I have some questions regarding backup solutions for my ESXi 4.0 virtual machines.
Currently, I am running SBS 2008 premium, divided into two vms on one physical server, using internal SCSI for storage.
I have not purchased any vmware products. I set it up using the vSphere client.
I would like to invest in one of the "disk imaging/bare metal restore" options out there, such as Acronis or VMWare's Disaster Recovery (you would shudder if you knew how I am currently backing-up!)
To run any of these backup solutions - veeam, acronis VMware DR etc - I must have vCenter Server, so I need to buy atleast vSphere Business Essentials. Is this correct?
Assuming that is correct, then can you guys please comment on the following assumptions:
I need another server - running probably Win 2008 server to install vCenter server 4.1 (that's the only version available as an evaluation download).
This second server should not be a VM on the same host refered to above.
So...to create a an entry-level disaster recovery scenario, I need to purchase:
- vSphere (in atleast essentials form)
- a server to run it on
- another copy of Windows Server
- a backup program (acronis, veamm etc).
One last question - the system requirements for vCenter server list 2 processors as a requirement. Does that mean I can get away with a Dual-Core processor, or does it mean 2 sockets?
I should just state, at this time, that mine is a small-shop set-up. The two VMs are all we're ever going t need, and indeed all we could afford. I spent quite a bit on the hardware, SBS licenses etc. The set up is great, and I'm not concerned with being able to scale-up. I just want to back these VMs up easily and reliably in the cheapest way I can. I'm willing to spend more money to get something decent, but I have to be careful to spend it wisely and efficiently.
Sorry for the long post! I hope you guys can help.