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VMware virtual recovery and backup best practices and tools

Introduction

A strong VMware virtual recovery and backup plan consists of several elements and requires frequent testing to make sure it will work properly when the time comes.

Different strategies, VMware products, features and third-party tools all come into play when protecting data in the virtual infrastructure. Admins should employ configuration best practices and take advantage of snapshot technology to reduce downtime in the event of a failure.

Tools like VMware Site Recovery Manager and vSphere Data Protection can assist in these efforts. Products like Quest Software's Vroom can also help manage, monitor, and protect data and applications.

With the recent increase in ransomware attacks and outages, it's more important than ever before to consider all the strategies and tools at your disposal when reviewing and implementing a virtual recovery and backup plan.

1Strategies -

VM backup and virtual recovery best practices

Although it's important to have a virtual recovery plan in place in the event of a failure, preventative measures are also key to keeping things up and running in your virtual infrastructure. Automatically back up VMs and workloads and employ features like high availability (HA) and replication to ensure you have the proper safeguards in place.

Tip

Avoid manual backups by automating vCenter backup

Admins need to back up vCenter Server regularly to avoid losing important data. With this tip, users can learn how to automate that process. Continue Reading

Answer

VSphere HA cluster best practices

Reduce application downtime, protect against server failure and restart failed VMs with the right VMware vSphere HA configuration. Continue Reading

Feature

Learn how the VMware HA feature works

Understand how this feature works to improve workload availability in your data center and to navigate the difference between HA and fault tolerance. Continue Reading

Tip

VMware vSphere Replication helps copy VMs

Walk through how vSphere Replication works by copying a VM, but also understand its limitations, as there are a few things the feature doesn't support. Continue Reading

Tip

Use VCHA to prevent software failures

VCenter Server High Availability, which is new to 6.5, ensures HA for a vSphere deployment with minimal impact on host performance. Continue Reading

2Snapshots-

Use snapshots to defend and resurrect VMs

Using snapshots to restore VMs to a particular point in time is a popular way to back up data and protect against failures. Although snapshots are useful, they need to be properly managed so they don't cause unforeseen issues. Learn the role of snapshots in a larger VMware virtual recovery and backup strategy and the common issues admins encounter when using them.

Tip

Avoid waste by monitoring and consolidating VMware snapshots

While snapshots help restore VMs to a particular state, snapshot buildup can cause performance issues. Consolidate snapshots with vSphere Web Client. Continue Reading

Tip

Use storage snapshots as part of your data backup approach

Admins can quickly recover from a failure by using storage snapshots for flat backups, but there are cons to this method. Consider supplementing it with offline backup. Continue Reading

Answer

Know when to use snapshot technology

A snapshot isn't a stand-alone backup replacement, but it can enhance your data protection strategy. Read this expert tip to learn more about snapshot advantages and drawbacks. Continue Reading

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Relying on snapshots and replication in a backup and recovery strategy

Rachel Dines from Forrester Research discusses the role of snapshots and replication technology as part of your backup and recovery strategy. Continue Reading

Tip

VMware snapshot size and other causes of slow snapshots

Snapshots offer multiple restore points for VMs, but they include some complications. Poor performance can stem from the VMware snapshot size and other root causes. Continue Reading

3VMware Site Recovery Manager-

Adopt VMware Site Recovery Manager to ease DR efforts

Site Recovery Manager (SRM) automates failover and provides disaster recovery (DR) testing. Admins overseeing complex virtual infrastructures can prioritize VMs so they automatically restart in a specific order when a failure occurs. Navigate the ins and outs of SRM and understand how to use it alongside other technologies and features to strengthen your VMware virtual recovery and backup strategy.

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The ideal VMware SRM DR setup depends on your business

Follow these tips to fine-tune SRM to meet your needs. Start by prioritizing your applications and making sure the DR target is in good shape. Continue Reading

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Properly configure SRM to ensure it will work as prescribed

Get to know VMware SRM, which products it competes with, which products it works with and what environments it's suited for, and optimize SRM to deliver better recovery times. Continue Reading

Tip

Navigate VM availability acronyms: VMware HA vs. FT and SRM vs. VADP

VMware's options for VM availability and backup can look like alphabet soup. Get a handle on everything from VMware VADP and SRM to HA and FT features. Continue Reading

Tip

SRM replication choices: vSphere Replication vs. storage replication

VMware's disaster recovery manager, SRM, has two replication options: replication via the hypervisor or via storage. The choice involves scalability and cost. Continue Reading

Tip

Five common VMware SRM error messages and how to resolve them

As is the case with any software, you might unexpectedly receive SRM error messages. This tip discusses five of the most common VMware SRM error messages and their solutions. Continue Reading

4Disaster recovery-

Use the right combo of DR tools and best practices

A strong virtual recovery plan involves several elements, including a DR site that meets your business needs, tools that help ease the recovery process and testing of best practices. Implementing a DR plan isn't a one-and-done process. You should schedule regular testing to ensure DR goes according to plan. That way, your data won't be lost when a failure does occur.

