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Does anyone know of a method to reliably back up ESXi 5 VM's (no vCenter) to an external USB disk (or a USB disk on another server)? If so, please share!

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yeah, in ovf export (File -> Export). not sure if it is a good idea to save to usb directly, as usb i/o is often iffy. it is better to save to your hd and then copy. done many many times with no issues.

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But you cannot do this while the VM is powered-on, right? – tacos_tacos_tacos Apr 9 '12 at 20:06
ah yes, you would have to take a snapshot, write will then continue in incremental disks. you can then copy the main disk to create another vm and export that one. i think there are tools you can find such as that you can find on the net to make thing easier. i have not looked at these for a long time so cannot vouch for them, but the idea should work in general. – johnshen64 Apr 9 '12 at 20:10
I'll definitely give a try - love the name! – tacos_tacos_tacos Apr 9 '12 at 20:16
Take a look at this: – joeqwerty Apr 9 '12 at 20:23
Accepting this answer because of @joeqwerty suggestion of Trilead, not the ovf export. – tacos_tacos_tacos May 10 '12 at 20:09

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