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What is the meaning of "Out of date sources" in VMWare Data Recovery?

Posted on 2011-05-04
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In VMWare Data Recovery several of our backup jobs show "Out of Date Sources" in the Backup Job Details.  Does anyone know exactly what is "out of date" and how to correct the problem?
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
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It means the Virtual Machine has been modified since the last backup was run.
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Just complete or schedule a new backup.
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If you look at Page 28 of the vDR Administrators Guide here

http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vdr_12_admin.pdf

there is one reference to "Out of Date Sources."

it doesn't make it clear, but a data source is a Virtual Machine, and after the virtual machine has been backed up, you will see that shortly after the backup, it changes to Out of Date Source, because the VM has obviously changed.

It just gives a visual indiication of what VMs have changed, and it's used by the schedule to trigger next backups.
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I think it also gives a clear indicator, of how uptodate your current repository is, with backups of your virtual machines, and we find it very handy, if we need to do any changes to a VM, which can just check, and force a manual job to quickly capture a new incremental backup.
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Thanks for your help Hanccocka!  I thought this was indicating an error of some sort, but your explanation makes perfect sense.  I'm not sure why there isn't a  better explanation in the admin guide
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I'm waiting for VMware to ask us to write it for v2!
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