hmaa
Contributor
Contributor

Entire VM Backup

Is there any autmoated way to entirely backup a VM?

I am able to do this with VMWare Server 2 by taking a snapshot and then backuping up that snapshot, but I wanted to move away from VMWare Server 2 to ESXi.

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lamw
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Community Manager

Take a look at this 100% free scripted solution:

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PaulSvirin
Expert
Expert

You can also use Vmware Converter:

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Paul Svirin

StarWind Software developer ( http://www.starwindsoftware.com )

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alex555550
Enthusiast
Enthusiast

Hi,

VCB and VDR are the $$ ways. Both need an vSphere Center.

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FranckRookie
Leadership
Leadership

Hi hmaa,

VMware Data Recovery is the simplest, but with vSphere only, not 3.5.

Regards

Franck

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adamy
Enthusiast
Enthusiast

You could always clone a system using a scheduled task. You still need Virtual Center, but this can be done it 3.5.

I agree with FranckRookie that VMware Data Recovery is the simpilest method.

Veeam has a free product that I have used in a DataCenter Migration. Simple to use, and free. It can be used without Virtual Center.

http://www.veeam.com/vmware-esxi-fastscp.html

hmaa
Contributor
Contributor

PaulSvirin, how would you use VMWare converter?

Would it be a manual running clone of the VM?

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AndreTheGiant
Immortal
Immortal

With Converter you can do manually copy of the VMs.

For other solutions see also:

Andre

Andre | http://about.me/amauro | http://vinfrastructure.it/ | @Andrea_Mauro
malaysiavm
Expert
Expert

You can try this software Trilead

beside that, if you can power off the VM during the backup, you can easily rsync, or copy to a different directory for backup purpose for the entire images and status of the virtual machine

Craig

vExpert 2009

Malaysia VMware Communities -

Craig vExpert 2009 & 2010 Netapp NCIE, NCDA 8.0.1 Malaysia VMware Communities - http://www.malaysiavm.com
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hmaa
Contributor
Contributor

AndreTheGiant, thanks for that link. We're currently testing the speeds with FastSCP.

Now we need a way to schedule snapshots.

Does someone have a link to scheduling snapshots in ESXi?

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DSTAVERT
Immortal
Immortal

The first post should have been the answer. ghettoVCB You can schedule it to clone your VMs. Takes care of snapshots, rotating clones, etc. And fully free.

-- David -- VMware Communities Moderator
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hmaa
Contributor
Contributor

What is a Foundation/Essentials license?

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DSTAVERT
Immortal
Immortal

They are the most basic of fully licensed ESX(i) for 3 servers and a vCenter License.

-- David -- VMware Communities Moderator
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DSTAVERT
Immortal
Immortal

http://www.vmware.com/products/vsphere/small-business/buy.html

-- David -- VMware Communities Moderator
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