I’ve set up an ESXi 6.0 system on a HP Workstation Z240 and its running perfectly fine.
As i’ve some important machines running on that system the backup of them is quiet important for me. After doing some Google research i’ve found the quiet good and user-friendly tool HP VM Explorer. The drawback from my point of view is that is quiet expensive and after some more research i’ve found a good alternative: the OpenSource tool „ghettoVCB“.
That tool is available for free and well documented on the VMWare help pages. It is written by some Technical Specialist that works for VMWare and is also blogging about his Job. I like the script as it covers also he backup & recovery modes, it handles the house-keeping and can shutdown and startup the machines.
So this blog post is not about how you can setup the ghettoVCB scripts because the linked instructions are quiet good and can be followed easily. Its about working around the limited access to the ESXi operating system.