RHEV VM backup solutions

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Hello!

I'm interesting in Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, and I need information how I can backup my created virtual machines without losing of supervision and stopping my business services. For example, I going to update the software on VM and I need to backup my data to prevent it’s losing in case of update failures. But I can’t find solutions for these cases.

 

I see that there are snapshots available for backing up VM’s state. But it is needed to power off the VM to take the snapshot and it can take a lot of time.

 

May be, it is possible to clone my VM and perform some changes on it after that? And I can to power on the clone instead of original machine in case of software failures on it?

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You can find a growing number of ISV support for these types of activites in the Red Hat Marketplace.  I don't know if the solutions below meet your specific needs, but I recommend you take a look.

 

The tool I find the most intriguing and inviting is Acronis.

http://marketplace.redhat.com/rhev/5-Acronis-Backup-Recovery-Virtual-Edition-11

 

You will find a 15-day temp license to see if it is a good fit and I have had good interactions dealing with Acronis directly.

 

Symantec also has great a relationship with Red Hat in the virtualization space.  (this example is a bit dated)

http://www.redhat.com/rhecm/rest-rhecm/jcr/repository/collaboration/jcr:system/jcr:versionStorage/3d3e50970a0526025260f9db331bd5b8/1/jcr:frozenNode/rh:pdfFile.pdf

 

You can download a PDF on a sample Symantec/RHEV confguration using the following form

https://engage.redhat.com/forms/rhev-netbackup

RHEV 3.1 allows for live snapshots of VMs. You need to keep in mind that a snapshot is not backup, and doesn't cancen the requirement for proper backups.