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How do I backup the ESXI (free) configuration and network topology

Hi Team,

   We have a pilot deployment of the esxi 4.0 (free version) and today, we inadvertently deleted a virtual switch.   I have been looking for an elegant way to backup the esxi configuration, network topology, etc...I don't need to backup the guest..just the host config.

   Can anyone suggest some utilities, CLI commands or GUI tools to do this.  I keep seeing this link --->  http://www.itsallvirtual.com/   but it doesn't look current.

  What do you guys use?

Thanks
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BTW...to answer your last question "what do you guys use"...for me, I don't back up my ESX/i config. For the most part, for me at least, it's insignificant. It does save a little time from having to reconfigure the vSwitch, etc., but for me, not worth the effort as I don't have too much to reconfigure. And, it's a good refresher to do those things again since it's pretty much a 'set it and forget it' thing to do. :)

~coolsport00

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Hi coolsport....

Thanks for your tips....just some quick notes.....
Regarding

1.  http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1000761   --> it is too involved....we plan to delegate it to a LAB admin and for someone like that....a GUI operated thing...with menus and point-and-click operation is best.  The CLI linux commands might be too much for him.

2. Regarding this link   --> http://www.experts-exchange.com/articles/Software/VMWare/VMWare-ESX-ESXi-How-to-Backup-your-ESXi-configuration.html.   It's what I mentioned in my first post....it is an old utility and as per the other post...is NOT compatible with ESXI 4.0

Thanks


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There's no GUI that I'm aware of. The only other suggestion would be to install WinSCP (http://winscp.net/eng/download.php), then it's really a "windows explorer" copy type thing, where the Lab Admi is copying those files mentioned in the KB. It's a manual process though. Since there isn't much changes needed to be done on hosts, it may only need to be a once/month thing anyway..or longer.

Regards,
~coolsport00