Announcing: Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE

We’ve been very clear about our vision for the Modern Data Center recently: it has key attributes such as being highly virtualized, having modern storage and is ready for a cloud strategy. But what about systems that have data on them that aren’t part of the data center? What about endpoints?  Most companies use PCs or laptops for their end users and those devices have data on it that may need to be protected.

To help address this need, we just announced a new product via a press release at VeeamON 2014 today. We are happy to introduce Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE!

Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE is Veeam’s new backup solution for Windows-based computers (desktops & laptops) running Windows 7 and higher as well as Windows Server 2008 and higher. It is a standalone product and is not part of Veeam Backup & Replication nor the Veeam Availability Suite. This is clearly big news, and you may have a number of questions on what this new product is. Here are some FAQ on this announcement:

What is it?

Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE is a product that allows you to backup your Windows-based computers to an internal or external hard drive, a NAS share or a Veeam Backup Repository. It writes the backups in VBK format, which is the same format as Veeam Backup & Replication. With this product, you will be able to protect files, volumes or your entire computer based on your own schedule or at logon or logoff. The figure below shows the backup job control panel and it’s activity:
Windows-based computers' backup job control panel and it's activity

The possibilities to recover range from simple files (overwrite or keep the original files), volume restore or a bare metal recovery.
Backup Browser and its possibilities to recover range from simple files, volume restore or bare metal recovery.

Additionally, Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE will have great features such as pausing the backup when the system is busy (automatically, with the optional Backup I/O Control selected), automatic update notifications, auto-recognition of the external hard drive that has your backups stored and much more.

When creating recovery boot media, you will also automatically receive additional tools such as checking the system memory, fix startup sequences and a unique administrator password reset.

And all of this, as the name states, will be available for free!

When will it be available?

The first beta of Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE will be released in November and the GA (generally available) date is targeted early 2015. You can sign up for the beta here: http://go.veeam.com/endpoint.

UPDATE: Veeam Endpoint Backup Free is publically available for download. Read the blog post about release – Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE is here!

Does free mean no support?

Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE will be supported through Veeam’s free product support policy. This means that Veeam will attempt to provide support for users of Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE but does not provide response goals or response guarantees for this service.

Welcome Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE!

Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE will solve the IT Pro’s challenges to protect their endpoints at NO cost. And because of this, they will lower their risk of data loss. What do you think of this news? Share your comments below.

For more information, join our webinar on the 4th of December: http://www.veeam.com/videos/veeam-endpoint-backup-free-4942.html

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119 Comments

  • Rasmus Haslund says:

    Woooow! This is fantastic. I really can’t wait to get my hands on it!

  • Daniel Davis says:

    Looks like a brilliant step.
    Has there been any word on integration with this and the Veeam Cloud Connect service?

  • Steve Galbincea says:

    This is something Veeam said they would never do – support physical machines. Thank you for finally seeing the light. Will this be desktop OS only or will it support Windows Server as well?

  • Harold Ballinger says:

    Yep, sign me up.

  • Anton Gostev says:

    Endpoint backups are Backup Copy-able to Cloud Connect repositories.

  • Anton Gostev says:

    Steve, you are mistaken. What we said is that we would never support physical servers, not physical “machines” in general as you put it. Please check out our press release, it explains the difference between physical machines and our position in more details: http://www.veeam.com/news/veeam-announces-veeam-endpoint-backup-free-extending-protection-to-desktops-and-laptops.html
    We plan to support both Windows 7 and above, and Windows Server 2008 and above. However, it is important to understand that the product is not designed for a physical server backup (even though it can be used to perform one in certain scenarios).

  • Anton Gostev says:

    Please sign up here:
    http://go.veeam.com/endpoint

  • Steve Galbincea says:

    Thanks Anton (and it was nice meeting you at VMworld!) I don’t really think my tone came across as intended, I am a huge Veeam fan and am extremely happy to see this as it will allow us to implement Veeam for more customers that are still hybrid setups.

    Can you explain any more what the limitations will be on physical servers that I may not understand? Are we talking application issues such as log truncation, etc.?

  • Daniel Davis says:

    Thanks for the reply.
    I’m assuming this means that a version 8 backup server can then copy the endpoint backups using a copy job in a similar way to a normal copy job. Is this right?

  • Layne Sadler says:

    Will end users be required to go through a Veeam partner in order to obtain the GA product?

  • Layne Sadler says:

    Will the target repository storage need to be reformatted to a particular type of file system?

