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Alan Dala
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ESXi backup

I inherited a couple of VMware hosts running ESXi 5.0 and I'm looking for a free/cheap way to back them up at least weekly. I tried Veeam and Altaro but basically ran into the same issue: "ESXi version prohibits execution". Is there a way to backup the free version of ESXi? I'm pretty new working with VMware so maybe I don't really understand how it works. Could I just at least copy the vmdk files from the datastore without shutting down the servers so I can have a copy? The tech before me was just backing up at  file level but I would like to backup the VM entirely too if possible.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert PRO / EE Fellow/British Beekeeper)

8/22/2022 - Mon
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Alan Dala

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Thank you for your response!

So, if I understand this correctly, I don't really have an option to backup free ESXi...
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert PRO / EE Fellow/British Beekeeper)

Yes, did you read my EE Article, which lists products which can do it?
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