VMware Data Backup and Recovery
Source: Data Domain
VMware offers extraordinary benefits, but it can come at the cost of extra storage, backup resources and administrative challenges. VMware is the predominant method in the open systems world for creating multiple virtual machines in a physical computing system. By separating virtual systems from physical constraints, they become easier to manage. Consolidation helps take greater advantage of powerful server assets which can contribute to supporting green initiatives. VI3 is a bundled product with four components: Virtual Infrastructure Client (VI Client), License Server, Virtual Center Management Server (VC Server), and the ESX Server Console (part of the ESX Server). The backing up the VM Guest OS Files, This technique is the most well known, and probably most straightforward way of backing up an operating system running within VMware. A standard backup client is simply installed on a VM. The Guest OS backup on the VM is then scheduled and file level backups are performed as with a physical machine. File restores are the same as for any standard client. The backup infrastructure can be shared as just one more component of a standard backup deployment, and it needs no additional hardware. To gain the benefits of VMware, storage - especially backup storage - often multiplies. Through efficient use of Data Domain storage, backup time can be well managed, and backup storage and replication bandwidth for DR can be brought back under control.