I have read multiple articles on how to make a backup of a usb boot drive in my ESXI 5.5 host. I recently purchased some slc usb drives and want to replace my current usb sticks on my hosts. I have tried multiple pieces of software, and when the backup is created it will not boot. Has anyone had success and what software was used? The Clonzilla method of creating a vm in workstation with debian and configuring it looks like a pain. There has to be an easier way to accomplish this task. Thanks in advance.
If these drives are only used for running ESXi and do not contain other data, I would personally install a fresh build of ESXi onto the new drives.
You could also backup and restore your config if you didn't wan't to setup the networking etc again afterwards: VMware KB: Backing up and restoring ESXi configuration using the vSphere Command-Line Interface a...
Did you try dd ?
Worked without problems every time I tried so far.
If you want the ESXi boot image then you can take the stateless cache image into the USB take the backup. Please refer this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53Yubg6NMZY