VMWare - Backup Question

Hi,
I am curious about some items in my VM Ware environment, and whether or not they need to be backed up.

We have a 2 host cluster.
Each host has a vSphere Storage Appliance (VSA-0 and VSA-1).

We also have Deep Security (Trend) - DSVA1 and DSVA2.

Do these 4 items need to be backed up?  

Since the VSAs are the storage appliances, and the VMs are being backed up, does it make sense to backup the VSA?  I've tried to backup VSA-1 (1.37TB), but only 5GB backed up.

Thanks,
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jsctechyInfrastructure Team LeadAsked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
How do you currently backup your VMs ? (you can exclude VSA Appliances, I would backup Trend.).
jsctechyInfrastructure Team LeadAuthor Commented:
Using Barracuda Backup.
It connects directly to each host.  I manually select the VMs running on each host.

DSVA - Yes, I am backing this up.

The VSAs don't seem to backup properly.  I'll exclude them.  My thought is that it would be redundant anyway.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, there is no need to backup the VSA appliances, your are only duplicated, double-ing your backup!

You have all your VMs, backed up!

Now make sure, you can restore and test! (should you need to practice!)

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jsctechyInfrastructure Team LeadAuthor Commented:
Will do.  I've created baseline images/templates for a server deployment.  They don't show up in the backup interface.  Is this standard procedure?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
This is very common, that templates do not appear, as technically they are not VMs.

They are static, and if templates, golden masters, so Convert to VMs, and backup one time.
jsctechyInfrastructure Team LeadAuthor Commented:
Thanks!
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
no problems.
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