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Playing with VMware Consolidated Backup (VCB)

Geert Baeke recently posted on his blog site an interesting article about VMware's VI3 backup feature, VMware Consolidated Backup.  If you are still confused about how it all works, you might want to check out this really nice rundown on the feature.  In it, he talks about the two types of VCB-based backups: Full VM or File Mount.  He writes: 

To review the basics, VCB is a platform to facilitate taking backups of virtual machines. It provides a way to get to the virtual machine's disks using a fibre adapter in a Windows Server 2003 machine. Because of that, VCB needs to be installed on a physical machine running Windows Server 2003. VCB requires extra licensing and thus cost and is included in the Enterprise edition of VI3. You also need some scripts (integration scripts) that allow you to integrate VCB into your backup software. Our environment is using TSM (Tivoli Storage Manager) and scripts are provided to integrate with VCB. Basically, when you create a backup job, you run some pre and post-backup scripts to get the data onto the VCB server and to clean up afterwards. The big advantage of VCB is that it allows you to take a LAN-free backup of your virtual machines with no load on the ESX servers. Of course, it is only LAN free between the VCB and ESX server.

Check out the entire post, here.

Published Tuesday, December 12, 2006 6:59 AM by David Marshall
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