Would anyone mind telling me how the virtual image files are "exported" while doing a VCB backup?
I have a location at F:\MNT that they all go into.
The Proxy sees the same luns that store the vm files.
Seems to me like this is a local copy from the Luns the proxy can see to the local windows folder also on the proxy. For a local copy, it seems a little pokey. Are we sure this isn't going over the network from the ESX host to the proxy?
It is slow because it has to convert from a vmfs file system to a windows file system to export it?
Just wanted to make sure the network is staying out of this.
There is no network need for VCB, unless you are using a DNS name for identification. Even then it just verifies the VM. Past that, it all happens over the fibre-channel network.
Basically an export of VMDKs are like this:
Create file of # size
Zero out data on disk for file
Fill file with data
That process happens for every file that is exported via VCB, so VMX, logs & VMDK files.
I can see the exported images on my proxy mount point
ie: D:\mnt\ServerA\*.vmdk etc.
How can Identify them on the LUN? They do not show up on the Virtual Center console under the VMFS file system. I see a folder for all virtual servers assigned to the LUN and that is all.
I know the image is placed on the same LUN as the orginal virtual server but that is not enough. How do I verify exactly where the image is located?
If it is copied/exported to the LUN it must have some means of identification and a file size. Just cannot see it.