Backup VM guest on VMware 6.5

If I want to do a offline backup for a vm guest on Vsphere 6.5, which files should I need to download ? Do I need to download all files ?

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Use Export and Import, much easier because it selects all the files for you and creates an OVF or OVA!

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AXISHKAuthor Commented:
Do I need to take the VM guest onffline ? Mine is VMware 6.5 and I access it through web interface. Does it work the same ?

What format should I select , OVF or OVA ?What's the difference ?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
The VM neeeds to be OFF.

Yes, Exporting works the same via Web Client.

Basically OVA is contained in a complete single file, use OVA if available!
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AXISHKAuthor Commented:
Where can I export OVF in this new 6.5 web interface ?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
It would appear OVF/OVA is broken in vSphere 6.5!

So you have no choice but to download files manually, or use a Third Party Backup product - e.g. Veeam does have a free version.
AXISHKAuthor Commented:
So, all the files under the specific machine folder should be copied, correct ?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
correct

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