You could try VEEAM backup free edition
you can't schedule with free version
- Full backups of individual VMs only — no scheduled, incremental or multi-VM backups
Hi You can use VDP 6.1.x (provided your vCenter is 5.5 or above).
It's completely free provided your ESXi license is Essentials+ or higher
You can do 1 3 4 and 5
You cannot backup VM files to a folder that is (2)
VDP will stripe VM data and save it on .dat chunks which reside on the data VMDK of the VDP appliance itself.
So essentially you can't see the backed up files as these are binary stripes.
Following tools seem to be useful for you. i have tested some of them before:
1. Unitrends Backup free edition
2. Vembu BDR free edition
3. Acronis True ImagePlease mark my comment as the Correct Answer if this solution resolved your problem
take a look at VMcom (https://vmcom.com). If you choose to backup to SMB or NFS share, it will do exactly what you say.
It can also copy you backups to a remote secondary destination (even an ESXi free host if you have SCP enabled). Or you can do this with other tools, whatever you prefer.
I can provide you with a free license for your lab. Send me a private message if you like it. I only have one favor to ask - if you like it and decide to use it in production, please do not abuse the free license. It may seem obvious, but we've seen things... Yes, I'm talking to you, Motorola and several others :-D
Couldn't you write a Powershell, Batch, or Bash Script to copy the files directly to a secure place and set it as a scheduled task/cron?
That way he'd do full backup every single time. And he also wants to use vCenter for central management which is a good idea.
Veeam Backup Community Edition offers free backup up to 10 virtual machines.
Great for your test environment.