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I am beginning a setup to backup our clients virtual machines to our datacenter.

My question is how does everyone else do this?

I can create a server and pull it to there over the VPN.

What software does everyone prefer.  We prefer to do this real time without having to shut vm's down if possible without breaking the bank as our funds are low for this starting out.

How does everyone have this set up?

We have ESXi everywhere.  Our main places have a purchased copy of essentials so the backup feature is supposedly included so we can use software.
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Ill set up a server to house the backup software and pull the vm backups to it from different servers across our clients.

Of course this is my preliminary thought on how to do it.  If there is a better way i am open to exploring.
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hanccocka,

Have you considered Clients Replicating VMs to your DC?

This is an interesting idea.  I had thought of this and really am not sure how to do this.  Would I copy this to my dc esxi?  I have an esxi that runs some of our vms already.

How would you recommend to do this?  I really just need to have a working copy that I can copy back to the clients servers in case of failures.

Snapshots a good idea or no?
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