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    i'm sure this has been brought up before, but i didn't know what would be the easiest and simplest way to backup all of the VM's on an ESXi box?

    i've heard of a few scenarios with BackupExec 12.5 or NTBackup to do the job, but would rather just get the entire VM on the server.. have also heard of SFTP and just creating a script to send the VM's to a file storage location, but that seems to network intensive and to long..

    any other ideas?

    thx in advance...

  • #2
    Re: ESXi Backup

    Any VMWare-centric solution is likely to be expensive. Here's what I do:

    I use BackupExec 12.5, which now includes the IDR option at no cost, and perform a weekly FULL backup and daily INCREMENTAL backup of my VM guest OS'es. This requires a BE AOFO agent license for those OS'es and requires you to install the BE agent on the guest OS'es. If one of the guest OS'es fails, I restore from backup using the ISO created by the IDR as my VM CD drive (powered on and connected at startup).

    You can also purchase the BE VMware agent that will allow you to backup at the VM level, but it's quite expensive and requires VCB, which is also quite expensive.

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    • #3
      Re: ESXi Backup

      yeah i was afraid of that and was trying to get around the cost issue with all things considered.. if anything i've heard of ppl using the backupexec idea as well as VEEAM and vRangerPro backup..

      just didn't know what others were doing out there.. thx Joe!

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      • #4
        Re: ESXi Backup

        http://communities.vmware.com/thread/164134
        VCDX3 #34, VCDX4, VCDX5, VCAP4-DCA #14, VCAP4-DCD #35, VCAP5-DCD, VCPx4, vEXPERTx4, MCSEx3, MCSAx2, MCP, CCAx2, A+
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        • #5
          Re: ESXi Backup

          thx jasonboch..

          the approach while is the best in price is highly customized and very dependent on the consultant. i've looked at VEEAM, Symantec BackupExec with VCB, and am now looking at Acronis which hopefully will lead to greener pastures. i'm trying to provide a good robust solution, but yet keep the cost with in means for some organizations.

          thx for all your help guys!

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          • #6
            Re: ESXi Backup

            We used a product called iBac VIP (http://www.idealstor.com/VIP.html). Works good for our environment because we have Virtual Center and their 1 license will backup all our ESX servers. Problem for you though is that it ties in with VCB so you would need at least one license of ESX with VCB.

            Other options would be to get individual backup agents for each VM but then you get into the issue of paying for each additional VM and the added load on the ESXi server.

            Good luck!

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            • #7
              Re: ESXi Backup

              This week Vizioncore also just released an ESXi compatible version of vRanger (finally!)
              VCDX3 #34, VCDX4, VCDX5, VCAP4-DCA #14, VCAP4-DCD #35, VCAP5-DCD, VCPx4, vEXPERTx4, MCSEx3, MCSAx2, MCP, CCAx2, A+
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              • #8
                Re: ESXi Backup

                v nice.. i know that VEEAM is getting close to releasing their's..

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                • #9
                  Re: ESXi Backup

                  Yes I also meant to mention that Veeam's new version of Backup and FastSCP is in beta and supports ESXi.

                  This question is asked so many times in many forums. Someone ought to make a web page dedicated to ESXi backup solutions because there are many options.
                  VCDX3 #34, VCDX4, VCDX5, VCAP4-DCA #14, VCAP4-DCD #35, VCAP5-DCD, VCPx4, vEXPERTx4, MCSEx3, MCSAx2, MCP, CCAx2, A+
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                  • #10
                    Re: ESXi Backup

                    you can get it here

                    http://www.veeam.com/download.asp?st...icense_type=37
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                    • #11
                      Re: ESXi Backup

                      HI,

                      When i going to download it is Veeam Backup 2.0.1 for VMware Infrastructure 3

                      But where we can download the beta? above version not support for ESXi?

                      Is this free backup can schedule?
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                      • #12
                        Re: ESXi Backup

                        Originally posted by jasonboche View Post
                        This week Vizioncore also just released an ESXi compatible version of vRanger (finally!)
                        FYI: Vizioncore's latest version of Ranger still requires the VCB framework for ESXi which puts you at standard licensing.

                        I believe their 4.x series is supposed to support ESXi w/o the requirement of VCB.
                        VCDX3 #34, VCDX4, VCDX5, VCAP4-DCA #14, VCAP4-DCD #35, VCAP5-DCD, VCPx4, vEXPERTx4, MCSEx3, MCSAx2, MCP, CCAx2, A+
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