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Virtual Machine Backup - Manual Best Practices

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What is the best way to backup VMware virtual machine manually till we have Veeam / others backup software in place?

Currently I have part of the infrastructure under a vCenter Managed HA and the rest on standalone VMware Hosts running VMs independently.

- Shall I use vConverter to copy the VMs to a local disk? or Turn the VM off and download its VM directory from the Datastore.

Please advice on the best practices.

Thanks
Zen
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VMware Converter is an option for FREE, which can do it...(live!)

see my EE Article, there are free tools in my Article which can do it...

VMware ESX/ESXi Backup Guide

this can do it, but you will need to power OFF!

Part 10: HOW TO: Backup (Export) and Restore (Import) virtual machines to VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 for FREE
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