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Try to backup on ESXi 4.1 with either Veeam Backup 6.5 & 7.0 but it failed. Any idea ?

Is there a possibility that the current ESXi 4.1 is not supported ? Is there a free edition or licensing issue  for ESXi 4.1 that causes the problem ?

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Veeam Backup 6.5 and 7.0 is compatible with the LICENSED version of ESXi 4.1.

If you have the FREE version of ESXi 4.1, e.g. you have not PAID for a license, the Storage APIs are locked and not accessible by Veeam Backup software.

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VMware ESX/ESXi Backup Guide

So are you using a FREE version of ESXi ?
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How to check whether it is a free copy or not ?

If case it is a free version, can I simply shutdown the VM during non-office hour and copy these VM files for backup purpose ?

I can see the key information on the VMware. Does it mean it is a licensed copy ?

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If it is free, try looking at GhettoVCB not the ideal but will work, even has a Win/Lin GUI.

http://www.magikmon.com/mksbackup/ghettovcb.en.html
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how can u tell from the license key ?

The image seldom change. Can I just copy all VM files under a specific file for backing up purpose ?

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Do you have Vsphere or SSH access to the host(s) ?
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Can't ssh to the host.
Only connect through vsphere client...

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Please highlight the host and go to:

Configuration --> Licensed Features


Product: VMware vSphere 5 Hypervisor Licensed for 2 physical CPUs (unlimited cores per CPU)
License Key: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Expires: Never

Product Features:
    Up to 32 GB of memory
    Up to 8-way virtual SMP

If it is free it should look like the above.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 250 total points
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You have the FREE version!

My EE Articles lists Backup Techniques!

VMware ESX/ESXi Backup Guide

You could also use VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.5

see my EE Article, Step by Step Tutorial Instructions with Screenshots

HOW TO:  P2V, V2V for FREE - VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.5

HOW TO:  P2V, V2V for FREE - VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1

HOW TO: Improve the transfer rate of a Physical to Virtual (P2V), Virtual to Virtual Conversion (V2V) using VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.0

or Power OFF the VM, and select File, Export VM
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