VMware incrementals increasing in size over time

SUMMARY

VMware incrementals increasing in size over time

ISSUE

Purpose

Explain why VMware incremental backups increase in size over time.

Description

When running an incremental forever backup strategy, the size of the incrementals increases over time, increasing backup times and decreasing retention.

Cause

This is most likely due to a known VMware bug, which will be addressed in the next major release of vSphere in 2013.

Resolution

Install the agent for the virtual machine and back it up at the agent-level.

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