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Backup solution for (free) ESXi

  • 1.  Backup solution for (free) ESXi

    Posted Feb 09, 2013 04:45 PM

    Is there any backup solution (freeware, if possible) for VMware ESXi free version?

    Regards

    marius



  • 2.  RE: Backup solution for (free) ESXi

    Posted Feb 09, 2013 04:53 PM

    Due to the API limitations there are only a few options available, some of them are ghettoVCB and Trilead VM Explorer. Take a look at these two to see whether they meet your requirements.

    André



  • 3.  RE: Backup solution for (free) ESXi

    Posted Feb 09, 2013 08:48 PM

    Note: Discussion successfully moved from VMware ESXi 5 to Backup & Recovery



  • 4.  RE: Backup solution for (free) ESXi

    Posted Feb 13, 2013 02:04 AM

    Check out Thinware vBackup (www.vbackup.com). It works with VMware ESXi free.



  • 5.  RE: Backup solution for (free) ESXi

    Posted Feb 13, 2013 05:19 AM

    virtetc wrote:

    Check out Thinware vBackup (www.vbackup.com). It works with VMware ESXi free.

    The website you linked indicates that it uses VMware vStorage APIs for Data Protection. Since this is a licensed VMware feature, I don't understand how it can operate on ESXi free?



  • 6.  RE: Backup solution for (free) ESXi

    Posted Feb 21, 2013 12:03 PM

    Thinware vBackup uses an SSH-based interface to backup virtual machines on ESXi Free. Storage APIs for Data Protection is only used used with licensed VMware products (vSphere Essentials and above).



  • 7.  RE: Backup solution for (free) ESXi

    Posted Sep 05, 2013 06:58 PM

    There is also a soloution from Veeam -> Veeam Backup Free Edition for VMware and Hyper-V VMs (VeeamZIP)



  • 8.  RE: Backup solution for (free) ESXi

    Posted Sep 05, 2013 10:27 PM

    Way to bump a seven month old thread to advertise your own product BackupGal.

    Now that time you've made six such posts in the first few hours of signing up - well I tend to consider spam a significant negative sign on a product.



  • 9.  RE: Backup solution for (free) ESXi

    Posted Sep 10, 2013 03:23 PM

    Just want to point out that VeeamZIP doesn’t support free ESX(i) version, since the latter has certain APIs blocked that prevents Veeam from backing VMs that reside on such a host. Cheers.



  • 10.  RE: Backup solution for (free) ESXi

    Posted Sep 10, 2013 03:33 PM

    ch1ta wrote:

    Just want to point out that VeeamZIP doesn’t support free ESX(i) version, since the latter has certain APIs blocked that prevents Veeam from backing VMs that reside on such a host. Cheers.

    Yep, Unitrends was pretty stoked to announce this capability at VMworld this year!  How'd we do it??

    We didn’t break any laws of physics – nor any other laws of man or nature – we simply extended our licensing such that a limited set of VMs would be supported at the GOS (Guest Operating System) level.  Because Unitrends supports data protection at both the HOS (Host Operating System) level as well as the GOS level, it was straightforward to make this happen.  It’s actually no different than many of our customers who use our products to protect 100% virtual environments with granular combinations of HOS- and GOS-level protection or those that have mixed physical and virtual environments who of course use HOS- and GOS-level protection (obvious because in the physical world there is only GOS-level protection.)


    You can grab the Free Edition for free ESX(I) here: http://go.unitrends.com/unitrends-and-free-esxi



  • 11.  RE: Backup solution for (free) ESXi

    Posted Sep 10, 2013 06:19 PM

    Most of backup software will ask for licensed ESX host when you will add ESX host on backup server so its not possible to add free version ..

    Try thin backup software for Free ESXi host.

    Thinware vBackup

    Yours,
    Mar Vista



  • 12.  RE: Backup solution for (free) ESXi

    Posted Sep 11, 2013 01:04 AM

    how do you configure unitrends to backup the free ESXi license? I just installed it and got errors on all my hosts saying they are not licensed for the operation.



  • 13.  RE: Backup solution for (free) ESXi

    Posted Sep 11, 2013 01:20 AM

    autumnwalker wrote:

    how do you configure unitrends to backup the free ESXi license? I just installed it and got errors on all my hosts saying they are not licensed for the operation.

    Sorry you are running into difficulties!  You will need to deploy the UEB fee edition to your free ESXi environment and run backups with the Unitrends agent. Host-level snapshot backups are not supported with free ESXi, so using the Unitrends agent is required.

    Here is a link to the deployment guide: http://www.unitrends.com/docs/user-guides/unitrendsenterprisebackup-vmware.pdf

    If you need additional assistance, please don't hesitate to email me (jsipala@unitrends.com) your contact information and I will connect you with our support team.

