raghs
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How to provide backup

Hi,

I have installed VMware 3.5 Esxi in my PC, and I am running several

applications over it.

How I can provide backup for hardware failure case....?????

Thanks...

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AWo
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Local disks?

SAN?

Automatic failover required or is a manual restart O.K.?

Tape Backup available?

How many ESX(i) hosts might be available?

Please describe your needs and environment more detailed.


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anujmodi1
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Provide the complete details, which you want to take backup in case of hardware failure..

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raghs
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Hi, I need to provide backup for my server for any hardware failure occurs.

It can be any ways like auto restart, hard disk crash or mother board failure etc,

for all such cases I can loose my applications which is running on my server.

Thanks..

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anujmodi1
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are you using local storage to store ur virtual machines ?

or any shared SAN storage ?

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raghs
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I am using local storage only for VMs....

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anujmodi1
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Don't need to worry about the ESXi server, only need to take the backup of local storage. You can use Vmware Consolidated backup to take the backup of all the VM running application and can restore them.

How many esxi server you have ?

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raghs
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Hi Anuj,

I am having only one esx server...

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kcollo
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Definitely need more information here. You can range from VCB backups to SAN and NAS level replication. Really depends on your backup retention needs. We have VCB doing nightly full backups for most VMs, as well as RecoverPoint SAN level backups. Recoverpoint is giving us replicated snapshots every minute. Granted it cost a whooolllleee lot more than VCB solutions.

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AlexSousa
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You need to backup only your virtual machine files, don't worry about your Service Console file system.

A new installation of your ESX is a faster (and easy) way to come back your environment up. After this you can restore your virtual machines to the server.

Take a look at this guides to learn a little about backup's: http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vi3_35/esx_3/r35/vi3_35_25_vm_backup.pdf

The best way to take a Backup of your VM's when you don't have a clustered environment (with external storage) is using VCB (VMware Consolidated Backup)

More about VCB: http://www.vmware.com/products/vi/consolidated_backup.html

Any doubt you can tell me.

Regards,

Alex.

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Peter_Grant
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An alternative way is to use 3rd party VMware backup products. Check out the following, esXpress, Veeam, vRanger. These 3 products provide dedicated solutions for backing up and restoring VMs, they are provide file level back ability. Of course you need to pay for them.....just another option.

They all have free trial versions you can use to test.






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AWo
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Agreed.


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Texiwill
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Hello,

Is this the Free or Paid version of ESXi? Free has issues with EULA for using any third party backup tool. ESXi paid has no such restrictions. This we need to know as well.

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