Backing up vmware + data deduplication best practices
I'm testing vmware backup feature through san with data deduplication. I have some doubts you guys could help me.
About san zoning:
I've read many topics about it. Some say I have to zone vmware backup host + lun datastore. Others say i have to include ESX hosts (vmware backup host + lun datastore + esx hosts). Still in doubt which is the right one.
It sounds a bit strange to me the needing of vmware backup host seeing all lun datastores. Imagine if I have dozens of esx hosts being backep up.
What if some administrator accidentally format the wrong lun, since it's viewed by operating system. Just let me know your point of view , experience , etc ...
Is that possible to balance backups of virtual machine between more than one vmware backup host. I mean multiple vmware backup host seeing same datastore and each one backing up a differente virtual machine of course ?
Other is about deduplication pool:
Can I have same disk deduplication pool presented to more than one media server ? I mean running multiple backups by different media servers writing to same disk ? Or do I need a single dedup disk for every media server ?