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Re: backup vmware

Thanks for help
Till now I cannot activate the tape device in the virtual clients so

I will try to connect the server to the clients with nfs.
Problem when I export the /home of the client and mount this share in the server I get a permission problem reading the share.

Till I don't understand why. I made the share ro in the client.

On Sat, 17 Nov 2007 18:19:43 +0100, Les Mikesell <lesmikesell gmail com> wrote:

roland wrote:
On Fri, 16 Nov 2007 21:45:19 +0100, Les Mikesell <lesmikesell gmail com> wrote:

Scott Henson wrote:
How can I do the backup???

I'm going to guess that cpio is your problem.  You might want to add a
"-H newc" to your cpio command line. Otherwise use tar as I believe it
will handle files over 2GB.
 Alternatively, you can tell vmware to split its disks into two gig
chunks.  Thats a image creation option though, so it may not help you

Also be sure your vmware clients are shut down for the duration of the copy. The disk images would be corrupted if they changed during the copy.

Would it be ok to exports some dirs in the clients and mount them in the main partition, who takes the backup?

Yes, or tar/cpio/rsync, etc. will work directly from the client. File-oriented backups will generally work with the machine running but image copies let the directory/free space list get out of sync with the file contents in the time it takes to copy them. Vmware has some kind of snapshot facility - I'm not sure if you can copy the snapshot as a backup or not. I generally treat them the same as real machines and use tar or rsync - usually automated by backuppc on another machine. It is a little extra trouble to restore those to bare metal but it can be done, or you can drop them into a minimal vmware install.

Roland Brouwers
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