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Backup VMware ESXi Host ONLY - not to include guest servers

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#1 Bud Gifford

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Posted 10 August 2017 - 04:28 PM

I have the need to backup an VMware ESXi 6.0 Host Server.  I need to backup ONLY the host server and not the guest servers running on it.  This is due to the complex config on that particular host server.  When I set it as a data source and select it for some reason it selects all of the guests also.  If I uncheck the guests it unchecks everything up the tree including the ESXi host itself. 

#2 Shawn Lubahn

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Posted 15 August 2017 - 01:30 PM

Hi Bud,


There is no backup method for the ESXi host itself. The VMware APIs only give us access to the guest VMs. That is not a Barracuda limitation. Is any of the configuration able to be resolved by a vCenter server, either virtual or physical? In that case, we could back up that system and the configuration.