Creating a file or fullVM VCB backup on a disk by disk basis

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    Introduction

    This proven practice describes a technique for completing a VCB backup for large disks. 

     

     

    Intended Audience

    Storage Team, Operations Team

     

    Outline

    Link to process and script

     

    Author

    Jamie Morrison

     

    Resources

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    Disclaimer

    You use this proven practice at your discretion. VMware and the author do not guarantee any results from the use of this proven practice. This proven practice is provided on an as-is basis and is for demonstration purposes only.

     

    Creating a file or fullVM VCB backup on a disk by disk basis

     

    Typically a full VM based backup of C: is required for most virtual machines for bare metal recovery. Large data disks may be backed up using other methods such as specific agents (e.g. Exchange, SQL) and can be marked as independent, so as not to be included in the snapshot for the fullVM based backup.

     

    The issue occurs with file servers that may have data disks of hundreds of gigabytes or terabytes that are ideal candidates for a VCB file based backup, but cannot run a full VM based backup due to the size of the data disk, and due to the data disk not being able to be marked as independent, otherwise the file based backup is not possible.

     

    Creating a file or fullVM VCB backup on a disk by disk basis

    http://theether.net/kb/100131

     

    Inspired by:

    http://communities.vmware.com/blogs/jturver/2008/01/24/vcb-how-to-backup-a-selected-specific-disk-or-disks-using-vcbexport-and-a-useful-script-to-do-it