I am investigating the redesign of the current backup environment as my company inherited it when we won the contract.
Just wondering if anyone has their backup enviornment completely virtulised on VMware? We are currently running ESX 4.1
I will be using Netbackup 126.96.36.199 We are using a Dell Tape Library, basic staging disks (presented from the SAN), Deduplication and we want to start using Netbackup to backup VM's with the API's.
So I guess there are a few things I would like to know,
1. Is it a good idea to have everything in VMware? If not, what would you virtualise and what would you have physical?
2. Would you configure the basic staging disks as vmdk's or RDM's?
3. Are there issues presenting the Tape Library to a VM?
4. Is there anything else I haven't considered that I need to?
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Hmmmm, After posting my preivous answer I got to thinking, I'm now not sure my previous answer was correct. I am not sure if this is supported with Netbackup...
Finally managed to open the link in Ron's post. There are limited tape options that appear to be supported (see pg4 of the said doc)
The main reason that Netbackup cannot support physical tape media in a virtualized environment is due to VMWare still not supporting it on their side. The day they can configure it in a non-passthrough manner and its supported by VMWare, I am sure Symantec will release the support subsequently.
Read these articles the other day. Additional information for your research.