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vmworld 2009: esx backup and recovery

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I walked into a session by Chris Wolf @ Burton Group by mistake. I was looking for Trend Micro’s session on securing virtual environments. So here I was deciding whether to leave or not … and I noticed that the room was full and more people trickling in. Wow for backup? We know its important, but isnt it a solved problem?

Chris seemed very knowledgeable about the topic! The audience was taking copius notes. I was sitting there stunned. Here we enterpreneurs are thinking of the next big thing, most of these folks are struggling with basic stuff. In addition I learnt the following:

– A show of hands for how many people are running ESX vs ESXi had 20% with ESXi, which Chris claimed was very high!

– A lot of people were using vRanger for backing up (vranger was from visioncore acquired by quest software)

– There is no equivalent for VSS for linux. This makes doing backup for linux very difficult for linux guests. How are all those people backing up linux machines on EC2?

Written by RS

September 4, 2009 at 6:04 am

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  1. We are a linux server backing up to S3. Our method is using a combination of backupninja and duplicity. I think you would be more interested in duplicity since that is the actual backup to S3 tool, whereas backupninja just helps schedule it.

    Diwant Vaidya

    September 4, 2009 at 10:59 am

  2. There is an equivalent for VSS, provided you have LVM. Its called Snapshots.

    See this link for an overview:

    http://tldp.org/HOWTO/LVM-HOWTO/snapshotintro.html

    Aldrin Leal

    January 8, 2010 at 11:22 pm


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