ESXi VMs Backup/Replication

Dear Experts,

I have an ESXi box with a couple of VMs on it.  I would like to know if there's an efficient way to backup the VM or replicate them off another server/storage area while they are running?  What I've been doing is to schedule an outage for a weekend, power the VMs off, and then copy them off to an external drive.  Please advise.  Thanks much!
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swgitIT ProfessionalAsked:
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craigsstarrCommented:
We use Veeam and have been very happy with it.
It is what I would recommend.
I am placing a link to their free product that should do as you require.
http://www.veeam.com/virtual-machine-backup-solution-free.html
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Veeam Backup and Replication, have been the world leader for many years....but some may consider it expensive.

Therefore you may want to consider using  NAKIVO

http://www.nakivo.com/

It's an up and coming backup and replication product.

However, you *MUST* ensure, you have a License for your ESXi servers, backup applications will not function with the free version of ESXi.

This is explained in my EE Article

VMware ESX/ESXi Backup Guide
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swgitIT ProfessionalAuthor Commented:
@craigsstarr - thank you for your quick response.  I'm looking into it now.
@andrew - thanks. i'll also look into this.
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swgitIT ProfessionalAuthor Commented:
Guys, I talked to our current backup solution provider and they said they do support backing up VMs, so I'll go with CommVault to expand that functionality for now.  Thanks again for your quick responses.
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