We use Veeam for VM backups and VM replication in our datacenter.
We also run virtualized labs and smaller ad-hoc Vmware ESXi servers for dev teams. So I was very happy to see Veeam offer – Veeam Backup Free Edition
My old options for ad-hoc VM image backups where to stop the guest and use Veeam’s FastSCP to an external NAS for backups. This was a pain and only done in frequently. With VeeamZip I can queue some live backup jobs on a running VM and later robocopy them to an external NAS. Similar steps but a lot less painful and time consuming, and a bit easier to setup then ghettoVCB.sh