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best way to build a test bed inside my vsphere 5.0 environment

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i would like to know the best method in which i can build a test bed or sand box inside my vmware environment.
70% of my servers are virtual.
im using Avamar as my backup and restore facility
the critical servers are virtual
if i am restoring a vmdk it is just a matter of creating a new virtual switch and not attaching any ports to it and then restoring the vmdk
but i have some servers that i backup the c drive and system state and i need to test restoer them
obviously these machines need to be totally isolated from production system and only have access to the backup appliance
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Question by:dougdog
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Yes, that's correct, create a new virtual switch, create a new Virtual Machine Portgroup called "Test Lab", do not connect any physical uplinks (nics).

Restore all your VMs, and select the Virtual Machine Portgroup called "Test Lab".
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by:dougdog
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but that will only work with vmdk restores
how would i do this with system states and c drive restores
the avamar on vman 2 would need to see the virtual switch
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To create a Test Lab, you will need to restore ALL your servers.

Are all your servers Virtual?

How do you currently recover a virtual server?

The C: Drive and System State you backup? How would you recover this server?
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by:dougdog
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Any I need to restore are virtual
But I want to be able to test restore to an isolated environment
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Is the Backup Appliance on the same network as current production machines?

if so, it will need another network interface, and be on the Test Lab network. (as well as production!).

But if you Restore a VM, the VM does not need to be on, so will not cause any issues when OFF, when on it will need to be on a new network. (different!).

If however you want to practice restore to a production machine, C: and System State, the machine would need to be normally on, and contactable by Production Machine. (so new nic).

Is Backup Appliance Virtual, you could duplicate this on Test Lab network.
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by:dougdog
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Any I need to restore are virtual
But I want to be able to test restore to an isolated environment
The avamar and servers are on different vlans
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You will have to either clone the avamar and servers and put in the isolated environment, or link the  avamar and servers to the isolated environment, and production at the same time.
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by:dougdog
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any idea the best way to do this
avamar cant be cloned
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Is Avamar a Virtual Appliance ?
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by:compdigit44
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If it is a virtual appliance you could power it down and clone it to to your test environment or if it is physical use Vmware Converter to do a P2V on the server
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by:dougdog
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it is physical and cant be cloned
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by:compdigit44
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Hum at this point the only other option I can think of to recreate your Avamar server is to create a new VM with the same OS and patch level and drive config. Run Widows backup and back up everything on the server. Export the backup to a remove HD then import the image into your newly created VM????

I know this is a long shot!!!
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i think the best way to do this is to build some sort of vlan
i need a vlan for all my test servers and have that vlan that it can only talk to the avamar server
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but not sure how to complete this
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You would need to add additional network interfaces to the Avamar server, and can iot support VLANs?
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If you do not have extra internal network cards you could possible try to use a usb nic and cross over cable as a direct connect if you are really desperate.
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