vRanger 5.2 – ESXi replication

Wow. Really cutting it close aren’t we? Finally vRanger is supporting ESXi replication. I’ll be installing it soon.

Release Notes for 5.2

I shouldn’t be too mad at these guys. The hot-add and using a vApp look clunky, but I wonder if they were forced into setting it up this way by VMware. It’s obviously not VMware’s strong point, because there are a lot of 3rd parties in this space and their 1st party solution is not widely accepted.


2 thoughts on “vRanger 5.2 – ESXi replication

  1. Hi,
    I agree their solution for ESXi is clunky.. I am using it for a small customer and we are running in a lot of trouble, first backuping with the vranger 5.1 version, and then backup issue disapeared with v5.2, and we have trouble with replication in 5.2 since the beginning.
    Even if it would work, using a Virtual Appliance with a “scratch” disk taking a lot of space is really disapointing. And for the moment the less I can say is that quest support does not really help me.
    Is Veeam a better alternative?

    1. I’ve never used Veeam. Veeam has a very responsive marketing arm, and those guys could help you. Just send out the word on twitter with a #veeam and they’ll appear like a magic genie. They did on my blog. 🙂
      I might try Veeam, but it’ll only happen when my hand is forced. We’re still using ESX vRanger replication and it works. Only failures happen when we have full storage or kick off too many jobs at once.
      Possible Solutions:
      1. Just use ESX 4.1 instead of ESXi 4.1 and totally side step all that vApp monkey business.
      2. The always helpful Andre of VMTN fame put together a nice list of backup options: http://communities.vmware.com/docs/DOC-10780
      – Try a trial of a different pay product.

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