The example I give below simplifies my setup a bit, but will explain the essence of my question
I have a volume on my filer called VMWare
I have an NFS share based on this volume and it is also called VMWare
This NFS share has been added to all of my ESXi 4.1 hosts
I have VSC 2.0.1 installed on my vCenter Server
I have four VMs called A, B, C, and D that are stored on the NFS share called VMWare
I have two backup jobs created:
- One job includes VM A and B and the checkbox "Perform VMware Consistency Snapshot" is checked. This job kicks off at 11pm and also inlcudes a Snapmirror to my disaster recovery (DR) site
- The other job includes VM C and D and the checkbox "Perform VMware Consistency Snapshot" is unchecked. This job kicks off at 11:30pm and also inlcudes a Snapmirror to my DR site
My question is, do I need this second job at all? Let me explain
When the first job runs:
- A VMWare snapshot is taken of VM A and VM B
- A filer snapshot is taken of the volume VMWare
- The two VMWare snapshots are deleted
- Snapmirror of volume VMWare to my DR site happens
When the filer snapshot is taken of volume VMWare in the first job, it is snapshotting a volume that contains all 4 of my VMs, A, B, C, and D. The second job that does not take the VMWare snapshots just takes another filer snapshot of volume VMWare. It appears that I only need one backup job since I am really getting backup for VMs C and D in this first job. Is this correct or am I missing something?
I hate to answer my own question but I started thinking about this some more. Even though the filer snapshot is capturing all the data in VMs A, B, C, and D, I still think I need a second job due to restore. Without explicitly listing VM C and D in an SMVI backup job, I am not sure they can be restored either fully or a file level restore. Anybody from Netapp care to chime in?
Re: SMVI, one job with VMWare consistency snapshot, one without, ??