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Restore servers at DR site

I will be testing the restoring of the network at the DR site. I have 3 ESX 4.1 servers with VM's on each and a emc celerra which holds the luns and also cifs shares. looking for the best backup/restore software to do this? The DR location will have the hardware in place.
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coolsport00Commented:
Best software to use is Veeam Backup & Replication (http://www.veeam.com/vmware-esx-backup.html). You can configure a replication job, so if your main site goes down, all you need to do is power on your replicated VMs and you're up and going.

It is *the best* VM backup/replication 3rd party software on the market.

~coolsport00
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Probably the best software is

Veeam Backup and Replication v5/6 - very popular, won many awards at VMworld 2010/2011
Download trial here - http://www.veeam.com/vmware-esx-backup.html

But there are others' that are catching Veeam!

Checkout my EE article, if you want to do it for free, or look at other Vendor options.
VMware ESX/ESXi Backup Guide
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
What do you have at the DR site?

EMC SAN?
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HubmanAuthor Commented:
At the DR site i will have an extra server which i will use as a san. if that does not work we will upgrade to use one of their emc sans. company is trying to save money, but we may need to upgrade. I will get a quote for Veeam Backup and Replication v5/6
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
If you had a SAN at the DR site, you could use SAN to SAN replication without the need to purchase Veeam Backup and Replication.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
it's approx $500 per processor in the ESX(i) hosts.
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coolsport00Commented:
You don't need a SAN at your DR site necessarily. If budget is a concern, only replicate the most critical of VMs using Veeam. That's what we do. We set RTO levels and replicate VMs based off of that. We have 1 DR host to house about 10-15 VMs, and have direct-attached storage (MSA60). As long as you have datastores on source and destination hosts, that's all you need. I think SAN to SAN repl is a bit 'leaner', but is a bit more expensive to have a DR-side SAN as well as Main site.

~coolsport00
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HubmanAuthor Commented:
datastores on source and destination hosts....LUNS?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You would replicate from ESX datastore to ESX datastore.

where the datastore is local disk, iSCSI LUN, Fibre Channel LUN or NAS NFS it does not matter.
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coolsport00Commented:
Well..LUNs is what you create on your storage solution (SAN or local storage). You add LUNs to ESX/ESXi as Datastores to store VMs mostly, but can have other files (ISOs for ex.), as well.
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HubmanAuthor Commented:
Thanks
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