VMware ESXi 4.1 free version backup

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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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)Connect With a Mentor VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
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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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:

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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victordrAuthor Commented:
I have the free version.
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Free Tool: ZipGrep

ZipGrep is a utility that can list and search zip (.war, .ear, .jar, etc) archives for text patterns, without the need to extract the archive's contents.

One of a set of tools we're offering as a way to say thank you for being a part of the community.

 
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
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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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
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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victordrAuthor Commented:
I use Arcserve Backup for my physical servers. Could i purchase an agent for these VM's?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
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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victordrAuthor Commented:
Have you ever used ghettovcb?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
yes, it's very good.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
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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victordrAuthor Commented:
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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victordrAuthor Commented:
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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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
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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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
if you want to restore, you copy it all back.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, VM must be off. (on free version of ESXi)
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victordrAuthor Commented:
So let's say the node crashes. How would i restore the copied VM's?
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