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I have a VMWare ESXi host with 3 clients, one of the hard drive failed and I don't want to lose any data. How can I make an image of each server? Would snapshots be enough? Can I copy the snapshots to an external drive so I won't lose the images if the system goes down?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
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Snapshots are not the answer, and they are not backups!

You can read me EE Article here

HOW TO: VMware Snapshots :- Be Patient

Export and Import quicky!

see my EE Article

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

You could also use VMware Converter.

See this article...

12 commercial software backup products for VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) you should be evaluating today
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by:Claude Constantinescu
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Thank you for your articles!
If I create an OVF file, and I create a new VM Machine on a different server, can I restore the file there? Do I have to specify the datastore then?
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You just import the OVF and select a datastore, and after import the VM is ready to start.
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