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ESXi: guests: how to back up virtual machines?

Posted on 2011-03-02
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Hello experts,

So much effort is going to setting up these virtual guests, is there a way to back up these virtual machines? in case ESXi host crashes...

thanks,
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Is this "free ESXi"? Your options are limited if so. You would have to power down the VMs, then use something like Veeam FastSCP (free; http://www.veeam.com/vmware-esxi-fastscp.html) to make a copy of them. You can trial vcenter and make a clone of all your VMs as well.

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Thank you coolsport00....

but the VMs are on ESXi hard drive, does the ESXi have an FTP server? do I connect to it using same credentials?

thanks,

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No ESXi does not have an ftp server. But as coolsport00 has stated you can copy them off using SCP.
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What you do is use Veeam - install it on your local workstation. After install, open it up and rt-click on 'Severs' and select 'Add Server'. You add your ESXi host. You will need to supply the 'root' credentials under the SSH Connection tab. You can connect a USB hard drive (if you have it) to your workstation and when you go to copy your VMs, you can select to save it to this drive, which would be some drive letter designated under the 'My Computer' area.

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At the link I provide above, under the Resources tab, Veeam offers several screenshots of what it looks like and kinda how to use it (they don't have 'official' documentation).

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I get it now... thank you so much again...

so much info...
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