Suggested Feature SNAPSHOT styled BACKUP for Undisrupted Backup of Running VMs

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I am aware that the higher end products of vmware like vsphere etc have backup features or even there seems to be 3rd party products for such functions. I am however just a vmware workstation pro user user, only familiar with workstation & player, but I had been using these wonderful products for more than a decade since version 4 days.


My suggestion arose from my own needs, I run NAS & email servers in VMs, in a small business office, very reliable for many years.


My host machine is Linux, and I have crontab jobs, running every night to backup my servers. My scripts put each VM 1 by 1 to suspend mode, copy the whole folder to a backup volume and then restore it, before proceeding to the next VM. It is working fine for me especially the NAS has no user at the night time.


There is however a slight problem for the email server, obviously, during my backup period (few minutes), the server is down, and incoming emails are receiving no respond error from my server which got put in suspend mode for backup.


Hence, I am suggesting, a new feature for backup purpose, to allow VM to be continuously running non-stop, no disruption to their functions during their backup. In concept, alike a temporary snapshot being taken, and wholly duplicated to another folder location, just only without the new delta vmdk files containing changes after the snapshot point, and after duplication, this temporary snapshot is deleted, and the VM continues to function undisrupted.


In the duplicated folder, there should be a content of a full VM, in a snapshot state, still snapshot in power ON state. Freezing the state exactly at the moment of the backup time.


My suggestion is to have this feature added into the snapshot manager area, as a new option, call it SNAPSHOT-BACKUP or any more appropriate name anyone else better than me can think of. The UI need to prompt for user to specify a destination folder which backup will duplicate VM into.


At the same time, append a new command into the VMRUN command line utility, calling it by this same new name, so that e.g. we issue command to “vmrun snapshot-backup /home/vm/email/email.vmx /mnt/backup_vm/email” the last part specifies the destination folder for this backup VM to be copied into.


With this feature, I hope VMware Workstation Pro users can easily carryout UNDISRUPTED BACKUP of running VMs.


If this feature could be provided in new version Workstation Pro, it will be beneficial and meaningful, and what the users will get is very similar to what I am doing for the time being – got a duplicated VM in suspended power state, but during the time of backing up my VMs are temporary off-line, disrupting their users.


Thanks & regards.



Idea / Feature Suggestion: Useful to have vmdk disks, usually SCSI / SATA / IDE, make possible for mounting as USB disk as well

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Re: Idea / Feature Suggestion: Useful to have vmdk disks, usually SCSI / SATA / IDE, make possible for mounting as USB disk as well


I thought it would be more correct if I create this posting above as an idea here, pardon for the repetition.


I am a happy user of Workstation for over a decade, since days of I think version 4 workstation.


Recently, began to use Tails Linux and of course it works with Workstation 12 pro.


But I had been only booting up Tails using ISO image live CD mode. In this mode it can not create a persistent file to store some info or settings. As result I am using vmware snapshots to store.

Tails only creates persistence file to store info when it boots up using USB thumb drive. Yes, I had been able to use USB thumb drive and booted up in EFI BIOS mode in vmware too. But I have to physically plug in a USB thumb drive too.


It is kind of good if VMware will allow a vmdk file virtual disk – same as those we connected via SATA / SCSI, to be also simulated to be (HOT) plugged into VMs. Then in this case it will become very convenient.


I think for more than just Tails purpose, if VMware could hot-plug VMDK disks as USB device, it serves a whole lot of useful functions for test / development and powerful usages.


There are physical USB HDD SSD and there are physical USB thumb drives. I suppose VMDK files can simulate them, but I can be ignorant or wrong.


My suggestion is to have essentially thumb drives / SDcards / MicroSD cards simulated by VMware using a VMDK like file / files, this will be a new dimension of simulation that is still a lacking now.




Thanks & regards



Reporting an Incident

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Eventually, we all get hacked. The bad guys are very persistent and we can all make a mistake. If a phone call from the “Help Desk” doesn’t sound quite right, if an email seems suspicious or if a program you installed starts acting funny, ask for help! Your security team is there to help you. The sooner you report an incident, the sooner we can help resolve the problem.

What is Malware

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Malware is software–a computer program–used to perform malicious actions. In fact, the term malware is a combination of the words malicious and software. Cyber criminals install malware on your computers or devices to gain control over them or gain access to what they contain. Once installed, these attackers can use malware to spy on your online activities, steal your passwords and files, or use your system to attack others.

ERROR: Task failed on server: Module 'CPUID' power on failed.

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Hi vTeam, I hope you’re all doing well.

I’m creating a nested VMware LAB where I have 1 physical server (Dell OptiPlex 790) with 16GB of RAM and 2 Physical Processors. I’ve installed ESXi on this server and inside I’ve created 2 VMs with ESXi installed on each (one with 11GB RAM for vCenter and the other with 5GB RAM for DC & DNS + Windows 7 and OpenFiler). I can easily create VMs on it but when I tried to deploy VCSA 6.5 if fails when it reaches 80% with this error: “Task failed on server: Module ‘CPUID’ power on failed.”, any ideas, could you please help me? Thanks a lot in advance and hope to hear from you all as soon as possible guys, cheers.