On 09/04/2014 12:04 PM, lpphiggp wrote:
> I know that to clone a VM, the VM must be downed first. Then the
> process only takes about 5 to 10 minutes or so. However, it is unlikely
> I'm going to be able to down our servers for even that long without
> protests.
> Is there any reason I couldn't install my backup client on the host, and
> just backup the .raw files while the VMs are running?

Yes, because you'll likely corrupt things unless you can do something to
prevent writing to the disk during that time. Unfortunately you'd only
notice that corruption upon a restore, when it's too late.

Could you create another instance, use clustering for your NSS resource,
and then backup one node at a time failing services back and forth? Since
you have NSS these are OES boxes and you can use Novell Cluster Services
(NCS) for most services (sans eDirectory) which would have a replica on
each server anyway.

Other options may be using some kind of filesystem snapshotting
technology. I am not sure what that'd look like from the host, or if your
host's filesystem has that as an option, but maybe it'd work. I prefer
the cluster option because it gives you another benefit (failover) at the
same time.

Good luck.

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