13 Replies Latest reply on Sep 10, 2010 4:40 AM by ShekharRana

    Backup of VMs on ESX Server

    ShekharRana Novice

       

      Hello All

       

       

      Kindly guide me, How to take backup of vm machines so that i can restore these vm machines on another ESX server if current is down 

       

       

        • 1. Re: Backup of VMs on ESX Server
          FranckRookie Virtuoso
          User Moderators

          Hi,

           

          Choosing a backup solution depends on many, many factors: the amount of data, retention time, backup medias...

           

          I would suggest listing the backup tools and devices you already have and try to adapt one of them to your VMware infrastructure.

           

          One other possibility is to create a complete backup solution, buying hardware and software, but if you have only a pair of ESXs, it would be a shame.

           

          Hope it helps.

           

          Regards

           

          Franck

          • 2. Re: Backup of VMs on ESX Server
            ShekharRana Novice

            Thanks for replying Franck

             

            But my concerned is, if my ESX server is crashed and it can not be recovered then i should have backup of all VMs to restore these on Other ESX server..

             

            Kindly suggest some backup solution for this

             

            Currently we are using Vranger but it works when VM is crashed but not when whole server is crashed.

            • 3. Re: Backup of VMs on ESX Server
              PduPreez Master
              VMware Employees

               

              Hi

               

              It sounds like you are runnign a single ESX server with no VCenter, is that correct?

               

               

              The backup tool I would suggest to have a look at is "Veeam Backup & Replication"

              www.veeam.com

              this is a very Good Backup Product and can connect trhough VCenter or a standalone host.

               

               

              Regards

               

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              • 4. Re: Backup of VMs on ESX Server
                AWo Guru

                You always can go with your standard backup procedure, hardware and software you already have in place (hopefully).

                Just install an agent inthe virtual guest and follow the restore procedures like you would do it with a physcal machine.

                 

                If you want some more "virtualization" like backup there are 3rd party tools like ESX Ranger etc. available. Some tools came with VI3 and are still available with 4.x and they are included. But that depends on the VMware license you have.

                 

                You might want to move forward and update.....

                 


                AWo

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                • 5. Re: Backup of VMs on ESX Server
                  dkraut Hot Shot

                  What about ESX server itself.  Backing up vm's is pretty straight forward as mentioned, but finding an automated/simple method to backup the ESX host config seems a bit convoluted?

                  • 6. Re: Backup of VMs on ESX Server
                    AWo Guru

                    There's not really a benefit to backup the ESX server.

                    If you do that from within the console you just steal performance from the guest.

                    Have a good documentation at hand and your as quick or even faster with installing the host from scratch.

                    Otherwise you must install ESX (if you do not have some kind of imaging), install the backup agent and do the restore.

                     

                    Furthermore, ESX 4.1 is the last version which offers ESX. After that you only get ESXi. So there's nothing to backup anymore regarding ESX in the future.

                     


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                    • 7. Re: Backup of VMs on ESX Server
                      PduPreez Master
                      VMware Employees

                       

                      AWo wrote:

                      There's not really a benefit to backup the ESX server.

                       

                      Agreed

                       

                       

                       

                       

                      Furthermore, ESX 4.1 is the last version which offers ESX. After that you only get ESXi. So there's nothing to backup anymore regarding ESX in the future.

                      Also true, which is why I am already converting All My clients from ESX 4.0 to ESXi 4.1

                       

                       

                         

                       

                       

                      Regarding the ESXi Config Backup I discovered a few time savers.

                      On all my sites I install ESXi as boot from USB. The beauty is, once you set up all the configuration parameters you can shutdown the Host and Image the USB stick. If a Host ever fails, you pop the USB stick into a new replacement host, or if the USB stick fails, you image a new one and Bobs your uncle

                       

                       

                      If you have Enterprise + Licenses you just apply Host profiles  

                       

                       

                      Regards

                       

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                      • 8. Re: Backup of VMs on ESX Server
                        petedr Virtuoso
                        User Moderators

                         

                        Most of the backup solutions you will find are doing Virtual Machine backups which is the key thing you would want to do.

                         

                         

                        For the ESX server itself it usually is easier just to reinstall it then to try to recover it from a backup. A lot of people have set up kickstart scripts to make the reinstall process easier. One thing I have done in the past in copy and save the entire /etc folder which holds much of the configuration information for the host, but that is mainly just for reference.

                         

                         

                        www.phdvirtual.com, makers of PHD Virtual Backup for Vmware and Xen Server, formally esXpress

                         

                         

                        • 9. Re: Backup of VMs on ESX Server
                          PduPreez Master
                          VMware Employees

                           

                          Hi ShekharRana

                           

                           

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                          • 10. Re: Backup of VMs on ESX Server
                            ShekharRana Novice

                             

                            Hi All, Sorry for the delayed response..

                             

                             

                            Can i simply copy a whole VM from one server and move it on another server.

                             

                             

                            If any special step is required then please suggest.

                             

                             

                            • 11. Re: Backup of VMs on ESX Server
                              PduPreez Master
                              VMware Employees

                               

                              Yes you can make a whole copy of the vmfs folder

                               

                               

                              If you want to do this:

                              - VM needs to be shut down

                              - ESX versions should not be more than 1 version from each other

                               

                               

                               

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                              • 12. Re: Backup of VMs on ESX Server
                                FranckRookie Virtuoso
                                User Moderators

                                Hi,

                                 

                                You can have a look at this kb about "Moving or copying a virtual machine within a VMware environment".

                                 

                                Regards

                                 

                                Franck

                                • 13. Re: Backup of VMs on ESX Server
                                  ShekharRana Novice

                                   

                                  Hi Guys... Thnx for your help....i got what i wanted....Thnks.