Chapter 10. Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity

In this chapter, we will cover the following topics:

  • Backing up ESXi host configurations
  • Configuring ESXi host logging
  • Backing up virtual distributed switch configurations
  • Deploying VMware Data Protection
  • Using VMware Data Protection to back up virtual machines
  • Replicating virtual machines with vSphere Replication
  • Protecting the virtual datacenter with Site Recovery Manager


The factors that influence the design of the backup and recovery of the virtual datacenter are Recovery Point Objective (RPO) and Recovery Time Objective (RTO). RPO defines the amount of data loss that is acceptable. RTO is the amount of time it should take to restore an application or service a workload after an outage. ...

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