this post describes how to setup samba to provide filesystem snapshots to Windows in its “Previous Versions” tab.
Install your prefered Linux Distribution. In this tutorial debian 9 stretch.
Continue reading Samba: Setup for Windows Previous Versions Support
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sometimes you want to copy files which are exclusively locked by other processes.
Continue reading Windows: Copy and backup open files with a batchfile
to take a snapshot of the Windows Logon Screen you need to different programs.
Continue reading Windows: Take a snapshot of the Login/Logon Screen
here is part 2 of my (incomplete) list of ESXi shell commands
Managing virtual machines
First get the VMID of the vm you want to manage, you need this ID in the following commands
Vmid Name File Guest OS Version Annotation
vim-cmd vmsvc/power.on 36
Power Off (Soft)
vim-cmd vmsvc/power.off 36
Power Off (Hard)
get the world ID of the virtual machine
esxcli vm process list
World ID: 1625788
Process ID: 0
VMX Cartel ID: 1625786
UUID: 56 4d 9e d3 8b ce ab 59-9b 22 ac 87 40 6c 48 c3
Display Name: TestComputer
And kill them
esxcli vm process kill -t [soft,hard,force] -w
esxcli vm process kill -t hard -w
Reboot a virtual machine
Continue reading VMware ESXi: A (incomplete) list of host commands Part 2