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      • 15. Re: ESXi and Cold Virtual-Machine-Backups
        xanderphillips Lurker


        I'm testing using that script against an ESXi 4.0 test environment and have come across what appears to be an unhandled exeption.  If your vm names contain spaces I don't believe the script handles that.  I had a vm named "New Machine" and it was trying to backup "New/New.vmdk" files...






        I'd fix the script and re-upload, but I don't know how!






        • 16. Re: ESXi and Cold Virtual-Machine-Backups
          bobg15 Lurker


          Looking for a way to use vmware-cmd on ESXi.  It doesn't appear to be possible. The only way I've found to script the start\stop of vms is VMRUN.exe on a windows machine.



          Does anyone know if vmware-cmd is possible on ESXi?






          • 17. Re: ESXi and Cold Virtual-Machine-Backups
            mkoontz Lurker

            I was given this script by a consultant who then quit the project. I am new to ESX and trying to forge ahead. THat said, I am having trouble with the script on 4 sphere ESXI box. We made a conenction between the boxes, but the script ends on the first check of the variables, saying there are missing parameters. Anybody have any idea what we might be doing wrong?



            @echo off

            SET ESXHOST=

            SET USER= root

            SET PASS= *********



            SET DATASTOREPATH=/vmfs/volumes/GWVS1

            SET SNAPSHOTPATH=/vmfs/volumes/NFS-VMFS01


            cd "c:\program files\vmware\vmware vi remote cli\bin"

            if "%3" == "" (


            echo Missing parameters (hostname username password)


            goto end

            SET ESXHOST=%1

            SET USER=%2

            SET PASS=%3



            echo ESX: %1 (%TIME%)


            • 18. Re: ESXi and Cold Virtual-Machine-Backups
              vMariaL Enthusiast

              semura wrote:




              Before installing and moving from VMWare-Server to ESXi i would like to know this.



              The most important thing for me is the backup procedure. On VMWare-Server i only had to shut down the VMs and copy the files located somewhere on the harddisc (i.e. d:\Virtual Machines) to another disk and everything was fine. So now that seems to be different on ESXi.





              Hey Everyone,


              I know that this thread is an old one, however Veeam Backup was mentioned several times, that's why I would like to provide the most recent info on the current situation.


              Veeam FastSCP is not available as a standalone product any more. It's functionality was built-in to another completely free and significantly more powerful tool called Veeam Backup Free Edition.


              Veeam Backup Free is built for virtualization, it supports VMware and Hyper-V and provides a subset of the functionality of the paid edition, enough for day-to-day VM management. Veeam Backup Free can:

              • Create ad-hoc backups of live VMs without the need to power them off (you can store them to tapes, drives, external USB);
              • Migrate live VMs between host and datastores if even vMotion and vStorage Motion aren't available;
              • Manage your VMs (clone, copy, export VMware VMs and more);


              You can download the latest version of free Veeam Backup Free Edition here: http://www.veeam.com/virtual-machine-backup-solution-free.html


              Please let me know if any questions will appear or you will need any assistance.



              Veeam Community Manager

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