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I have a ESXI server with currently one virual machine - it's an IIS box for intranet in house.  I need to back it up.  I have Symantec Backup Exec and I installed the remote agent on that server.  If I backup this way is this enough? Will I be able to restore that IIS box if my ESXI server crashes? Do  need to also backup the datastore?
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You are still thinking physical...... by installing an agent on the VM, is no different to installing an agent on a physical computer it's slow, just backups files and folders, it's not efficient, and is slow...

and as for Restore...complicated...

see my EE Article

VMware ESX/ESXi Backup Guide

You could just copy the files from the datastore to another network computer would be faster, and easier to restore.

Is this a Licensed Version of ESXi, e.g. you've paid money to VMware ?

other better options for FREE!

Veeam Backup and Replication
http://www.veeam.com/virtual-machine-backup-solution-free.html?ad=menu

VM Explorer
https://www.trilead.com/
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I could move say copy the datastore to my backup server and then move it to another VM box if I needed to?  this isn't paid VMWare.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
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Yes, you are correct.

You only copy the virtual machine disks and files from the datastore.

You will not be able to use Veeam because you have ESXi free version.

But you can use

VM Explorer
https://www.trilead.com/

or see my article how to copy the files off the datastore.

another free method of backup...

see my EE Article

Part 10: HOW TO: Backup (Export) and Restore (Import) virtual machines to VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 for FREE
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by:WellingtonIS
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Thanks!  These are great articles!  And are really giving me great help in conquering VMWare!
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