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Backup VMs on XenServer 5.5.0

Posted on 2014-11-26
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I singed a new client yesterday, and oh man are they in a world of hurt. They are running a Dell PowerEdge T610 with RAID 10, dual hot-swap power supplies and 12GB RAM. They are running XenServer 5.5.0 with two VMs. On my first site visit, the immediate things that jumped out - one drive failed in the RAID and one power supply is bad - I replaced both items and things are now stable. Further review shows they have zero backups whatsoever of the VMs. This is my first time managing a XenServer. What backup solutions are available for XenServer VMs?
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You probably have to back them up with agents inside the VMs, just like they are physical. Unitrends works well, and you can get a free edition that covers up to 8 VMs. UNitrends is very highly regarded by the Spiceworks community, and I use them myself. MUch better than Backup Exec :-)

http://go.unitrends.com/unitrends-spiceworks-edition
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@kevinshieh - thanks for the reply. I did evaluate Unitrends, however, it is cost prohibitive to my client. But, thanks to your suggestion I did stumble upon another product called Alike from Quadric Software. I am testing this software now. Thanks again.
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See above
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How many VMs are you backing up? The Unitrends Enterprise Backup software only edition can be had free for up to 8 VMs.
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The client, who I was told was running two VMs, is actually running 13 - crazy.
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@kevinshieh - correction - I am working with several clients right now on VM issues and got a few of them confused. I did look the Unitrend you suggested, however, it is for VMware or Hyper-V hypervisors; the client I am working with has Xen hypervisor.
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Well yes, you need to run Unitrends from another machine, which is what you should be doing anyway so that you are not storing your backups on the same equipment as your primary data.
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