During our announcement on Aug. 23, one of the items we talked about was a new version of Veeam Endpoint Backup which will be renamed Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows and today I am happy to announce that the public beta is now available!

You may wonder, why rename the most successful free Veeam product ever – the product that has been downloaded over 1 million times since its release less than two years ago, the de-facto standard and universally recommended solution in all major technical communities? Indeed, it was a tough decision. As the original product name implies, our initial focus with this solution has been mainly on endpoints. This is no longer the case now that we’re expanding to providing full support of physical and cloud instances running server workloads, so we needed the new universal name that would cover both Windows-based workstations AND servers!

Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows 2.0

This next version of Veeam Endpoint Backup will expand on the current free offering by providing a more robust and enhanced business feature set by adding two new paid editions. However, not to worry, we’re still maintaining and even expanding the functionality of our FREE offering as well to address your most common feedback.

For example, new functionality of the free edition includes Windows Server 2016 support, source-side encryption and the ability to schedule periodic active full backups for better reliability of backups to consumer-grade storage. All of these features were very frequently requested in our forums.

Additionally, on the recovery side, via the integration with Veeam Backup Free Edition 9.5, you receive new abilities to perform instant recovery of free agent backups to a Microsoft Hyper-V VM (including free Hyper-V) – or even directly to Microsoft Azure! This gives you additional restore options and opens a lot of interesting usage scenarios. For example, I know I will be restoring my older endpoint backups to a Microsoft Azure VM so I can boot them there whenever I need something.

Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows

Restore options available from within Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5

Introducing two new paid editions!

One of the biggest requests for our free offering has been technical support! This non-technical feature will be available for both of the new, paid editions; Workstation and Server – enabling users to enjoy industry-leading, enterprise-class 24.7.365 support.

Which edition you choose depends on what type of workload the protected instance runs. The agent will automatically detect which type of license is required based on the operating system you are running, but of course you will be able to override that on every agent manually, via remote management API, or – when backing up to a Veeam repository – via the centralized license management available directly through your Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 console!

Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows

Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 console can be used to manage Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows licenses

But, there is much more to paid editions than technical support alone. Adding full server support was the biggest priority of this release and we had a lot of work to do – starting from something as basic as a server-focused job scheduler and up to full application-aware processing for all Windows enterprise applications: Microsoft Exchange, Active Directory, SQL Server, SharePoint, Oracle and file servers. Yes, you guessed it right – the exact same, proven guest processing engine from Veeam Backup & Replication (including transaction log backup for low-RPO protection of databases) is now available within the server edition of the agent.

Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows

Application-aware image processing for Windows applications

There is also good news for mobile users. You need to ensure their backups can complete even when they're away from the corporate network – and we’ve delivered the same functionality in the best way possible! The new functionality called Backup Cache will allow for scheduled incremental backups to complete to a local folder even when the primary backup target is temporarily unreachable. Needless to say, the cached backups will be transparently synced to the primary backup target as soon as the device enters the corporate network perimeter the next time – completely seamlessly for the end user!

Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows

Easy to view the status of the backup synchronization via the cloud check box on the left and the absence of the cloud check box on the right

You may ask, what about travelling or home office users who rarely or even never come to the corporate offices, or public cloud instances outside the corporate network perimeter? How can these be protected as seamlessly (and securely)? For those, the paid editions also introduce support for backing up directly to a Veeam Cloud Connect repository hosted by one of the thousands of Veeam service providers (or in your own enterprise HQ data center) as the target for all of your protected instances regardless of where they're deployed.

Last but not least, as noted above, paid editions will provide remote configuration and management API for Veeam Availability Console, as well as the framework for mass deployment and configuration of agents. The concept is so simple it’s beautiful – we will provide a tool that allows the local agent’s configuration to be exported out to an XML file that can then be used for a silent deployment of pre-configured agents using whatever remote deployment tool you are using for software distribution in your environment today – be it logon scripts, Group Policy, System Center Configuration Manager or multiple existing third-party tools. How cool is that?

With the two editions, administrators have the flexibility to pick the appropriate level of functionality based on the protected workload – workstation or server. The diagram below shows how all major new features of Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows 2.0 map to editions – but of course there are many smaller features and enhancements that will be available in all editions, including free edition (the complete What’s New document will be available when the product goes GA).

Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows

Major features comparison chart for Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows

Conclusion

Unlike its predecessor Veeam Endpoint Backup 1.5, which was focused on Windows-based endpoints, Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows 2.0 can help ensure the Availability of your Windows-based workstations and servers no matter where they run – on-premises data centers, remote or home offices, in the public cloud – or even if they spend most of their time in airplanes, as yours truly.

What’s next? Grab your copy of the public beta – and be sure to share your comments, feedback as well as use cases in the comments or in the official forum!

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  • rms2

    This “remote configuration” means that we will be able to schedule Veeam Agent jobs from Veeam Backup & Replication console?

    • Dmitry Popov

      Hi, It’s not possible to configure backup job via Veeam B&R. However, we Veeam Agent for Windows has an API which allows Import/Export backup job configuration as an XML.

      • Chris Parker

        Hi, Dmitry. Will I be able to control the configuration via PowerShell from the client?

        • Clint Wyckoff

          Chris- The configuration is exported out from a command line interface into the XML file that Dima mentioned. With that XML you can then apply the backup configuration across all your servers / workstations. You’ll be able to automate deployments in smaller environments using the existing software deployment tools like SCCM. In larger environments, they’ll benefit from Veeam Availability Console.

          • regnor

            Are there plans to integrate configuration in the Veeam Backup Console? At the moment VAW is still 50:50 standalone.

          • Clint Wyckoff

            We are constantly evaluating feedback from our customers and partners, unfortunately there is nothing that I can commit to publicly.

          • regnor

            Great; so a big +1 for central management and deployment 😉

          • Dmitry Popov

            Thanks for pushing! We keep tracking this request very attentively 😉

    • There is also good news for mobile users. You need to ensure their backups can complete even when they’re away from the corporate network – and we’ve delivered the same functionality in the best way possible! The new functionality called Backup Cache will allow for scheduled incremental backups to complete to a local folder even when the primary backup target is temporarily unreachable

  • What are the versions of Windows that are supported by this agent?

    • Clint Wyckoff

      The Windows OS’ that are supported are as follows:
      • Microsoft Windows 7 SP1
      • Microsoft Windows 8.x
      • Microsoft Windows 10
      • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
      • Microsoft Windows Server 2012
      • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2
      • Microsoft Windows Server 2016

  • Farhan

    I have registered but still can’t locate the link to download Veeam Agent for Windows (Beta)

    • Clint Wyckoff

      Farhan- The invitations to download are going out in a phased, batch based approach. If you’ve registered you’ll be getting the link very shortly.

  • Stuart

    HI, I’ve been waiting over 24 hours since registering, but nothing has come through. Also can I ask if this Agent can be used in conjunction with Veeam Cloud Provider?

    • Clint Wyckoff

      Yes – Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows can be backed up to a Cloud Connect based Backup Repository – You should check take a look at the Veeam Availability Console / Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows demo we just did at Tech Field Day – https://vimeo.com/groups/techfieldday/videos/202229033

      VCSP’s will absolutely be able to offer BaaS or even just remote, monitoring and management of on-premises or even cloud based deployments of the Agent.

    • Clint Wyckoff

      We’re staging the emails that provide the download link in batches.

      • Stuart

        Still waiting!

        • JedixJarf

          It’s a free beta lol, chillax bro.

  • Brent Davis

    Will I be able to schedule multiple/different backups? Right now the free version only allows for one scheduled backup. Would I be able to schedule say SQL backup at one time, and then schedule the filesystem backup for another time?

    • Clint Wyckoff

      Brent-
      In VAW 2.0 there is a single job however you will be able to schedule the log backup for SQL and Oracle within that job at much greater frequency – ie – every 15 minutes.

      • Brent Davis

        Is more scheduling control already on the roadmap?

        • Clint Wyckoff

          We are constantly evaluating feedback from our customers and partners, unfortunately there is nothing that I can commit to publicly.

