Just struggling with a simple backup solution for the VMs on my ESXi 4.1 Server (Paid license with Essentials Package). The VMs are on local storage (RAID 10). Honestly, I just need to be able to make periodic copies of the VMs, so that in the event of a complete crash, I don't need to rebuild the VMs from scratch. My thought is that as long as the base image is somewhat current, I can bring those back, and then lay my file level backups on top of those.
That being said, I don't really want to spend a ton of money on fancy backup solutions because these aren't mission critical VMs, I just want to save copies of the VMs on a manual basis. I realize that I could probably just use the VI client and download them to my local machine, but my LAN is only 100Mbit, and copying the images would take too long. I do have a bunch of extra NICs on the host, I was thinking of using one of them to connect an additional NFS datastore that could sit on it's own little gigabit isolated network so I can get faster copy speeds.
Would the best solution just be to use the ghettovcb script and copy the VMs out to the NFS store that I mention above?