Veeam Backup & Replication v8 Part of Veeam Availability Suite

FAQ on Veeam Backup & Replication

What is Veeam Backup & Replication?

Veeam® Backup & Replication™ v8 provides new capabilities that deliver Availability for the Modern Data Center™ through cutting-edge improvements in high-speed recovery and data loss avoidance for VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V.

What’s new in Veeam Backup & Replication v8?

Veeam Backup & Replication v8 delivers Availability for the Modern Data Center through cutting-edge improvements in high-speed recovery and data loss avoidance. For more information on v8’s features and enhancements click here.

Is there a free version of Veeam Backup & Replication?

Yes, Veeam Backup™ Free Edition is a powerful, free tool for managing your VMs. It’s not a trial, but a complete product you can use for as long as you like, with no expiration date and no limit on the number of hosts or VMs.

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General Veeam licensing information, including licensing criteria and terminology can be viewed here.

How is Veeam Backup & Replication licensed?

Veeam Backup & Replication is licensed per CPU socket on VM hosts that are being backed up and/or replicated. A license is required for each occupied motherboard socket as reported by the hypervisor API.

Note: Target hosts (for replication and migration jobs) do not need to be licensed.

Are any product components (backup servers, backup proxies, backup repositories) licensed separately?

No. The product components are not licensed separately. You can deploy as many of these components as you like while licensed to the correct number of sockets.

Can a customer have more than one edition in their environment?

No, only one edition (Standard, Enterprise, or Enterprise Plus) can be used in the same physical location. Furthermore, all licensed editions must be the same across multiple locations to manage them through one Veeam Enterprise Manager.

This requirement applies to all Veeam Backup & Replication deployments, including multi-hypervisor environments. For example, if you have five licenses for VMware and five licenses for Hyper-V in a given location, all ten licenses must be either Standard, Enterprise, or Enterprise Plus.

Current customers who wish to upgrade to Enterprise or Enterprise Plus must upgrade all current licenses in order to receive a merged license file.

How do I upgrade my license to another edition?

Please see this comparison to understand which features are included in each edition. To upgrade, please visit the Veeam Licensing Portal.

How do I upgrade my license to another version?

You will need a new license file to install v8, even if you do not plan to upgrade your edition. Please visit the Veeam Licensing Portal to download a v8 license file.

How do I renew my support?

To renew your support, please complete a request for a renewal quote.

Have any other specific questions?

Attend one of our live product demos or contact your Veeam Sales Representative.

What is Automatic License Update?

Starting with version 7.0 patch 4, Veeam Backup & Replication supports automatic license update. With this feature enabled, Veeam backup server (or Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager server, if deployed) proactively communicates with Veeam licensing portal to receive a new license before the current license expires. For more information on how to enable this feature please review the Veeam Backup & Replication User Guide for VMware and for Hyper-V