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vSphere infra backup and access best practices

  1. In a 'classic' on-prem vSphere infrastructure, aside from the data on the guest VM's themselves, what other 'components' of such a setup require consideration in a regular backups schedule, likely from a configuration perspective?
  2. Similarly from a security perspective, aside from permissions granted in vCenter itself, are there any other components in a vSphere infrastructure where you need to check who has access who could perhaps steal entire VM's, or make malicious changes to the vSphere infrastructure. I am trying to document all possible avenues of attack for a risk assessment, to ensure access at each area can be justified.
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Is VMWare Skyline a free application, or can you provide any insight into the cost. Thanks for the recommendations.
Skyline is free, part of your support agreement, it is definitely worth deploying.
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Have you any general best practice guidance on how often an organisation should backup vCenter and ESXi configurations? Is this daily or less frequent?
Daily at least, but there should not be many changes happening more than that!

if there are in your org, you'll need to alter the backup regime.