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VMware VM backup

besiddes using a 3rd part software such as Symantec backup exec to backup my servers, is there a way within the vmware environment to backup my servers? The only thing I can think fo is to make a clone of a vm and leave it off and if there is ever a problem with the original I can just turn on the cloned vm. This would be much easier that restoring from tape through 3rd party software.
Any ideas? Thanks!
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, checkout my Article on EE, there are many options for free and third party options you can purchase, any questions about the article please just post.

VMware ESX/ESXi Backup Guide
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
@marine7275: VCB is not a backup option, it's framework, you still need to use a Backup Product to use it, it's also now end of life! (you also need to be licensed for it, you use it)
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Are you licensed for Essentials Plus, you could use VMware Data Recovery?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
To be honest, restoring from tape is dead! We've not been using tape based backups since 2004!

Storage is so cheap now, our clients and us, now backup to disk, and then we archive to disk, and then we Offline to Storage in the Cloud.

Tape is so slow, so un-reliable, tape drives keep breaking, and need replacing etc
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tolinromeAuthor Commented:
I'm no tsure if I'm licensed for Essentials Plus (probably not). I just started to backup one of my jobs to disk but then it goes to tape for archiving.
I'd like to know more about how you have your backup strategy. You b2d then archive it to another disk and how do you offline storage to the cloud? You replicate through the internet to the cloud everythign you backup?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, we certainly archive everything to the cloud, we and our clients use the following services of

Iron Mountain
http://www.ironmountain.co.uk/

Gigasoft Data Backup
http://www.gigasoftdatabackup.co.uk/

We use different Backup Technologies, from Veeam Backup and Replication, to SAN Snapshots.

example. We use Veeam Backup and Replication to Backup to NAS, this NAS replicates to another NAS, and then this NAS updates Incrementals to the Cloud every day via the Cloud.

So the information going to the cloud, is the "change during the day".
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tolinromeAuthor Commented:
I just downloaded VMware Data Recovery. I'll see how that goes. Maybe I can get rid of Symantec finally.
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