My boss sets up numerous VMWare servers using the free version, and when he told me that, I assumed he meant the ESXi bare metal free hypervisor. No. He meant the VMWare Server 2.x version. The reason he uses that is because of the ease with which he can backup the VMs using something like Symantec System Recovery or Windows Server Backup. He's concerned about the backups for ESXi and that there's no built-in utility like there is in the licensed/paid version of ESXi.
Due to the faster speed of not running Windows as the OS and then running VMWare Server on top of it, I want to start using ESXi instead. But again, that would be free ESXi 5.0. What is the best way to set up backup and disaster recovery on ESXi 5.0 free hypervisor.
Any and all suggestions are welcome :)