There are differences between free and paid. Vimalin is available for free if needed, but you have access to more features when you buy a license.
You will always be able to make and restore backups with the free version.
You are welcome to do so, because if you have a good backup of your important VM’s then an important part of our mission has already succeeded.
Of course we prefer that you support ongoing development by buying a license. However our main mission is that VMware users of the desktop products VMware Fusion and VMware Workstation Professional have a good backup.
Having said that, here is the list of the differences between free and paid:
|Backup VM’s that are shut down||Yes||Yes|
|Backup running virtual machines||Yes||Yes|
|Add notes to your backup||Yes||Yes|
|Compress backup to save space||Yes||Yes|
|Detect existing backups on disk||Yes||Yes|
|Manage backups in backup archive||Yes||Yes|
|Backup to local disk||Yes||Yes|
|Support for multiple hosts||No||Yes|
|Backup to network location||No||Yes|
|Schedule backup jobs to run at a specific time||No||Yes|
|Send an email confirmation about a scheduled backup||No||Yes|
|Get our support via email||No||Yes|
|Support ongoing development||No||Yes|