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Has anybody configured the vMA so I can run the vicfg-cfgbackup to backup a ESX host (4.1) before upgrade to ESXi 5.1?
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We normally run it from a Windows PC.
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With vCLI installed?
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Yes, using vCLI (vSphere Command-Line Interface Reference) because it's easier for many of our clients, to run a batch file, from a scheduler, and write the contents to a windows share for backup.

http://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-51/index.jsp?topic=%2Fcom.vmware.vcli.ref.doc%2Fvicfg-cfgbackup.html
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is vicfg-cfgbackup an option for ESX 4.1 hosts?
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there is no backup option for ESX, only ESXi (note the i)

vicfg-cfgbackup is for ESXi use only.
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What are backup options for ESX 4.1 host before upgrade to ESXi 5.1?
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Very limited, you would need to backup the entire server.
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I ran vicfg cfgbackup on ESX 4.1 host and it worked:

1) Install Windows vCLI
2) Enable SSH on ESX host
3) Putty to host. login with root. Type following commands:
mkdir /tmp/scratch
mkdir /tmp/scratch/downloads
exit
4) Open vCLI command prompt, type:
vicfg-cfgbackup.pl --server <ip> -s C:\temp\backup.bak
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It's not designed for ESX.

I would not rely on that to restore your configuration.

Document your configuration.
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