          On a sidenote, in VAW2.0 you can do ad-hoc standalone full backups. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d7c030353f0f8aae632d6d40ee9b6586bf63dd9dc01fc3804f96b7bed7433350.png

        • Andrew Zhelezko

          Brent, have you tried to use a license (Server edition) that is coming with beta version? Mentioning that because using it will help you to utilize advanced scheduling (aka VBR scheduler)

          • Brent Davis

            I have downloaded the beta but have not been able to explore much on it just yet. I plan to this week. Thanks!

    • Dmitry Popov

      Hi Brent,

      VAW 2.0 still has a single backup job. However, transaction log backup for SQL (server edition), has different job schedule. Like in VBR transaction log backup is scheduled to run every ‘X interval’.

      P.S. There is a hack to swap backup job configuration via API. That may be possible workaround if you want to schedule multiple jobs with multiple sources.

  • TSA

    I did a backup to Veeam Backup Repositories. To test a full restore, I booted from Veeam Recovery Media. However, I cannot find a way to connect back to Veeam Backup Repositories to restore the image!
    How can I do that?

    • Clint Wyckoff

      When you boot the recovery media you’re prompted to choose your backup location. The options are Local Storage or Network storage. When you choose Network storage and Next – You’re then prompted to choose whether the file stored on a VBR Repository or Cloud Connect Repository. Give that a try?

      • TSA

        I did, and it worked like a charm…
        One more question, Is it possible to manage VAW job from VBR console, like editing…?!
        TIA

        • Dmitry Popov

          Hi TSA,

          > I configured email notification for testing! Now I can’t uncheck “Success” & “Warning” nor click “Test Message”! Access denied.

          Described behavior is unexpected. Please open a case and share the case ID.

          >One more question, Is it possible to manage VAW job from VBR console, like editing…?!

          Unfortunately, is not possible.

  • Jon Anderson

    I have the beta. I see that I can back up to a cloud repository, and I want to do that, but I also want a local backup to a USB drive. Is this possible? I don’t see an option for this.

  • Brent Davis

    From what I understood this version is supposed to support Exchange server backups now. I don’t see an Exchange option on the application away processing option, only to process the transactions logs. How do I go about backing up Exchange?
    Unless I am looking in the wrong places, I haven’t found any technical documentation about this version yet.

    • Clint Wyckoff

      Bent- When a backup occurs with VAW we utilize VSS and have ported over the Application Aware Image Processing (AAIP) engine from Veeam Backup & Replication. So when an Exchange Server backup occurs we will properly use VSS to place the Exchange servers in backup mode and then upon completion we’ll automatically truncate the logs – this is all able to be done with the SYSTEM account. However, with SQL, Oracle and SharePoint these will likely not have given the SYSTEM account the necessary permissions so in the UI you can specify alternate credentials to those other instances. With the AAIP you can then use tools like Veeam Explorer for Microsoft Exchange to perform individual item level recovery from your Exchange Server backups.

  • Bill

    Terrible naming idea. Can this product backup a server as a completely standalone product? Or is it actually an AGENT that requires a full veeam server somewhere in the environment? AGENTS don’t do anything on their own generally.

    • Clint Wyckoff

      Bill- Yes, this product can be used independently to protect servers, cloud instances or workstations. These backups can be placed on local (not recommended) or to external disk and network based targets. Alternatively, you could target a Veeam Backup & Replication or Cloud Connect Repository.

  • Игорь Афонин

    Can veeam backup get the working copy of wde/fle disk. We are using kaspersky wde. Please say veeam can.

    • Dmitry Popov

      Privet,

      If the disk is unlocked during OS boot – it should be possible to take a VSS snapshot and create a backup. VAW is in beta, so if it’s possible, please test the backup and share the results with us at https://forums.veeam.com/veeam-agent-for-windows-f33/

  • SteveV

    Any targets regarding when you would like the beta testing to be complete and GA released. I mean – I to understand that beta testing needs its time and bugs that might be found need to be fixed, but do you have any terms in the roadmap?
    And one additional question – do you plan to include the functionality of VAW to VB&R, instead of giving opportunity to partially manage it by VB&R?
    Thank you!

    • Dmitry Popov

      Hi SteveV,

      VAW 2.0 GA is planned at the end of Q1. Agent management looks like a Veeam B&R feature and we are considering it for the future B&R version. Thank you!

  • ND4X

    What is the targeted price of the Windows Server Agent?

