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Veeam Backup Free Edition

The must-have tool for vSphere and Hyper-V

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No matter how you do regular virtual machine (VM) backups, Veeam® Backup™ Free Edition is the must-have tool for managing your VMs. Whether you use VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V, have a combination of both, or are operating within a tight budget, Veeam Backup Free Edition is a perfect fit for your virtual environment.

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Why use Veeam Backup Free Edition?

Are you on a budget or still experimenting with VM backup? Veeam Backup Free Edition is the perfect solution because it’s:

  • Powerful: Clone, copy, export and manage your VMs. Look inside the VM and restore individual items.
  • Easy-to-use: No complicated configuration, and no need to power off the VM. It just works!
  • Free: No expiration date and no limit on the number of hosts or VMs.
Create ad-hoc backups of live VMware and Hyper-V VMs for operational, portability or archival purposes.
Create ad-hoc backups of live VMware and Hyper-V VMs for operational, portability or archival purposes.

What’s inside

Veeam Backup Free Edition is packed with powerful utilities for ad hoc VM backup, granular recovery and e-discovery, and day-to-day VM management, including:

VeeamZIP: Backups on-the-fly

VeeamZIP fully encapsulates the VM and makes ad hoc backups:

  • Easy: No complicated configuration, and no need to pause or power off the VM
  • Compact: Compression, deduplication and swap file exclusion make backups small
  • Portable: Captures all the virtual disks and configuration files needed to restore the VM on any host

VeeamZIP even maintains thin-provisioned disks.

Use VeeamZIP whenever you need to back up a VM (e.g., before making changes to it), archive a VM (e.g., before decommissioning it) or copy a VM (to your test lab, training center, give to a client, etc.).

VeeamZIP: Backups on-the-fly
VeeamZIP: Backups on-the-fly

Restore individual guest files

Veeam Backup Free Edition comes with a full range of restore options, including Instant File-Level Recovery (IFLR). Not only can you restore the full VM or individual VM files—you can also look inside the VM and restore individual guest files. IFLR is available for 17 file systems from Windows, Linux, Unix, BSD, Mac, Solaris and Novell—for VMs on vSphere and Hyper-V.

Restore individual guest files inside the VM.
Restore individual guest files inside the VM.

E-discovery and granular recovery for all!

With Veeam Backup Free Edition, you’ll be ready to tackle almost any recovery task that comes your way. Zero in on exactly what you need for quick and easy restores using:

Veeam Explorer for Microsoft Active Directory: Restore individual Active Directory (AD) objects quickly and export AD objects directly from an image-level backup for use with the LDIFDE utility
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Veeam Explorer for Microsoft ExchangeENHANCED!: Get instant visibility into Exchange 2010 and 2013 backups, advanced search capabilities and quick recovery of individual Exchange items (emails, contacts, notes, etc.), Online Archive mailboxes and hard-deleted items.
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Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SharePoint: Browse SharePoint 2010 and 2013 backups and databases, search for specific files and quickly recover them
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Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SQL Server: Save time and restore SQL databases without having to search for individual database files
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Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots (HP and NetApp): Restore individual VMs, guest files and application items from hardware-based snapshots
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Native tape support

With the loss of NTBackup and its exclusion from Windows Server Backup (WSB), you’re missing a key piece of your IT toolbox. Veeam Backup Free Edition brings this functionality back with support for:

  • Virtual tape libraries (VTLs)
  • Tape libraries
  • Standalone tape drives
  • Microsoft VSS for backing up files from running applications

It even supports restores from tapes created by NTBackup!

End-to-end encryption

Veeam Backup Free Edition allows you to encrypt your backup files as you create them and/or move them to tape, making it the perfect tool for adding another level of security to your long-term data archives.

Export VMs without downtime

Hyper-V can encapsulate and export a VM, but it takes a long time and requires you to pause or power off the VM. VeeamZIP backs up a VM while it’s running and encapsulates all virtual hard disk and configuration files into a single, compressed backup that can be recovered to another host. There is no need to worry about managing .exp files or where to place folders for successful import.

Manage VM and host files

Veeam Backup Free Edition includes powerful file management capabilities:

  • Browse: Browse VM and host files in a familiar Windows Explorer-like graphical interface
  • Copy between hosts: For example, copy VMs and templates between data stores
  • Copy between a host and Windows/Linux: For example, deliver ISO files to hosts

You get fast, flexible copy capabilities, thanks to Veeam’s proven technology.

You can copy files and folders whenever you need or schedule file copy jobs.
You can copy files and folders whenever you need or schedule file copy jobs.

Migrate VMs between hosts and/or datastores

The Quick Migration utility in Veeam Backup Free Edition lets you migrate a live VM to any host or data store—even if you don’t use clusters or shared storage.

Quick Migration leverages native VMware technology, as well as exclusive Veeam technology, to accommodate any migration scenario, including:

  • Migrating a VM from a local data store to shared storage
  • Migrating a VM between two separate hosts and data stores

With Quick Migration’s point-and-click interface, you can easily move a live VM from any source to any destination, even if vMotion and vStorage Motion aren’t available. And with Veeam’s SmartSwitch technology, downtime is reduced to mere seconds.

With Veeam Backup Free Edition, you can migrate a live VMware VM to any host or data store—even if you don
With Veeam Backup Free Edition, you can migrate a live VMware VM to any host or data store—even if you don't use clusters or shared storage.

Support for VMware vCloud Director

Veeam Backup Free Edition provides integrated visibility of your vCloud Director (vCD) infrastructure, backup via VeeamZIP (including backup of vApp and VM metadata and attributes) and direct restore to vCD.

Support for vSphere, Hyper-V and Windows Server

Veeam Backup Free Edition fully supports VMware vSphere 4.x and 5.x platforms (including support for 62TB VMDKs), ESXi 4.x and 5.x hosts, vCloud Director 5.5, Virtual SAN, Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V and free Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 (including support for 64TB VHDX and VMs on SMB 3.0 storage). Support is also provided for Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1 guests, as well as deployment of Veeam Backup Free Edition on either operating system.

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Free forever

With no expiration date and no limit on the number of hosts or VMs, Veeam Backup Free Edition provides a number of powerful utilities for managing VMs at no cost—EVER! It also complements your regular backup software by providing easy ad hoc backups of individual VMs. If you’re looking for more options, try Veeam Backup & Replication™. You can easily upgrade to the Standard, Enterprise or Enterprise Plus edition by simply installing a license key. Start with the free 30-day trial right now!

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Veeam ZIP, used by more than 500,000 VMware administrators around the world.
Veeam ZIP, used by more than 500,000 VMware administrators around the world.

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