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VMware VI3 Implementation and Administration by Eric Siebert

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Chapter 9. Backing Up Your Virtual Environment

Good backups are a must for any environment, physical or virtual. Traditional backup methods that are used in physical environments can still be used in virtual environments, but there are alternatives available that can be more efficient and faster for backing up your VMs. VMware introduced a product called Consolidated Backup in VI3 that was a new approach to backing up ESX hosts. Consolidated Backup leverages a proxy server to back up virtual disks to offload the burden from the VM and to provide networkless backups by backing up the VM’s virtual disks over the SAN fabric. Virtual environments allow for some different approaches to backups because of their snapshot abilities and unique architecture. ...

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