What I'm looking for is a Free version that allows for scheduling and Brick Level restore, or an NFR we can use to accomplish the same.
Update. We are VEEAM Resellers BUT in order to obtain NFR keys, they 'force' you to upgrade to Silver, which requires quite a bit of ground work, a small buy in fee ($250.00) plus you must have a certified V7 technician on staff.
Always bothers me when mfg's make you give them money to sell their products. Behind VEEAM and Backup Exec, which software would you next recommend? Again, we are looking for scheduleability and brick level restore features.
If you have a copy of the VMDK (virtual machine disk) and even better the VMX file, you can do a complete restore from bare metal if the hosting server should fail.
The following articles, will show you how to backup and restore for FREE, or using a commercial product. Please note if you are using the FRE Registered version of ESXi, Veeam Free version will not work, see Backup guide for details.
VMware ESX/ESXi Backup Guide
see my EE Article, Step by Step Tutorial Instructions with Screenshots
Part 10: HOW TO: Backup (Export) and Restore (Import) virtual machines to VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 for FREE
You can also Backup with VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.5
HOW TO: P2V, V2V for FREE - VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.5
Any questions please ask. So take your pick which option you want to use.