VMware Backup best practices by Rick Vanover


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VMware Backup best practices by Rick Vanover

  1. 1. Best Practicesfor VMware BackupsRick VanoverMCITP vExpert VCPSoftware Strategy SpecialistVeeam Softwarehttp://www.veeam.com/blogTwitter: @RickVanover, @Veeam
  2. 2. About the SpeakerContributor to industry publications
  3. 3. Agenda About VMware vSphere Backup requirements and how-to Difference-making technologies Considerations of image-based backups Virtual machine design and provisioning Separation of source and target Organization of backups Ensuring application consistency Testing recoverability Considerations for multiple OSes and applications Retention, availability and integrity Job notifications, alerts and management
  4. 4. About VMware vSphere
  5. 5. VMware backup requirementsRTO & RPO Key metrics: RTO and RPO  Recovery time objective—The amount of downtime tolerable to get back up and running.  Recovery point objective—The tolerable amount of data loss during an availability incident.
  6. 6. How are requirements going to be metLeverage the platform for optimized backups Bottom line: Confidence in the restore
  7. 7. Difference-making technologies By leveraging the platform, fundamental improvements in data protection can be achieved. vSphere platform enables changes to be made VM VM VM VM VM Windows Windows Windows Windows Windows Backup VM VM VM VM VM Restore Windows Windows Windows Windows Windows
  8. 8. Consideration of image-based backups Image, agent and file-level backups all different VM Agent File-level Windows VM VM VM Windows Windows Windows
  9. 9. Virtual machine design and provisioning
  10. 10. Separation of source and target VM VM VM VM VM Windows Windows Windows Windows Windows VM VM VM VM VM Windows Windows Windows Windows Windows Backup software ESX(i) host(s) Shared storage resources
  11. 11. Organization of backup jobs Intuitive flow from production source to backup target vSphere Source Backup Software Backup Target Organization in Jobs in backup Folders or shares vSphere with Software with the on file system with Folders or same name as same names as Resource pools folder in vSphere backup jobs
  12. 12. Design example – vSphere folders Used as a container for VMs View accessible by selecting “VMs and Templates” Can also be a parent object for permissions Can be nested
  13. 13. Design example – backup targets Good example is a folder or share  Caution not to make it too complicated This again will function as a container
  14. 14. Ensure application consistency Difference between crash-consistent and application- consistent backups Quiescing of application critical VM Windows
  15. 15. Test recoverability Different than backup verification Ensure a VMware virtual machine backup is usable
  16. 16. Consideration for multiple OSes and applications Things are easier in a Windows-only world Arrange best tools for each platform
  17. 17. Backup retention, availability and integrity Ensure all requirements are met Tape offload? VM replication? Backup file replication? VM Windows Backup Restore
  18. 18. Job notifications, alerts and management Critical for ongoing success
  19. 19. What We CoveredAbout VMware vSphereBackup requirements and how-toDifference-making technologiesConsiderations of image-based backupsVirtual machine design and provisioningSeparation of source and targetOrganization of backupsEnsuring application consistencyTesting recoverabilityConsiderations for multiple OSes and applicationsRetention, availability and integrityJob notifications, alerts and management
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