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What's the best Approach towards backing up my VMWare environment and the SAN on which it is located.

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I'm a domain admin in a windows 2008 R2 domain. Currently, I'm using Backup Exec 12.5 as my backup application when backing up my windows 2003 file server, and will be migrating to Backup Exec 2010 R3 in the very near future. I also do have a vertual environment running VMWare 4.1 and an EMC SAN. What would be the best and most reliable means of backing up the vertual environment and the SAN so that I can restore VMs and files with ease and maximum reliabity?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 500 total points
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I would recommend, Veeam Backup and Replication v6.
http://www.veeam.com/vmware-esx-backup.html

But also checkout these other good Vendor Software Backup Applications

AppAssure
http://www.appassure.com/ - Number 1 Backup and VMs and Cloud

Unitrends
http://www.unitrends.com/ - a good vRecovery Backup Appliance.

Symantec Backup Exec V-Ray Edition
http://www.symantec.com/backup-exec-vray-edition - Unmatched backup and recovery designed for virtual and physical environments

VM Explorer
http://www.trilead.com/ - Simply, cost effective and it works.

Acronis Backup & Recovery┬« 11 Virtual Edition
http://www.acronis.com/virtualization/ - simple but effective

StorageCraft ShadowProtect Server
http://www.storagecraft.com/  - amazing but can be expensive


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by:cheyliger
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So, it looks like I should be able to use V-Ray technology present in Backup Exec 2010 R3
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VRay is a new feature of BE 12.5.
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by:cheyliger
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Really?? I thought it was first introduced in BE 2010 R2 or R3. However, it should be available in 2010 R3 too though.
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you may want to check as Symantec keeps changing product features, and V-Ray seems to be a new feature of 12.
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V-Ray cold be a rebrand!
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by:cheyliger
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Ok, I will check with Symantec Support too.
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by:cheyliger
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I think I'm leaning towards Backup Exec V-Ray in 2010 R3 or 2012
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by:cheyliger
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Hanccocka's answer was very informative and gave me the opportunity to look at other options too.
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