Something Awesome is here!

Our latest countdown clock hit zero this morning and we announced the availability of Veeam Backup Free Edition (or as we like to say, Something Awesome for Virtualization Lovers). Veeam Backup Free Edition is just the latest edition to our line of free tools and utilities for virtualization professionals. Combined with Veeam ONE Free Edition, you now have a complete set of tools to help you manage and protect your virtual infrastructure, no matter if it’s running VMware vSphere ESX/ESXi or Microsoft Hyper-V.

Veeam Backup Free Edition

As you may have guessed, we’re not “giving away” all the great functionality in Veeam Backup & Replication, just a subset. Included in the free edition is our familiar file management FastSCP functionality, Quick VMware migration and something new we’re calling VeeamZIP. VeeamZIP really is the awesome part, it allows you to quickly and easily “ZIP” all the files and settings associated with a VM into a compressed, deduped “archive” file. The file that VeeamZIP creates is our in our standard .VBK file format. You can now take a 500GB VM and “ZIP” it into a single file that will fit on most removable media such as a portable hard drive or even a USB “thumb” drive. There are countless uses for these compact VM archives…

  • Create an ad-hoc backup of a VM before making changes to it. If you’re using the paid version of Veeam Backup & Replication you can even do this on an individual VM outside of its normal backup job.
  • Archive a VM before deleting it. Need to clear up space on your data stores but concerned about permanently deleting the VM? VeeamZIP it! VeeamZIP gives you the capability to keep permanent archives of individual VM’s that can be restored at any time.
  • Take that VM with you. VeeamZIP allows you to easily transport a VM from one location to another. VeeamZIP a production VM and restore it in a lab.

A History of Free Utilities

Veeam started out back in 2006 with a free utility, FastSCP. The great thing about FastSCP (besides being free) was that it solved a common problem in a very easy to use and familiar interface. FastSCP was also a tool built out of necessity…our developers were working with ESX and found it difficult to manage large files…so they created a utility that became FastSCP. FastSCP quickly became a standard tool in every ESX administrator’s tool box. With hundreds of thousands of downloads, it’s by far the most popular tool for ESX/vSphere.

With Veeam Backup Free Edition the functionality of FastSCP is not gone, it’s still there, we’re just retiring the FastSCP name in favor of Veeam Backup Free Edition and VeeamZIP.

We have continued our commitment to the virtualization community by releasing Veeam Monitor Free Edition, Veeam Reporter Free Edition and most recently, the combination of both of those: Veeam ONE Free Edition. Veeam Backup Free Edition is just our latest free offering to the virtualization community and it won’t be our last.

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  • hello,
    Since I’ve heard the release of V6.1 I was hoping to see the below features;

    1. Separate schedule for Active Full Backup that not intact with the Global Job Schedule. Daily Incremental job faster than the full weekly and monthly. Or at least the Radio Button in the scheduled job to be changed to a CheckBox() to select multiple schedule on different timing.

    Now backup job cannot be run as only full or only incremental as the Backup Mode Reversed / Forward Incremental or Active Full Backup must be checked.

    2. Tapes integration so, I don’t have to maintain two products. /support / cost / complexity.

    3. Multiple job-runs within the job itself, for example, if I have a job contains 8 VMs, I process two or three VMs from same job at the same time. With the magnesium of proxy load balancing, the load can be distributed among any available proxies.

    Hope to see these features in the upcoming releases.


  • Anton says:

    Hey Hussain, just hoping alone is not enough ;) please post your feedback and feature requests on Veeam forums to ensure they make it into the future releases >

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