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I have ESXi 4.1 server.There are 4 servers.3x windows and 1x linux.
I plan to change my all system to ESX 4 Because of can not using WEB INTERFACE on ESXi.

How can i make a BACKUP which i will use on the ESX.4 with vcenter.?

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by:Danny McDaniel
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you can download and use winscp to copy your VM's off the host to another location.  I would recommend you test each one by copying it back under another directory to make sure that you can boot it up before proceeding with the install as you will most likely lose your disk partitions.  If you have a separate RAID/disk volume for the VMFS datastore, then you may avoid the wiping of the disk(s) but if you value the VM's...test it out first.

You should be aware that the web console is not fully supported and is slated to be replaced with something else in a future release.
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by:Danny McDaniel
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if you are using the "free" version of ESXi, then veeam backup won't work.
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by:orkinos
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Hi damm66
Thank you for answer
Yes i use free esxi version.

idea ?

I do not want to install again all server again on the new ESX system.
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by:Paul Solovyovsky
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You must also realize that going forward (after ESX 4.1 Update 1) there will only be ESXi.  The backups are typically the same for ESX and ESXi
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by:Danny McDaniel
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Then you're limited to copying the files off the local disk using SCP.  regular SCP is slow, so that's why FastSCP utility is helpful.

Do you have a NAS/NFS system?  You could attach that and use the Datastore browser utility to move the files over to it.  It's more work, but does allow you to more flexibility.  There are many people here talking about using openfiler to turn other hardware into a NAS.

Like the vmware kb suggests, you can use the free VMware converter or free ovftool to copy the images down.  With Converter, you tell it that you are converting from ESX/VI and your source is VMware workstation.  Then you reverse the process to put it back on the host.

I'm headed to bed, but our european-based experts will probably be online in a few hours and can take you further if you have problems or more questions.
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by:orkinos
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no i do not have NAS /NFS.
All vm on the local storage
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by:orkinos
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Hi damm66
Thanks
 i installed FastSCP ,its look very good.
I connected to my esxi server and i can see all vm servers(windows and Linux).
Do i need to just copy them isn it?
and install esx 4.1 with vcenter then i copy all again to esx 4.1 or?
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Yes, you do a simple copy & paste. You have to power down the VMs to do so though. Veeam should have quick 'how to videos' on their FastSCP download site. Another option if you need to keep your VMs up is vCenter Converter Standalone (free tool on VMware's site). It converts/copies VM to another datastore.

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When you copy them back, you go into each VM folder on the datstore, rt-click on .vmx file, & select 'Add to Inventory'.

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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
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If you have a licensed version of ESX/ESXi, you could purchase the following third party applications to perform backups

1. Veeam Backup and Replication - very popular, won many awards at VMworld 2010

download trial here - http://www.veeam.com/vmware-esx-backup.html

2. Quest vizioncore Vranger Pro - the first VM backup product with a good pedigree.

download trial here - http://vizioncore.com/product/vRangerPro

3. PHD Virtual Backup - very fast backup technology, using virtual applicance.

Download trial here - http://www.phdvirtual.com/phd-vb-51-vmware-vsphere


4. VMware Data Recovery - supports dedupe, integrated with vCenter - maybe included with your current VMware License

http://www.vmware.com/products/data-recovery/overview.html


Some free tools you could also consider

Free tool here:-

ghettoVCBg2 - Free alternative for backing up VMs

1. http://communities.vmware.com/docs/DOC-9843 (needs licensed version of ESX)

Will work on FREE ESXi, no licensed required.

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

3. VMware Converter Standalone 4.3

http://downloads.vmware.com/d/info/datacenter_downloads/vmware_vcenter_converter_standalone/4_0

VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 4.x Documentation

http://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/converter_pubs.html

VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 4.3 User Guide

http://www.vmware.com/pdf/convsa_43_guide.pdf
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by:setasoujiro
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best solution imo and free:
http://communities.vmware.com/docs/DOC-8760
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