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esx Ranger

esx Ranger

ESX Ranger ensures efficient Back up of VM Ware ESX Servers

Backup ESX Servers easily.


Key Benefits

  • Schedule Reccurring Automated Backups, Execute 'Point In Time' Backups As Needed from Windows
  • Customizable output of backup file names, Customizable output location of temporary staging files
  • Users can back up VM's without Linux login credentials or knowledge
  • Automatic restore to original source ESX Server from command line interface
  • Automatic detection of VMFS free space to prevent .REDO log from filling VMFS
  • Automatic detection of destination and source free disk space
  • Ability to commit VM guest .REDO logs from a windows host
  • View VMFS partitions, free space and files in VMFS partitions from Windows
  • Live Backup Of Servers While In Use & Automatically Compresses Disk '.DSK' Files
  • Send '.DSK' File Backups To Linux Or Windows Hosts
  • Backup Configuration '.VMX' Files
  • Backup Whole Servers For Complete Recovery& Backup All Servers from One Console
  • Runs >From A Windows Host
  • No Manual Linux or PERL Commands Needed, No Complex Scripts Needed
  • Flexible Licensing - Not Per Server, Licensed Per ESX Server CPU
  • Automatic space detection, esxRanger spools the temporary files on the destination server vs. local ....VMFS if needed
  • Installs In Less Than 1 Minute, Nothing To Install On The ESX Servers, No Linux Or Windows Backup ....Agents
  • Detailed information of each backup - .INFO file. This file is read by the GUI providing you with valuable ....information

 

Key Features

Faster restore in case of a failure

  • Backups of the whole image ".DSK / .VMDK"
  • Change control procedures followed
  • Administrators are more likely to backup a VM prior to a change with esxRanger GUI
  • DR at remote locations is possible
  • esxRanger will compress your images for faster transfer over T1 lines, etc.

Security, safety and reliability
  • There will be no reason to give out Linux credentials, our code has safely checks like no other tool,
  • Support - we design, test, beta, listen and revise
  • Extra insurance at a reasonable cost
  • Use esxRanger in conjunction with your existing backup procedures and benefit from our change
  • Control, archival and DR friendly innovations


FAQ's

What is esx Ranger ? - And why might I use it ?

  • Recurring Image Backup Reliable 'set it and forget it' process that is highly scriptable
  • Change Control Any level admin can backup their own VM Prior to a change 'for revision roll-back purposes' & put a description of the VM state
  • Archival / End of life management Easy ability to backup & resurrect a server w/ 'restore as' function
  • DR Multiple compression & file sending options, NAS, SAN, Linux, Windows, WAN


Traitional Backup of ESX Server, why use esx Ranger ?

  • agents are used "in the guest" and do not backup live images of virtual machine .DK / .DESK files!
  • Often times, Jr. Admins are not allowed to run the Enterprise Backup tools.

esx Ranger Position

  • With esxRanger, you capture the whole virtual machine image. This can be very complementary to your existing backup plan and may be the core of your virtual infrastructure DR plan.
  • esxRanger should be used in combination with backup agents on virtual machines with "fast changing data" (file servers, mail servers, database servers).
  • esxRanger completes the picture by facilitating backup, change control & DR when using VMware ESX Server.

Do I need to know scripting to get the full benefit of esx Ranger ?
Using esxRanger CLI or GUI, there is no need for complex scripting. ÊesxRanger can run on a central windows server and can be scheduled to perform online hot backups via the CLI (with assistance from the GUI).

esxRanger GUI can be run from the central server or a workstation for "point in time" backups prior to a system change. ÊWe call this "change control". Additionally, esxRanger makes it easy to archive VM's that have reached their end of life with compression and VM state descriptions.


Should I use the CLI or GUI?
Most administrators will run the esxRanger GUI for change control backups and generate the appropriate CLI command (from the GUI) as needed.

Scheduling the esxRanger CLI command (sometimes with minor parameter changes) for recurring backup usually follows next.

For recurring backups, esxRanger CLI currently uses the standard windows scheduler.

A central scheduler is forthcoming. ÊJust use the esxRanger GUI to create the command line and then copy the command to your scheduler at this time.


Does esxRanger require Virtual Center?
esxRanger works without the need for Virtual Center. ÊWhen you set up esxRanger to perform recurring backups, use the -allregistered option so no matter where you VMotion a VM, esxRanger will be able to back it up.

Do not hard code VM's for backup by specifying the VM directly unless you do not plan on VMotioning the VM. ÊAn esxRanger version with direct Virtual Center support is forthcoming.

This future version will add enhanced VM tracking and security functionality.

Are the esxRanger backups compressed?
esxRanger will compress these files to conserve space and send them to a destination server of your choice. The compression varies on the data that is in the Guest VM.

A standard Windows 2003 VM with updates on a 6GB disk has about 2GB of used space inside the guest. That compresses down to approximately 900MB with esxRanger.

You can then backup these compressed disk files onto tape depending on your DR strategy.


Does esxRanger support Windows shares?
The destination server can be the Local ESX Server VMFS, a locally mounted share or LUN on the ESX Server Console OS, another ESX or Linux server or a windows server or PC. ÊNovell, NAS, SAN, iSCSI, Fibre Channel are also supported if they are seen by the windows host running esxRanger.

Does esxRanger replace guest operating system backup agents?
No. At times esxRanger can replace these agents. ÊFor instance, Domain Controllers, DNS, DHCP, WINS, WEB Servers, Application Servers, Print Servers, etc. may no long need an operating system backup agent.

On VM's with fast changing user data ie. File Servers, SQL, Exchange or Domino servers, you will want to continue to run an operating system backup agent.

However, in this case, you will still want to backup these VM's regularly with esxRanger for quick restores and then proceed to restore and changed data since the last esxRanger backup from your tape or disk backup.


Does esxRanger replace guest operating system backup agents?
No. At times esxRanger can replace these agents. ÊFor instance, Domain Controllers, DNS, DHCP, WINS, WEB Servers, Application Servers, Print Servers, etc. may no long need an operating system backup agent.

On VM's with fast changing user data ie. File Servers, SQL, Exchange or Domino servers, you will want to continue to run an operating system backup agent.

However, in this case, you will still want to backup these VM's regularly with esxRanger for quick restores and then proceed to restore and changed data since the last esxRanger backup from your tape or disk backup.

 

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