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[Discuss] Revisiting VMWare ESX backup options

> From: at [mailto:discuss-
> at] On Behalf Of Scott Ehrlich
> We have some new Dell rack servers running new installs of ESX 5.5 U1,
> and looking to buy a redundant server to use as a backup for the
> primary.

It sounds like you are using storage actually inside the server?  I am surprised.  Here is how I like to do it:  I'm using openindiana for ZFS storage server serving out iscsi, but really *anything* that exports iscsi and can do snapshots & replication would work fine.  Nexenta and so forth would be good solutions.  Then you get N+1 diskless boxes to be the ESX servers.  If any head fails, you just start the failed VM's on a different head.  If the storage server fails, you just make the backup server the primary, and restart all the heads.

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