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  • 1.  VCB Trying to create an Image backup

    Posted Jun 16, 2009 04:38 PM

    I am trying to create an Image level backup by using VCB and Backup Exec 12.5. Everything is set up correctly so there is no problem there. We would like to have the Image stay in it's backup folder (mnt) and not taken to tape in the same job. Then the next morning, we have a job for each virtual machine that takes the disk image from the mnt directory, to tape. The disk to tape backup job works great. I won't explain to you how we get the disk to disk job to work. What I'm trying to accomplish is to create one job for disk to disk and then one job for disk to tape. The disk to tape job we have figured out. I only need help on the disk to disk job.

    For our disk to disk backup, we have this line in the pre-command - "D:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Consolidated Backup Framework\backupexec\pre-backup.bat" Testimage TestServer.EDU-FullVM

    We have nothing in the post command. How do I get the job to find the server so it can back it up? What do I put in the selection list?

    Thanks



  • 2.  RE: VCB Trying to create an Image backup

    Posted Jun 16, 2009 06:25 PM

    How do I get the job to find the server so it can back it up? What do I put in the selection list?

    You can simple put the D:\mnt folder.

    Or go on manually list (on job properties) and add manually the D:\mnt\TestServer.EDU-FullVM folder

    Andre

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  • 3.  RE: VCB Trying to create an Image backup

    Posted Jun 16, 2009 07:27 PM

    When the disk to tape job runs, it takes away the server image files in the mnt directory. So how will the image job run the next day if there is nothing in the mnt folder?



  • 4.  RE: VCB Trying to create an Image backup

    Posted Jun 17, 2009 04:00 AM

    When the disk to tape job runs, it takes away the server image files in the mnt directory. So how will the image job run the next day if there is nothing in the mnt folder?

    Ok, where does the B2D job move the images?

    Why you move the image, you can leave in mnt folder (and use config.js to automatically delete when VCB runs).

    Andre



  • 5.  RE: VCB Trying to create an Image backup
    Best Answer

    Posted Jun 17, 2009 12:33 PM

    Take a look at my VCB "Proven Practice Guide" on VIOPS -> http://viops.vmware.com/home/docs/DOC-1392

    It explains how things work a little better than the current VM Backup Guides. While you are on the VI:OPS site, check under the "Availability" section to see if there is a guide specific to your backup software.

    Dave Convery

    VMware vExpert 2009

    http://www.dailyhypervisor.com

    Careful. We don't want to learn from this.

    Bill Watterson, "Calvin and Hobbes"



  • 6.  RE: VCB Trying to create an Image backup

    Posted Jun 18, 2009 07:43 PM

    The B2D job moves the image to tape. After the disk to disk job runs at night, we leave the image in the mnt directory until noon the next day. The reason we do this is if the next morning we have to restore a VM. Since the VM is still on disk, it'll be quicker to restore.



  • 7.  RE: VCB Trying to create an Image backup

    Posted Jun 17, 2009 12:36 PM

    I also posted a doc about BE 11 a while ago. It still applies if you are not using the VMware Agent in BE 12.5. -> http://communities.vmware.com/docs/DOC-2770

    Dave Convery

    VMware vExpert 2009

    http://www.dailyhypervisor.com

    Careful. We don't want to learn from this.

    Bill Watterson, "Calvin and Hobbes"



  • 8.  RE: VCB Trying to create an Image backup

    Posted Jun 18, 2009 07:39 PM

    Thanks for all the tips. I will try these out next week.