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Can't create a backup of VM because 2 drives combined are 2tb

I have 3 ESXI hosts and V-center Server, each having 2tb (max) datastores. My File server lives on one. the file server has 2 virtual hdds one on the primary datastore of esxi 1 and the other on the secondary datastore. When I create a clone of the file server to esxi 2 where i keep copies of all my servers it always tries to put the 2 virtual drives on the same datastore but there is insufficient space since the limit is 2tb (1.87tb) usable. Snap shots always go to the same file location as the server I am backing up. because that location is rapidly filling up and the chance of any one server failing, I want my backups in another location. does any one have a good backup solution for a server that is 2tb. even if I could just get a clone of the one virtual hdd and leave the mirror behind would be fine to.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You can build datastores of more than 2tb, using extents, or use a NFS datastore, whiuch can exceed 2tb.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You can also change the location fo the snapshot file.
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CCC-RavensAuthor Commented:
could you clarify extents?
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CCC-RavensAuthor Commented:
The extents seemed to do exactly what i needed. Thanks hanccocka!

A little google and wah la :-)

http://www.virtual-hike.com/2009/08/extend-vmfs-datastore-in-vmware-vshpere/
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CCC-RavensAuthor Commented:
Put the input in the ol brain I needed to get the job done!!!!!
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
yes, you can create a vmfs volume max of 64tb using 32 2tb vmfs datastores.

or you could upgrade to ESXi 5.0, which has no 2tb limit.
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CCC-RavensAuthor Commented:
Really I was not aware they had the new ESXI out That's awesome. Is there major down time in an upgrade?
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