April 6, 2021

10 Best Practices for VMware vSphere Backups

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To maintain service levels, performance and availability, backup and recovery of virtual machines (VMs) on vSphere is fundamental to avoiding and minimizing outages.

The most important general best practice for backups is the 3-2-1 Rule. This means having at least three copies of your data, including a first and second line of backup.

The first and most important thing to do before planning or implementing any solution is to be certain about its requirements. In an ideal world, the business will create the requirements and tell IT which recovery point objective (RPO) and recovery time objective (RTO) is needed.

With this information, it is possible to better size the required hardware. That includes the number of CPU cores and the amount of memory and bandwidth requirements for WAN, LAN and SAN.

Finally, you need a source and backup storage that is fast enough to achieve the required speed. The next step is the backup itself.

Best practices for VMware backup include:

No. 1: Use current versions of Veeam and vSphere

No. 2: Choose your backup mode wisely

No. 3: Plan how to restore

No. 4: Integrate Veeam Continuous Data Protection into your disaster recovery concept

No. 5: Install VMware tools

No. 6: Integrate storage-based snapshots into your backup concept

No. 7: VMware vSAN backup

No. 8: Security

No. 9: Plan your Veeam Backup & Replication deployment with Veeam ONE

No. 10: Application-aware backup via VIX API

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About the Author

Hannes Kasparick
Principal Analyst, Product Management, Veeam Software
Hannes Kasparick has been working in the IT business since 2004. Today, Hannes is a member of the Veeam Product Management team. In the past he managed Linux and Windows environments, as well as infrastructure services like servers, storage, network and firewalls.
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