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I have a single node ESXi4.1 server running 4VM's using local storage. I would like to find a way to back these up. What backup solution would you offer/use?

 
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ID: 34873732

Free backup tools here that work with ESXi.

Free tool here:-

ghettoVCBg2 - Free alternative for backing up VMs

http://communities.vmware.com/docs/DOC-9843

http://communities.vmware.com/message/1029047

Unless you use your Backup Exec with Agent in the Virtual Machine.

You don't specify if you have a licensed version of VMware ESXi?
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by:victordr
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I have the free version.
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if you have the free version of ESXi, the only option is the 2nd URL, the first URL requires you have a Foundation or Essentials licese for ESXi.
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ID: 34873747
other options are:

1. Veeam FastSCP (VM must be off)

2. or free VMware Standalone Converter.

VMware Standalone Convertor

http://downloads.vmware.com/d/info/datacenter_downloads/vmware_vcenter_converter_standalone/4_0
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by:victordr
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I use Arcserve Backup for my physical servers. Could i purchase an agent for these VM's?
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ID: 34873801
Yes, you can use a traditional agent, not the fastest of restore of backup, but you can install an agent in the machine and backup as normal.
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by:victordr
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Have you ever used ghettovcb?
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ID: 34874022
yes, it's very good.
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But I'm afraid you cannot use it on the FREE version of ESXi 4.1, you'll need to use the 2nd option URL.

http://communities.vmware.com/message/1029047
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by:victordr
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Can it backup the VM while it is running? I  just started reading about it. The problem i am going to have is it can only backup to local storage.
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by:victordr
ID: 34874051
What about if i use Veeam FastSCP (VM must be off)?

 I just copy the whole VM dir? What happens if i need to restore?
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ID: 34874066
No. If you want to backup running VMs, you'll need to obtain a licensed version of ESXi. (because you need to trigger a snapshot via the API, and these are read only on free version). So you cannot do any remote management.
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if you want to restore, you copy it all back.
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Yes, VM must be off. (on free version of ESXi)
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by:victordr
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So let's say the node crashes. How would i restore the copied VM's?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
ID: 34874146
restore the folder and files to the new node, browse the datastore from the vsphere client, select the vmx file, right click and select add to inventory.
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