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jskfan
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when backing up Virtual machines using either VDR or third party backups, what gets backed up ? is it the vmdk files only or other files such also such as vmx, etc....
in other words if I need to restore the VM machine , which files need to be restored to bring the VM back up to the latest changes that have been made to it prior to the back up.

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The entire machine gets backed up, vmx and vmdk.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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Usually to restore the Virtual Machine, you just select the Virtual Machine from the restore Wizard, you don't have to worry, about what files to select, it will restore a working VM, and power-up if requried.
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Depending on the b/u solution, you can b/u individual VM files or all of the ones that make up a VM. You can restore with just a vmdk by creating a new VM & assigning the vmdk to it, or use all fles that were backed up.

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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If you are using vDR, I would suggest practising and selecting Backup Rehersal, select the Virtual Machine, you would like to restore, select the host and datastores to restore to, and Click Go.
Top Expert 2010
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You can trial Veeam for 30 days...its easy to use & pretty much best VM B/U solution on the market.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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As a vDR user, you only get options to Backup and Restore virtual machines, including their virtual disks (vmdks).
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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for example, if I want to restore the Virtual Server CORYDORAS

I just select the CORYDORAS box, and click restore.

It's restores made simple, no need to worry about selecting files that make up the machine, quick and easy.

 VMware vDR Restores made simple
Top Expert 2010
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The same with Veeam; you just click Restore, *or* you can run the VM from the b/u repository. But, it gives you granularity to restore a single VM file (vmdk, vmx, etc.) if needed.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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But I think Jskfan already has a good backup product vDR!
Top Expert 2010
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Your opinion :) (actually, I never tried vDR)  He was asking for that and 'any 3rd party', so I was giving my input for Veeam... :)

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Thanks a lot guys!

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