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Sorry guys but I've spent a couple hours pawing through documentation, watching videos, reading posts, testing, etc.
I am new but have gotten XSIBackup installed, configured, running backups, cron working, etc. so I guess I'm "functional" with my testing thus far. But here's my question:
I currently use free Nakivo, installed as an appliance to my free ESXi host. I have one weekly backup job configured that backs up two VM's to a 500GB local repository using hot-add, change block tracking and 3 recovery points. The first backup took several hours but all subsequent weekly backups take about 15 minutes and 3 recovery points are always maintained. I have now added a couple of new VM's to my host but Nakivo's free limit is two VM's so I'm looking for an alternative...
I just cannot figure out how to duplicate the same backup strategy/configuration with XSIBackup that I have above?
I would really appreciate any pointers on how I configure my job(s) and cron to accomplish this?
Thanks for your consideration and assistance!
Last edited by ktdt00 (2019-02-27 23:20:50)
XSIBackup free has no limits at all, on top of that it should be much faster than your Nakivo described scenario. The only caveat is that XSIBackup-Free will allow you to:
1 - Perform full backups with Vmkfstools (--backup-prog=Vmkfstools). No recovery points.
2 - Perform differential backups with Onediff. Similar to CBT but no recovery points, al backups are consolidated to the destination VM.
3 - Use [https://33hops.com/xsitools-vmfs-deduplication.html]XSItools[/url], it's differential with recovery points, but you have no restore module, it's a Pro feature.
Your best bet would be using [https://33hops.com/xsibackup-pro-onediff.html]Onediff[/url] combined with [https://33hops.com/xsinas-deduplication-backup-device.html]XSINAS[/url], our free deduplication appliance. That way you could take advantage of OneDiff feature along with the compression offered by deduplication, still no differential feature.
I really appreciate the response. It aligns pretty closely to the understanding I gathered from my testing. I suspect my desirements are "Pro" but my budget is "Free" You probably get that a lot... Great product and documentation by the way! I'm off to play with XSINAS now