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vSphere ESXi 5.5 Snapshot-Based Backup

I'd like to know if is there a way to keep aligned a virtual machine with its backup (saved on another datastore) In order to be able to rapidly turn on the backed-up one on another machine. My idea ...
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Does 'vim-cmd vmsvc/snapshot.create' create a functional backup of the guest?

If I create a snapshot with: 'vim-cmd vmsvc/snapshot.create' I can then transfer the file that creates to another system, or even to another vmware ESXi system. Setting aside the fact that ...
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Why don't people just use rsync to back up vmware guests?

If I am running a modern vmware ESXi system, I can drop in a statically linked rsync binary and rsync files to any destination over SSH. I'm trying to understand why most (all ?) backup of vmware ...
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ESXi alerts to consolidate but there were no snapshots taken

I recently came a cross a disk failure on our server and got the disk replaced. Due to this disk failure there were certain issues which raised and now its going up and down. What my problem is that, ...
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52 views

changing iSCSI block storage backup solutions, does CBT need to be reset?

VMware vSphere 5.1, iSCSI block storage, old backup solution uses Changed Block Tracking (CBT) for incremental backups. New backup solution also uses Changed Block Tracking (CBT), but the current CBT ...
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111 views

What kind of possibility do I have to backup my Domain Controller 2012R2?

I have an ESXi (5.5) environment. There are two redundant domain controller(Active Directory, WINS, DNS, DHCP). What kind of possibility do I have to backup these domain controller without stopping ...
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1answer
175 views

Backup ESXi VM but not every hard disc

I have VMware Essentials ESXi 5.5. I have two hosts. Host 1 has two VMs, a DC and a file/DB server. Host 2 has a DC and some other test VMs. I'm looking at disaster recovery options for this file ...
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66 views

Which is the safest way to back up and upgrade?

We are having VMware ESXi 4.1 and we need to move to ESXi 5.1 or ESXi 5.5. Before upgrade some of our team members advised us to take a backup of VMs. Now the problem is we don't have SAN or Net ...
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1answer
89 views

Amazon EC2 VM Import Connector Backup Strategies

I'm trying to get information on this connector but most of what i'm finding seems to be rather old info. My ultimate goal is to have my production virtual machines (esx 5.1) backed up to EC2 servers ...
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81 views

2950 internal backup SATA drive

We have a Dell 2950 II with 4 76GB drives in a RAID 10 configuration, running ESXi and 5 virtual machines. The RAID controller is Perc5/i. There is a low transaction rate, so this gives us minimal ...
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Veeam backup of VMware ESXi VM's - is it a snapshot backup?

We run VMWare ESXi 5 and are looking at backup solutions. We found Veeam backup free edition and thought we would try it. At the start of the backup wizard, there is an option to disable "quiescing ...
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104 views

How to do VMWare Backups

Im looking for some software that can regularly backup (eg. nightly) of all the virtual machines on an ESXi server? Or can I just run normal backup software from the running virtual machine?
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1answer
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CBT Soap Fault from VMWare when runnnig Veeam backup

We frequently see errors like this in our backup jobs: 10/05/2013 12:21:18 :: Cannot use CBT: Soap fault. Error caused by file /vmfs/volumes/781f6afc-ea228458/VDED-CIT-010(Exchange ...
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3answers
186 views

Moving system from ESXi to Hyper-V

I have a problem with moving a system from ESXi to Hyper-V. The system on ESXi has got 100GB allocated space on HDD. The system is made from an image file(size about 6GB). The machine hosting ...
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ghettoVCB not backing up ESXi 5.0 VMs

I use ghettoVCB to backup my VMs to a NFS share. When I try and run the script on one of my VMs it fails with the error "Snapshot found for ServerName, backup will not take place!" The thing is there ...
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3k views

Snapshot copy a VM to USB attached to ESXi 5.1 host

I was trying to script a snapshot backup of running VMs to a USB drive attached to the host. We are using the free hypervisor version of ESXi and do not want to purchase 3rd party products to do this. ...
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1answer
78 views

