Sometimes the easy things in life come along and make your day so much better. Recently I found a very easy way to edit .VMX files with Veeam Backup Free Edition. This technique was used before with FastSCP (now replaced by Veeam Backup Free Edition) with the FastSCP Editor. This editor is still available in Veeam Backup Free Edition (as well as the paid versions, of course) and makes editing .VMX files very easy!
While there are a number of reasons why you may want to edit the .VMX file, and because of such there are a few guidelines. First, don’t do this on a powered-on virtual machine, because it may cause unexpected behavior. Granular options like setting a fixed log file size for the virtual machine, nested Hyper-V on vSphere, keyboard type delay, and more may be needed to provide granular configuration options for a virtual machine.
SAN snapshots are the fastest way to secure your data, especially if you are using offloading API's like VAAI. So since it is fast and the timeframe is small, some people want to use san snapshots as a backup procedure. There are a few issues here; the first issue is that if you want a longer retention, you will need to keep all your snapshots online and this will take too much precious production data in your tier1 storage array. The second issue is that a lot of SAN products today still don't like working full-time on top of nested snapshotted LUNs.
How much is Hyper-V? Hmmm….. free is not really the right answer because you don’t technically “Buy” Hyper-V. In fact you can’t buy Hyper-V!
Microsoft has structured the delivery of its Hyper-V hypervisor in such a way as to have no impact on the bottom line software acquisition costs to an organization. Cha-Ching! Here’s how it works.
Hyper-V comes in several packaged forms. (None of which let you buy Hyper-V)
1. Hyper-V Server 2012 – This free download is a fully functional Hyper-V hypervisor designed to run without a traditional Windows Server installation in place. There is no cost to download this edition, and its capabilities are excellent!
Our latest countdown clock hit zero this morning and we announced the availability of Veeam Backup Free Edition (or as we like to say, Something Awesome for Virtualization Lovers). Veeam Backup Free Edition is just the latest edition to our line of free tools and utilities for virtualization professionals. Combined with Veeam ONE Free Edition, you now have a complete set of tools to help you manage and protect your virtual infrastructure, no matter if it’s running VMware vSphere ESX/ESXi or Microsoft Hyper-V.
Veeam Backup Free Edition
As you may have guessed, we’re not “giving away” all the great functionality in Veeam Backup & Replication, just a subset. Included in the free edition is our familiar file management FastSCP functionality, Quick VMware migration and something new we’re calling VeeamZIP. VeeamZIP really is the awesome part, it allows you to quickly and easily “ZIP” all the files and settings associated with a VM into a compressed, deduped “archive” file. The file that VeeamZIP creates is our in our standard .VBK file format. You can now take a 500GB VM and “ZIP” it into a single file that will fit on most removable media such as a portable hard drive or even a USB “thumb” drive. There are countless uses for these compact VM archives…