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Replication of esXpress backups from shared VMFS storage to a standalone ESX VMFS Storage

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Im looking at a way to have an internal  DR site for my ESX infrastructure.

I have 4 production ESX Servers that connect via ISCSI to a shared VMFS LUN called VFMSBACKUP.
I use the backup solution for VM's called esXpress. (www.esxpress.com) This software creates full and delta backups of the VM's in production to the VMFSBACKUP LUN.

I have another dev ESX server with a HEAP of direct attached storage. This is located in a different area in the building. The DAS is formated as one big VFMS partition. The dev ESX box can connect via ISCSI to the VMFSBACKUP LUN.

I am wanting to have the backups of the production VMs on VMFSBACKUP copied or replicated once a day to the dev ESX servers DAS storage.

So if "something" happens to my production ESX servers I can use esXpress to restore the important VM's onto the dev ESX server.

Ive been looking at rsync and other solutions recommended on this site, but im not sure how I would set this up.

This should be a once a day "copy" of the esXpress backups from the shared production LUN to the dev DAS partition.
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Esxpress has  an Mass Restore feature. This should allow you to restore all your backed up VMs on a scheduled base on your backup host. This should exactly do what you want + all the backed up VM are immedeatly restored to your backup host. You dont only have a copy of your backup of your VMFSBACKUP, all your VMs are registered on the backup ESX.

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I dont use the latest version so i dont know to what kind of targets you can replicate your VMs via the esxpress Advanced Replication feature. In my version you can only choose network targets.
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Thanks for this. I will look at the mass restore option to retsore the backups daily.

Thanks for your help.

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