I'm currently installing ESXi 4.1,
it is my understanding that there is no "shell", and that it should be managed from a remote console.
however, Id like to backup the vmdk file directly from the server on a NAS,
is it at all possible, with the "Essentials" license, without adding another expensive license?
Another free way to accomplish this is to use the vMA appliance from VMware, which is essentially a Linux VM with the standard ESX utilities installed and an authentication method for remotely executing
If you use NetScaler you will want to see these guides. The NetScaler How To Guides show administrators how to get NetScaler up and configured by providing instructions for common scenarios and some not so common ones.
This is an issue that we can get adding / removing permissions in the vCSA 6.0. We can also have issues searching for users / groups in the AD (using your identify sources). This is how one of the ways to handle this issues and fix it.
Teach the user how to convert virtaul disk file formats and how to rename virtual machine files on datastores.
Open vSphere Web Client: Review VM disk settings: Migrate VM to new datastore with a thick provisioned (lazy zeroed) disk format: Rename a…