  • Layne Sadler says:

    Is it correct to assume that this will be an agent-based solution? Or will there be both agent-based and agentless support at GA?

  • Layne Sadler says:

    Will licensing for Backup Management Suite be required in order to use/ distribute this product?

  • Layne Sadler says:

    Will storage snapshotting be made available for physical NAS/ SAN?

  • Layne Sadler says:

    Will it backup fixed and dynamic iSCSI volumes?

  • Layne Sadler says:

    Say a system has numerous volumes – will it be able to backup each volume separately aka as unique backup jobs/ schedules?

  • Layne Sadler says:

    Is the software aware of whether or not the Windows system is either physical or virtual? Could this be used to backup a Windows VM?

  • Darryl Glass says:

    Can the Veeam Endpoint VBK files be recovered onto a VMWare or Hyper-V server or desktop hyper-visor platform using the Veeam Backup free edition? This functionality could provide an quick recovery mechanism when using volume or bare metal system backups.

  • Di Popov says:

    No. It is not agent based. Endpoint Backup is standalonesolution for desktop/laptop backups.

  • Di Popov says:

    Please, sign up here:
    http://go.veeam.com/endpoint

  • Di Popov says:

    It’s designed as a desktop/laptop standalone backup tool but of course
    we tested Endpoint Backup in the virtual labs. There should not be any issues
    since the devices emulation in the virtual environment is pretty much the same.

    I wonder why you would need to install Endpoint Backup to backup VMs, as Veeam
    Backup and Replication seems to be the best choice for such task.

  • Di Popov says:

    Yes. Both fixed and dynamic volumes

  • Di Popov says:

    No

  • Di Popov says:

    This could be achieved with Endpoint – yes. You would need to mount the
    recovery iso to the existing VM and complete the bare metal recovery into this VM.

  • Di Popov says:

    Can you,
    please, elaborate when an end user would want to back up his home compute/laptop volumes separately, instead of having all in one backup? Thank you.

  • Di Popov says:

    No

  • Guest says:

    It is a separate FREE product.

  • Di Popov says:

    No

  • Di Popov says:

    It is a separate FREE product.

  • Di Popov says:

    No

  • Di Popov says:

    Yes. Both fixed and dynamic volumes

  • Di Popov says:

    Can you,please, elaborate when an end user would want to back up his home compute/laptop volumes separately, instead of having all in one backup? Thank you.

  • Di Popov says:

    This could be achieved with Endpoint – yes. You would need to mount the
    recovery iso to the existing VM and complete the bare metal recovery into this VM

  • Di Popov says:

    Please, sign up here:
    http://go.veeam.com/endpoint

  • Di Popov says:

    No. It is not agent based. Endpoint Backup is standalone solution for desktop/laptop backups.

  • Dmitry Popov says:

    It’s designed as a desktop/laptop standalone backup tool but of course
    we tested Endpoint Backup in the virtual labs. There should not be any issues
    since the devices emulation in the virtual environment is pretty much the same.

    I wonder why you would need to install Endpoint Backup to backup VMs, as Veeam
    Backup and Replication seems to be the best choice for such task

  • Darryl Glass says:

    That would work, but would be better if it could be done native from a central control panel. Talking about central management, is this product managed per machine or is there a centralized system that can deploy, manage, monitor and report on the endpoints?

    This may be asking much especially as its a free product.

  • Darryl Glass says:

    That would work, but would be better if it could be done native from a central control panel. Talking about central management, is this product managed per machine or is there a centralized system that can deploy, manage, monitor and report on the endpoints?

    This may be asking much especially as its a free product.

  • Dmitry Popov says:

    Darryl,
    Endpoint Backup FREE is a standalone application; there is no centralized management or global console specifically for endpoints as designed as a backup tool for an end user on the first place.

  • Anton Gostev says:

    We are not testing server configurations (such as clusters) or server applications with this product at all, so any limitations or issues will basically remain unknown until users run into those. Log truncation should work though, simply because it is a part of VSS, which we do use for file and app level consistency, which is still important even for desktop workloads.

  • Anton Gostev says:

    That is correct, using Backup Copy job. Including support for WAN acceleration, which has major performance improvements in v8.

  • Anton Gostev says:

    So technically, it is “agent-based”. However, it is a wrong name, because it is a standalone app vs. centrally managed framework for backing up remote computers with agents.

