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Mastering VMware vSphere™ 4 by Scott Lowe

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11.6. Restoring with VMware Consolidated Backup

Restoring data in a virtual environment can take many forms. If you are using VCB in combination with an approved third-party backup application, there are three specific types of restores:

  • Centralized restore: One backup agent on the VCB proxy.

  • Decentralized restore: Several backup agents installed around the network, but not every system has one.

  • Self-service restore: Each virtual machine contains a backup agent.

Why am I discussing backup agents in the restore section? Remember, the number of backup agents purchased directly influences the virtual machines that can also be restored directly. No matter how you implant the whole backup/restore process, you must understand that it's "either pay me ...

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