?
Solved

VMware Server 2.0 Snapshots on a Datastore

Posted on 2011-09-21
5
Medium Priority
?
560 Views
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
What is a data store?
how is it created?
How to backup to a Datastore?
How to restore from a datastore?
In VMWARE SERVER 2.0 only
0
Comment
Question by:aacrz
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 3
  • 2
5 Comments
 
LVL 123
ID: 36573914
VMware Server 2.0.2

A. What is a data store?

Page 110 Managing Datastores
http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vmserver2.pdf

A datastore is a storage location for VMware Server virtual machine files. The storage
location can be the local file system, a CIFS store (Windows only), or an NFS-mounted
file system (Linux only).

B. how is it created?

Page 110/111 Managing Datastores
http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vmserver2.pdf

To add a datastore

1 Select the host in the Inventory panel.

2 In the Commands section of the Summary tab, click Add Datastore.

3 Enter a name for the datastore in the Name text box.

4 Enter the information for the local (host system) or remote directory.

 To add a local datastore:

i Select Local Datastore.

ii Enter the path in the Directory Path text box.

iii Click OK to add the datastore.

To add a CIFS datastore (Windows host only):

i Select CIFS.

ii Enter a valid server name or IP address.

iii Enter the location of the shared folder.

iv Enter a valid username.

Include the domain or server name, for example:

<domain_name>\<username>

or

<server_name>\<username>

v Enter the corresponding password.

vi Click OK to add the datastore.
.
To add an NFS datastore (Linux host only):

i Select Network File System.

ii Enter a valid NFS server name or IP address.

iii Enter the location of the shared folder.

iv Click OK to add the datastore.

The datastore appears in the list of datastores.

C. How to backup to a Datastore?

You would backup the files in the datastore using Native Windows or Linux Backup utilities.

D. How to restore from a datastore?

You would restore the files to the datastore using Native Windows or Linux Backup utilities.

E. In VMWARE SERVER 2.0 only
The above is applicable to VMware Server 2.


0
 

Author Comment

by:aacrz
ID: 36906211
Instead of how to backup to a datastore, I mean to ask how to backup a snapshot to a datastore as asked in the previous Thread.
0
 
LVL 123
ID: 36906254
Backing up a snapshot will be of no use.

If you want to backup a snapshot, turn off the VM, and copy the file filename-00000*.vmdk

0
 

Author Comment

by:aacrz
ID: 36949035
Why is backing up Snapshot is of no use?
What is the correct process/procedure of backing up a VM?
0
 
LVL 123

Accepted Solution

by:
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
ID: 36949057
Snapshot just contains the delta (changes) in the VM. The snapshot must be used with the parent virtual disk, to be of any use.

To backup:-

Shutdown VM - Backup all files.
0

Featured Post

Get real performance insights from real users

Key features:
- Total Pages Views and Load times
- Top Pages Viewed and Load Times
- Real Time Site Page Build Performance
- Users’ Browser and Platform Performance
- Geographic User Breakdown
- And more

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

If we need to check who deleted a Virtual Machine from our vCenter. Looking this task in logs can be painful and spend lot of time, so the best way to check this is in the vCenter DB. Just connect to vCenter DB(default DB should be VCDB and using…
While rebooting windows server 2003 server , it's showing "active directory rebuilding indices please wait" at startup. It took a little while for this process to complete and once we logged on not all the services were started so another reboot is …
Teach the user how to rename, unmount, delete and upgrade VMFS datastores. Open vSphere Web Client: Rename VMFS and NFS datastores: Upgrade VMFS-3 volume to VMFS-5: Unmount VMFS datastore: Delete a VMFS datastore:
How to Install VMware Tools in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4 (RHEL 6.4) Step-by-Step Tutorial
Suggested Courses

770 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