  • Liquid Dreams

    Could you please share some of your experiences with using the beta agent to backup physical Active Directory servers.

    • Dmitry Popov

      Hello,

      Its fully supported (Windows 2008 R2 and above). Keep in mind that server edition is required to process AD items and perform application item recovery of AD items via Veeam Explorer for Active Directory.

  • Gary

    Hello, do you know if backing up my agent to a VB&R target through an external DNS name or IP is implemented? Currently, when I setup VAW to backup to a VB&R server over the internet, the backup job fails to transport data. I can setup the backup job fine – it is able to see the repository and authenticate against the server. The failure occurs when running the job and VAW tries to connect to the transport service over port 2500. VAW attempts to connect to the internal LAN IP addresses of the VB&R server rather than the specified DNS name in the job, which I find odd.

    I am running VB&R 9.5 u1 and using VAW 2.0 (beta).

    • Dmitry Popov

      Hi Gary,

      If agent and backup server are located on separate sites you have two options. First, to configure direct access from VAW site to Veeam B&R repository site. Keep in mind that you can setup a local repository at agent site and run backup directly to such repository. Second option would be to use VAW in conjunction with Veeam Cloud Connect (or Veeam Cloud Connect for Enterprise) license on VBR side. In such case you can use direct backup to cloud connect repository option on every agent.

  • Richard Graber

    Will the released agent allow multiple jobs and will it provide for backup to tape?

    • Hi Richard,
      Multiple jobs are not foreseen in the next version, but you can find a workaround on our forums (through PowerShell). Backup to tape can work if you backup to a Veeam Backup & Replication repository and after that do a backup to tape job

      • Richard Graber

        That’s unfortunate. I understood that the Windows version would have the same features as the Linux version, and I am in the process of choosing between Veeam (which I like quite a bit) and Acronis Advanced Backup 1.7 for both virtual and physical servers.

        • Dmitry Popov

          Hi Richard,

          Only one backup job is supported via UI. We are currently testing the ability to import/export multiple job configurations via configuration API as a possible workaround. Thanks.

    • Richard Graber

      Any chance at all for multiple backups, e.g., and domain controller that is running SQL server: I need to back up each separately.

  • Richard Graber

    Is it true that restore to VM is only to Hyper-V and not to VMware vSphere?

    • Clint Wyckoff

      Richard-
      This is statement is untrue. There are many restore options available for Veeam Agent for Windows.

      1.) Instant Recovery to a Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machine.
      2.) Export the disk contents to either VMDK, VHDX or VHD file. These can then be attached to an empty VM and booted up.
      3.) Perform bare metal recovery to your hypervisor of choice.
      4.) Direct Restore to Microsoft Azure.
      5.) Individual File Level Recovery just as you can today with a Veeam Backup & Replication backup.

      Here is a screen grab of the virtual hard disk export option as an example.

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2fff54159af5df19e5244e0b1698bfb99c8f68760960fe47b61564fa6a63f12c.png

      • Richard Graber

        Can you respond to my other question: will the released version of Agent for Windows allow multiple jobs to be sceduled, like one of AD and files, and a second one of Exchange?

        • Clint Wyckoff

          Hey Richard- This question was answered below.

          • Richard Graber

            Are you confirming that I cannot, through the UI, submit both an OS/fileserver backup and one specifically for Exchange? Is that the answer below that you are referring to?

  • chazTMBridge

    sounds like a good product, but i need to also backup some server data to a remote location over the WAN…i’m guessing this product will not assist me here?

    • Clint Wyckoff

      Absolutely! VAW can backup to many different storage types – Local Storage, Shared Folder, VB&R or Cloud Connect. The local storage is obviously locally attached and the Shared or VB&R option need to be accessible via the network to the agents. The Cloud Connect option removes any requirement for a VPN / MPLS connection and leverages a secure TLS connection to the remote / cloud backup target.

      The paid editions support a new feature, Backup Cache. This feature allows devices that are disconnected from the network to continue to be protected – ensuring their RPO is met – when the device is reconnected the restore points will automatically synchronize with the repository device.

