Vizioncore's got VMware's back
esxRanger 2.0 offers a slick, simple way to back up VMsFollow @pvenezia
There are a few extra options that can come in handy as well. Administrators can limit the number of simultaneous backups that may run at once, and they can limit the number of simultaneous backups running to a single LUN, for example. These options are available only when esxRanger is running with VirtualCenter, however.
After I’d backed up a few virtual servers, some running Windows and some running various Linux distributions, I deleted the VMs from within VirtualCenter. Back in the esxRanger GUI, I attempted to refresh the VirtualCenter tree but had no luck. Restarting the application, however, brought up the tree properly. I then restored those VMs back to the same server, as it’s not possible to restore a VM built on VI3 to an ESX 2 system. Within a few minutes, the servers appeared in Virtual Center, and because I had selected esxRanger to power them up following the restore, they were running.
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I also had a few odd issues when writing the backup to a network share, with esxRanger claiming that the share was no longer available, even though it was fully accessible from the workstation. When running esxRanger on a server-class system, however, I didn’t encounter these problems.
Overall, Vizioncore’s esxRanger 2.0 is a slick and simple solution to backing up VMware virtual machines. The CLI makes scripting the tool quite easy with a little legwork from the admins, but it would be nice to see the GUI incorporate some more backup management features such as an interactive job history, not just a report. That said, if you run production VMware servers, this is definitely a worthwhile tool.