I am new to Vmware and to Veeam Backup, so please bear with me and my learning curve
Before virtualization I used Ghost to create disaster recovery images.
I am now planning our new disaster recovery scheme and testing Veeam Backup to create the needed VM images.
It looks good and I have backed up all the small servers no problem, but when I tried our main server I got a space error?!?"Production datastore 'DataVolume1 Raid 10' is getting low on free space (292.0 MB left), and may run out of free disk space completely due to open snapshots.
Error: Insufficient free disk space on production datastore 'DataVolume1 Raid 10'."
I understand the problem but I am not sure how to work around it.
The root of the issue is with how I laid out the server:
2x300GB Raid 1 Mirror - O/S and boot volume.
8x146GB Raid 10 - Data volume. This is only used by the main server O/S - W2k3 and shared to all domain clients from there.
When I did the p2v I stayed with the basic design and put all the VM O/S's on the raid 1 volume called 'O.S.Volume.Raid1'
and I created a FMFS on the raid 10 array called 'DataVolume1 Raid 10'
The main server O/S was given the data volume and I created a full NTFS volume to be shared from there. So its full, the NTFS is not but according to VMware 'DataVolume1 Raid 10' is full. Now the whole VM is listed as 647.2GB and there is nowhere to create the snapshot.
I like to keep my data separate, and TBU the whole thing once a week with daily changed file backups.
I like to take monthly image snapshots of my O/S for disaster planning.
I appear to be stuck....