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Copy guest server from one host to another in VMware ESXi

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So, we have our primary server with VMware ESXi running 3 guest servers. We want to create a fully functioning backup of this server by having an offsite server running VMware as well. I got vmware installed on the backup server just fine but I cannot figure out how to copy the guest servers from the current host to the backup host.
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If you want to do a live replication you will need 3rd party software such as vizioncore's vReplicator or vRanger, Doubletake, Veeam, or XOSoft software.

If you want point in time backup an easy solution is to use one of the following methods

1.  Veeam FastSCP - Install FastSCP (free) and shutdown server, browse to the virtual machine and do a copy paste
2.  Use VMWare vConverter - with vConverter you can point to the running VM as a source and the DR site ESXi server as a destination and this will essentially make a point in time backup of the server

Hope this helps.
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What operating systems are the Guests running ?
You can also try this product since it officially supports ESX3i Servers too - http://www.trilead.com/Products/VM_Explorer/

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Were Running Ubuntu 5 and two Windows 2003 servers if that helps.  :)
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Thanks for the suggestion on VMWare vConverter, I think that did it. :)
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