Export VMware ESXI config

From time to time I find it useful to export the esxi config from an esxi-host. One use-case for instance is if I have a server with onboard USB-card for esxi-storage. If this USB-storage is filled with unused mibs from custom esxi-installations from the manufacturer, and has been upgraded several time, it will fill up. There will be errors if I try to upgrade and a clean install is in order.Therefore, before I reinstall an esxi-host I export esxi-settings first.

  1. Document which network card is used for managment and ip-setup.
  2. Use a compatible version of Vmware PowerCLI vs. your esxi-host
  3. Connect to the esxi-server in question.
    • Connect-VIServer
  4. Export the esxi-config to a folder on your computer
    • Get-VMHostFirmware -VMHost -BackupConfiguration -DestinationPath C:\tmp\esxi-01
  5. Re-install the host, make sure you use the same network-card and ip-setup which you documentet above
  6. Reconnect to the host with PowerCli
  7. Set the host in Maintenance Mode
    • Set-VMHost -VMHost -State ‘Maintenance’
  8. Import the settings you exported above
    • Set-VMHostFirmware -VMHost -Restore -SourcePath C:\tmp\esxi-01\configBundle- -HostUser root -HostPassword Root-pwd -force
  9. Reboot you esxi-host

Learn more about exporting/importing esxi-configs at Vmware‘s KB-site:


Attached commands used above in pdf for ease of use

Disclaimer: Every tips/tricks/posting I have published here, is tried and tested in different it-solutions. It is not guaranteed to work everywhere, but is meant as a tip for other users out there. Remember, Google is your friend and don’t be afraid to steal with pride! Feel free to comment below as needed.

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