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We currently use acronis to backup our machines. However we are looking for a reliable VM solution that will allow us to spin up a backup or multiple backups and test.

Any solutions. I am looking to run this on a windows 7 machine or possibly even a Ubuntu box.
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see my EE Article

VMware ESX/ESXi Backup Guide

Veeam Backup and Replication v6.1 is one of the Best used by many VMware Admins,

here are others we recommend and use....

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

NAKIVO Backup & Replication for VMware
http://www.nakivo.com/ - current testing proves very postiive

vBackup - in Beta
http://www.thinware.net/Products/vBackup/tabid/202/Default.aspx
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Maybe I am not 100% clear. We have physical servers that we backup via Acronis. I want to take the Acronis backups and spin up in a VM. To test and use in the event of hardware failure.

I am just looking for the VM solution.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 500 total points
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Acronis has it's own Universal Restore to Bare Metal option which will work, to create VMs.

otherwise, you can Import the backups and  Convert using VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.0

see my EE Articles for hints and tips...

HOW TO:  P2V, V2V for FREE - VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.0


HOW TO: Improve the transfer rate of a Physical to Virtual (P2V), Virtual to Virtual Conversion (V2V) using VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.0
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