VMWare VM Image Backup

We have two VMs running on one physical server that is running ESXi 4.0 and we would like to create an image or "ghost" of each VM in the event of a crash. Is this possible?
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mrroonieCommented:
can't you just backup the VM folder in your normal backup schedule? then if it fails all you need to do is restore the folder
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GKaloskyCommented:
Please examine this document for a free solution for backing up your ESX4i machines.

http://communities.vmware.com/docs/DOC-8760

Gary
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getekeAuthor Commented:
Im amazed at the fact that VMWare doesnt provide the functionality themselves. it almost feels like you have to hack into ESXi just to back up a lousy VM.
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GKaloskyCommented:
They do provide functionality through APIs, but you need something like BackupExec 2010 with the new VMWare agents to access it.
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getekeAuthor Commented:
Snapshot functionality is not possible through ESXi? Not even for their paid products?
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GKaloskyCommented:
Snapshot functionality is available, but there is more to the backup process than the snapshot by itself.
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Paul SolovyovskySenior IT AdvisorCommented:
In the paid product VMware offers VMware Datarecovery which is included in some versions but since ESXi is free you get what you paid for.  You can also use  VCB scripted backups and backup your VMs.

An easier solution is to use VMware vConverter to do a an image every now and then so you have a "ghost type image" backup.  
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GKaloskyCommented:
VCB functionality has been removed from vSphere and VMWare has a set of API's that are their approved method for backups now.  While there are certainly workarounds, they are often not the best for a production environment.
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