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Windows DB2 with VMWare Best Practices

Question asked by Andrew Rolt on Sep 2, 2014
Latest reply on Sep 4, 2014 by Andrew Rolt

I'm looking for any insight into best practices for running DB2 in a VMWare 5.5 environment with regards to snapshots and data protection. Everything I've read from IBM states that we should not be using SAN snapshots on DB2 databases, and that DB2 does not support Microsoft VSS - backups should only be done using the IBM commands either online or offline.

 

I'm currently in the process of testing/moving my physical DB2 server into vmware 5.5 and I've configured 3 volumes; OS, DATA, and LOGS which will represent 3 logical drives in Windows.

 

I currently have a volume collection of all 3 mentioned volumes, but will I end up with corrupt DB2 backups? Does it even make sense to create a volume collection for this if the snap won't be application consistent?

Of course, I haven't tested anything yet. I'm just getting started and will have a copy of my live database to test on there within the week.

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