To make a long story short, I am wondering if it is unwise to use large thin .vmdk's for a nas VM? I am planning on backing up to external 2TB drives (very small business), keeping one offsite at all times.
I could use a poweredge 840, but the fileserver is so lightly used, it seems like a waste. The company has an ESXi server that could store the fileserver disks.
Regarding the backups, would I be better off using cron+rsync and passthrough to USB using the native disk, or should I make a datastore and backup the .vmdk files? Also, there isn't any budget for software.