Re: [Veritas-bu] NetBackup 7.5 / Vmware API - RDM Identification

2013-01-23 19:36:03
Subject: Re: [Veritas-bu] NetBackup 7.5 / Vmware API - RDM Identification
From: George Winter <george_winter AT symantec DOT com>
To: Simon Weaver <Simon.Weaver AT iscl DOT net>, "Veritas-bu AT mailman.eng.auburn DOT edu" <Veritas-bu AT mailman.eng.auburn DOT edu>
Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2013 16:35:55 -0800

Hi Simon.


The NetBackup VMware Intelligent Policy (VIP) feature can select or exclude VMs for backup based on the existence of RDMs in the VM.  The keyword is called:




Using VIP you can automatically select only VMs that do not have RDM’s configured.


-George Winter

Symantec Corp


From: veritas-bu-bounces AT mailman.eng.auburn DOT edu [mailto:veritas-bu-bounces AT mailman.eng.auburn DOT edu] On Behalf Of Simon Weaver
Sent: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 7:29 AM
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Subject: [Veritas-bu] NetBackup 7.5 / Vmware API - RDM Identification


Hello again

2 posts in a day :) Rare!

I am now looking at VMware Integration with vSphere 4.x and NBU

So far tests have gone well, but I got a quick question regarding RDM's.


Essentially, I have over 1000 VM's with a mix of RDM's and no RDM's.


Question: Is there any easy method in NBU, that can help me identify a VM Guest that has an RDM?

I can use vCentre, but the sheer number of VM's we have makes it really hard to identify each guest.


With RDM, I still have to backup the machine as a "file level backup". In other words, as a Physical machine.

But This is purely for data use, as alot of our RDM's have the Data presented to the VM.


Also, I cannot snapshot Windows 2003 and 2008 guest cluster machines, due to a SCSI Bus conflict. So this would mean doing a file level backup for each node.


Any tips would be apprecaited

Thank you


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