  • Georges says:

    That’s amazing to see Veeam concerned about physical machines as well !!! Will Veeam Endpoint see the light anytime soon ?

  • Steve Galbincea says:

    Perfect, thank you for the reply. If you need people to test please let me know, happy to help out. Cheers!

  • Micke says:

    Yes, but that would make it possible to backup VMs on free ESXi hosts for example (where Veeam B&R can’t be used because of disabled storage API’s). Guess it should be good enough for home use.

  • Andrew Satnik says:

    I know it’s a longshot, but I’d love to see this available for Mac OS X endpoints.

  • Thomas Brady says:

    Will it be able to backup to target (central server/NAS) for user with laptop traveling? Example, road warriors connected to public networks without need of VPN? That would be huge! Also, are there plans to offer a central management console as an at-cost solution later?

  • Anton Gostev says:

    Yes, you can do that with Windows Group Policy or 3rd party software distribution tools.

  • Anton Gostev says:

    What do you mean?

  • Anton Gostev says:

    I doubt this is going to happen any time soon… or ever.

  • Anton Gostev says:

    VPN will be required for this scenario.

  • Anton Gostev says:

    No

  • Paul Connelly says:

    I’m a bit confused Anton.

    Although you say the product is not designed for a physical server backup the article above says it can be used for a bare metal restore.

    Can you clarify how it can be used with Windows Server if it can’t be used for a physical server backup.

    Thanks

  • Georges says:

    i mean, did they launch this product or not yet ?

  • Hi Paul,
    You can use it to do a full backup on a Windows Server (2008 and above) choosing from full, volume or specific files/folders. It is indeed possible to do a bare-metal recovery off a windows server. That said, it is an endpoint solution, which means it won’t scale against many physical servers, there won’t be a cerntral management in v1 and it won’t support advanced server scenario’s such as clustering. If you have only a few physical servers left in your environment, it might fits your needs. Does that makes sense?

  • Kelly K. says:

    If it were able to support hybrid environments that support Mac and Windows, you’d have all my money. As a past Veeam customer (in a previous life), I’d love for the final reason to get rid of Acronis but for now I’ll have to hold out a little bit longer. Bummer. :(

  • Jonathon Zener says:

    Hi. In the case of a few single standalone remote servers and a pre-existing local Veeam B&R install. Would it be possible to preseed through backing up the remote server using Veeam Endpoint to to external disk, shipping the backup disk to our a local Veeam repository within our existing B&R structure, import the backup and then repoint the remote Endpoint’s local backup to the imported files in the central library and have it continue on?

  • Phil Manning says:

    Fantastic! Veeam could blow any competitor out of the water with this! Hopefully if there is enough uptake and feedback, this product will be further developed passed a v1 product. I will be testing this!. Well done Veeam!!

  • Dmitry Popov says:

    Georges,
    Quoting Mike’s post:
    “The first beta of Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE will be released in November and the GA (generally available) date is targeted early 2015.”

    Please, sign up here to get it:
    http://go.veeam.com/endpoint

  • Anton Gostev says:

    Bare metal restore is not specific to servers… in fact, I just had to do this very process with a laptop.

  • Anton Gostev says:

    And possibly very long ;) I don’t see us adding support for Mac any time soon! However, we don’t want your money anyway, as the product is completely FREE

  • Marco Tonoli says:

    Hi,
    this new application maybe a great news, but i not understand the real target of this product…. for example my veeam customer have many many user (50+) and they love veeam for the server VM, so a new Veeam product will be sure easy to show them, but:

    a) if is a free product, is difficult for us make a onest business
    b) if i can deploy also with microsoft windos policy (and this is good), with preinstalled job, if there is not a central console or something similar, how can my customer check the correct working on every client? or i miss something ?

    thank
    Marco

  • Steve Tokatlyan says:

    Does the software have a central management platform that I can use to deploy agents, manage backups and jobs? How is this any different from Windows Backup..?

  • Anton Gostev says:

    The real target is IT professionals like me and you, not enterprises. Which is also why there is no central console (it is pointless for backing up your laptop and home desktop). Thanks!

  • Anton Gostev says:

    There is no central management platform, as the software is designed for IT professionals like me and you to backup their personal laptops or desktops.
    And it is much more reliable and feature rich than Windows Backup.

  • Anton Gostev says:

    Not sure yet, but probably not in v1.

