I've been contacted by this software vendor to try out their product and make a review, I've been interested because I'm always looking for new software, tools to bring to our customer's offer and complete the option available to backup virtual infrastructures. I know PHD Virtual systems company and what they do but I never had a chance and time to check out their stuff. In an upcoming blog I will try their Citrix XenDesktop monitoring solution and check what this product can bring to a XenDesktop infrastructure. For this backup software I won't be able to go very deep and test everything I would like because my lab is not that big and I don't have access right now to a biggest environment but as soon as it's possible I will deep dive into this backup solution. Few month ago I wrote a blog about backing up your VMs using OpenFiler and I will do the same kind of blog to check if using PHD Virtual Backup for Citrix XenServer is a good solution if you have XenServer platinum licenses or if you don't. FIrst let's check what you got with different XenServer editions : You can click on the image to make it bigger (in fact you can click on any pic on www.archy.net to make it bigger :) ) and as you can see, the "Automated VM protection and recovery" is now available from the Enterprise edition (needed to be platinum with XenServer 5.6) And Citrix mention that bellow this edition frame : [1] Automated VM protection and recovery is only available for the Advanced and Enterprise editions in the 6.0 release and later. You can check the XenServer edition page at Citrix website here : link What is Automated VM Protection and Recovery ? Utilizing an easy set-up wizard, administrators can create snapshot and archival policies. Regularly scheduled snapshots help to protect against data loss in case of a VM failure. The policies established are based on snapshot type, frequency, amount of historical data that is retained, and an archive location. Recovering a VM is completed by simply choosing the last good known archive. This is very easy to use and does it's job integrated in XenCenter administration console. I use this feature to backup all my VMs on my lab but I must admit this is a very basic solution for a basic need and it…