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Vmware Backup Software Recommendation and backup setup

Hi,
 
 I have VMWare ESXi V5 computer with multiple VMs and like to back them up on an external USB hard drive.
 I also puchased VMWare Essentials software that is supposed to have API to other software.
 That said, can you recommend a few backup software - effective, easy-to-use and economical - and explain how these are setup?
 In Windows environment, you just connect an external USB HD and either use Windows native backup program or buy Symantec Backup exec. However I have not done this for VMWare server.
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sglee
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BusbarCommented:
you can use veeam or unitrends, also note that you have the VMware DR feature to you.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
see my EE Article on Backup software

VMware ESX/ESXi Backup Guide

You may also want to download and try Veeam Free Edition Backup

http://www.veeam.com/virtual-machine-backup-solution-free.html
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sgleeAuthor Commented:
(1) Is this the right Veeam product?

http://www.cdw.com/shop/products/Veeam-Backup-Replication-Standard-for-VMware-license/2726859.aspx

(2) If I buy this, can I install it at more than one physical vmware servers?
like when you buy MS office 2010, you can install it on three separate computers.
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sgleeAuthor Commented:
Another question.
I have VMWare box with ESXi V5 and I was able to attach an external USB hard drive and I saw a driver letter in "My Computer" on the Windows 2008 Server VM. If I setup a scheduled windows native backup and backup entire OS & Data into the external hard drive, then that takes care of backing up daily data. If I copy W2008 VM (after shutting down the VM) from its datastore into another USB drive, then essentially I have a complete backup system ... am I right? I don't need to copy VM every night because there is no change in it. It is W2008 VM that has users data and I am backup it up every night using Windows Native backup.
Do I still need to buy these paid Veeam software?
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loaganathanCommented:
you can use Vranger from Quest software to take backup and restore file level
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Backup to USB in a virtual machine is very slow, file backups are not very efficient.

Download the trial from Veeam at no cost, and test it, and see if it works for you.
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sgleeAuthor Commented:
@hanccocka,
To try to use Veeam, what type of backup device do I need and where do I hookup this backup device to?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You can use Veeam to backup to local storage, Windows Share, NFS NAS device.

Connect the USB Device to a PC, install Veeam, and Backup the VMs to the USB drive.
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sgleeAuthor Commented:
So data has to travel across the network?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, it has to travel across the network, unless you have additional storage or compatible datastore attached to the server, usb is not compatible connected to host for host vm backup.
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sgleeAuthor Commented:
So it looks like I need to dedicate a separate PC to:
1. To attach external USB HD
2. To install and run backup software
3. To run VSphere Client to manage VMWare server
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Correct, if you want to backup yo usb. But it can be slow using usb to write to.
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sgleeAuthor Commented:
hanccocka

What is the best device to be used for VMWare backup other than external USB drive?
Is Network Based Hard Drive any better in terms of speed?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, a simple Western Digital My Book, which has NFS, which can be attached directly to the network, and ESXi can be attached directly to the NFS mounts.
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sgleeAuthor Commented:
So the following model will work?

Western Digital My Book Live 1TB Personal Cloud Storage
    Port RJ-45: 1 x 10/100/1000M
    Model #: WDBACG0010HCH-NESN
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Specifications do not state it supports NFS.

Looks like they have removed NFS from that version.
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sgleeAuthor Commented:
can you recommend a model or two?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
the best thing would be to check the VMware HCL if the specifications keep changing

http://www.vmware.com/ go/hcl
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sgleeAuthor Commented:
Thank you for the recommendations.
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