tommytraddles
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Test ESXi 5 installation - how to back up Windows VMs / templates for future use

I built an ESXi server using the 2 month evaluation from VMWare. It was a piece of cake to build it and took no time at all. However, what was time consuming was building, configuring, and patching the Windows based desktops and server that I have as VMs. I will revert my ESX server back to a Windows desktop quite soon, but it would be a shame to lose the VMs I spent time creating. Is there any way to say create a datastore on a USB drive with the VMs on? I was thinking if that was possible, I can scrap the ESX install, but create a new one in the future when I want to do more testing, and then import the VMs from the USB disk. If this is not possible, is there another way to keep the VMs for a future data with a new ESXi install? Thanks

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athlon_crazy
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Download vm folder from datastore to your external drive. Later, upload it back to your future esxi.

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