esxi, besr, backup vm guests
Posted on 2010-08-18
Looking for recommendations, guidance, best-practices, etc.
traditional phys servers (OS on bare metal).
Windows OS, running BESR
Primary backup destination - dedicated SATA disk inside server chassis (separate from OS,DATA)
Offsite backup - usb disks rotated daily, taken offsite
This solution works
Looking to virtualize several servers onto a single host:
VMware esxi on bare metal
several windows guests, each running BESR installed in the guest
Primary backup - internal SATA defined as datastore in ESXi
Offsite backup - ???
ESXi doesn't play well with the usb disks, especially if they are disconnected and swapped around.
Does anyone have a solution for this type of scenario? My VMware support guy was a total D-bag and said I need a second server with tape. Yeah...let's bring you into the 21st centruy with virtualization and then step back to 1990 and back it up with tape.