For virtual machines running in a production environment, backup and recovery is just as serious as for all the other servers on the network. When running servers inside VMs, you'll be faced with several new challenges, as well as advantages, when planning and implementing a backup strategy.
In this chapter, "Backing Up and Recovering Virtual Machines," excerpted from Virtualization: From the Desktop to the Enterprise, you'll explore the process of planning for and administering backup and recovery operations on VMs and VM hosts.
Along the way, you'll see the different approaches you can take to secure VM data, which include the following:
- Traditional agent-based backups
- Non-agent-based backups
- Flat-file backups