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Incremental Migration via NFS - Network File System

bhotrock
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Hi All,

I tried to do some searching for this already, but NFS is too small (3 letters) to use in a search.

I'm preparing for an incremental migration from one server to another using ZX Backup. I've read the instructions for doing this using rsync or similar to move the completed backup to a new location for restoring on the new server. Since I'm working with almost 700 accounts and around 400GB of data, I'm trying to figure out a way to avoid the time needed for the rsync process.

I was wondering if there would be a problem with just using an NFS mount for this? Both the source and destination servers could mount the same NFS share and I wouldn't have to make a copy. I assume that I would need to disable ZX Backup on the source server after I've finished the Smart Scan, and only re-enable it when the destination server is not using it to restore.

Since we are running in a vSphere environment, another alternative might be use a dedicated VMDK disk that is hot added and removed from the source and destination servers as we go through the backup and restore operations. This would be more work (Hot add, Hot remove, repeat....), so I'd prefer to use the NFS setup if that will work.

Would either of these solutions work? Does anyone have any experience doing a migration without copying the data?

Thanks for your help!

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Topic starter Posted : 06/07/2015 10:59 am