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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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Protecting Your Data

The topic of data protection is one that makes people cringe even though we all have to endure the task of having a solid backup or, more important, a solid recovery solution. The fact that you’re moving everything off physical hardware and into, basically, files on disk would make it appear as though backups are as easy as just copying those files from disk to some other media and shipping it off-site for a period of time. Although that may somewhat be the case with some available solutions, you still have applications running within these virtual machines, and that makes it a bit more difficult than just copying files from a VMFS data store. In the following sections, you’ll learn about your options for backing up the data ...

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