In VMWare ESXI 6x, I want a way to save a SAFE copy og the my virtual servers. In a previous life I was a CITRIX (XenServer) administrator and we could just take a SNAPSHOT of the working server so we could recover it in case of some bug-a-boo took it out. I am now a VMware administrator and I understand that a VMware snapshot in view Administartor is not the same thing as a snapshot in XenServer. In fact VMware states that you should NOT keep a snapshot on a Production server due to its difference disk and it size growing and IO performance issues, etc. So my question is this. What is the recommended way to save a SAFE copy of a operating Production Server WITHOUT using Special 3rd party backup software so I could restore it if the Production got damaged somehow?
Keep a safe copy aside just in case.