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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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Docker: How to partition a large server?

So I have a Dell XS23 Rack with 8 CPUs and 40G Ram with vmware esxi in my production environment. The way I'd partitioned it before was 2 API servers (quad core, 8gig ram) 2 DB servers same specs, ...
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Backups through distributed filesystems

I hope I can articulate my question as precise as possible. I am seeking for a way to make backups for my vm-servers as soon and frequent as possible as the data they are handling/producing are ...
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1answer
524 views

How to (properly) back up a live QEMU/KVM VM?

I'm currently engineering a backup solution for KVM VM's as an additional measure to traditional backups. Unfortunately, all currently (August 2013) existing solutions I came across so far either: ...
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1answer
285 views

Signaling KVM/QEMU VM to quiesce, preparing for live backup

Assume a KVM/QEMU VM, which uses qcow/qcow2 as the image format for virtual disks. Backup is (to be) done on the VM host. As far as my current understanding goes is that while we can create backups ...
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246 views

Should the virtualization host be allowed to run any service?

I recently setup a virtualization server for the small company I'm running. This server runs few virtual machines that are used for development, testing, etc... My business partner works from a ...
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1answer
104 views

Running rsnapshot backup in a Linux virtual machine?

I have a remote Linux server machine that I wanted to mirror backup now and then. Since I am a Windows user, I installed Linux virtual machine on my Windows and I am now using rsnapshot to do 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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274 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
88 views

MySQL hot backups on database inside a Virtuozzo container

R1soft's CDP doesn't currently work on MySQL databases inside a Virtuozzo container. Is there any backup software that offers the same kind of 'continuous data protection'? An alternative to this ...
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1answer
578 views

Setting up a Windows Server 2008 R2 DC + Fileserver : native or virtual?

I want to deploy a new DC + Fileserver using Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Standard Edition on a Dell PowerEdge R410 and iSCSI storage for a small business (~30 people). Should I install the system ...
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1answer
471 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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Suggestions for splitting server roles amongst Hyper-V virtual servers / RAID6 or RAID10? / AppAssure

We have 2 Hyper-V hosts at present running 1 virtual server that was converted from a physical box running all roles. My plan is to split the roles over various virtual machines, upgrading to the ...
3
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2answers
342 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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3answers
200 views

Clone Windows 2003 SBS Machine without turning it off

I'm a junior sys admin at a small firm and i just recently have been assigned to a new customer. I went through the normal learning process of getting to know the relatively simple network structure ...
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3answers
161 views

small company > Virtualization/server vs laptops vs desktops

We are a rapidly growing startup in our 3rd financial year. As we are expanding our resources (read team members) we feel the need to decide what is best We are about 5-6 people expanding to 10-15 ...
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1answer
389 views

Does VirtualBox “Export Appliance” feature also export the snapshots?

How can I export/copy a virtual machine with all its snapshots and move it to another machine? Do I have to use some CLI commands or Export Appliance will be sufficient for this? VirtualBox 4.0.1
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Inject virtual Windows Server 2008 settings/config to physical server

Is it possible to configure Windows Server 2008 virtually (services, software, policies, folder structure etc) and then inject those configurations and system settings to a physical server with ...
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1answer
730 views

Converting physical machine into virtual without shutdown it

I have to create virtual copy of existing server (for testing purpose). I have two (physical host) hosts: main - this one will be used as source for virtual machine disk image. It has standard ...
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Backing up qcow2 kvm guests

I can't find any good info on backing up qcow2 kvm guests. I'm not really interested in the guests running state, only the file system. This question suggests using savevm but that creates a snapshot ...
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Best practice with huge VM disks, NFS mount or huge image file?

I am looking into a backup solution, it will run on a virtual machine located at our KVM-host. The question is wether it is best to use a LVM-volume on the host and mount that with NFS into the guest ...
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623 views

Make a copy running VM-ware Virtual Machines

I want to backup my virtual machines while they are running, is it possible to do this without buying more VM-Ware products? They are running on CentOS 5.2.
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2answers
454 views

Dell External SAS 5/E HBA and Hyper-V

I have a Dell R710 running Win2008 R2 + Hyper-V with dual SAS 5/E HBA's. I'm building a Linux VM to install Bacula on and I need to connect it to my Dell PowerVault 124T via the SAS HBA. I've been ...
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How to best convert a fully encrypted drive into a Virtual Machine?

I have a Windows XP laptop that uses GuardianEdge's Encryption Plus to fully encrypt the drive from bootup. What I would like to do is install a much larger (unencrypted) hard drive with Windows 7 on ...
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2answers
816 views

Windows Server Backup - Recover only shows the latest backup

We're having quite some trouble at work using Windows Server Backup. We have a HyperV server (Win 2008) running 8 virtual web servers, these are running a variety of OS'es: Win 2003, Win 2008 and a ...
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How can I create a restore point for VMware and Microsoft Virtualization

I have a few servers running VMware and Microsoft virtualization Server, I would like to back them all of them up at night, but while they are still running. Whats the neatest way to get this done? ...
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Backup of KVM guests when using qcow2 disk files

I got a Ubuntu (hardy) system used for virtualization using KVM. Each guest got it's own qcow2 file used as disk. Guests are running Ubuntu (hardy). What would a good backup strategy be for such a ...
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1answer
2k views

Convert SCSI Tape Auto-Loader to iSCSI Target

We're currently in the process of re-evaluating our server backup process. Currently we're using Backup Exec 11d to backup all our server as though they are all physical servers, performing ...
3
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2answers
1k views

How to do automated FTP backups - and how to restore them?

I'm currently using a Virtual Server running Ubuntu Linux. The company hosting it does not do any kind of backups, but they offer me the oppertunity to do backups via FTP. Therefor, I get access to a ...
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3answers
2k views

Incremental backups of Virtual Machines

We currently run a bunch of physical machines. For backups, we've been using dirvish, which is essentially a wrapper around rsync, and doing them incrementally. We're currently pushing a new machine ...
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2answers
698 views

Will Veeam Backup Do the Job I'm Looking for?

We're using ESXi to consolidate a number of machines into a VMWare system. I'm still experimenting with the configuration, but for backing up right now I managed (with advice from SF...thanks!) to ...
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Is our planned backup strategy adequate for my new server insfrastructure?

We're in the process of setting up a new server for migrating the old ones. Basically we'll have a Windows Server (2003 or 2008) running 6+ virtual box servers (Windows and Linux development, ...
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2answers
323 views

Drive Image Backups of Virtual Machine Host (without VM's)

I have a virtual machine host that runs about 4 virtual machines on a separate drive. If I create an image backup (a la Acronis True Image or Ghost, etc) of the VM host's system drive and then ...