backup vmware

roland roland at
Mon Nov 19 13:10:00 UTC 2007

Thanks for help
Till now I cannot activate the tape device in the virtual clients so

I will try to connect the server to the clients with nfs.
Problem when I export the /home of the client and mount this share in the  
server I get a permission problem reading the share.

Till I don't understand why. I made the share ro in the client.

On Sat, 17 Nov 2007 18:19:43 +0100, Les Mikesell <lesmikesell at>  

> roland wrote:
>> On Fri, 16 Nov 2007 21:45:19 +0100, Les Mikesell  
>> <lesmikesell at> wrote:
>>> Scott Henson wrote:
>>>>> How can I do the backup???
>>>> I'm going to guess that cpio is your problem.  You might want to add a
>>>> "-H newc" to your cpio command line.  Otherwise use tar as I believe  
>>>> it
>>>> will handle files over 2GB.
>>>>  Alternatively, you can tell vmware to split its disks into two gig
>>>> chunks.  Thats a image creation option though, so it may not help you
>>>> here.
>>> Also be sure your vmware clients are shut down for the duration of the  
>>> copy.  The disk images would be corrupted if they changed during the  
>>> copy.
>> Would it be ok to exports some dirs in the clients and mount them in  
>> the main partition, who takes the backup?
> Yes, or tar/cpio/rsync, etc. will work directly from the client.  
> File-oriented backups will generally work with the machine running but  
> image copies let the directory/free space list get out of sync with the  
> file contents in the time it takes to copy them.  Vmware has some kind  
> of snapshot facility - I'm not sure if you can copy the snapshot as a  
> backup or not.  I generally treat them the same as real machines and use  
> tar or rsync - usually automated by backuppc on another machine.  It is  
> a little extra trouble to restore those to bare metal but it can be  
> done, or you can drop them into a minimal vmware install.

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