Feature

Evaluate DR tools, review your DR plan and test frequently

Gain confidence in your DR plan by testing it more regularly. That testing should include evaluating the efficacy of your DR tools. Do they have the features you need to recover quickly? Continue Reading

Tip

Learn how to use VMware replication for DR

Replicate your data center to another location with vSphere Replication. This tool creates a copy of a running VM that can be stored in a local cluster or at another site. Continue Reading

Tip

Burst to the cloud for DR with VMware Cloud on AWS

VMware Cloud on AWS gives admins the ability to move on-premises VMs to the cloud, which can lessen the time it takes to get workloads back up and running after a failure. Continue Reading

Opinion

Compare legacy DR vs. the cloud

When selecting a DR method, consider cost, recovery time objective and expertise. Expert Jim O'Reilly argues that the cloud might be the way to go. Continue Reading

Podcast

What you need to know about bare-metal recovery

Marc Staimer, founder of Dragon Slayer Consulting, explains the variety of bare-metal recovery options available and how to test a bare-metal restore. Continue Reading

5vSphere Data Protection -

Get to know VMware's vSphere Data Protection tool

The vSphere Data Protection (VDP) tool can be a key component of your VMware virtual recovery and backup plan if you use it correctly. Learn the ins and outs of this product and its updates. Also, navigate everything from how to configure VDP and enable certain features to troubleshooting common issues and using it alongside other tools in the data center.

Tip

Understand how VMware VDP 6.1 works

Image-level backup, vStorage API integration and variable length deduplication technology are used by VMware VDP 6.1 to protect vSphere data. Continue Reading

Video

Enable SSH login for vSphere Data Protection

In this video, expert Vladan Seget walks users through a step-by-step process to enable Secure Shell login for vSphere Data Protection. Continue Reading

Answer

VMware VDP HotAdd configuration tips

Although the HotAdd function speeds up VMware VDP backups, you need to meet certain requirements in order to mount a disk. Continue Reading

Answer

Address capacity issues in vSphere Data Protection

Before you can realize the full benefits of deduplication in VMware vSphere Data Protection, you have to back up a certain amount of data. Continue Reading

Feature

VMware VADP and vSphere Data Protection FAQs

VStorage API for Data Protection replaced VMware Consolidated Backup and VMware Data Recovery. It works with vSphere Data Protection and other tools. Continue Reading

6Third-party tools-

Evaluate recovery and backup products from other vendors

Just because you're working in a VMware environment doesn't mean that the tools VMware offers are the only ones you can use to support a virtual recovery plan. There are several third-party tools that aid in backup and disaster recovery and the market is constantly changing. Keep up to date on your options and evaluate them based on your current and future needs.

Opinion

Big changes among disaster recovery vendors

Important elements of disaster recovery tools have shifted with the times to include converged backup and DR, automation, proper cloud use, and protection against ransomware. Continue Reading

News

Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 includes cloud capabilities

The backup and recovery vendor adds physical and cloud capabilities to Availability Suite and put its focus on research and development. Continue Reading

News

Quest VROOM protects VMware and Hyper-V

Quest Software sets its sights on virtual infrastructure monitoring and recovery management with a new product. Vroom manages, monitors and protects data and applications. Continue Reading

Blog Post

Zerto software stands out among DR products

Zerto's Virtual Replication enables simultaneous replication to multiple targets and remote monitoring of IT environments. It also helps enterprises recover from ransomware attacks. Continue Reading

Feature

Canfor speeds data replication with Zerto disaster recovery software

One forestry products manufacturer turned to Zerto to update its data recovery and replication strategy. Continue Reading

7Definitions-

Backup and virtual recovery terms

Further your knowledge of VMware backup and virtual recovery terms with this comprehensive glossary.

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