open source, freeware, script backup .vmdk nightly

Is there a way to automate the backups with VMware vCenter Converter?  Or a free solution to schedule nightly backups on five Windows 2008 servers?
I'm using the free version of Vsphere 5 in a development environment and would like to schedule full VMware backups on a nightly basis.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
There is no scheduler anymore with VMware Converter.

free backups listed in my EE Article

I would suggest looking at GhettoVCB or Veeam Backup Free Edition

VMware ESX/ESXi Backup Guide
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