    -Jenn



  • 14.  RE: Backup solution for (free) ESXi

    Posted Sep 11, 2013 10:24 PM

    BackupGal wrote:

    Sorry you are running into difficulties!  You will need to deploy the UEB fee edition to your free ESXi environment and run backups with the Unitrends agent. Host-level snapshot backups are not supported with free ESXi, so using the Unitrends agent is required.

    Here is a link to the deployment guide: http://www.unitrends.com/docs/user-guides/unitrendsenterprisebackup-vmware.pdf

    If you need additional assistance, please don't hesitate to email me (jsipala@unitrends.com) your contact information and I will connect you with our support team.

    -Jenn

    So essentially Unitrends is only capable of doing file-level backups on ESXi free?



  • 15.  RE: Backup solution for (free) ESXi

    Posted Sep 11, 2013 10:51 PM

    So essentially Unitrends is only capable of doing file-level backups on ESXi free?

    To be fair, that would be all that any product is capable of. VMware themselves lock  out the VMware level backup API from the free edition.



  • 16.  RE: Backup solution for (free) ESXi

    Posted Nov 11, 2013 04:12 PM



    VDP is a robust, simple-to-deploy, disk-based backup and recovery solution. VDP is fully integrated with VMware vCenter Server and the VMware vSphere Web Client. VDP enables centralized and efficient management of backup jobs while storing backups in deduplicated destination storage.

    VDP supports these specifications:

    • Each vCenter Server can support up to 10 VDP appliances.
    • Each VDP appliance supports backup for up to 100 virtual machines.
    • Only 1 VDP appliance can exist per ESXi/ESX host.
    • Support for 0.5 TB, 1 TB, or 2 TB of deduplicated backup data.


  • 17.  RE: Backup solution for (free) ESXi

    Posted Apr 21, 2014 07:53 AM

    If you want a backup program for ESXi 5.1/5.5 that is simple, agentless, can do hot backups, sends a complete report after each backup and can even provision hard disk space by deleting the eldest backup folders you can try XSIBackup at http://33hops.com/free-open-source-software.html, it is Open Source software and runs directly in the hypervisor. It has its own crontab so you can program as many backups as you want and you can use it without any limits, but the most important feature is its super easy to install and configure.



  • 18.  RE: Backup solution for (free) ESXi

    Posted Apr 21, 2014 05:37 PM

    there is Thin backup available through which you can take backup of the VMs on Free ESX.



  • 19.  RE: Backup solution for (free) ESXi

    Posted Sep 11, 2013 11:19 PM

    autumnwalker wrote:

    BackupGal wrote:

    Sorry you are running into difficulties!  You will need to deploy the UEB fee edition to your free ESXi environment and run backups with the Unitrends agent. Host-level snapshot backups are not supported with free ESXi, so using the Unitrends agent is required.

    Here is a link to the deployment guide: http://www.unitrends.com/docs/user-guides/unitrendsenterprisebackup-vmware.pdf

    If you need additional assistance, please don't hesitate to email me (jsipala@unitrends.com) your contact information and I will connect you with our support team.

    -Jenn

    So essentially Unitrends is only capable of doing file-level backups on ESXi free?

    you can restore the whole VM. You can even take bare metals of the VM and do V2P or V2V... you get ALL the functionality we provide to backup servers, and can get 4VMs free.



  • 20.  RE: Backup solution for (free) ESXi

    Posted Sep 12, 2015 10:00 PM

    I found this thread this evening, thought I'd respond quickly.  First, the Unitrends Free for VMware (including free/unlicensed ESXi) is here: http://www.unitrends.com/products/enterprise-backup-software/unitrends-free  This version protects 1TB - unlimited VMs, retention, etc.  It also supports Hyper-V and physical Windows servers and clients.  You backup locally and can send backup copies to AWS, Google, and other third-party cloud providers.  You can also do instant recovery.

    Second, to the question "autumnwalker" asks - as everyone knows, VMware does not allow the use of VADP to do host-level snapshots for free/unlicensed ESXi.  So we support host-level protection if you had "paid" (or licensed) VMware vSphere - and we support agent-based protection if you're using free.  Since we offer instant recovery for VMware and Windows, you can do instant recovery in both the paid/licensed version of VMware vSphere and in the free/unlicensed version of VMware vSphere.



  • 21.  RE: Backup solution for (free) ESXi

    Posted Sep 24, 2015 09:21 PM

    I thought I would give the unitrends new free version a go.

    it looks like a wonderful piece of software unfortunately it does not have an option to backup up to a network location just to a local datastore or a cloud provider.

    so for me I will keep looking.



  • 22.  RE: Backup solution for (free) ESXi

    Posted Oct 30, 2013 08:36 PM

    I use a free tool Spidsoft virtual backup very easy to use to backup and restore

    you can find it in http://www.spidsoft.com



  • 23.  RE: Backup solution for (free) ESXi