ESXi Whitebox Backup

DlStreamnet

Limp Gawd
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Mar 10, 2005
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Hi guys,

Brief rundown:
ESXI 5.0, Intel Xeon 1230, 16GB of RAM, 3x 250GB HDD's for VM's.
Hardware passthrough PCIE Sata Card to Open Indiana - 5x 1TB HDD's.

1x Server 2012 Essentials
1x PFSense
1x Open Indiana

What's the best backup solution? I have just bought another 3TB WD RED to complete this. I am not too concerned about losing the VM's in all fairness so I was going to attach the 3TB to VMware, create a 2.8TB usable VMDK and then hook that up to 2012 Essentials and then map all my important drives.

Is there a better way however? I.e. could I backup the VM's and all the OpenIndiana files? I like the idea of having them legible by any computer by just attaching the disc hence why I went for the way I have proposed.

Thanks all!
 

peanuthead

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Use ghettovcb would be the cheapest (free) and best option. Most backup products that work well (Veeam, etc) require the paid version of ESXi.
 
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shade91

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Use ghettovcb would be the cheapest (free) and best option. Most backup products that work well (Veeam, etc) require the paid version of ESXi.

Veeam is also an expensive/paid solution as well.
 

DlStreamnet

Limp Gawd
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I gave up on saving VM's, I can't afford the storage right now.

In stead I passed through the USB 3.0 controller to server 2012, and setup cobian to just backup the files every day at 5am. Nothing changes regularly so I'm happy with this solution :) Also gives me the ability to just unplug it and take it with me if I ever go away or w/e.

Thanks anyway!
 

BigD1108

Limp Gawd
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Unitrends has a version of their Enterprise Backup virtual appliance that is free for up to 4 VMs. They also offer a *very* easy to get NFR license that is completely unrestricted and free.
 
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