Best Practices for Backup of a Linux (Ubuntu) Server Running VMWare

I have used Windows Server 2008 and 2012 extensively using Hyper-V to deploy Virtual AD Servers but it is getting more and more expensive so I have been looking at VMWare Player / Workstation using Linux as the Host for a windows server as an alternative for smaller offices.

I was able to get Linux and VMWare up and running and install a couple of Microsoft Virtual Machines but I sort of ran in to a dead end as far as an automated nightly local backup for the host Linux server.  There are numerous products that are VM aware for Windows running Hyper V and most are free or inexpensive but I could not find an easy to use Linux variant for this.

In addition to the Host Backup I would plan to deploy a cloud based backup such as Idrive or carbonite on the individually VMs as a secondary backup.

Is anyone else using this configuration as an alternative to Hyper V?
Nick BerrymanAsked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
VMware Player EULA states not for commercial purposes.

VMware Workstation is also a Type 2 (application on an OS) Hypervisor, so as far as performance is concerned will not be as good as Hyper-V.  So it's not an alternative to Hyper-V.

I have used Windows Server 2008 and 2012 extensively using Hyper-V to deploy Virtual AD Servers but it is getting more and more expensive so I have been looking at VMWare Player / Workstation using Linux as the Host for a windows server as an alternative for smaller offices.

What is getting more and more expensive ? The Microsoft License ?

Have you considered VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) which is FREE.

BUT, the free version is limited, and third party backup applications, will not work, so you would have to purchase at least the Essentials edition for approx $700, and then you could use third party backup applications.

see my EE Article

12 commercial software backup products for VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) you should be evaluating today
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Scott GorcesterCTOCommented:
Its possible to run free Hyper-V server, why do you feel its too expensive?

Moosesupport
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gheistCommented:
You should look into XEN if monetary cost is of concern (and you have plenty of time to spend)
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