Backing up ESXi to USB stick - how frequently?

Read Hanccocka's article here:

How frequently do you need to perform this backup in order to be confident that it will be valid for restoration later?

Is this something you can just do once, shortly after you initially install ESXi and rest easy knowing you have a second copy of the installation if you need it later?
Or do you have to redo the backup under certain circumstances because the contents of the USB key have changed (e.g. installing an update for ESXi, changing some major configuration setting, etc.)
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After any change to the Hyper-visor would be advisable.
Make sure and have any scratch drive or logs be written to a Shared Storage or local disk.  

If you do not have anything writing to the SD-Card or USB Drive failure should be very rare.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
My article is *"not designed"* as a regular backup feature. It's designed to ensure you have an original copy of the original installation. and it's probably not supported in VMware Support circles either! But as a get you out of the donkey pooh situation, in case of failure, however unlikely.

Once you have deployed your installation, taken a copy of the USB Flash drive. You should use the following commands, to take regular configuration backups of ESXi of changes made to the Hypervisor configuration.

Back up the host configuration to the file C:\backup.txt:

 vicfg-cfgbackup <conn_options> -s C:\backup.txt

Reset the host, that is, restore to factory settings:

 vicfg-cfgbackup <conn_options> -r

Restore a configuration previously saved to C:\backup.txt to the host:

 vicfg-cfgbackup <conn_options> -l C:\backup.txt

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To redploy your installation, in case of flash failure (unusual), use your backup or image to a new flash drive, and then restore the configuration file above.

I would not recommend the regular removal of a flash drive from a production environment. It's the constant removal and insertion of usb flash drives/sd cards, that cause them to fail.

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