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claireh
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DR - unlikely event

Hi

In the unlikely event that both my esx servers went and my san. If i have a backup of the vmdk file. Can i restore from this to a physical or another virtual machine. If so can you tell me what products and procedure i would use

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Claire

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Texiwill
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Hello,

In the unlikely event that this happens your restoration mechanism would be to use VMware Converter to convert the VM to one acceptable by other VMware products (VI3, Workstation, Server) or import it back into an existing or fresh made ESX Server.


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Edward L. Haletky

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Texiwill
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Hello,

In the unlikely event that this happens your restoration mechanism would be to use VMware Converter to convert the VM to one acceptable by other VMware products (VI3, Workstation, Server) or import it back into an existing or fresh made ESX Server.


Best regards,

Edward L. Haletky

VMware Communities User Moderator

====

Author of the book 'VMWare ESX Server in the Enterprise: Planning and Securing Virtualization Servers', Copyright 2008 Pearson Education. As well as the Virtualization Wiki at http://www.astroarch.com/wiki/index.php/Virtualization

--
Edward L. Haletky
vExpert XIV: 2009-2023,
VMTN Community Moderator
vSphere Upgrade Saga: https://www.astroarch.com/blogs
GitHub Repo: https://github.com/Texiwill
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spex
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If your san is gone you first need server with enough ram and local storage to temporary host your vm's.

So if you want to be prepared for san problems you have to put some local storage in your esx server. (some features are not available with local storage!)

One other option (I would not prefer) is to host your files from network storage.

Restore to virtual machines make no sense since you can not run your vmdk's from there.

As mentioned you can use converter and the different product's from vmware - they all work well within their limits.

Regards

Spex