Backup/Restore VMware ESXi Virtual Machine

we have deployed an ESXi server. We have 2 Virtual Machines with Windows 2008 R2 as OS.
We need to prepare 2 things:

1. Backup both virtual machines
2. Restore this 2 virtual machine in a DIFFERENT server

My boss has request to expend as minimun budget as I can, if free, even better.
What would be the procedure or software recommendations to do this? Is is as simple as copy and paste? ...probably not.
José PerezAsked:
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Ben HartCommented:
Jose, Take a look at this KB article.  It might be just what you need.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
For FREE Export and Import the VMs is free and simple to do.

See my EE article step by step tutorial with screenshots

Are you using a licensed version of ESXi?

If you have Free ESXi eg no money paid to VMware it really does limit what you can do

See my EE articles these explain what you can do with free or not free ESXi and products you can use for free or purchase.

José PerezAuthor Commented:
@Andrew licencsed version of ESXi.
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José PerezAuthor Commented:
mmm interesting, I liked the "VMware vCenter Converter Standalone" version, can this also export an ESXi virtual machine to a VMware workstation 11?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Okay, if you have the Licensed version, you can use the FREE versions of Veeam, and other Backup software, with no purchase. These are cut down, and just do not have a scheduler, but will backup and restore.

VMware vCenter Converter Standalone can, but it provides a conversion of the VM.

So it's not going to be identical, and you will need to re-configure networking.

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José PerezAuthor Commented:
What you mean with "provides a conversion of the VM"... VM's are no longer accesible back in the ESXi?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
VMware Converter, is a tool really to migrate a Physical Server to a Virtual Converter. It can be used to create a Virtual to Virtual conversion, it can be used as poor man's backup.

BUT, your server undergoes a conversion, so it's a copy, but modified with new network interfaces, so you will need to put the network information back in after conversion.

It converts ESXi to ESXi, or ESXi to VMware Workstation, or other virtual platforms.

VMs can be converted back to be compatible with ESXi. (but you will then need to put the networking back, what I'm trying to say is, your copy is not 100% identical to the source.

Unlike Export and Import, or any other Backup Tool, when you backup and restore.
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