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VMware View 5 Desktop Virtualization Solutions by Andre Leibovici, Jason Langone

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Backing up the Parent VM

Backing up the Parent VM can be tricky as it is a virtual machine, often with many different point-in-time snapshots. The most common technique is to collapse the virtual machine snapshot tree at a given point-in-time snapshot, and then back up or copy the newly created virtual machine to a second datastore. By storing the parent VM on a redundant storage solution, it is quite unlikely that the Parent VM will be lost. What’s more likely is that a point-in-time snapshot may be created of the Parent VM while it’s in a non-functional or less-than-ideal state.

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