VMWare Data Recovery

Posted on 2011-05-06
Last Modified: 2012-06-21
I am looking into getting VMWARE Essentials Plus with an Intel Modular Server with the Shared LUN License.  

My question is I understand the Data Recovery Appliance just runs as a VM on the server and can backup to a NAS that I have in a separate building connected using a few ethernet cables.  What happens if my Intel Modular Server goes down, losing the SAN, and I need to recover from the NAS when the Data Recovery Appliance is down.
Question by:tyty4u2
    LVL 116

    Accepted Solution

    The VMware Data Recovery applicance is responsible for Backup and Restore of your virtual machines, it handles the backup and restore jobs. There is a vSphere Client Plugin which connects to the applicance that integrates vCenter and VMware Data Recovery.

    When you setup VMware Data Recovery, you create a repository (to store the backups, this is the repository you also restore from). You can use a repository on a SAN or NAS (CIFs share).

    If you have no access to the VMware Data Recovery appliance, you can quickly import another appliance from the OVF files supplied on the DVD, and Mount the repository to complete the restore.

    VMware Data Recovery Documentation

    VMware Data Recovery Guide
    LVL 3

    Expert Comment

    you can put up the vmware data recovery on some internal storage temporary and mount the nas share, once you mount it the appliance will import the data on the nas appliance and your all set to go.

    Author Comment

    Thanks for the solutions.  On another note, I noticed the Data Recovery is limited to a 500GB CIFS.  What happens if my initial backup requires more than 500GB?
    LVL 116

    Expert Comment

    by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE)
    It's not limited to 500GB CIFs, VMware do not recommend you use a CIFs share which is larger than 500GB.

    Because of performance, integrity checking can be slow.

    If you initial backup requires more than 500GB it will fail, when the location fills up. (if the backup location is fixed to 500GB). otherwise it will continue.

    Again a VMware recommendation.

    You would be much better inestigating and NFS share if possible.

    Author Comment

    Thank you for the info.  I plan on using DR to a Windows 2003 R2 Server so I will setup a NFS instead of a CIFS share.

    Write Comment

    Please enter a first name

    Please enter a last name

    We will never share this with anyone.

    Featured Post

    Better Security Awareness With Threat Intelligence

    See how one of the leading financial services organizations uses Recorded Future as part of a holistic threat intelligence program to promote security awareness and proactively and efficiently identify threats.

    This article is an update and follow-up of my previous article:   Storage 101: common concepts in the IT enterprise storage This time, I expand on more frequently used storage concepts.
    VM backup deduplication is a method of reducing the amount of storage space needed to save VM backups. In most organizations, VMs contain many duplicate copies of data, such as VMs deployed from the same template, VMs with the same OS, or VMs that h…
    This tutorial will walk an individual through the steps necessary to enable the VMware\Hyper-V licensed feature of Backup Exec 2012. In addition, how to add a VMware server and configure a backup job. The first step is to acquire the necessary licen…
    To efficiently enable the rotation of USB drives for backups, storage pools need to be created. This way no matter which USB drive is installed, the backups will successfully write without any administrative intervention. Multiple USB devices need t…

    759 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

    Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

    Join & Ask a Question

    Need Help in Real-Time?

    Connect with top rated Experts

    7 Experts available now in Live!

    Get 1:1 Help Now