vmware esxi unattended snapshot backup

Does anyone know of free script to automate esxi snapshot backups? and/or best procedure for backing up snapshots to external network storage?
AndykEEAsked:
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za_mkhIT ManagerCommented:
Do you mean you want to backup your entire VM or just the snapshots.
I would recommend Veeam FASTSCP and backup tool to do this. You can use it to schedule backups.
Another option is to use the VCB proxy tool to backup your VM's.
http://www.petri.co.il/vmware-consolidated-backup-utilities.htm
 
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za_mkhIT ManagerCommented:
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vmwarun - ArunCommented:
IMHO, Snapshots are not equivalent to Backups. Snapshots should not be backed up since they act as a mechanism for testing patches, hotfixes, etc.

Virtual Machine Backups are considered on par with physical Server Backups.


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AndykEEAuthor Commented:
I am trying to backup whole vm, I now understand that snapshot is not whole current vm. What I am trying to accomplish is backing up vm to do restore of enitre vm instance on another box. How do I go about this the best way with free tools on esxi?
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vmwarun - ArunCommented:
You can try using the Trilead VM Explorer to take a VM Backup -
http://www.trilead.com/Products/VM_Explorer/
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