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How to backup VMware servers?

This is using VMware ESXi 4.x Hypervisor on one physical server. There are few VMs created and now in production. Before that, we are using VConvertor to backup these VMs while they are running. Now, my management want me to come out a backup strategy on backing up all those VMs, so as, we can recovering them in when they are down. Without using any 3rd party tool, how can we made it? All of these VM OS are windows 2008 R2.

Thanks in advance.
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npinfotechCommented:
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BusbarCommented:
I can think about http://www.vmware.com/products/data-recovery/overview.html
without using any tool, the only thing i can come up with is exporting those VMs
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You really need a Third Party Tool to complete Automated Restores.

See my EE Article

VMware ESX/ESXi Backup Guide

Still the Best is Veeam Backup and Replication v6.1 if you have a Budget for Backup Software. Otherwise there are free alternatives, GhettoVCB and Veeam now have a free edition.

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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Ernie BeekCommented:
Without using any third party tools I'd say VDR (like busbar said). Though it's still a work in progress I'm quite happy with it. It does what is has to do and you can even do file level restores with it.
It depends on the version you have if you get it for free though.

I have found (and adjusted) some script that will also give you a daily or weekly overview of the backup jobs. All in all this is working fine for me.
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/VMWare/A_10516-VMware-VDR-email-notifications-script.html
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MezzutOzilAuthor Commented:
Hi everyone,

BTW, how to setup Vmware Data Recovery to work. I checked the license, it is enterprise plus, so, VDR is entitled. And also, the vCENTER is there. Please show step-by-step.

Other 3rd party implementation is not possible. This is because no budget for it for the time being.

thanks in advance.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Do you have a vCenter Server installed?

The first process is to download the vDR Appliance OVF, and Deploy the OVF into your environment.

vDR Manual is here
http://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-50/topic/com.vmware.ICbase/PDF/vmware-data-recovery-administrators-guide-20.pdf

Do you have a datastore or fileshare you can use for backups?
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Ernie BeekCommented:
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BusbarCommented:
as been said if you don't want to use 3rd party tools vDR is your way
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Ernie BeekCommented:
@hanccocka: did you edit your comment or did I completely overlook your link (time for a pair of glasses)?
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MezzutOzilAuthor Commented:
Thanks for everyone,

Yes, the vCenter server is there. Let's me read through the vDR and get back to you again.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
My Article Link was always there!
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piyushranusriCommented:
from vc center and vmware its own have backup software.
vmware have this ability.
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Ernie BeekCommented:
@hanccocka: Darn, in that case I really need a pair of glasses :-~
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MezzutOzilAuthor Commented:
Good
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