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Re: [Networker] VMWare ESX VI 3.0 Questions

2007-05-12 12:14:24
Subject: Re: [Networker] VMWare ESX VI 3.0 Questions
From: Ken Gehring <ken.gehring AT GMAIL DOT COM>
To: NETWORKER AT LISTSERV.TEMPLE DOT EDU
Date: Sat, 12 May 2007 10:10:39 -0600
Only the first 2 will work. # won't due to the fact that Legato does
not and will not support the vmfs 3 file system. The forth choice is
to use vcBmounter on the ESX server to back up the instances using
savepnpc. This is the approach we are looking at taking. It's a bit of
a pain, but it does look like it will work.

It was suggested that you might not need more client licenses for
backing up vmware instances, but that is not the case (confirmed with
Legato Licensing). Every client needs a license. Rumor has it the
Veritas doesn't have this limitation and we are also looking at it
too.

Trust EMC to figure out ways to get more money out of us.

Ken

On 5/11/07, Goslin, Paul <pgoslin AT cincom DOT com> wrote:
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.....

Regards

Paul Goslin

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