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I am going to buy a second NAS from Qnap and i am hoping to install this device and use it for backups of my current VMs.  Right now i have two dell hosts and a raid 5 qnap device used for my servers.  I want to be able to copy my VMs to the other storage device and if possible be able to power it on from the other storage device.  

My hope is that i can have a synchonized copy on the both storage devices so if i lose a NAS the other can take it's place.  I don't know if this is possible but i wanted to ask if any of you experts had suggestions or ideas.

I could possibly setup the other storage device and use the standalone converter to make copies of my VMs.

Thanks!
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If the ESXi Hosts you're using are 'free' ESXi you're quite limited in what you can do as far as automated and as synchronous as possible. You're best solution for vSphere Hypervisor (free ESXi version) is to do a manual copy/paste using Datastore Browser windows on each Host or use vCenter Converter Standalone. But again, it will have to be done manually, and your RPO may not be met as you'll only have data at the time of V2V.

Regards.
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by:Ricardo Martínez
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You need a Pro license of VMware to do that, specifically one that gives you access to vSphere and for an automatic backup of VMachines between both servers the vMotion capability.

For doing backups and transfering machines you can use Veeam Backup for VMware, there's a free version with the functions you need, check it up!
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
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this will maitain copies for FREE

See my EE Article

HOW TO: "Live Migrate" VMware Virtual Machines between ESX/ESXi hosts and/or datastores for FREE without licenses for vMotion or Storage vMotion
or you can use

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

with FREE ESXi!

see my other EE Article

VMware ESX/ESXi Backup Guide
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both hosts are licensed for enterprise plus so i beleive i do have storage vmotion and vmotion.
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Then your best bet is to invest in a B/U product like Veeam Backup & Replication and create a backup schedule to backup your VMs, or replicate them. You can do almost synchronous replication if you desire. Cost is about $700 per Host CPU socket (Veeam is licensed like vSphere..by CPU socket [NOT cores!]).

Regards.
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you may also want to look at VMware Replica now included.
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i only have a GB network connecting the storage devices and the hosts.  would that be a problem trying to use vmware replica?

Do you have a link to some good info on vmware replica?  Thanks!
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see here

http://www.vmware.com/products/datacenter-virtualization/vsphere/replication

GB network is fine, its included with your licensing.
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