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Esxi Backup

We have a Esxi host server which has 4 VMs  ( Domain controller, Exchange, File server and print server). We have plan to setup a redundant host with same Vms as backup to make sure when the primary host is down the second one will take over.

Do I need to use vMotion or clone to configure same VMs on second host ?

Please advise ?

Thanks
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Golchehr
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You actually need neither, but just

Veeam Backup and Replication
http://www.veeam.com/vmware-esx-backup.html

There are other products to select

other Backup Products to consider also

AppAssure
http://www.appassure.com/ - Number 1 Backup and VMs and Cloud

Unitrends
http://www.unitrends.com/ - a good vRecovery Backup Appliance.

Symantec Backup Exec V-Ray Edition
http://www.symantec.com/backup-exec-vray-edition - Unmatched backup and recovery designed for virtual and physical environments

VM Explorer
http://www.trilead.com/ - Simply, cost effective and it works.

Acronis Backup & Recovery┬« 11 Virtual Edition
http://www.acronis.com/virtualization/ - simple but effective

StorageCraft ShadowProtect Server
http://www.storagecraft.com/  - amazing but can be expensive


NAKIVO Backup & Replication for VMware
http://www.nakivo.com/ - current testing proves very postiive

vBackup - in Beta
http://www.thinware.net/Products/vBackup/tabid/202/Default.aspx

But Veeam is the best!
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GolchehrAuthor Commented:
Actually, I need high availability . Any idea ?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You will need

1. A SAN
2. Or NAS
3. Or Shared Storage
4. At least two ESXi hosts
5. Minimum of vSphere Essentials Plus

This will allow VMware HA
Which restarts VMs when a host fails on another host.

Expect the VM to be down for less than 2 minutes or less for VMware HA.

So how much downtime can your business afford?
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