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We've got an internal Datastore of NL-SAS disks (~3.5 TB) on our ESXi and would like to use it as a backup target for Veeam.
Since the same host is the only host in the system, does it make sense to you to perform it this way?

Our other alternative is to backup to our EMC, which has only 1 TB left, but room for more disks.
What would you choose?

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
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You could use it for a Backup Repository, BUT if your Backup Repository, is the SAME as the location of the VMs on this hosts!

It's a large single point of failure, if you lose the HOST, and ALL the VMs, you also lose ALL your Backups!

Technically possible, but I think not common sense or Best Practice!

WE WOULD always ensure our Backups are located on something different than the HOST, which hosts the VMs.

So in this case 150% your EMC, or a cheaper NAS!

In our organisation [Cyrus] we have a motto...

"A Backup is NOT a Backup UNLESS located in THREE Places"

(located also means these days STORED!)

This could be....

1. Your Host
2. Also your EMC SAN
3. Off-site Tape or CLOUD!
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Thanks Andrew.
Which best storage type for Veeam backup on EMC VNXe3150 ?
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Any storage other than the Host the VMs are located ON!

if you've only got  EMC VNXe3150, yes that's more than adequate!
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Sure, but CIFS (SMB) Share is good enough as a repository?
Should it be mapped to a server or backup directly to the share? Should DeDuplication be used on the storage level?
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