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    Free ESXi Backup Solution for Windows

    ChrisInTexas Lurker

       

      I have spent the last few days trying to find a free backup solution to the newly free ESXi for windows only enviroments (in particular Windows XP).  The solution for me was the following:

       

       

       

       

       

      1.     Installing Windows Services for UNIX (WSFU)

      2.     Copying the ESXi Server password and group files to Windows

      3.     Configuring WSFU for accepting ESX Server connections

      4.      Sharing the Windows folder for NFS compatibility

      5.     Configuring the ESXi Server to mount the Window NFS Share as Datastore.

      6.     Setup Backup Script

       

       

      Attached is the complete steps.

       

       

      I take NO credit for any of this.  This is just a complation of others work formated to suit my needs and felt others could benift from it as I have.

       

       

      http://vmblog.com/archive/2007/01/23/using-windows-based-nfs-in-vi3.aspx  by Jason Mattox from Vizioncore (direct copy of his work, I just added more information to make it work in Windows XP)

      http://support.microsoft.com/kb/891760  (NFS Server port information)

      http://communities.vmware.com/thread/162418?tstart=0  by robink (The backup script)

      http://www.yellow-bricks.com/2008/08/10/howto-esxi-and-ssh/   (ssh on ESXi)

       

       

       

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