Backing up ESXi settings before completely reinstall ESXi on USB

Hi All,

I'd like to know if there is any way to backup or exports the settings of my current ESXi before i begin the ESXi 4.0 into 4.1 upgrade ?

Any kind of help and response would be greatly appreciaated.


Kind Regards,
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Brad HoweConnect With a Mentor DevOps ManagerCommented:
Hi there,
ESXI hosts are realtively easy to backup. It is only  a couple root config files. With that said, here is a nice little GUI to do it for you.
Enter IP, root and password and backup or restore.
sihtConnect With a Mentor Commented:
If you have vMA (VMare Management Appliance) installed you can back up your ESXi config from there.
This thread should help:
jjozAuthor Commented:
cool man, so I'll install this ESXi in the new USB drive and then restore the config. files from the existing one :-)
and then restart hopefully that is all i need to do.
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coolsport00Connect With a Mentor Commented:
ESXi can be backed up using the vCLI using the vicfg-backup command, as outlined on page 39 of the following guide.
(vSphere Command-Line Interface Installation and Reference Guide)

The ESX/i configurations are no longer a few simple files as outlined in this KB:

...that is because they are now kept in a VMDK. The only way to backup ESX is if you have Ent Plus license and use host profiles; for ESXi, you have to use either vMA as "siht" mentions or the vCLI guide. Older versions of both ESX/i you can simply make a copy of the files mentioned in the KB, but that is no more :(

Hope that helps.
jjozAuthor Commented:
ok, so in this case using vMA is the only way to go with ESXi so far ?
vMA or vCLI...yes.

jjozAuthor Commented:
thanks for the comment guys !
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