VMware backup methods?


I'd like to hear what you people are using for backups or the industry standard for a full vmware infrastructure and with our upcoming View desktops as well.

I heard of Veem backing up at the vmdk level but we are currently using Net backup to tape for (legal reasons) but not necessarily for quick restores as our backups take two weeks (due to some on-access scanning crap).

Any better recommendations for to backup/restore in a full virtual environment with view desktops on the way?

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Tape backup is really not adequate for virtual machine backup, and block level backup, e.g. at the datastore, vmdk is more efficient, and then you  an send the backup to tape! (if you need to for legal reasons!)

Veeam Backup and Replication is the world leader!

I've written an EE Article, on this very subject


I updated it recently from this one I wrote originally

VMware ESX/ESXi Backup Guide

Ask questions, as I wrote these articles, and we are familiar with ALL the Backup Products!
snyderkvAuthor Commented:
Right on you the man. I'll close and assign points but may respond to this thread if I have a question. Thanks again
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
no problems.

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