We have multiple flavors of VSpere, 5.0, 4.1 and 4.0. We have multiple VM's guests that include Linux and Windows on these stand alone servers with no VMDK backups.
We purchased VM Essentials+ and Vcenter,but have not installed or configured it yet and not sure which steps need to be taken.
1) How to Create Backups for VM's.
2) Patch Servers(do i need to shut down vm's before patching?)
3) How to Install Essential+ plus Licensing,