As part of my DR plan, I want to be able to quickly restore an ESX host to Bare Bones hardware without having to install. Anyone know of a tool/method of fully backing up the ESX host so that it can be quickly restored?
I'm not looking for VM backup advice, as I have an effective plan for that.
I would not agree, as you have to apply all security patches (unless you are on the version that had none available, or none applied)
You would have to remember what patches were applied and what other changes were made to ESX server (NTP config, root access, local users etc)
That would be WAY more than 15 min even scripted
I would recommend Ghost4Linux http://sourceforge.net/projects/g4l
You can have it easily run from PXE server (or even virtual appliance) & have a proper image backup of your ESX server on any media (FTP is good & fast)
So basically, I should use software package capable of doing baremetal backups and restores? I'll download your linux util and check it out. Acronis is my personal favorite, but I'll give both a run and see how it turns out.
thx for the input.
We don't back up ESX hosts either. We have many ESX hosts in a cluster so it's not a big deal. If you hvae only ESX hosts, I suppose restoring from backup might be quicker.
Are you truely restoring from backup, or is this a rapid deployment tool?
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