ESXi single host rebuild / VM restore



  • There's a few ways to accomplish rebuilding a single host. Just seeing what other people have tried as I've gone down to just one option in the last few years.

    Where a client has 1 ESXi host and requires a RAID expansion, I've backed things up one last time, exported OVF templates, made copies of all other datastore items on a NAS, rebuilt the array, imported OVF templates, and copied all other datastore items back.

    Obviously can't just restore with Veeam since the virtual management server using Veeam would be blown away.

    Anyone doing something that is a bit easier and a little more automated on such a small scale?



  • Well the one VM for Veeam could be a manual copy and restore. Then the rest through that method.



  • @scottalanmiller said in ESXi single host rebuild / VM restore:

    Well the one VM for Veeam could be a manual copy and restore. Then the rest through that method.

    I've found that to be about as hands on for the most part, since templates are pretty easy to create. Has that been your preferred method for any similar situations in the past?



  • @bbigford said in ESXi single host rebuild / VM restore:

    @scottalanmiller said in ESXi single host rebuild / VM restore:

    Well the one VM for Veeam could be a manual copy and restore. Then the rest through that method.

    I've found that to be about as hands on for the most part, since templates are pretty easy to create. Has that been your preferred method for any similar situations in the past?

    I've actually never needed to do this. Not that it is a bad situation, it's just that RAID expansion is not something we normally face. We've been lucky, I guess, only needing that either in situations where it doesn't matter (clusters) or not outgrowing the local RAID until it was time to swing to a new server.


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