Backing up your ESXi Configuration

To backup your ESXi configuration you’ll be using the command as follows:
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Download either the vMA or vCLI Launch
C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware vSphere CLI\bin> –save –server –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> –load –server – 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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