Is there any autmoated way to entirely backup a VM?
I am able to do this with VMWare Server 2 by taking a snapshot and then backuping up that snapshot, but I wanted to move away from VMWare Server 2 to ESXi.
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You could always clone a system using a scheduled task. You still need Virtual Center, but this can be done it 3.5.
I agree with FranckRookie that VMware Data Recovery is the simpilest method.
Veeam has a free product that I have used in a DataCenter Migration. Simple to use, and free. It can be used without Virtual Center.
You can try this software Trilead
beside that, if you can power off the VM during the backup, you can easily rsync, or copy to a different directory for backup purpose for the entire images and status of the virtual machine