Thursday, July 14, 2016

Backing up ESX Config

Recently, I looked into backing up ESX configuration because I needed to do a reinstall.   I was just looking for a way to speed up the re-install process.  We are using shared storage for the VMs so this isn't required.

What I found was two methods.   I will be using them both and report back with the results on the recovery process.

Backup Process 1:

#ssh to your host and run the following commands

# Sync config to store files
vim-cmd hostsvc/firmware/sync_config

# Create Backup
vim-cmd hostsvc/firmware/backup_config

# This will provide you with a download link you can use in your web browser

Backup Process 2:

# Install vSphere CLI

# Run the follow commands via cmd
cd C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware vSphere CLI\bin\
vicfg-cfgbackup.pl --server=<server IP> --username=root -s <Save backup file location and name>

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