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Backing up VMWARE Virtual Machines on a physical HDD

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Hi experts,

I have a IBM Bladecenter S with two 6-disk modules, the first has 6 HDDs that contains the datastore for the virtual machines. The second has a 1Tb hot swap hard disk I installed today. I was planning to use it to another thing but I believe that I should use it as the backup of the virtual machines (as I don't really have a backup of them).

The vm system is VMWare Vsphere 4.1 Basic, I don't have a backup solution from VMWare (I can't find one that came with my license). But I can copy the vm files to the hard disk. I don't want to touch the disk or format it until I know how to do it right. Can you please help me preparing the disk?

If I can't back up the ESX o.s. that's ok, I just want to back up at least 2 critical virtual servers.
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