Issues with API in free version of VMware ESXi 5.0

We are using Linux box on Esxi 5.0 server to take VMDK backups of all windows servers on that EXSi 5.0; we are using VMware native API to do that; but after the trail period of 60 days, these API's ...
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2answers
931 views

Veeam backup iSCSI drive

We have an ESXi virtual machine currently being backed up using Veeam B&R 6.5. The virtual server itself has an ISCSI drive attached (Windows iSCSI Initiator), but it is not included within the ...
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ghettoVCB: ERROR: Unable to backup MACHINE-NAME due to error in VMDK backup

I'm on VMware ESXI 5.0.0 Update 1 and wanted to use the ghettoVCB script for backuping my VMs. The dryrun went perfectly fine: 2012-10-24 11:47:46 -- info: ###### Final status: OK, only a dryrun. ...
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594 views

ESXi disaster recovery plan

I have a Vmware infrastructure where I am using the free version of Esxi 5 . I cannot as a result use vmotion and the other cool features that come with a paid ESXI. I am using snapshots for the ...
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How to export a VMWare ESXi 5 VM into a file to restore it later?

As I've bought a server it had a RAID controlleer which was not supported by VMWare ESXi 5, so I had to install it in a bare non-RAID configuration. Now as I've bought a supported RAID controller I am ...
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276 views

Virtualization for hardware resiliency?

Can anyone tell me if it is possible to pool several physical servers to run a resilient virtualization environment. Our servers are getting more and more critical to our clients and we want to do ...
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1answer
2k views

Is it a bad idea to do an OVF Export of a VM with snapshot data?

I'm currently using a VM running on ESXi 5.0 to dry-run installation procedures for a software product. We're trying a whole different bunch of things, so I'm making extensive use of snapshots to save ...
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2answers
97 views

VM Backups - Externalizing extra large VMware backups

I have a couple of VMware ESXi hosts with a couple of VMs on each hosts. The total amount of size of all these VMs are in the order of the TBs. I want to make backups of these VMs. But here is not ...
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1answer
500 views

Consistency of virtual machine backups using ghettoVCB

I have a ESXi host with both Windows and CentOS virtual machines running. A couple of them are running SQL Databases (MSSQL and MySQL). I am trying to setup a backup strategy using the ghettoVCB ...
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how to deal with backup & restore of private cloud environment?

using Cloudstack OSS - with NFS as storage backend.... How to deal with VM image backup and restore? snapshot backup is preferred softwares like PHD Virtual are built for specific Hypervisor: ...
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1answer
2k views

Backing up ESXi VM to an external (USB) disk

Does anyone know of a method to reliably back up ESXi 5 VM's (no vCenter) to an external USB disk (or a USB disk on another server)? If so, please share!
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1answer
384 views

Virtual Machine Backup ESXI 5

Is it safe to backup data from a virtual machine to a datastore on another drive within the same server? I only have one server currently running vmware, so I would prefer to be able to backup to a ...
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2answers
2k views

VM NetWorker server loses hard drive every night

Running EMC NetWorker server on a Server 2009 R2 w/ sp1 VM running on ESXi host. The VMDK is stored on a VNXe machine along with the VMDKs for all the other VM servers our organization runs. None of ...
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1answer
1k views

VMWare VMs to Data Domain storage via EMC Networker backup: Do I need a storage node?

I've got several VMs (Windows Server 2003-2008 R2, application servers, Exchange, SQL, small file servers) residing on ESXi 4.1 hosts. We recently purchased a Data Domain system allowing us to backup ...
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1answer
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Veeam Backup: Failed to Freeze Guest

Should I be concerned about this error in Veeam: Freezing guest operating system VSSControl: Failed to freeze guest, wait timeout It seems to be proceeding with the backups. What does this error ...
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200 views

VMWare GhettoVCB fails consistantly

I am running esxi 5.0 and just installed the GhettoVCB backup scripts. When I run the backup it fails consistently at 26%. Here is the debug log http://pastebin.com/Cj29Qfer I have run this backup ...
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365 views

Duplicating an ESXi host to another ESXi host as a backup solution

I have an ESXi host with the following virtual machines: 1 x Active Directory Server 1 x Remote Desktop Services Server 1 x SQL Database Server 1 x Accounting Software Application Server I have a ...
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1answer
2k views

Using DirectPath I/O and adding a tape drive directly to a vSphere 5 virtual machine

The network consists of 2 VM hosts, host A and host B running vSphere 5.0.x, and a physical server that a single Dell LTO-4 tape drive is connected to via SAS through an added PCI card. What would be ...
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How to backup virtual machines on a standalone ESXi host?

