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How to back up virtual machines

This tip outlines the options available for backing up VMWare environments, how each works, and the pros and cons of each approach.

What you will learn: The options available for backing up VMware environments, how each works, and the pros and cons of each approach.

Server virtualization has grown in popularity over the past few years and is now a part of many SMB- and enterprise-class data centers. New challenges often come along with new technology, and backing up virtual machines is one of the toughest issues that VMware users face.

In this podcast, Pierre Dorion, senior business continuity consultant with Mainland Information Systems, discusses backup options for VMware environments.

Some of the topics covered in this recording include:

Traditional backup software

Pierre discusses how to use typical agent-based backup software to backup virtual machines and the pros and cons of this approach.

VMware Consolidated Backup

VMware Consolidated Backup allows users to create image-level backups of VMDK files for bare metal restore capabilities. This approach offers a number of benefits and, of course, some disadvantages. Pierre offers advice on how to deal with VMware Consolidated Backup's limitations.

High availability clustering products

These products tie into your VMware environment to provide another layer of data protection. Pierre outlines how these types of products work.

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