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p2v as backup solution - scheduled task, and compress


we have a few physical win 2003/2008 servers we would like to backup
we would like to do hot backups, and have these available as virtual machines

my question is this, is there any software available which will do daily scheduled backups and compress these as a file on the network drive

if the server goes down we could uncompress the hard drive file and connect to vmware and have access to our files etc

ideally the backups would be incremental, but its not a must.
we also would want this process to store the last 7 days of p2v machine files and automatically overwrite the ones older than 7 days

do we have any free options available for this?



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Luciano Patrão

8/22/2022 - Mon
Ernie Beek

Is there any reason you want to keep the servers physical insted of running them virtualized?

Then you can use vmware data recovery which also does incrementals and restoring a vm should also be less complicated.

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Danny McDaniel

With Enterprise Converter (the bundled Converter with vCenter) you can setup scheduled tasks to do P2V's.  The only problem is:  they removed that functionality with the latest releases of vCenter Server.  iirc, it is present in vCenter 4.0 Update 2 and before.  Last I heard, VMware was considering putting some kind of scheduling activity into a future release of Converter Standalone(it will no longer be bundled with vCenter after 4.1), but it could be awhile before we see that.

There really isn't any compression option, but you could tell it to use thin format disks to minimize the disk file sizes or write a script to compress the files after they've been uploaded.
Luciano Patrão


I think the only product that work like this is the PlateSpin. But this is not a free product, and is not a cheap one.

Like danm66 mention, in earlier versions of vConverter we use schedule, but not with the new ones.

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