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Backup Qnap NAS

Hi

I am using a Qnap TurboNas as a NFS datastore for an ESX environment. I would like to backup my Qnap onto a WD LiveBook. Would it be sufficient to backup the datastore folders? Or is it better to use a VMware backup solution such as Veem Backup?
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Chris Sandrini
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
It is much better to use a VMware Backup aware Application - Veeam Backup is one application, but there are others.

see my EE Article

12 commercial software backup products for VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) you should be evaluating today
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Chris SandriniSenior System EngineerAuthor Commented:
Thank you for the link. I will read it and look into them.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
no problems, let me know, if you require any further assistance, or recommendations.
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Chris SandriniSenior System EngineerAuthor Commented:
I use VMWare Essentials with 2 Physical nodes (1 socket each). What backup tool would you suggest that is not high priced? Or is there even reliable free products?

I have looked at the Veem Backup & Restore which has a free version. But it does not support scheduled backups.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
I would compare and evaluate Veeam, Nakivo or Unitrends (which is FREE! up to 1TB of backups!)

Unitrends Appliance is very good!
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Chris SandriniSenior System EngineerAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the Unitrends tip! 1 TB is more than enough for my environment. I will test it out.

Will close this question and reopen a new one if I have more specific questions.
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Chris SandriniSenior System EngineerAuthor Commented:
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