Manage large vRanger Backups


We have inheritted a vRanger backup environment that is quite large.  We are backing up several thousand Virtual Machines on varying schedules.

We are running into some performance issues and are looking to get a better idea of what backs up when and for how long.

Is there any way people have used in the past to export this info?  In the past we have done it manually, but this is a huge amount of VMs to do it like this.

Anything else you would try to clean this monster up would be appreciated.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
We have cross checked vRanger logs with events exported from vCenter assuming there is a create snapshot job at backup VM start and backup VM stop delete snapshot this gives us the backup window for VM.

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Paul SolovyovskySenior IT AdvisorCommented:
What type of ESXi licensing do you have?  Are you using transport method or hot add with the vRanger appliance?

There's a few ways we can optimize the backups such as what's hot add, using CBT, etc..

How are of an environment, what type of storage hardware, etc..?  With more info we can provide a better recommendation.
ServerNotFoundAuthor Commented:

That makes sense.  Do you do that manually or have you scripted the process?  Just thinking it would still be a while to map out several thousand VMs that way.

Standard ESXi licensing.  No vRanger appliance, just the software backing up to disk then duping to tape. EMC SAN at first, then duped to tape drives.

Many ESXi hosts, many DCs, many clusters.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
We use a script to dump the events out of vCenter Server, but it's mostly a manual operation.
Paul SolovyovskySenior IT AdvisorCommented:
With standard version of ESXi you can't use hot add the last time I checked so you're stuck with network transport mode I believe.
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