  • Marco Tonoli says:

    Hi Gostev,
    thanks for your answer, is amazing be in contact and receive asnwers directly from you.
    Ok will be for personal use. Will ever be an enterprise version with central console/log collection ?
    thanks
    Marco

  • Simone says:

    will be in the future make a directly backup Endpoint > Cloud Connect Provider ? Or endpoint request always a local B&R ? Thanks

  • Anton Gostev says:

    Most likely, local B&R repository will always be required. Otherwise, you will not be able to achieve fast restore. Generally speaking, Cloud Connect is really a DR solution for when your primary backup repository is down.

  • Anton Gostev says:

    Currently, there are no plans to make an enterprise solution out of Veeam Endpoint Backup. However, central console for log collection/monitoring is already available. When backing up to Veeam backup repository, you will be able to see all incoming endpoint jobs, as well as all backups, in the B&R console.

  • Anton Gostev says:

    No. Actually, blog post above covers timelines in great details ;)

  • bhwong says:

    Does this works with Windows Storage Server? We have frustration with the limitation of Windows Backup – It can’t do incremental backup unless it’s a local storage. How silly can this be?

    Will it be able to backup selected folders and opened files?

  • I can’t confirm this but since it uses VSS it should be able to do it. Again, read the statement that this is a solution designed for IT professionals to protect personal laptops or desktops and is not meant as an enterprise solution.

  • Ennio says:

    Once the endpoint backup is installed on a physical machine will Veeam be able to run a Replication job on said machine if you are already running Veeam Backup & Replication.

  • Anatoly Taveras says:

    Wow!!! this is Excellet News,

  • richwaters72 says:

    Will it have any deduplication abilities – either block-level or file-level?

  • Dmitry Popov says:

    Like Veeam B&R VM replication between hosts – no. Like legacy backup software
    replication (which is transferring backup files to another repository) – yes, thru
    the backup copy job as a part of VBR.

  • Dmitry Popov says:

    Thank you for your interest! Don’t forget to sign in for beta here
    http://go.veeam.com/endpoint

  • Dmitry Popov says:

    Since this is a standalone solution for an end users computers – there should not be much to dedupe. For this release of Endpoint v1 the deduplication is not included, however compression is.

  • Mark L says:

    Will it be able to back up files on a CIFS share on a NAS?

  • Anton Gostev says:

    No, it is designed to backup desktops and laptops.

  • Samuel Ng says:

    Does it work on 64Bit Windows 7, 8 and 10?

  • Anton Gostev says:

    It does work on 64-bit Windows 7 and 8. Windows 10 is not released yet, and as such will not be supported in the initial release.

  • Eddie says:

    Hi, this is real great to hear that! I’m looking for it! One more question: is it possible to start a vm from the vbk file in veeam backup & recovery like a vbk which created with b&r?

  • Dmitry Popov says:

    Hello Eddie,

    At the v1 integration we only provide the ability to run the file level restores for the Endpoint backups in the VBR console.

  • Simon M. Mørch says:

    Will it do incremental backups? Also does it support “Incremental-forever” backup?

  • Anton Gostev says:

    Yes and Yes.

  • Dmitry Popov says:

    Please, think of an end-user computer not a VM.

    For an end-user all his personal information is critical, so there is no need to bring complicity into the schedule or data selection: most probably end-user would back up his system volume and some files or just the entire PC.

  • Steve Peary says:

    Will endpoint backup to a cloud service such as dropbox, AWS, google etc
    Thanks
    Steve

  • Marco Tonoli says:

    Hi Gostev,
    how about dual boot windows/linux machine? will work only for windows part? or not work at all? and in this case what about bare restore?
    thanks.

    marco

  • IgorS says:

    I’m interested in using a common target for storing backups, so I’m wondering about possible deduplication and compression savings… Are backup increments compressed at the source prior to being sent over the network – or are just final VBK files compressed? Also, have you ever tried runing block-level deduplication on a VBK repository residing on NetApp, DataDomain, 3Par or similar dedupe capable device? If so, what were the results?

  • Dmitry Popov says:

    It is possible.

  • Dmitry Popov says:

    Marco,

    Dual boot is not supported now, but I can say that restoring Win + Win works fine and Win + Linux may require fixing the linux boot loader (thankfully its quite easy).

  • Dmitry Popov says:

    Igor,
    Yes at source, same logic as in Veeam Backup and Replication. We have not tested yet tested Endpoint backups to deduplication storage.

