4 Replies Latest reply on Dec 10, 2019 1:27 PM by continuum

    Create a backup from the whole server.

    hack3rcon Enthusiast

      Hello,

      How can I create a backup from ESXi host with its VMs?

       

      Thank you.

        • 1. Re: Create a backup from the whole server.
          larstr Virtuoso
          vExpert

          hack3rcon,

          There are many different solutions to choose from. You can probably start here:

          TOP 5 Backup Software for VMware Infrastructure

           

          Lars

          • 2. Re: Create a backup from the whole server.
            Amin Masoudifard Expert

            Most of the solutions for backup generation from ESXi host and virtual machine are separated from each other:

            The best and easier way to generate a backup from ESXi host is vSphere Host Profile

            But if you want to create VM backup there is many good solutions like VEEAM & Nakivo

            Please mark my comment as the Correct Answer if this solution resolved your problem
            • 3. Re: Create a backup from the whole server.
              hack3rcon Enthusiast

              Thank you, but I meant was a solution for create backup from the whole physical server.

              For example, I want to format the server and when I restore the backup then the hypervisor and all VMs restored.

              • 4. Re: Create a backup from the whole server.
                continuum Guru
                User ModeratorsCommunity WarriorsvExpert

                That is possible of course - nobody does it like that more than once - but its possible.

                Assume you have ESXi and a single datastore on lets say a 4TB sata-disk.

                Then power down all VMs. Power off ESXi.

                Boot the host into Linux and create a full diskimage with ddrescue.

                Dont use "smart" backup or fast imaging tools like ghost - that would probably fail.

                A complete diskimage with ddrescue should do the job.

                 

                Does that make sense ? - it does make sense if you are a cop and need the image for further investigation.

                For all other purposes it is far more useful to backup each single VM and setup a fresh ESXi and then either import a state.tgz from the old system as it is now or just redo the configuration manually.

                Guessing from your nicname you may also regard it as a nice challenge - then dont let us stop you - go for ddrescue ...