I've run VMware server for years, and backups are simple, copy files.
I'm trying ESXi (free version) for reasons of simplicity and performance (I hope). Quicker to install the bare-iron image and get up and running. But if what I am reading is correct, there is a big tradeoff, if I cannot simply take a filesystem snapshot of the vm files.
What are my VM backup options, looking for the simplest method.
Is ESXi just a dangling carrot to get me into a commercial option?