I've read that with the free version of ESXi then you can't use a third party tool to perform any backups as this is against the EULA. This is giving me some headaches, I' having trouble finding out the following:
I've found that support for VMWare Consolidated backup is being withdrawn so I've ruled that out. I've also found that vSphere Data Recovery is included in vSphere Enterprise Plus, Advanced, and Essentials Plus Editions which costs $$$s per CPU. Is vSphere Data Recovery available in any other packages e.g. the non-free ESXi editions or do I have to buy vSphere?
Does the EULA restriction apply to scripts such as ghettoVCB? I'm assuming that it doesn't but these are limited.
Are there any VMWare approved backup solutions other than vSphere Data Recovery? Are there any free backup tools I can legally use with the free version of ESXi? I'd be annoyed if we had to shell out a ton of money for the paid for versions of ESXi or vSphere just to be able to backup the VMs.
Does the vSphere Client have any backup/restore functionality built in?
Any advice would be appreciated.