  • Joaquin says:

    Could you please specify what it does better than the native Windows Backup? I love B&R and veeam one but I am not sure what the usecase for this product would be.

  • IgorS says:

    Well, I’ve tried it out on a NetApp CIFS share. After placing there 3 full backups from 3 Windows 7 machines (system volumes), 2 of which are almost identical, deduplication savings (block-level) on the storage side were less than 4%… As expcted, keeping backup in a single compressed file removes all similarities. A thought: can backup compression be switched off?

  • Anton Gostev says:

    Not in the current beta

  • Anton Gostev says:

    Here is a 3rd party comparison with Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials, which leverages native Windows Backup > http://www.tinkertry.com/feature-and-performance-comparison-between-windows-server-2012-r2-essentials-and-veeam-endpoint-backup-free/

  • Mārtiņš Bonders says:

    Can I deploly and configure backup settings for Veeam Endpoint Backup through
    Windows Group Policy? As example, install on multiple computers and configure
    backup path and settings using GPO?

  • Mārtiņš Bonders says:

    Can I deploly and configure backup settings for Veeam Endpoint Backup through
    Windows Group Policy? As example, install on multiple computers and configure
    backup path and settings.

  • Anton Gostev says:

    Yes, you will be able to do that using native software distribution mechanisms available with Windows Group Policy.

  • mlevkina says:

    No. End users will be able to download the product from the Veeam web-site.

  • stuartluscombe says:

    Can I ask why this is? Given that this is essentially a desktop product and half of the desktops/laptops I support are Macs it would be extremely beneficial to have this feature.

  • Anton Gostev says:

    The reason is extremely low WW market share
    https://www.netmarketshare.com/operating-system-market-share.aspx

  • YouThinkTheDarknessIsYourAlly says:

    Is Veeam Endpoint backup compatible with older server architectures such Server 2008 R2?

  • Yes it is, but it does require SP1 at minimum.

  • YouThinkTheDarknessIsYourAlly says:

    Many thanks :)

  • Bryan says:

    Are there plans for non-Windows based packages in the near future (i.e., Linux or Apple OS).

  • Hi Bryan, yes, we already announced (and in Beta now) a version that will protect Linux. We currently have no plans for Apple OS

  • John Green says:

    Can I backup my entire disk with this to include all partitions if I run it on my Windows boot camp? In other words it will restore my Windows and Mac partitions in an emergency?

  • John,
    I am not certain. Best might be to ask it at the veeam forums (forums.veeam.com). There might be people that played with it. All I know is that you will be able to protect the windows partitions but I doubt we will detect or see the Mac partition to be honest (And I have no Mac to test ;-))

  • Franco Galan Tume says:

    I don’t understand these part
    “This means that Veeam will attempt to provide support for users of Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE but does not provide response goals or response guarantees for this service.”

    and: About S.O. requeriments:

    Windows Server 2008 is supported?

    thanks for your attention!

  • Franco Galan Tume says:

    Hello:

    Please let me know, about S.O. requeriments:

    Windows Server 2008 is supported?

    thanks for your attention!

  • Franco Galan Tume says:

    I tested in physical server with Windows Server 2008, please let me know if it will support.

    Beacuse It didn’t work for me.

  • Hi Franco, you need at least windows server 2008 R2 SP1 to be supported. Windows Server 2008 has a different architecture that would require a lot of work and is already end of life
    Cheers
    Mike

  • Hi Franco,
    As said, Server 2008 is not supported (start from 2008 R2 SP1). What we mean with the support is that we indeed provide support, and we always will contact you when there is an issue and try to solve it, but we don’t deliver an SLA such as: We will contact you in 4 hours or something like this. Our support engineers (which are really good) do this on a best effort basis. Hope it is more clear
    Mike

  • Polina Vasileva says:

    Hi Franco Galan Tume,
    First, Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE supports Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 or later (see system requirements here https://helpcenter.veeam.com/endpoint/15/system_requirements.html).
    Tech support is provided depending on the team’s load (as always, products with paid licenses are in priority). But, you can always ask your question on Veeam Forum https://forums.veeam.com/veeam-agent-for-windows-f32/

  • I agree with Rasmus! This sooo fantastic!

  • DIY ideas says:

    When they want to keep them separated? Say there is critical data on E but not so critical on F, so they want to backup E daily but F only weekly… there’s no point in having an all in one backup that wastes bandwidth backing up F daily.

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