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HOW TO: Backup (Export) and Restore (Import) virtual machines to VMware vSphere Hypervisor 7.0 for FREE

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert PRO / EE Fellow/British Beekeeper)
EE Fellow, MVE, Expert of the Year 2021,2017-11, Scribe 2016-2012, Author of the Year 2018-6,2013-2012 VMware vExpert Pro, vExpert 2022-2011
In this video we will show you HOW TO: Backup (Export) and Restore (Import) virtual machines to VMware vSphere Hypervisor 7.0 for FREE. This procedure can be followed to backup (export) and restore (import) any virtual machine hosted on the VMware vSphere Hypervisor 7.0 host server.

For more guidance and a step by step tutorial with screenshots, which supports this video, please see the following article which this video is based on HOW TO: Backup (Export) and Restore (Import) virtual machines to VMware vSphere Hypervisor 7.0 for FREE

There are many third-party backup solutions available; here are some of my favorites in no particular order.

Coheisty Data Protect

Nakivo Backup and Replication

Veeam Backup and Replication

Video Steps

1. Connect to the VMware vSphere Hypervisor 7.0 (ESXi 7.0) or vSphere vCenter Server using the VMware Host or vSphere Web Client.

Connect to the VMware vSphere Hypervisor 7.0 (ESXi 7.0). Please see this video.

HOW TO: Connect to the VMware vSphere Hypervisor 7.0U2 (ESXi 7.0.2) using the vSphere (HTML5 Web) Host Client 7.0

2. Virtual Machine Backup (Export) of My First Windows Virtual Machine to OVF.

Make sure the virtual machine is powered off. Right-click the virtual machine and select Export OVF.

3. Virtual Machine Backup (Export) of My First Linux Virtual Machine to OVF.

Make sure the virtual machine is powered off. Right-click the virtual machine and select Export OVF.

4. Examination of the exported (backup) files in the backup folder.

Check the contents of the backup folder for the correct number of files.

5. Virtual Machine Restore (Import) of My First Windows Virtual Machine from an OVF.

Right-click Host and Select Create/Register VM, then select Deploy OVF/OVA and follow the wizard.

6. Virtual Machine Restore (Import) of My First Linux Virtual Machine from an OVF.

Right-click Host and Select Create/Register VM, then select Deploy OVF/OVA and follow the wizard.
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