vmware tools with VADP?

Last post 07-20-2010, 4:43 AM by Calippo. 5 replies.
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  • vmware tools with VADP?
    Posted: 07-09-2010, 10:57 AM

    I am on SIMPANA 8 and vsphere ...

    Someone mentionned here that the vmware tools have to be 'not too old' in order for all this to work...

    Keeping the tools up to date on virtual machines is quite hard because... it requires a reboot to bring them up to date...

    How far back can be "acceptable" with the vmware tools?

  • Re: vmware tools with VADP?
    Posted: 07-09-2010, 12:00 PM

    Hello Claudette,  We don't require a specifc version of VMWare Tools.  Although it would be recommended to be supported by VMWare.  If VMWare has stopped support of the version you are using then it would be recommended to be on a support version.   I can't say this won't be a requirement in the future so you will want to check our requirements from time to time, especially when you upgrade to the next version of Simpana.  This can change if we get many reported issues on a particular older version.

    Mark Spencer
    CommVault, Business Critical Support
  • Re: vmware tools with VADP?
    Posted: 07-09-2010, 12:01 PM

    Hi Claudette,

    Always best practice to have the most recent version of VMware tools if possible.

    However at a bare minimum I would recommend at least having a version that corresponds to the version of ESX that you are on. (i.e. I wouldn’t recommend running ESX 4 and leaving the guest VM’s running their legacy tools from 3.5)

  • Re: vmware tools with VADP?
    Posted: 07-09-2010, 12:24 PM


    I would say if the Vmware tools were upgraded along with the environment version you should be OK; meaning if you upgraded from ESX 3.5 to 4.0 and upgraded the VMware tools also at that time to the latest you should be OK.  I would think upgrading ESX/vCenter to 4.0 and not upgrading the machines Vmware tools you might expose yourself to complications. 

    Remember the role of VMware tools for VADP backup, involves quiescing of the application/file system, so keeping them up to date is important.

  • Re: vmware tools with VADP?
    Posted: 07-12-2010, 10:27 AM

    What grade server do you need to effectively get the best performance out of the VMWare tools, 2000, 2003, 2008 etc.

  • Re: vmware tools with VADP?
    Posted: 07-20-2010, 4:43 AM

    Just keep in mind that you need a faily recent version of VMTools if you wish to use the VSS support for Windows VM snaps. I believe VSS support arrived in something like 3.5update2. So you would want to update VMTools and then add the VSS option via the Add/Change Programs control panel, otherwise you are stuck with the legacy Sync driver.

    Only a fresh install of VMTools will have VSS included by default.

    VSS gives you the much better constancy for Windows snaps, as described in the VMware Virtual Machine Backup Guide.

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