Another Stephen Spellicy special coming at you – here’s a really simple, easy way to leverage the great Celerra snapshot capability to recover VMs. This doesn’t integrate with VMware snapshots for VM-level consistency. Oh wouldn’t that be nice (next post coming right after this one for the fancy, integrated way). Oh and BTW – when I say free – the Celerra’s snapshots (including file or full filesystem restore) are free, with up to 96 snapshots per primary filesystem (and you can have loads on a system). If you want to play with it – you can play with the Celerra VSA which is downloadable here.
Just as an FYI, if you’re more of a linux type than a windows type, you can navigate to the snapshot directory on the Celerra on the ESX host or in the vSphere client GUI if that’s your pleasure (thank you Kevin Zawodzinski!)
First, set the “showChildFsRoot” parameter on the Celerra to 1 – which can be done in the GUI here:
Or (if you’re truly the linux type and eschew all forms of GUIs) via the CLI like this
server_param server_2 -facility cfs -modify showChildFsRoot -value 1
After which, you can see snapshot directories directly in the vSphere client.
BTW – more coming on this front soon (hint – watch the VMworld supersession SS5140 video here)