      • chazTMBridge

        Thanks Clint. does the VAW do any kind of compression or deduplication for backing up over the WAN to some shared storage on another site? I understand VBackup and Replication Enterprise offers WAN Accelerators…

        • Dmitry Popov

          VAW has built-in compression and deduplication since v1. If you are interested in WAN acceleration you can use VBR repository as a target and then WAN accelerated backup copy job.

  • Vijeth Hegde

    Hi Clint,

    One of our customer is waiting for this full version since December, please let me know by when would get this released?

    Regards
    -Vijeth

    • Clint Wyckoff

      Vijeth- We are very close, the team is busy finalizing everything. The best answer is its ready when its ready (TM) 😉

  • Nate Stokes

    Will there be any of the features that use ReFS for more efficient I/O like Synthetic Full Backup in the free edition? I have a home lab and have been searching for good backup software that can utilize the benefits of ReFS. I’ve been told that Endpoint/Agent is a great free solution but it seems like the features that utilize ReFS are only in the costly enterprise versions?

    • Clint Wyckoff

      Nate- The paid editions of Veeam Agent for Windows (Workstation & Server) will have the ability to have scheduled Synthetic full backups. When the Agent is targeting an ReFS v3.1 formatted target (NOT a VBR Repository) the operations will be offloaded using the Block Clone API just like is done in VBR 9.5.

  • Asterm

    Hi Clint,

    How about VAW 2.0 support for HP software raids such as HPE SmartArray B320i? I have Windows Server 2012 R2 installed on 320i array (HP BL420c Gen8 server). According to my previous experience, similar software like Acronis Backup and Recovery can not restore images that were taken during booted OS because recovery bootable media does not recognize storage array (actually there is a workaround to ingest drivers into bootable media but it is really a but-hurt). Does VAW 2.0 bootable media capable restoring to HPE SmartArray 320i or other similar arrays out of the box?

    • Clint Wyckoff

      Asterm- I have personally not tested this configuration so I cannot say for certain if the correct drivers would be captured. I would suggest downloading the GA product in a trial and testing it out for yourself in a mini-Proof of Concept.

      When you create the recovery media there is also the option for including additional storage and network hardware drivers so they are injected within that .ISO image. That is not ideal as you mention but it would only need to be done once.

  • Qualified Expert

    Hi Veeam team,
    Does the Veeam Agent for windows 2.0 (https://go.veeam.com/promo-hybrid-cloud) can also be used longer than one year ?

    • Polina Vasileva

      Hi Qualified Expert,
      Yes. 1 year is a promotional period. At the end of the promotional period you can simply purchase a new subscription license and continue to use the product.

      • Qualified Expert

        @polinavasileva:disqus thanks for the clarification.
        So what happened if I want to stay on the Free edition, do I just use it with minimal or reduced feature or is it completely stopped.

        • Polina Vasileva

          If you don’t renew the subscription, you can continue to use the product in its Free edition (with limited functionality). The features comparison is presented in the table above in the blog. Hope this helps )

  • Wang Zachary

    I tried to backup a physical box then restore it as a Hyper-V VM, but no succeed.
    Issue I had is that:
    I have Veeam backup server and one NAS is in the Central site
    The physical box and another NAS is in the remote site
    Veeam Windows agent does not allow me to backup the Physical box to the NAS in the remote site.
    I do not want to backup the physical box to the NAS of the Central site then restore back to the Hyper-V box in the remote site which may take quite a lot of time.

    • Clint Wyckoff

      Wang-
      What is the problem with backing your physical server to the NAS at the remote site?

  • esmith69

    Why does it say the download should begin shortly, click here if it doesn’t, and then that takes you back to the download page? I really need to get this product in use as the free product just isn’t cutting it.

    • Polina Vasileva

      Hi @esmith69:disqus,
      Just checked and for me everything works well. It’d be easier to investigate your issue, if you could share the screenshot. Thanks!

    • Thomas Herrera

      Use a different browser. Did the same for me when first using Opera. Worked wit FireFox.

  • Polina Vasileva

    Hi @rrosko:disqus
    The web team is on this now. Thank you for the feedback and sorry for the inconvenience.

  • L.Kafetzopoulos

    GoodMorning, when are you planning to release the final version?

    • Dmitry Popov

      We have an RTM code now (you can get it via community forums), so code should go GA very soon. Stay tuned for announcements.