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Backing up ESX

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We are currently using Backup Exec 12.5 with VCB integration. Is there any way through Backup Exec or any 3rd party software where I can backup our ESX server and all the files on it? If one of our ESX servers crashes, I would like to have a backup or image file of it.

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In my company, we've decided not to take a backup image our ESX servers because if an ESX host crashes it would be faster to reinstall ESX than restoring from an image.  All our VMs reside on a SAN.   We completely wiped out and reinstalled ESX 3.5 with update 4 (from update 2) in the last few days and it took less than 20 mintues per host.  The HBA remains the same so we didn't have to do anything on the switch/SAN side.  It picked up all the SAN LUNs automatically, and now the host is back in the HA/DRS cluster.  Keep in mind that we don't store anything/files, etc local on any of the hosts.  

We've tried to image our ESX via Paragon Drive Backup so you may look into that product.

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I would suggest Acronis True Image for backup solutions.

http://www.acronis.com.sg/enterprise/products/ATIES/
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Is the ESX server 3i or does it have COS?
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ESX 3.5 with no updates added.
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