Standalone ESXi (4.1) host without any vCenter Server. How to backup virtual machines as quickly and storage-friendly as possible? I know I can access the ESXi console and use the standard Unix cp ...
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2answers
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Are large (1TB) .VMDKs safe, can they get corrupted?

To make a long story short, I am wondering if it is unwise to use large thin .vmdk's for a nas VM? I am planning on backing up to external 2TB drives (very small business), keeping one offsite at all ...
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Low performance between VMware and backupexec

I have a dedicated HP backup server, connected to an HP autoloader(SAS). The server is connected through 1 Gbps (network interfaces bridged) IPv4 to the network, where I from BackupExec 2010 R3 ...
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603 views

ESXi performance considerations with VM that requires many CPUs

I will be looking to buy a new server soon, and would like to consolidate servers into one VM server. I will have equivalent infrastructure offset, so this isn't a case of having all my eggs in one ...
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2answers
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Is there any REAL advantage of using vStorage API for VMware backups?

I have a piece backup software that supports two options for backing up VMware virtual machine - one is just backing up VM's files (taking a snapshot first) and the other using vStorage API. First ...
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3answers
2k views

Some GUI Backup Solution for ESXi free

I have run out of options finding a good utlity that can backup ESXi free version. I understand that Vmware has reached out to all vmware backup solution providers to stop supporting ESXi free ...
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2answers
210 views

Differential backup of dedup volume

We are currently doing a complete remote backup of our VM's once a week. This takes the whole weekend, and I'd like to speed up the process some if possible. We are backing up the VM's using Dedup, ...
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3answers
795 views

How do I present a very large disk to a windows VM?

Equipment: - EVA 4400 storage system - ESXi 4.1 hosts managed via Virtual Centre - Windows Server 2K3 R2 64bit Enterprise Edition VMs Goal: - Have a very large volume that is used for on-disk ...
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2answers
460 views

Reliability of VMware ESXi for backup

Currently, I'm using a server as an online backup and to run some VMs with VMware Server. I'm interested in converting it to VMware ESXi but have some concerns about the possible corruption of my ...
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1answer
281 views

How i can backup data from VMware to tape?

i have more than one VM ware hosted on ESX 3.5I and i want to connect it (VMware) to tape to make backup from vmware to tape .... I can do it? .... if yes HOW ??
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Question about Consolidate Helper - 0

Recently I had an issue where a virtual machine had ran out of space and was suspended, a restart was able to to fix the issue but when I SSH'd in I noticed there were two large files (both delta.vmdk ...
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Exchange 2010 Backup Strategy

We just moved to Exchange 2010 from another mail system and have been using IDrive for years to back up our Documents & mail on a single windows server. Previously we just stopped the ...
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3answers
6k views

How to backup and restore ESXi 4 settings?

How can I backup all settings of free VMWare ESXi 4? I configured the host - VMs, Storage, Networking, Resource Allocation and all other settings available in vSphere Client. It consumed quite a lot ...
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3answers
282 views

Can VMWare Server 2.0 be useful in Production for easing backups?

Let's run this idea by the group here. I am thinking about using VMWare Server in production to host a 2008 Domain Controller with DHCP and DNS, a 2008 member server with WSUS, some virus ...
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2answers
544 views

Free Backup Software that supports Incrementals

We currently use Esxpress for our production servers but am wondering if there are any free alternatives that will do incremental or "delta" backups of VM's? Preferably for ESX and ESXi. Thanks, ...
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VMWare ESX/i 4 SCSI Tape?

Has anyone successfully used SCSI mapping to present a SCSI tape drive to a VM for backup purposes? My servers do not support VMDirectIO (VT-d), so I can't present the PCI device to the VM, and my ...