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Virtual Backup Solution

I currently have a 3 host cluster running ESXi 4.1.  I have 3 networks running in this environment consisting of a few corporate servers, a development environment and a DMZ environment.  There are both Linux and Windows VMs in the setup.

I am looking for a good simple backup solution for the VMs in my environment.  I have looked at Acronis, Bacula & copying the vmdk files from the SAN directly.  Non of these fill my full need as Acronis is Windows only, Backula is not designed to handle the VM backups the way I need it too and copying the VMDK files requires the VM to be powered off.

Looking for suggestions that can handle both Windows & Linux VM backups.  
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StevePimer
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
A few to select :-

1. Veeam Backup and Replication
2. Quest vRanger Pro
3. phd Virtual

At present Veeam Backup is the leader, and has won many awards.

Trials available for all from the websites.
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frajicoCommented:
Veeam Backup ... no doubt
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chkdsk01Commented:
veam is good and I would reccomend it if you have a budget.  If your looking for a decent free backup and recovery, check out ghettoVCB or ghettovcbg2

http://www.virtuallyghetto.com/2010/07/script-updated-ghettovcb-and.html
http://communities.vmware.com/docs/DOC-9843
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juliovp01Commented:
Hello ,

Out there are couple solutions that could be a good choice to you .
1. You could use VMware COnsolidated Backup (http://www.vmware.com/products/vi/consolidated_backup.html ) this one is sometimes difficult to install or configure but overall a good choice.
2. I will recommend Veeam Backup and Replication, i been using this solutions and i don't have any complains . Here is a link to it , you can also download a trial for it (http://www.veeam.com/vmware-esx-backup.html).
I also have a friend that had tried this product and he likes it: http://www.phdvirtual.com/ .

Regards,
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juliovp01Commented:
Hello ,

Out there are couple solutions that could be a good choice to you .
1. You could use VMware COnsolidated Backup (http://www.vmware.com/products/vi/consolidated_backup.html ) this one is sometimes difficult to install or configure but overall a good choice.
2. I will recommend Veeam Backup and Replication, i been using this solutions and i don't have any complains . Here is a link to it , you can also download a trial for it (http://www.veeam.com/vmware-esx-backup.html).
I also have a friend that had tried this product and he likes it: http://www.phdvirtual.com/ .

Regards,
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Luciano PatrãoICT Senior Infraestructure Engineer Commented:
Hi

I always prefer Veeam in all options for Backup & Replication on VMware backup infrastructure.

Always...

But for small environments and for free, I am testing the VM Explorer(this is similar a VM explorer that we have in first versions of VMware but at Linux level)

http://www.trilead.com/

This is a licensed product, but even with the trial we can work and backup/copy VMs without any problem.

For people that just need to backup they lab, or for testing, or even small environments, this is a good tool.

Jail
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m-andrewsCommented:
Definitely Veeam backup v5 (Enterprise for granular restore). Their new v5 AIR feature seems buggy but they will sort it I am sure.
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