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  • 1.  Manual backup from hypervisor failing - other options

    Posted May 16, 2023 08:52 AM

    Hello,
    I have a single server running VMware esxi 6.5, that I want to update to 7.0 and later 8.0. Before I do this I want to backup my VMs. Downloading from the datastore browser just results in a < 1kb file indicating that I'm only getting the descriptor file and not the disk, which I want so I potentially can restore it. Exporting from the navigation panel always fails after downloading 7-25gb.

    I've tried backing up in PowerCLI but since I'm running a free license it seems I only have read access.

    What options do I have? Is there any good 3rd party software, or other options I can try?



  • 2.  RE: Manual backup from hypervisor failing - other options

    Posted May 23, 2023 08:36 AM

    I have tried downloading by using scp in terminal, which allows me to download all the files to a particular VM, however I'm not sure how I can use this to restore it. Does anyone have experience with this?



  • 3.  RE: Manual backup from hypervisor failing - other options

    Posted May 24, 2023 06:34 AM

    try exporting the vm as ovf