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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Two Projects…

One for sure and one a ‘probably’.

First, I will be upgrading our Backup Exec 12.5 system to Backup Exec 2010. I am excited about this, especially the new pass-through granular backup feature for Hyper-V and virtualized workloads. As I understand it, you can do granular restores from virtualized workloads (Exchange, SQL Server, etc.) without having to do  a discreet backup of the VM itself. You just have to do a backup on the VM host of the environment. Of course, you still need the Backup Exec agents everywhere – a Hyper-V agent on the VM Host server as well as Exchange and SQL Server agents on the VMs running those respective workloads. Then, once the agents are in place, you just need to run a backup on the VM host machine, grabbing all of the VMs in the process. Form there, you can then do granular restores (individual mail items, SQL DBs, etc.) I am reading more about it and am excited to try it out.

The second project is a third VM Host server for our environment. We currently have two Dell 2950s running Win2008/Hyper-V. We are looking to add an R710 to the mix. We don’t have everything worked out, but I am hoping that we will be able to explore Hyper-V R2, clustering, CSVs, Live Migration, etc. We will see.

Fun stuff!

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