NEW Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Part of Veeam Availability Suite

FAQ on Veeam Backup & Replication

What is Veeam Backup & Replication?

Veeam® Backup & Replication™ v9 is much more than backup—it provides fast, flexible and reliable recovery of virtualized applications and data. We bring backup and replication together in a single solution to reinvent data protection and deliver the #1 VM Backup™ for VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V virtual environments.

What’s new in Veeam Backup & Replication v9?

Veeam Backup & Replication v9 adds hundreds of new features to deliver recovery time and point objectives (RTPO™) of <15 minutes for ALL applications and data by enabling high speed recovery, data loss avoidance, verified recoverability, leveraged data and complete visibility.

Learn more about new v9 features!

What is the difference between free and paid editions of Veeam Backup & Replication?

Veeam Backup™ Free Edition complements your regular backup software by providing free, easy, ad hoc backups of individual VMs. If you’re looking for a full-featured Availability solution try Veeam Backup & Replication™. Compare the features of Veeam Backup Free vs. Enterprise Plus Edition.

Is there any difference in price between the vSphere and Hyper-V versions of Veeam Backup & Replication?

No. Veeam maintains price parity across hypervisors, which also facilitates being able to swap licenses between hypervisors for free.

What if my virtual environment includes both vSphere and Hyper-V?

You can purchase licenses for any mix of hypervisors. For example, you may purchase 10 sockets of Veeam Backup & Replication for Hyper-V and 12 sockets of Veeam Backup & Replication for vSphere. You may also swap licenses between hypervisors on an individual socket basis, should you change hypervisor platforms at some future time.

Can I backup physical workloads off-site through Cloud Connect with Veeam Backup & Replication, in addition to virtual?

No. In order to backup physical servers and workstations off-site through Cloud Connect, you will need to obtain one instance of Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows.


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

How is Veeam Backup & Replication licensed?

Veeam Backup & Replication licenses are purchased on a perpetual basis with basic or production maintenance, or a subscription license which includes Production 24x7 support.

Veeam Backup & Replication is licensed per CPU socket on hosts with virtual machines (VMs) to be backed up, replicated, monitored or reported on. 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 vSphere 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?

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

How do I upgrade my license to v9?

You will need a new license file to install v9 even if you do not plan to upgrade your edition. Please visit the Veeam Licensing Portal to download a v9 license file.

How do I renew my support?

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

What is Automatic License Update?

Starting with v7 patch 4, Veeam Backup & Replication supports automatic license updates. With this feature enabled, Veeam backup server (or Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager server, if deployed) proactively communicates with the 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 vSphere and for Hyper-V.

Do you have more questions?

Attend one of our live product demos, or contact your Veeam sales representative.