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IA B29: Best Practices for Backup and Recovery of VMware

Created: 30 Apr 2013 • Updated: 03 May 2013 | 1 comment
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Still backing up VMs like physical machines? Wondering if there is a better way? Thinking about a "virtual-only"; tool for VMware backups? Attend this session to learn the latest best practices for backing up and recovering VMware and see what you've been missing.

Speakers: Jim Olson, George Winter

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Tomer Gurantz's picture

Very nice presentation, and it helps that George is such a great presenter.

Some great best practices too, such as explaining the reasoning behind some basics of choosing which types of resource limits to set based on the tranport type (e.g. NBD transport = use ESXserver; SAN transport = use Datastore). Also great, simple explanation of how VMware is currently limiting throughput from a single ESX server with multiple streams, and how to quickly take advantage of multiple ESX servers for increased performance (and of course how VMware Intelligent Policies (VIP) and resource limits make that trivial to set up.

The final VIP configuration exercise was great as well, as it quite simply broke down why you'd want to backup fewer of these VMs faster, than more slower, even though the end result for VM backup speed might be roughly equivalent.

Senior Principal Technical Education Consultant with Symantec Corporation

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