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way to copy VMWare servers between ESXi servers

Hi, I'm looking for a way to copy virtual machines from one esxi server (version 6.0) to another, like a backup.  Right now, I use VMWare Stand alone converter, but it takes time, I don't mind turning them off.   I know they have the OVF tool, but was wondering if there was a more graphical way to shuffle them around.

Thanks all.
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Wayne88Commented:
You can use Veeam to copy VMs.  I have also used backup software like Acronis to simply backup the VM then restore to a different server.

https://helpcenter.veeam.com/docs/backup/vsphere/copy_job.html?ver=95

Paragon is another one: https://www.paragon-software.com/technologies/backup-solutions/vm-copy-tool/?utm_source=VMCopyTool&utm_campaign=VMWare_CT_20.01&utm_medium=Blog
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DanOwnerAuthor Commented:
thank you, I think that may be over my price range, 800 smackers of so, I really want to use OVF, it is just a bit confusing.  was hoping there was a graphical way to do it.
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Wayne88Commented:
Hi Dan, they have the Veeam® Backup Free Edition which will allow you to clone, copy, export and manage your VMs: https://www.veeam.com/virtual-machine-backup-solution-free.html
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DanOwnerAuthor Commented:
thanks, can that copy from ESXi server to ESXi server?
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Wayne88Commented:
Sorry, I misunderstood.  You want to copy the whole host?  If that's the case then you will need a backup software that can copy the whole host (Acronis or Paragon backup).  If you just wanted to copy the guest VMs then I would use Veeam or Paragon Protect & Restore VM Copy Tool.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
thanks, can that copy from ESXi server to ESXi server?

No!

You would have to Backup and Restore!

You can use SCP to copy files between servers, but it's slowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!

You get the message!

Quickest method would be to copy to a NAS (server), using NFS, and then copy back, but not ESXi to ESXi....

what you are wanting to do is REPLICATE! (many products but not FREE!)
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DanOwnerAuthor Commented:
yes, just the virtual machines, one at a time is OK, from server to server, can Veeam do that?
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Wayne88Commented:
Yes, Veeam can copy the guest VMs but I have never done directly from server to server.  Not sure if you can do that.

I copied to a backup store.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Everything is going to take time, because it's a data move!

Veeam will Backup and Restore.... (you need somewhere to backup to)

So it's not ESXi to ESXi.....

You could use Veeam to "Migrate!" which copies from one ESXi to another ESXi....

See my EE Article

HOW TO: "Live Migrate" VMware Virtual Machines between ESX/ESXi hosts and/or datastores for FREE without licenses for vMotion or Storage vMotion
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DanOwnerAuthor Commented:
thanks all and thanks Andrew for the tutorial.  I did search for that, but somehow missed it.
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