Vmware ESXi Guest Backup

Hi there,

I need an unexpensive way to backup Vmware guests that are hosted on a free ESXi.

Automatic daily with differential backup even better.

Veeam is not an option because, there are only 32bits OS out there.

Thanks for your help,
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
I wrote an EE Article 4 years ago, and recently updated it here, which explains your options...


The biggest issue you will face, is you are using ESXi FREE version, which means, backup solutions cannot access the Licensed Storage APIs.

So this means, you will have to look at older products like GhettoVCB, VMware Converter, and possibly Trilead Explorer and VMBackup.

All these are detailed in my EE Article, please ask me if you have questions

To be honest with you I would first purchase an Essentials license for VMware vSphere Essentials at $700 (approx!).

and then select a backup app from my 12!

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ReneGeAuthor Commented:
Thanks Andrew for your prompt reply :)

I'll look at the solutions you propose and if i have more question, I'll let you know.

Thanks and cheers,
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