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Find What's Being Excluded from Backups and Remove Backup Exclusion Metadata
Authored by: Demani on Jul 18, '12 07:46:50AM

Yeah-VMWare and Parallels both have built-in backup routines that would allow you to back up your virtual machine to a separate file on a daily basis (or whatever you find useful). But the size of those files is way too large (my VMs typically are 15-20GB each), and they change just by starting them up. If it is a big deal to have those backed up, set up an external drive (decent USB flash drives are available) and use them as the location for the VM backups. You wouldn't want to run them directly off that, but you will still have decent backups you can pull with you.

Alternately, use a backup utility within windows to back it up-that too is an effective and efficient method, plus you have a multitude of tools to choose from.

But using Time Machine to backup VMs is highly inefficient.



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