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Copying 200 GB Takes Forever and a Half

Tonight while applying Windows patches I wanted to make a backup of all our Vision servers so that I can install them on an ESX server in engineering and do a few test upgrades. The total size of all the VMs involved is about 200 GB. So far I’m pushing 3 hours copying all that stuff on the 2GB/s fibre-channel SAN.

I can’t wait to see how long it will take to copy all that stuff over the WAN from our colocation site to our corporate office. I should be ready to start testing in a week or so.

Categories: Virtualization
  1. 2008-01-17 at 11:45

    Never underestimate the bandwidth of a portable usb hard drive . . .

  2. 2008-01-17 at 11:49

    Yeah, those work great when your servers aren’t 300 kilometres away. Unfortunately my USB cable isn’t that long.

  3. 2008-01-17 at 16:06

    Depends on your WAN speed too I suppose. If it’s tin can and strings, sending a usb drive back and forth via courier might be faster even with the copy-to and copy-from usb times involved.

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