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Backing up multiple esxi virtual servers

We have several physical esxi servers (Free version) and under them several vm's spread across them.

What is the best way to back these VM's up ? ....I have seen veeam installed on the management PC but this doesnt seem to backup the machines whilst they are 'powered up', is there a way for the esxi to do snapshots in the daytime and let me store these on a NAS ? ..

Many thanks,
Shaun
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For most backup prodcucts to operate on ESXi, you'll need to upgrade from the FREE version to at least Essentials.

and then use one of the third party products, Veeam Backup, vIzioncore Vranger Pro, phd Virtual Esxpress or try the free GhettoVCB for free

http://www.magikmon.com/mksbackup/ghettovcb.en.html
Keep in mind vmware snapshots are not backups, they are differential files.  Without upgrading to a paid version you can try something like Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery Virtual Edition.  It will install an agent inside the VM, image it and allow you to restore using vmware converter and also to restore to a physical machine if needed (V2P).
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How many ESXi hosts do you have in your environment ?
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We have 5 physical servers with ESXi on and then about 3 virtual machines under each....

Just trying the above comments to are the best solution, powering them down isn't good as we have a Pbx a domain controller etc
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