vSphere backup recommendations
Posted on 2014-02-08
We have an old SBS2003 and Win2003 running Terminal Services and they are being retired. There will be 15 users and I need some recommendations of hardware spec for a hosted environment. This is what we are looking at based purely on internet research
1 X HP DL380e G8 with additional processor
4 X 450GB 15K SAS LFF drive (RAID 5 with spare total 900GB usable space)
VMware vSphere Essentials
1 X WinServer Std 2012 R2 VM for DC
1 X WinServer Std 2012 R2 VM for Remote Desktop server.
Email will be externally hosted mailboxes.
I need to add a backup solution. Internet connectivity to the site is not great so online backup may not be feasible. Some people have suggested LTO tape drives with associated software like veeam or Symantec backup exec.
My questions are;
1. Is the tape drive physically connected to the Host server and passed through to the guest OS or do you connect it to a 'management pc'
2. Do these backup solutions actually backup the hypervisor configurations or is this something that has to be done separately