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VMware vCenter Cookbook by Konstantin Kuminsky

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Backing up/restoring .vmdk files

VMware offers a backup and recovery solution called vSphere Data Protection (VDP). While fully integrated with vCenter, this solution provides agentless disk-based backup of virtual machines.

Starting from vSphere 5.1:

  • VDP is included in vSphere Essentials Plus Kit with a 4 TB limit for backup storage.
  • The VDP advanced version has to be purchased separately.

Some of the core VDP features are as follows:

  • De-duplication
  • Changed Block Tracking (CBT) backup and restore
  • Application awareness (MS Exchange, SQL Server, SharePoint, and so on)

Getting ready

The VDP appliance is preconfigured with one of the following destination datastores: 0.5 TB, 1 TB, and 2 TB. This space is for backups only. The operating system, logs, and checkpoints ...

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