Best way to use System Recovery in a VMWare environment?
We've migrated to a virtual environment using three Dell servers running VMWare ESX 3.5 and an EMC SAN which contains all the VM's. Before virtualising we used to run Symantec System Recovery 8.5 to take images of all the servers, and then back up those V2i files to tape using Backup Exec.
We continue to do this on the new virtual environment but I'm concerned about the ability to restore V2i files to a VMWare volume. I know System Recovery is VMWare aware, so should I be backing up the VMDK's or should I continue as we are? We will soon have a hot DR using Vizioncore vReplicator over a WAN link, but I'd still like to know the most robust option (for quick DR restores if the worst happens) before that is in place.
It probably would give you some of the best integration for your infrastructure.