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Backup VMs with shared disks

Post by StoneEdge » Jul 07, 2012 3:00 pm

Hi

We have a cluster that have around 30 VMs that all VMs have 1 disk that is a shared disk(some independent persistence disks, others are pRDM disks), and this type of disks is not possible to snapshot.

My questions is, is there any alternative in Veeam to backup this?? Copy or something like that?

Any ideas will be welcome

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Re: Backup VMs with shared disks

Post by Vitaliy S. » Jul 07, 2012 9:49 pm

Hello,

You can always change pRDMs to vRDMs, this will allow you to back these disks up, another way would be to use "old school" backup method with in-guest agents.

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Re: Backup VMs with shared disks

Post by StoneEdge » Jul 09, 2012 6:26 am

Hi Vitaliy,

Thank you for your reply.

When that is not a great option(but maybe the only), since we are moving from Symantec to Veeam and I cannot propose to have Symantec only to backup that cluster, after I propose to move to Veeam.

I was trying to find a solution with Veeam.

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Re: Backup VMs with shared disks

Post by Vitaliy S. » Jul 09, 2012 9:15 am

Well...switching to vRDMs seems to be a common practice among our existing customers, as to independent disks then I guess you can power your VMs down and then use File copy jobs to backup these disks.

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Re: Backup VMs with shared disks

Post by StoneEdge » Jul 09, 2012 2:00 pm

Hi Vitaliy,

Changing to vRDM the VM will have direct link to Storage, this will reduce the performance on the read/write yes??

Regarding file copy, well that was the only option I was thinking.

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Re: Backup VMs with shared disks

Post by Vitaliy S. » Jul 09, 2012 3:02 pm

I haven't heard anything about performance degradation after switching from pRDM to vRDM disks, so it should be fine.

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Re: Backup VMs with shared disks

Post by StoneEdge » Jul 10, 2012 4:08 pm

Hi Vitaliy

I will do some tests.

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