Access "Avoid the big mistakes when backing up virtual servers"
This article is part of the February 2010, Vol. 19 issue of Meeting the challenges of virtual system management
Migrating your servers to virtual machines comes with many obvious benefits; hardware consolidation, performance management, and easier disaster recovery being a few. Some of the drawbacks, however, come from your old infrastructure. The backup systems in particular can come under disruptive fire because most have been designed to support a certain number of physical servers. Now that your server count can grow exponentially, and the assumptions of resource use go out the window, you need to address your backup solution before virtualization causes backups to get out of control. Take the opportunity to build backup planning into new virtualization projects so you can intelligently review your current approach with those that are available. Big Mistake #1: Let it ride and do nothing Agent-based backup is a common method for backing up servers. This involves installing the backup agent on your servers and pushing settings to it from your backup server. You can then backup those servers with nearly the same settings -- save for some application specific ... Access >>>
Premium Content for Free.
Overcoming virtualization challenges: Capacity planning, provisioning
by Stephen J. Bigelow, WinIT
The abstraction of virtualization makes resource provisioning tricky. Without proper capacity planning, over-allocation can affect performance and waste resources.
Monitoring and optimizing host server performance
by Brien Posey
Application performance is even more important in physical servers that share multiple VMs, so ongoing monitoring and optimization of virtual host servers should be routine in any virtual data center
- Overcoming virtualization challenges: Capacity planning, provisioning by Stephen J. Bigelow, WinIT
Avoid the big mistakes when backing up virtual servers
by Eric Beehler, Contributor
The benefits of Windows server virtualization can quickly turn to nightmares if you choose the wrong backup strategy. Learn to avoid the most common missteps.
- Avoid the big mistakes when backing up virtual servers by Eric Beehler, Contributor
More Premium Content Accessible For Free
Virtualization admins' top concern is no longer choosing a hypervisor -- it's choosing the right tools that will help with management, improve VM ...
As hypervisor features have become more similar, the next vendor battleground will be over management software. Microsoft and VMware have similar ...
Workload mobility is a key part of virtualization, and it should continue to get better and become a bigger part of an IT admin's everyday operations...