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VMware, VM, Snapshots and VEEAM Backup&Replication

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Roland Kudelic
Occasional Advisor

VMware, VM, Snapshots and VEEAM Backup&Replication


I'm looking for the best configuaration to save our test vm, for patching purposes and other tasks.

VM configuration:

Windows Server 2008R2, SQL Server 2008R2.

Drive C: vmdk dependent - OS

Drive D: vmdk dependent - DB (no RDM)

Drive E: vmdk dependent - Files (no RDM)

Performance policy VMware ESX 5

I will be able to Clone or Snapshot Drives D and E.

I will be able to Backup only drive C with Veeam

I have created a Volume for Drive C, D, E and only this server.

What is the best practice to backup and save this VM.

Thanks for your help



Re: VMware, VM, Snapshots and VEEAM Backup&Replication

Hi Roland,

You can use VEEAM and Nimble backups/snapshots together, just not at the same time. What you can do is create a volume collection that synchronises with VMware (on the Nimble array). You can for example take a snapshot every hour. If you additionally want to use VEEAM (to make backups on a non-Nimble device for example) make sure that you're not doing Nimble snapshots during that time (simply modify the volume collection to exclude that time).