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NFS share for ESXi 5

Trying to create an Vmware NFS datastore from an NFS share on Server 2008.

I've read a lot of conflicting, or confusing information.  Some questions to clear this up:

1.  Does domain functional level have to be 2008 and above?
2.  Does the NFS share have to be on a domain controller?
3.  Do any roles on the domain controllers have to be installed?  Something for Unix functionality?

I have Server 2008, not R2.  Domain functional level is 2003.  Hoping to move this up soon.
Running vsphere 5 and esxi 5.  

If anybody has gotten this to work, please help me out.  Thanks!
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I'm having the same problem.  I can connect the share, but if I put a file in the share on the Server side, I then can't see it in ESX.  Also I can't upload files to it from ESX.  I've set all the permissions.  Full control to Everyone, root access, anonymous access, read-write, all machines, etc.  Not sure why it's not working.  

Also, the share after a while is in italics and it says inactive.  Like it disconnected by itself.  

I've shared the folder under NFS sharing.  Do I also need to share it under regular windows sharing?
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I'm wanting an NFS share to get data more easily across our LAN.  Some VM backup applications are limited in what they will backup to.  Usually just shared storage or NFS.

If there is an easier way to get this working, I would love to know!  Thanks!

Server 2008 x64
ESXi 5 with vsphere 5 and Vcenter 5
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I was able to solve my own problem, so I included my last post as a solution.  There is good information from the other's so I included those as well.