I am searching for way to create scheduled snapshot creation script. With possibility to set retention days/ count. Maybe someone can share some example or say what are using to create auto snapshots for VM

  • I have using veeam backup&replication free edition without using any automation.. searching way to use any atomation – Edgars Nov 13 '15 at 17:53

If you have enought knowledge in shell, this is the command to create snaphot:

vim-cmd vmsvc/snapshot.create $SRC/$VM/$VM.vmx

with :

  • $SRC = datastore path
  • $VM = VM folder name

As the ESXi reset some files each reboot, this is the way to add a script to crontab:

edit /etc/rc.local.d/local.sh (permanent after reboot & launched at each reboot)

#add to crontab a task
echo "01 00 1,15 * * root /vmfs/volumes/datastore1/script/backupVM.sh" >> /var/spool/cron/crontabs/root
#stop crontab process
kill $(cat /var/run/crond.pid)
#start crontab process

Do not forget to set your script as executable

chmod +x /vmfs/volumes/datastore1/script/backupVM.sh

List of Esxi commands


Here is an example of the shell scripting possibilities on ESXi: https://github.com/Fro99666/BASH_froggESXIbackupVM/blob/master/backupVM.sh

This script create backup of VM,tar them, make a copy, and send them backup via FTP. Once finished it send a mail with the log of the process

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