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Fault tolerant vm

Veeam Logoby vbussiro » Sun Oct 11, 2009 9:58 pm

As you can't snapshot a fault tolerant vm, I guess I cannot backup a fault tolerant vm, right ? I tried with 3.1.1 and VCB SAN mode, it failed. Maybe a special procedure ?
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Re: Fault tolerant vm

Veeam Logoby Gostev » Sun Oct 11, 2009 11:19 pm

No, it is impossible to backup FT VM with any tools at this time
http://www.veeam.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=1688#p6900
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[MERGED] compatibility Veeam - VMware Fault Tolerance

Veeam Logoby riccardo » Tue Nov 02, 2010 9:51 am

Hi,
does veeam backup 5.0 support vsphere Fault Tolerance?
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Re: compatibility Veeam - VMware Fault Tolerance

Veeam Logoby Gostev » Tue Nov 02, 2010 10:20 am

At the moment, no image-level backup solution supports fault tolerance, because VMware does not support creating snapshots on such VMs, which is a requirement for image-level VMware backup. vStorage API for Data Protection can only work with snapshots (its functions require passing snapshot ID as mandatory parameter). Thanks!
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Re: compatibility Veeam - VMware Fault Tolerance

Veeam Logoby joergr » Tue Nov 02, 2010 7:40 pm

Riccardo,

VMware FT has still two main problems (where VMware is working on):

a) it can have only one single vcpu,
b) it cannot have any snapshot.

The only way to really backup a FT enabled vm is to backup it with some imaging tool (for example drive snapshot by tom ehlert) from within the guest or if using newer windows servers you could use windows backup to create a bare level somewhere to the network.

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[MERGED] vSphere Fault-Tolerant (FT) VMs not supported

Veeam Logoby PeterCox » Sun Nov 21, 2010 11:44 pm

The V5 release notes contain the statement - 'Processing of vSphere Fault-Tolerant (FT) VMs is not supported.'

Can someone explain why this is a restriction and how one goes about backing up and/or replicating a VM guest with FT enabled?

Replication to a DR site is the minimum requirement in our environment.
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Re: vSphere Fault-Tolerant (FT) VMs not supported

Veeam Logoby Bunce » Mon Nov 22, 2010 12:14 am

Assuming you can't snapshot them, you can't back them up using any product that relies on snapshots.

You'll need a guest agent.
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Re: vSphere Fault-Tolerant (FT) VMs not supported

Veeam Logoby Gostev » Mon Nov 22, 2010 6:05 am

Talk to VMware ;) they have been promising this for a while now.
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Fault Tolerance disabled - workaround

Veeam Logoby johnny@datafant.se » Thu Jun 16, 2011 11:20 am

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Hello,

I was just told from your support that I cannot use VB to backup FT-enabled vm:s even if the vm:s have FT disabled.
Why is this ?
Vmware suggests to temporarily disable FT when I, for instance, want to clone a FT protected vm.
So why haven´t you made it possible ?

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Re: compatibility Veeam - VMware Fault Tolerance

Veeam Logoby Vitaliy S. » Thu Jun 16, 2011 11:30 am

Johnny,

As soon as you're able to create snapshot for FT VMs then you can use Veeam B&R to backup those VMs.
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Feature about FT

Veeam Logoby johnny@datafant.se » Tue Jul 05, 2011 9:00 am

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Hello,

In current version of VB, you cannot backup FT-protected vm:s even if FT is disabled.
You have to "Turn Off" FT to make this possible.

Will this be possible in next version/build of VB ?

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Re: compatibility Veeam - VMware Fault Tolerance

Veeam Logoby Vitaliy S. » Tue Jul 05, 2011 9:11 am

No, because you cannot create snapshot for VMs with FT disabled, and all VM image based backup solution rely on snapshots. You need to turn FT off to make it work.
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BACKING UP FT VM'S

Veeam Logoby felixx4 » Tue Feb 07, 2012 6:50 pm

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Hi,

Just wondering what the best way to back up FT VM's in Vsphere. Thanks!
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Re: compatibility Veeam - VMware Fault Tolerance

Veeam Logoby dellock6 » Tue Feb 07, 2012 11:41 pm

Until VMware does not release some vSphere version with the ability to snapshot FT VMs, best (and only) way is still to have an agent inside the VM and backup the operating system from inside.

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Replication of Fault Tolerant VM's

Veeam Logoby SFBCIC » Mon May 07, 2012 1:07 pm

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I have found in KB1178 that VB&R v5 did not support FT VM's. Has this been resolved in any updates in v6?
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