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I'm currently using Veeam with an NFS share over a 100MB pipe to back up most of my ESXi 4.1 hosts. I've decided against replication in favor of better performance (most of our VM's are Exchange servers with a high number of changes made while the replication was running). I'm looking for some tips or maybe someone with a smiliar situation that can share their experiences.
I'm concerned about how often I should be running a full back-up, and if these can effect the VM's the same way a running replication job can? My biggest concern is speed, has anyone found ideal settings for backing up their hosts over the wire? Ideally we'd like all the jobs to run/complete during the off hours as we're worried about other technicians shutting these VM's off during a back-up process.
During one test I had an exchange VM (75GB) take about 35 hours to complete a full backup via SAN/NBD at a little under 1mbps, I'm wondering if I'm missing a setting or have a bottleneck somewhere.
Thanks for any help or input!
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