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Is there a way to backup (and restore) an entire vSphere host (datastores and VMs included) to a file on a drive without vCenter (in the case of a disaster)?

Having looked at the manual and documentation, I can't seem to locate such functionality.

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Have you tried out the ghetto backup script?

http://communities.vmware.com/docs/DOC-8760

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