12.2. Backing Up the Service Console
The Service Console is a modified version of Linux that can run agents and backup software created for the Linux platform. To back up the Service Console, you have the option to install backup agents on the console and perform the backup over the network from a backup server, or you can install backup server software on the Service Console and back up to a local tape drive. (This method is not recommended because it utilizes Service Console resources that are critical to the function of ESX Server.) The state of your Service Console should not change very often and therefore will probably not require full backups as frequently as your VMs. Table 12.1 lists the backup options for the Service Console. Figure 12.1 shows an example of backing up the Service Console over a network.
Figure 12-1. Backing Up the Service Console over a Network