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I have a couple of VMs running on ESXi 4. The datastore is a local disk but I ...
16th December 2009, 06:28 PM #1
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Backing up Virtual machines
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.
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16th December 2009, 06:49 PM #2
look into ssh and scp from your esxi box.
16th December 2009, 07:10 PM #3
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.
16th December 2009, 07:26 PM #4
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.
16th December 2009, 11:06 PM #5
I second Ashm suggestion of GhettoVCB scripts.
17th December 2009, 12:30 PM #6
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.
17th December 2009, 12:44 PM #7
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.
17th December 2009, 12:49 PM #8
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.
7th April 2010, 04:39 PM #9
You might like to take a look at esXpress for an "Enterprise" level backup solution similar to VDR 1.0
23rd April 2010, 09:44 AM #10
Also using ghettoVCB to backup VMWare VMs here.
Works very well, even on the full ESX.
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