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Using NTBackup on system after P2Ving

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Hi

I am looking for some advice/suggestions.  I am aware this isnt the typical question that has one or even a few correct answers but more likely many.  Every IT person could come up with something different based on what works for them, so I will describe what I am doing and try and narrow down what I am looking to achieve whether good practice or just terrible.

I have p2v'd 2 old servers recently.  The old hardware was knackered but the systems were still business critical.  I chose to deal with the imminent hardware failure and then worry about decommisioning the machine at a less rushed pace.

The machines are both Windows Server 2003 running on a VMWare hypervisor (the free one for the moment).  Backups use builtin ntbackup schedules (daily full and inc). The backup media is (was) an external usb disk.  I have temporarily changed this so the backups still run but just to another local (to the vm) drive.  

My question is; what is the cleanest (short term) way to get the backups back on to the usb drives so they can go offsite?  I have considered an intermediate physical server.  What would you guys do?

If there is something I havent made clear please ask.

thanks for any suggestions.
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Just off the top of my head:

Just copy the VMDK to an external drive.  

Another option is to have a physical machine with a USB drive shared, and use that as the target for NT backup.



What's the size of the backup?
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Backup size is 50GB per machine approx.  Im thinking it'll be quite slow to first copy over the network and then on to USB even with good hardware.  Also sharing a USB drive potentially causes dismounting problems so it may have to be a copy to machine then copy to usb 2-stage operation.  I would copy vmdk but - on a running system - how?
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Power down your Vm and export it to a OVA. Then FTP the OVA file to the remote site or to a cloud location.


Also Veeam has a free backup option they offer... http://www.veeam.com/virtual-machine-backup-solution-free.html

Do you use a company like IronMountin for offsite storage? If so I believe they offer an online backup for a fee of course.
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I would copy vmdk but - on a running system - how?
I'm sorry, I missed your follow-up.

To copy the VMDK of a running VM you would first take a snapshot, then copy the virtual disk, then delete the snapshot.

Here's a script you should be able to adapt:  http://www.jamescoyle.net/how-to/313-backup-esxi-5-x-running-virtual-machine
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