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Backup VM to OVF or some other alternative format while live?

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Hello,

Is it possible to backup a virtual machine to some quickly restorable format (OVF for example), while the virtual machine is live or still running.  I don't care if it takes longer, I just want to know if its something that is entirely doable with little to no caveats?

Thanks a lot for the info.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 500 total points
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Yes, use VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.5, and create a V2V.

Many use it just for backup! See my EE Articles on the subject



If you have a licensed version of VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi), e.g. you have paid money to VMware for a license, you can use third party backup software.

see my EE Article here

VMware ESX/ESXi Backup Guide

other Backup Products to consider also

AppAssure
http://www.appassure.com/ - Number 1 Backup and VMs and Cloud

Unitrends
http://www.unitrends.com/ - a good vRecovery Backup Appliance.

Symantec Backup Exec V-Ray Edition
http://www.symantec.com/backup-exec-vray-edition - Unmatched backup and recovery designed for virtual and physical environments

VM Explorer
http://www.trilead.com/ - Simply, cost effective and it works.

Acronis Backup & Recovery® 11 Virtual Edition
http://www.acronis.com/virtualization/ - simple but effective

StorageCraft ShadowProtect Server
http://www.storagecraft.com/  - amazing but can be expensive


NAKIVO Backup & Replication for VMware
http://www.nakivo.com/ - current testing proves very postiive

vBackup - in Beta
http://www.thinware.net/Products/vBackup/tabid/202/Default.aspx
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