Backup ESX 3.5 host

Bill Warren
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I'm looking to somehow backup my ESX 3.5 Host. I already have setup backups through the VCB for my VM's but I want to be able to restore my ESX host for Disaster Recovery. For free or very low cost if possible.
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Top Expert 2010
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This KB should provide what you need:
http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1000761

Regards,
~coolsport00
Top Expert 2010

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And, it's a *free* option :)

~coolsport00
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1 more item to note....the steps outlined in the KB are solely for 3.x versions of ESX. vSphere doesn't have those files for ESX configs any longer....they are now in a VMDK file, and the only way to b/u restore ESX configs in vSphere is if you have Ent Plus edition and utilize host profiles (kinda crappy if you ask me). For ESXi vSphere, you can use vCLI to b/u & restore ESXi configs.

Hope that helps.

~coolsport00
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Bill WarrenIT Manager

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I know very little in ESX commands from the console, I usually do my work in the VIC can you give me the commands needed to back those files and directories? I will be moving to vsphere sometime in the future but for now I will be staying in 3.5
Top Expert 2010
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Actually...cmd's aren't needed (and not the client, either). You can download a free "explorer" SCP tool called Veeam FastSCP (http://www.veeam.com/vmware-esxi-fastscp.html). You can then browse to the file locations and copy/paste them wherever you'd like :)

~coolsport00
Luciano PatrãoICT Senior Infraestructure  Engineer  

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Hi

Sincerely i don't use backup the host. Don't see any point on this. We can restore a VMware host in 15/20m.

Or we have a Disk problem(and this cannot be resolve by a restore into the same host), or the recover(new install) of a VMware host is quickly.

That is my view.

Jail
Bill WarrenIT Manager

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in this instance the Data is local to the ESX that is why i need to backup the host

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It also depends if you are willing to do cold backups vs hot backups.  

I like

http://www.veeam.com/vmware-esxi-fastscp.html

It's free and if you make copies of the vmx and vmdk files, restores are as easy and copying the files back to your datastore.
Top Expert 2010

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Well, all ESX/i config data is local by default, but what "bestway" is mentioning is that he doesn't have much in the way of configurations if a ESX/i rebuild is necessary. For me, I also don't back up the configs, but that isn't really what this question is about...rather how to do it. But, if you have several vSwitches, and all other kinds of configs going on, it's probably better that a b/u & restore for ESX/i configs is implemented.

~coolsport00
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He's already using VCB for VM backups, as mentioned in the orig post "bestway"....

~coolsport00
Luciano PatrãoICT Senior Infraestructure  Engineer  

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Hi

@coolsport00 yes when we have many configuration(vSwitch and other configurations) is not so easy to create a new one.

But that is why I have scripts to manually create all the vSwitchs, portgrpous, VLANs etc. With this, just re-install using a ks file then run a post install script.

In this case the asker have a local storage with the VMs(so re-install is more difficult), but this just for additional information in regarding re-install and use post scripts

Jail
Bill WarrenIT Manager

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Thanks so much this is what i was looking for. just one other thing... the VMware document you references mentioned to copy files from the /etc/vmware directory, excluding:
o      Any soft links

what would the mean by soft links?

Thanks again!

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