I have a few dozen VM's that I can delete if I have a safe backup of them. My question is, if I backup them with VMware vDR so they eat less space in the backup area (we dont do tape backup, its a deduplicated backup to a different SAN), can I safely delete them and go back in say 6-18 months time and find that one backup point? I feel a bit uncomfortable deleting it from the current state, being unsure if I can still reach the data under the restore tab.
Currently using vDR 2.0.
Rune "TheFlyingCorpse" Darrud
If you make a backup of a VM and then delete the original VM, the retention period will depend on the retention period that you select when using DR to backup.
When using the backup Job wizard, In the Retention Policy page, accept the default retention policy or specify an alternate retention policy.
In this case you are talking about maintaining a VM that you are ready to delete, therefore it is no longer needed, if you want to have a copy Just in case then I would suggest using the yearly backup type. that way you maintain the backup for a year and you have enough time to restore if anyone requests the VM.
Lots of useful info in this guide http://techontip.wordpress.com/2011/07/25/understanding-vmware-data-recovery/
and in the offical manual: http://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-50/topic/com.vmware.ICbase/PDF/vmware-data-recovery-administrators-gu...