questions
From: "Goslin, Paul" <pgoslin AT CINCOM DOT COM>
Date: Fri, 11 May 2007 15:50:34 -0400
Does Anyone have any experience backing up Virtual Machines (Windows)
running on a VMWare ESX 3.0 host machine ? 

>From what I can tell so far from the brief research I've done, it can be
done one of 3 ways (from VMWare docs): 1. install Networker Win Client
package on each Windows Virtual Machine and treat each VM as an
individual client. 2. Use VMWARE Consolidated Backup, which requires
both the VMWARE host and a backup proxy server to access a common SAN
storage area (seems complicated & I don't think we have a SAN that can
be shared between the VMWare and backup servers). 3. Using a Backup
Agent (Linux Client?) on the Service Console (which requires VMs to be
powered down before having their image files backed up). I'm leaning
towards option #1 because it is the simplest and allows individual files
to be restored on each VM, whereas the others don't, but the downside is
it will gobble up client licenses.....


Paul Goslin

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