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VMware Server 2.0 Snapshots on a Datastore

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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
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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.
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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.


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by:aacrz
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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.
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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

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Why is backing up Snapshot is of no use?
What is the correct process/procedure of backing up a VM?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 500 total points
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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.
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