Saturday, July 16, 2016

Restore ESX Configuration

Yesterday on ESX 5.0 (Unfortunately, this customer doesn't have the option to upgrade), I was able to restore the backup using vSphere CLI.

The Process:
  1. Reinstall ESX. 
  2. Get an IP Address (We have a small DHCP pool for our management vlan) 
  3. Issue the following command: vicfg-cfgbackup.pl --server=ESXi_host_IP_address --username=root -l backup_file 
  4. ESX will reboot and come back up with the old configuration. I didn't have to touch VCenter.
And you are done.  It was rather easy and saved me a little bit of time.

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