Preface: I am looking for input on managing SMVI backups. Currently, I use the Virtual Storage Console plug in for VMware to schedule SMVI snapshots. It works well and I cannot complain about the day to day operation of it. However, everytime a VM gets relocated to a new datastore I have to go update the job. If I don't, multiple jobs will take snapshots of the same volume and I have to go back and clean things up. I have tried automating an update process without success. I assign entries at the virtual object level, not the datastore.
Now, I have protection manager. I am considering making a policy that will just take snapshots of my volumes every night and keep them for 3 days or whatever the requierment is. But, in this case I cannot schedule them to happen thoughout the night, they will happen all at once, am I right?
Our enviornment is 100% FC LUNs provisioned to an ESXi Cluster using VMFS3/5. I am not using the option within the VSC to take a VMware snapshot, all SMVIs are crash consistant.
I'm very open to suggestions. I hate wasting time cleaning up snapshots.