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    Backing up Virtual machines

    Hi Guys,

    I have a couple of VMs running on ESXi 4. The datastore is a local disk but I am not happy just leaving it there.

    I dont want to have to pay for a full backup solution as we cannot afford it. A regular backup isnt really needed either, just a manual one every couple of days will do as the data doesnt change a lot.

    I was thinking of connecting an NFS share from an applicance we have but would it just be a case of telling it to move the folder on the datastore to this new datastore running NFS? I am quite happy to do this manually every few days.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    m1d

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    look into ssh and scp from your esxi box.

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    If you go with the NFS share you could use the GhettoVCB script. It works great for us and you'd be able to schedule it as well.

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    I'm looking into a similar solution and came across this:

    Veeam FastSCP 3.0 for VMware ESX / ESXi - VMware file Management.

    It's free, and you can schedule it to copy folders on the datastore (local disk in my location) to another location.

    I'm trying it's first run tonight - this works I'll then have our tape backups pluck it from where we copy it to making it D2D2T.

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    I second Ashm suggestion of GhettoVCB scripts.

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    Just trying the ghettoVCB stuff but my ghettoVCB.sh has "^M" characters on the end of every line which is causing problems.

    Any ideas how to remove?

    I've search for this and found people saying to enter ":%s/^M//g" (where ^M is Ctrl&M) but as soon as I enter Ctrl&M I get an error saying delimiter missing.

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    What did you use to edit the script? Try editing it from esxi console directly. Or use something like Notepad++ and make sure you save it in UNIX format.

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    I downloaded the file to my Moodle server, and successfully removed the ^M's in there. I then wget'ed it on to my ESXi from Moodle (as Moodle box is *nix too).

    Just opened file and this has worked. Must be because ESXi is stripped right down and can't perform this task.

    Thanks,

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    You might like to take a look at esXpress for an "Enterprise" level backup solution similar to VDR 1.0

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    Also using ghettoVCB to backup VMWare VMs here.
    Works very well, even on the full ESX.

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