Xopero can make a direct backup of the virtual machine in VMware ESXi 5.0 or newer. Xopero also supports the free version of VMware ESXi.
Xopero doesn't support backup of VMware with cluster!
Creating the backup set
To create a VMware backup set, you have to launch a Backup wizard, by clicking on New backup set in My backup sets tab.
In the What you want to backup? field, you need to choose Advanced copy and then VMware from the dropdown list. Name this backup set.
In the VMware Type-1 hypervisor filed, you have to define credentials for the hypervisor and choose a machine that will be backed up::
- Server - VMware hypervisor IP,
- User - VMware user with backup previleges,
- Password - password for entered user.
Valid credentials will allows Xopero to connect with the VMware – click Test connection and then choose one of the available virtual machines from the Machine dropdown list.
Finally, you have to define temporary directory, where virtual machine temporary files will be saved before being send to the server. Temp folder must be located on the same machine, where Xopero has been installed. Click Save backup set and the backup will be created.
Restore of VMware virtual machines
To restore a VMware virtual machine backup, start the Xopero application and go to Restoring tab. All the virtual machines that have been backed up are available in the VMware branch.
Expand that Hyper-V branch and select the virtual machine that will be restored. Then click the Restore selected button.
A restore settings window will be opened, where you need to select a location, where VM files will be saved.
Restore Virtual Machine to a VMware ESXi host
Downloaded virtual machine can be imported again the VMware ESXi server. To do that, you need to use VMware vSphere Client.
|Below process has been described using VMware ESXi 5.5 Standard.|
Using this tool, log into VMware environment and go to Configuration tab. In the Hardware menu, that is available on the left side of the window, select Storage – you should see all the defined datastores.
Right-click the selected datastore, where the machine will be uploaded, and choose Browse data. In the window with datastore content, click the icon visible on below screenshot and select the folder, where previously restored machine is saved. It will place the VM’s files on the selected VMware datastore.
After uploading the VM files to the datastore, in the opened window go to the folder and find the main configuration file of that machine wth the *.vmx extension. Right-click that file and choose the Add to Inventory option. After that the machine will be imported. You can now start that machine on VMware ESXi host.
Running the virtual machine in VMware Workstation Player
You can also use the VMware Workstation Player (available on: https://www.vmware.com/products/player) to start previously downloaded virtual machine.
|Below steps consider using VMware Workstation 12 Player.|
To start previously restored machine, on local computer start VMware Workstation Player and choose Open a Virtual Machine. Next, select this machine’s main configuration file with *.vmx extention.