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Veeam Backup Free Edition for VMware and Hyper-V

The must-have tool for virtualization

Veeam Backup Free Edition for VMware and Hyper-V

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

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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.

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Veeam Backup Free Edition provides a number of powerful utilities for managing VMs. It complements your regular backup tool 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.
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What’s inside

Veeam Backup Free Edition is packed with powerful utilities for day-to-day VM management, including:

Back up a VM on-the-fly for operational, archival or portability purposes

VeeamZIP—How it works

Get the one Hyper-V monitoring tool every admin should have

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VeeamZIP: Backups on-the-fly

VeeamZIP, ad hoc backups are:

  • 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.

VeeamZIP: Backups on-the-fly

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

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.

Restore individual guest files inside the VM.

Restore individual guest files inside the VM.

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

It even supports restores from tapes created by NTBackup!

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.

VeeamZIP 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.

E-discovery and granular recovery for all!

Veeam Explorer™ for Microsoft Exchange provides instant visibility into Exchange 2010 and 2013 backups, advanced search capabilities and quick recovery of individual Exchange items (emails, contacts, notes, etc.)

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Now you can restore individual VMs or individual items directly from HP StoreVirtual and StoreServ snapshots with Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots*—in 2 minutes or less—without staging or intermediate steps!
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Use Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SharePoint to browse SharePoint 2010 backups and databases, search for specific files and quickly recover them.

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E-discovery and granular recovery for all!


BETA: Veeam Explorer™ for Microsoft Active Directory supports search and restore of all AD objects types, including users, groups, computer accounts and contacts.

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Coming soon: Veeam Explorers - new and improved. Learn more

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 datastores
  • 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 FastSCP™ technology.

Manage VM and host files

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 datastore—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 datastore to shared storage
  • Migrating a VM between two separate hosts and datastores

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.

Migrate VMs between hosts and/or datastores

With Veeam Backup Free Edition, you can migrate a live VMware VM to any host or datastore - 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 vSphere 5.5 (including support for 62TB VMDKs), vCloud Director 5.5, 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 VeeamZIP doing better than our existing backup software…and also revealing where our bottlenecks are which is nice!

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