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A question about vmware converter

Posted on 2009-02-12
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Hi im not sure if this is possible or not so thought i'd ask you experts.
What i'd like to know is if its possible in the vmware converter to setup a schedule in where a image of a pc will be created every week into a virtual machine?
If this is possible can someone tell me in how to do this
Question by:JackShuker

Expert Comment

ID: 23621925
Does this information help with what you are trying to do?


I must admit it is not a common use for VMConverter. I have not come across any customers that do any scripting with it.

Author Comment

ID: 23622199
cheers for the fast reply but im not sure if i've explained it well enough
on a normal pc i want vmware converter to basically import the physical machine into a virtual machine and backup to another destiation but i want to be able to run this process like a scheduled backup would run so that pc would run a back up every week without me having to be there and for it to run automatically.
im not sure if this is possible or not but would like to know.

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squify earned 700 total points
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Ah right, what you are wanting to do is backup your VM's. This is best done using VCB backups. You will need backup software like CommVault or similar to act as a proxy server to perform the backups.


This will give you some information on what VCB is.

The way you are trying to do it is very unreliable and should not be used as a method of backup.

Hope this helps.
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Expert Comment

ID: 23622732
VizionCore vRanger Pro can do that ! It costs about £300 per physical processor. It can P2V a machine as part of it's backup process. I haven't tried it myself - I gave up trying to use it's clunky interface!

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markzz earned 300 total points
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If I understand .
What your trying to achive is to P2V a physical server to ESX farm then initiate a VCB backup all via a scheduled task.

It does appear there is support (experimental) for command line imports. I would expect this would be complex at best.
Reading the article  http://searchvmware.techtarget.com/tip/0,289483,sid179_gci1284061,00.html shows much of the process can be scripted, but it's still not a complete import ready to run nor does this resolve your backup question.
I would suggest you look at Platespin. It can import a running physical or virtual server, configure it and if you want start it. All at a scheduled interval. A very attractive feature of splatespin is that once the initial P2v has occured subsequent p2v's of the same server are incremental or block level.
I would suggest to cover off your requrement for a backup you could simply time how long the p2v takes, Add an hour and set a VCB job as a simple batch process.
Of course you could do something more elaborate like a file watcher or something that's initaiated via an email as platespin can send you an email reporting on a job success or failure.
In the early days I used a VCB job which would kick off as a scheduled task, once completed then RoboCopy these VCB's to our DR site.
It's very simple and worked very well.
Platespin isn't cheap but it works very well

Author Closing Comment

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Thanks again experts you've gave me some very insightful stuff on vmware just hope i can implement it correctly now :D
have a nice weekend

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