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Backup/Restore OS for RedHat Enterprise 5 running on VMware

We will be running multiple RedHat virtual servers on VMware and need to find out the best way to back just the OS file systems. We will be backiing application data using Tivoli TSM. Also, we use AIX and use "mksysb" utility to restore OS if it crashed so we are looking for something similar.

We can ofcourse build system off from fresh template and install applications but that wouldn't be the approach we want. That will be the worst case senario.

Anyone in the similar env or setup has any suggestions??
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rajram
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rajram
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larstrCommented:
What is your VMware product?

If you take a snapshot, the disk files will no longer be locked and you'll be able to backup/copy/whatever. Only ESX can however delete (commit) snapshots without downtime (of the VM).

VMware's backup proxy (VCB proxy) can provide your backup system with file system backups of NTFS drives, but no *nix based file systems are currently supported.

Lars
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kumarnirmalCommented:
I suggest that you take a look at this product before taking a decision

http://www.trilead.com/Products/VM_Explorer/
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