TSM 6.4: Backup VMware VM Template


In TSM 6.4, there is a new parameter in the VMware backup options : -vmenabletemplatebackups If you want to backup the VMware VM template, you need to add '-vmenabletemplatebackups=yes' in your VMware backup job schedule options. Here is a example: update sched vmware Weekly_full OPTions='-vmfulltype=vstor -vmbackuptype=fullvm -asnodename=DATACENTER-01 -vmprocessvmwithindependent=yes -vmprocessvmwithprdm=yes -vmenabletemplatebackups=yes -domain.vmfull="vmfolder=Weekly-Backup" -MODE=FULL'

Fail to quiesce a virtual machine while taking snapshot


The issue was firstly caught by TSM. The backup job of a virtual machine failed and the log shows 02/22/2014 04:09:37 ANS4015E Error processing 'virtual-machine-name': unexpected TSM error (115) encountered.My understanding is that the first step of TSM backup is to take a snapshot. So I tried to manually take a snapshot of the running virtual … Continue reading Fail to quiesce a virtual machine while taking snapshot

Adding host failed due to too many hidden snapshots


Be careful with taking snapshots intentionally or unintentionally, it will not only decrease the virtual machine performance but also will prevent the host from being added to the vCenter DRS cluster. For most time, we focus on looking after the snapshots that be taken intentionally, but generally pay less attention to the snapshots that be … Continue reading Adding host failed due to too many hidden snapshots

TSM for Exchange 6.4: DAG Backup/Restore Best Practices


Database Availability Group backup best practices- To decrease the load on the production Exchange server, specify that the backups are taken from a healthy passive database copy. If no passive copy is available, the backup is made from the active copy of the database. To specify that backups are taken from a healthy passive database … Continue reading TSM for Exchange 6.4: DAG Backup/Restore Best Practices

TSM: How to change retain version of the archived data?


I posted a question in a TSM discussion group regarding how to change the retain version of the data that has already been archived. Here is my question: I archived some data last year, and the retain version was set to 365 days. Now I want to keep those archived data for a longer time, … Continue reading TSM: How to change retain version of the archived data?