We are using vCenter, eSXi 5.1 and Acronis vmProtect to run and backup a network of virtual machines, both windows and *nix based. it is the latter I am interested in today.
Some of these still run homebrewed, file-level backup scripts, which I would like to turn off and reclaim the disk usage from. First though, I would like to test the recovery of the vmProtect backups.
We have a second host - far less specced than our main one - which I can use for testing. I understand that I can deploy a vm to it which is not connected to the vSwitch of the main host.
I am looking at how we could then test the functionality of the deployed vm - that is, we would need to ensure that the vm still serves pages fine (in the case of a webserver), that SSL is working, that the database is in sync with the filesystem etc etc. As far as I can see, the only way to do this would be to also deploy a windows vm to the separate vSwitch, so the two can see each other without affecting the production network.
Is there an easier way? Is there a way to deploy the VM and have it accessible at it's normal IP from my physical workstation, but not the other workstations on the network?