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  1. 1. So, continuing on an article I did for the PHD Virtualbackup and recovery solution, which can be used toprotect your VMware vSphere environment I wanted to give more detail on the replication and export features of the product. It doesnt have to be said but backup and recovery is key in any data protection suite. Now if you can couple backup and recovery with replication and provide a means totransfer that critical backup data to a remote location for disaster recovery (DR), youll have a much more complete backup reviews
  2. 2. PHD Virtual Backup backs its data up directly to disk This presents anadvantage from going directly to tape because now with any replicationprocess the data can also be moved to tape media using another backupproduct that can backup to tape media The PHD Virtual Backup solutioncomes with replication built in and is easy to setup and configure
  3. 3. They also include an Exporter for moving backups out of the virtual backupappliance (VBA) to an external folder location Setting online backup reviewsup the replication requires a secondary (VBA) at a remote location Once thesecondary VBA is setup and on the network youll have to: Go to the"Connectors" tab under Configuration on the Source backup appliance
  4. 4. Select the "Enable share for VM Replication and/or Exporter" checkbox thenset a password for the phd user Next go to the Destination VBA and Add theSource VBA under the Replication tab providing your particular information inthe required fields Now the heavy lifting is done
  5. 5. All thats left is to create the replication job This is easily done by going to theReplication area and selecting the VMs youd like to replicate from the "VirtualMachines Available for Replication" tab Click the Replicate button and awizard driven process for creating the job appears
  6. 6. Provide the appropriate information like job name, storage location, networksettings, and scheduling parameters then Start the job The replication processcreates a VM at the destination then replications the latest VM data from themost current backup Once the replication process has completed you can testthe replicated VM backup or start a failover in the case of a disaster
  7. 7. You could even use this as a means to migrate VMs across the network forplanned moves And what makes this even better is that your using a singleproduct to do backups, recoveries, and replication for disaster recovery ormigrations thats excessible from the vSphere client
  8. 8. online backup reviews