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Virtualizing: Microsoft® Tier 1 Applications with VMware vSphere™ 4 by Hemant Gaidhani, Alex Fontana, Charles A. Windom Sr.

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Devising a Backup Strategy

Backing up Microsoft applications in virtual machines is very similar to performing backups in the physical environment. In some cases, backups performed in the virtual environment can be much simpler than in the physical environment. Typically, many customers will use the traditional method of deploying backup agents in the guest virtual machine and will perform streaming backup. There are numerous options for backing up your applications in the virtual environment. A properly designed and implemented backup and recovery plan can augment your high-availability and disaster recovery strategies.

A recommended best practice for backup tools in the virtual environment is to implement backup products that conform to the ...

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