We are evaluating Symantec Backup Exec 2010 with the VMWare ESX agent. One of the things we are interested in is the direct backup of VMWare VMDK files. Problem is when we backup our 30 VMs this way, they are slow slow slow. Takes ~24 hours to backup just shy of 1TB.
The selection is all 30 VMs, and under the VMWare options we have SAN and NBD selected for the Transport Mode.
In talking with Symantec, they alluded to it can be faster. I'm just not sure how. This machine is NOT connected directly to the SAN. Is that someplace I should start? Add another NIC and connect that to my SAN switch? We are using software iSCSI.