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

2013-01-24 00:28:39
Subject: Re: [Veritas-bu] NetBackup 7.5 / Vmware API - RDM Identification
From: "Simon Weaver" <Simon.Weaver AT iscl DOT net>
To: "George Winter" <george_winter AT symantec DOT com>
Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2013 05:28:31 +0000
Hello George 
Many thanks that this as it is very very helpful information.

Tell me I'm not fully aware of all the keywords in regards to the intelligent policy for VM But is there some sort of website or examples of the fall use of the VIP method so I can try to cut down my VMware backups?

For example I also have a lot of Windows 2003  cluster guest servers that I cannot backup as VMware is unable to snapshot them.

Information like this is crucial and also important as I have over 1000 VM guest machines to back up. Also what is your view on trying to backup this around to machines in one policy? 
Thank you

On 24 Jan 2013, at 00:36, "George Winter" <george_winter AT symantec DOT com> wrote:

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


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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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