VMware Backup

Hi,

New to VMware and so far downloaded ESXi free and got a license for this to remove 60 day trial. Setup a vm and all ok so far.

Question is using the ESXi free version can I back this up and move to another machine. looked at veeam and they say you must use esxi paid version. The only paid version I am aware for this is the free version but pay for the addon support ?

Anyone got any ideas or solutions to this. I will be looking at esx shortly but just asking the questions as I learn the product.

Thanks,
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sameh_salemCommented:
no way
i have the same scenario and i depend on symmantec backup exec to backup the VM
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Matt VCommented:
Best free way to do this is to use the VMWare Converter application, it will allow you to move VMs between various servers and/or version of VMWare.  So you could convert from ESXi to VMWare Desktop for example.  Or move from one ESXi server to another.

http://www.vmware.com/products/converter/
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coolsport00Commented:
You can use Veeam FastSCP, but you have to power down your VM and do a "copy" (not a scheduled copy..doesn't work). VMware took b/u capability out of ESXi. Meaning, b/u capability is still in there, but it isn't usable unless you have the paid version of ESXi. Or, you can move ('convert') VMs using the Converter tool "mattvmotas" suggested. THere is also ghettoVCB, but it's a scripting way, and is quite intricate (in other words, not easy).

Regards,
~coolsport00
 
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coolsport00Commented:
Here is another EE post on ESXi b/u. The poster is using 3.5, but it applies for any version of ESXi:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/VMWare/Q_25356137.html

~coolsport00
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mdj1501Author Commented:
Hi,

Can you define esxi paid. is this esxi free with suport ? Just after options for backing up and restoring a vm instance to alternative hardware.

Thanks,

Mark.
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coolsport00Commented:
If all you have is 1 VM, I wouldn't go with a paid version, but backing up your VM (making a copy of it) will have to be a manual process. You will have to enable SSH on your ESXi host (see here on how to do that: http://vm-help.com/esx/esx3i/ESXi_enable_SSH.php; even though it says v.3, it works for ESXi4 too), then connect to your host with Veeam FastSCP (http://www.veeam.com/vmware-esxi-fastscp.html) (or even use WinSCP: http://winscp.net/eng/download.php) and copy your VM to a new location.

~coolsport00
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mdj1501Author Commented:
will this enable you to restore to alternative hardware and can you do this on a live running vm.

Thanks,
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coolsport00Commented:
No...that's the problem with backups in ESXi.....unless you have the paid version, you have to power down the VM. But yes, you can copy the VM to a new host.

~coolsport00

p.s. In case you are interested in paid versions, here are URLs for you to reference:
http://www.vmware.com/products/vsphere/buy/overview.html
http://www.vmware.com/products/vsphere/buy/editions_comparison.html
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mdj1501Author Commented:
Excellent this is just what I needed. Have you ever tried trilead ?

Thanks,

Mark.
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coolsport00Commented:
No I haven't :(

~coolsport00
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mdj1501Author Commented:
Last idea if you power off the Vm and browse the datastore can you copy all the files and import then on a new system to move a vm from one machine to another.

Thanks,

Mark.
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coolsport00Commented:
Yes, you could. Just copy the whole VM folder. Once the folder is uploaded on to the new host, right-click on the vmx file and 'Add it to Inventory'.

~coolsport00
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mdj1501Author Commented:
Thanks for your help clear this up.

Mark.
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coolsport00Commented:
Glad to be of help!

~coolsport00
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