Complete Guide on VM Backup on VMWare ESXi

One of the essential things to keeping companies up and running is their data. With its growing importance, running a backup, like an ESXi backup, is a great option that keeps data safe. More and more companies are turning to virtual machines, using it for the confidence that comes with creating a secured network with its own line of security. To get you going on your journey toward backing up data with VMWare ESXi, we have a complete guide from setup to data recovery.

Using the ESXi Command Line

ESXi is a super affordable method when it comes to backing up data. There is no need to install or add additional software. Most of the time, ESXi makes for automatic backups once you have a host. When you run commands, you can opt to have your backups run every hour. When it comes to organizations working with large amounts of data, frequent backups can be just the thing to keep them up to date and safe-holding onto everything in one place.

How to Automate Backup on VMware ESXi

One of the best things about working directly with the command line is the ability to automate tasks. You must first start by finding and selecting a location where you would like your backed up files to be stored. Once you find this space, you will need to:

  • Create a script-one which that will back up your ESXi configuration
  • Make this same script executable
  • Visit the location in which you saved, open, and run the script
  • Make sure that a backup copy of your system was created
  • Save all of your changes to keep backups running automatically

How to Recover

When the time comes to recover data, you’ll have to make sure of a few things. One is that your version and build numbers are the same in both of your ESXi. If you don’t have this step, you will not be allowed to run a configuration or recovery, possibly losing files in the process. If all that checks out, you’ll only need to find your saved data and open it to start to restore files. Once you have everything up and running, you will need to wait a bit while recovery takes place then, restart your server.  

Make it Automated

Perhaps one of the most useful things about using ESXi is the automated feature, allowing you to start everything from the very beginning. All you have to do to make your backups automated is work with the command line, writing them into the scheduler. You will first need to select a date, writing in the proper form in the command line. The first time you have everything set up and running, it can be useful to check just to make sure that your backup has been saved.

After this, you can choose what you would like to happen to your newly saved files. The automatic response is to overwrite files, and your backups will not be saved. Most of the time, both individuals and companies need to keep their backups, which could come in handy in the long run. You can tweak the ESXi to hold onto backups, using the command line to execute a backup, saving, and restoration all in one place.

Using ESXi for Automated Recovery

One of the best things about ESXi is the command line. It is highly tweakable and allows you to configure your backups and storage locations the way you want. Schedule automatic backups and rest assured that they will be saved directly to the files you chose during storage. When it comes to keeping your data safe and secure, you need to do something that will keep data safe and save it for future uploads. The ESXi could be just the thing to hold onto all your sensitive data, keeping it out of the hands of cybercriminals.

RJ Frometa
Author: RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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