Backing up your ESXi Configuration

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To backup your ESXi configuration you’ll be using the vicfg-cfgbackup.pl command as follows:
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Download either the vMA or vCLI Launch vicfg-cfgbackup.pl:
C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware vSphere CLI\bin>vicfg-cfgbackup.pl –save –server 192.168.15.253 –username root –password password backup.bak

Note: The backup will be stored relative to your user “AppData” path: C:\Users\Username\AppData\Local\VirtualStore\

Restoring your ESXi Configuration:
Restoring your ESXi config can be done after you have the host up and responding over the network again by using the following:
C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware vSphere CLI\bin>vicfg-cfgbackup.pl –load –server 192.168.15.253 – username root –password password backup.bak

Note: You will be asked to reboot the host on restore. Backing up multiple hosts! – There is a script to backup multiple ESXi hosts on the VMware communities site here. Also in PowerCLI here!

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