VCBMounter Question

Posted on 2009-04-16
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
What are the differences between the vcbmounter command vs. the vmware-cmd createsnapshot command on ESX 3.x?
Question by:cobrian
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    Accepted Solution

    vmware-cmd createsnapshot command creates snapshot of a VM

    The vcbMounter utility creates a quiesced snapshot of the virtual machine and exports
    the snapshot into a set of files, which can be later used to restore the virtual machine.
    To back up the set of files, you can use any filebased thirdparty backup software

    More Info - - Virtual Machine Backup Guide - Page 66

    Author Comment

    Doesn't vmware-cmd snapshot create a quiesced snapshot?  To my recollection it does.  Thanks for you help.
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    Expert Comment

    To the best of my recolection kumarnirmal is correct.
    the vmware-cmd createsnapshot command creates a crash consistent snapshot.
    vcbMounter quiesces the guest disk before snapshot creation.
    Of course vcbMounter is a Windows only tool. Actuall I'm sure I read support for creating snapshots directly via the host is limited and not encoraged.
    Anyway VCB will take care of this for you..
    Here's an example
    vcbMounter.exe -h VC_Hostname -u domain\UserID -p password -a name:Guest_Displayname_in_VC -r Full_Path_to_Destination -t fullvm -M

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