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External backup of VMware vSphere 6 Hypervisor server

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Hi,

I have a VMware vSphere 6 Hypervisor Licensed for 1 physical CPUs (unlimited cores per CPU) installation running on a physical Lenovo server and with one virtual server. I'd like to back this up to an external hard drive. What is the best way to do this without having to buy 3rd party software?

Thanks,
Ronnie
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John TsioumprisSoftware & Systems Engineer
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If you mean everything then a bare Image backup should do the job...CloneZila should be your 1st stop
Can you elaborate on how to configure this?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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Do you want to backup the virtual machine ?

If so use Veeam Backup and Replication ?
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You could use the native backup program that comes with the guest OS, although the free community edition of Veeam as Andrew suggests may be easier. As far as backing up the hypervisor configuration for a single server with one VM on it a piece of paper is enough.
Yes, it's the virtual machine I'd like to backup. Is Veeam Backup and Replication for free? I've been asked to find a free solution.
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Yes it can be used for FREE.

BUT have you paid for a license for VMware vSphere - ESXi ????
No, I'm using the free hypervisor 6.0.
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Ah, that becomes a real problem.....if you are using FREE ESXi, because in the FREE ESXi, the APIs are not available to third party vendors to use the backup features, e.g. storage API.

You could try VM Explorer. or Nakivo

https://helpcenter.nakivo.com/display/KB/Free+ESXi+Backup+Limitations
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Now its clear...you could try and search for Trilead VM explorer..which in the past worked great on the FREE Esxi...i am afraid now is gone..since the company was bought by HP turning it to HPE VM Explorer and then to Microfocus (?)...if you are a bit creative you should be able to find it..

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