VM Backup

I need to extend the C drive of a VM. I plan to do this using a helper VM, and attach the OS vmdk to another helper VM. But first, I need to backup the VM.

Haven't really had to backup a VM before. Normally we use Veeam, but I just want to take a backup now as a secondary precautionary method.

What's a better way to do this from within vSphere Client 5.1 -- either create a Clone or right-click VM > NetApp > Backup and Recovery > Backup Now?
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Kyle GreenCommented:
You can extend the C drive of a VM through the CLI, and it's probably a simpler solution than what you're looking for. I don't have this knowledge at the top of my head but google the vmkfstools in reference to extending a drive.
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pzozulkaAuthor Commented:
I don't think this is what I was referring to. Extending the vmdk file can be easily done through either the CLI or through the vSphere client. But that doesn't actually extend the C drive in the OS.
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dipopoCommented:
What OS is this pre-2008 or 2008 onwards? There are several tools to achieve what you desire.
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pzozulkaAuthor Commented:
windows server 2003
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dipopoCommented:
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pzozulkaAuthor Commented:
I've used this method before and am planning on using it now:

http://www.rebootuser.com/?p=123

My original question is in regard to backing up the VM. Clone vs. NetApp Backup.
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dipopoCommented:
I would go for veeam, else clone the VM.
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