Compilation of articles and documents related to Backup Exec and VMWare vSphere

It’s not straigthforward to find documentation in the Symantec web site about their products. Regarding to Backup Exec and VMWare vSphere there several documents spread in the site, even outside of it. Here it is a compilation of useful articles and documents.

Best practices for Backup Exec 2010 Agent for VMware Virtual Infrastructure
http://www.symantec.com/business/support/index?page=content&id=HOWTO21769&key=56792

Symantec Backup Exec 2010 Agent for VMware Virtual Infrastructure FAQ
http://webobjects.cdw.com/webobjects/media/pdf/symantec/Backup-Exec-2010-VMware-FAQ.pdf

VMware vStorage APIs for Data Protection (VADP) FAQ
http://www.symantec.com/business/support/index?page=content&id=TECH150567

How to backup ESX 4.0-5.0 using SAN Transport Mode with Backup Exec 2010
http://www.symantec.com/business/support/index?page=content&id=TECH155831

Known problems with SAN based backups and BE 2012 R3 SP1:
Slow throughput for SAN based AVVI backups of virtual machines post Backup Exec 2010 R3 Service Pack 1
http://www.symantec.com/business/support/index?page=content&id=TECH175944&key=56792

Deduplication methods for Backup Exec agents
http://www.symantec.com/business/support/index?page=content&id=HOWTO23358&key=58348

VMWare documents:
Best practices when using SAN transport for backup and restore
http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1035096

Administrator’s guides
Symantec Backup Exec 2012 Administrator’s Guide
http://www.symantec.com/business/support/index?page=content&id=DOC5211&key=15047

Symantec Backup Exec 2010 R2/R3 Administrator’s Guide
http://www.symantec.com/business/support/index?page=content&id=DOC2211

Landing page of Backup Exec Agent for VMWare Virtual Infrastructure
http://www.symantec.com/business/support/index?page=landing&key=56792

Video from Symantec Connect:
Protecting Virtual Environments with Backup Exec 2012
http://www.symantec.com/connect/videos/protecting-virtual-environments-backup-exec-2012

Inexpensive virtualization with VMWare ESXi

This is my recipe for an inexpensive lab with VMWare ESXi:

Enbale SSH access: use this procedure http://www.vm-help.com/esx/esx3i/ESXi_enable_SSH.php . Remember it’s not supported by VMWare, but who cares!

Install all your “base” VMs. Also known as templates

Clone VMs by copying vmdk files and using thin disk to preserve space; use this link http://www.virtually-challenged.com/?p=46

Extend your storage with openfiler. http://www.openfiler.com

VMWare ESX Timeline

08/03/2011: Updated with ESX/i 5.0 release dates!

VMWare ESX

General Availability Date

Version 5.0

08/??/2011

Version 4.1

07/12/2010

Version 4.0

05/21/2009

Version 3.5

12/10/2007

Version 3.0

06/15/2006

Version 2.5

11/19/2004

VMWare ESXi

Version 4.0

05/21/2009

Version 3.5

01/10/2008

For more info about Support Life Cycle Policy go to the source: http://www.vmware.com/support/policies/eos_vi.html (ESX 3.0)

http://www.vmware.com/support/policies/lifecycle/enterprise-infrastructure/eos.html (ESX 4.0)