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After seeing this post I have given it a try. I managed to get a VM backed up from my ESXi 5.5 host (free licence) and the restored that vm to the same host. Worked well!

 

A lot of the functionality is locked out from free version though so everything is manual e.g. you cant create schedules for backups.

 

I think it looks and feels nice but Id never afford it for home use.

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jmwills

Well, if it's a Windows server with it's own backup mechanism, I've never really seen the need to a specific VM backup product.

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GotNoTime

Well, if it's a Windows server with it's own backup mechanism, I've never really seen the need to a specific VM backup product.

Your OS level backup won't preserve the configuration of the VM container itself which may be very complicated with clustering, resource reservations, shared/remote storage, multiple network interfaces etc... If you just have a simple configuration with a single locally stored disk and a single connection to the only VM network interface then that obviously isn't a big deal to lose.
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I am using hvbackup - always works perfectly (basically it just it takes a snapshot of the VM and packs it in a 7z archive) - easy to explore and easy to restore.

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jmwills

Your OS level backup won't preserve the configuration of the VM container itself which may be very complicated with clustering, resource reservations, shared/remote storage, multiple network interfaces etc... If you just have a simple configuration with a single locally stored disk and a single connection to the only VM network interface then that obviously isn't a big deal to lose.

True enough, but the host can backup those VM Config files.

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