Physical to virtual backups

Hello experts,

Here is my scenario, I want to backup my physical server(s) to Virtual Machines hosted on my ESXi 5.0 server. I am not sure what is the best way to go about doing this. Not sure if this is making any sense to anyone but here is what I am trying to do:

1. I want to be able to use the VM copy of my physical server(s) in the event of an outage.
     - Like a failover cluster situation.
     - Thinking about using Double-Take to replicate the physical to virtual (is this wise?)
2. I then want to use Veeam backup v7 to backup to a external drive so that I can take the VM backups off site.

What is the best way for me to accomplish this, is the a better way. If possible, could you link me to a diagram of what would work.

Thanks in advance!
CervisTECHAsked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)Connect With a Mentor VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
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Tony GiangrecoCommented:
That is a great concept but one problem that may come up with this scenario is if your backup server is on a VM and the physical box dies, there goes your backup system.

I'd always leave your backup on a physical system. It also reduces complexity with ESX trying to connect to a tape or external drive system for storing backup files.
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Haresh NikumbhSr. Tech leadCommented:
I will recommend StorageCraft backup solution too.

you can configure 15 mins backup schedule, in event of server crash you can virtulize server from backup image.

this solution works like charm , simple recovery procedure, tested and trusted by the ppls.

many organization is using this solution as a DR solutions for the server.

Shadowprotect
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CervisTECHAuthor Commented:
Thanks!
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