A couple of months ago, we announced a new solution called Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE. In December, we released the beta version of this software to the world. The interest in this beta software was overwhelming and we had a huge amount of testers, with more than 22,000 registered users and almost 20,000 downloads of our beta.

Today, we are proud to announce the GA (general availability) of Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE!

The solution

Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE is a standalone solution that helps you protect Windows endpoints. It is a data-protection and disaster-recovery solution for physical machines (endpoints). Protecting an entire endpoint, protecting specific volumes or individual folders are all possibilities with Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE. As always, though, while protecting your data may be one thing, it’s the restore and the restore possibilities that matter!

Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE supports Microsoft Windows 7 SP1 or later, and Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 or later (up to Windows 8.1 and Windows 2012 R2).

And the best part? It is completely free!

Backup

Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE is an image-level backup tool that stores backups in the VBK format already familiar to Veeam Backup & Replication™ users. What makes it unique though, is being able to perform a forever incremental backup without requiring a changed block tracking (CBT) file system driver. This really helps with stability for typical endpoints, which usually have tons of potentially conflicting third-party software installed, while still providing great incremental backup performance.

There are two backup types available in Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE. A volume-level backup, which can be the entire endpoint, or selected volumes and a file-level backup. Volume-level backup protects all data or content on specified volumes and is generally faster than backing up the same data at a file-level. File-level backup, however, allows you to select individual files and folders to backup and includes the possibility of adding file masks for exclusions or inclusions. Regardless of which option you choose, the resulting backup will be in the form of an image that contains the data you’ve selected for protection.

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You can save your backups to different type of locations such as removable storage devices, network shares or a Veeam Backup repository. NOTE: You’ll need Veeam Backup & Replication v8 Update 2 for this option which will be available in April.

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There are a few more settings that you can define while configuring your backup policy through the wizard. One of the important items is how long you want to keep your restore points. NOTE: The wizard will keep your restore points during the chosen amount of days, but only when the computer was powered on. This means that if you decided to keep 5 restore points, but took a vacation and shut down your computer for 10 days, your previous restore points will not be removed because they were older than 5 days! You will always have 5 days of restore points, which could be far more than 5 restore points, depending on your schedule and if your computer was turned on!

And speaking of schedules, they are very flexible. First, we support a daily backup (and we will even wake up your computer to take one, and then put it back to sleep – or shut it down – if you chose to do so). Additionally, Veeam Endpoint Backup provides a unique ability to execute backup at specific events such as at lock, at log off, and when backup storage is connected. You can also limit the frequency of backup, as some of the triggers– such as computer lock – can happen a few times every hour.

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After configuration, your first backup will be a full backup, and every other backup will be an incremental backup (unless you chose the standalone full backup option to perform an ad hoc backup).

It’s all about restore

Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE supports a huge variety of granular restore options. First, you can perform volume-level restore or file-level restore. Note that you can always use file-level restore, even when you have performed a volume-level backup, BUT you can’t perform a volume-level restore when you have selected a file-level backup.

Volume-level backup will allow you to restore an entire volume to the same or new location, but it has a few limitations. You cannot restore the system volume to its original location when the windows operating system is running. To restore the system volume or an entire computer, you will need to boot into the recovery environment first (read on).

File-level restore will mount the backup and open the built-in Veeam Backup Browser so you can restore your files easily.

On top of that, integration with Veeam Backup & Replication adds even more restore options:

  • You can export physical disk contents from your backup into VMDK, VHD and VHDX disk files.
  • And, when backing up a server, you can even restore application items from backup files with Veeam Explorers™ for Microsoft Active Directory, Exchange, SharePoint and SQL Server

What about Bare Metal Recovery (BMR) though, especially to dissimilar hardware? Yes, we do that too with the help of an important component:

Veeam Recovery Media

Whether you are protecting volumes or your entire computer, you will certainly benefit from the recovery appliance. Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE allows you to create a recovery image of your computer on different kinds of media such as USB flash drives, SD cards, CD, DVD, BD, ISO images and more.

Veeam Recovery Media can then boot your computer with a Windows RE running from the bootable media, and NOT the one on your computer. At that time, you can restore an entire computer or specific volumes from your backups.

The coolest part about this Veeam Recovery Media is that it includes the drivers installed on your computer when creating the media and that you have the possibility to add drivers whenever necessary. The network and storage drivers will be then automatically loaded when starting the recovery environment, which will make the restore process as smooth as possible. If the recovery media does not include your required drivers, you can, of course, manually load drivers as you go.

But Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE doesn’t stop here! We’ve included the image-based recovery tool to allow you to restore a computer system image that’s been created with the built-in Microsoft Windows tools and an entire section with handy utilities for advanced computer administration. These are tools such as the local-user account password-reset tool or a memory diagnostic utility.

RecoveryMedia

Support

We already said it is a free product, but that doesn’t mean there is no support at all. Every free product from Veeam comes with the free product support policy, which you can read here: http://www.veeam.com/files/veeam_software_support_policy.pdf

And on top of that, we have included a very simple procedure to submit an issue: you can do that with just a few clicks within the product’s control panel. After registering your email the first time (only need to do this once), you can start submitting your issues and our system will also automatically collect and upload the Veeam Endpoint Backup logs for your convenience.

Veeam Backup & Replication integration

If you are running Veeam Backup & Replication, you will be able to choose a Veeam Backup & Replication repository as a backup location. This unlocks some great functionality.

Through the Veeam Backup & Replication server, you will be able to perform monitoring of all incoming endpoint backup jobs, and receive email notifications for your endpoint job statuses. We also provide basic endpoint job management capabilities, such as enabling or disabling certain endpoint backup jobs, or managing access to your backup repository by setting the permissions on the corresponding repository for individual users and groups.

Storing backups in Veeam backup repositories also adds a few important features related to data loss avoidance. For example, you can encrypt your backups stored in a Veeam backup repository, or send your endpoint backups to tape or offsite through Backup to Tape and Backup Copy jobs, respectively.

And if you want automated offsite protection, but do not have your own DR site, Veeam Backup & Replication v8 U2 fully supports Backup Copy of endpoint backups to a Veeam Cloud Connect partner of your choice.

Conclusion

Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE is a great standalone solution to protect Microsoft Windows endpoints. It gives you the possibility to protect files, folders, volumes or your entire computer very easily, at an unbeatable price (FREE!) and with the very same reliability you’ve come to expect from Veeam, which is something we would never be able to achieve in v1 without the huge involvement of our 10,000+ beta testers. (Thank you!)

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For more information, join us on April 30th or watch the video.

Here is more in-depth information about the different features of Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE:

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    • Scott Robinson

      Any word on how or when this will integrated into the regular B&R suite? Being able to backup non-VM based data and have it integrated into the regular Veeam infrastructure is pretty big..

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      • http://www.veeam.com/ Mike Resseler

        Scott, you can choose a Veeam Backup & Replication repository as a target in Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE. That will give you additional possibilities (email notification, all jobs in the B&R console view, backup copy jobs, cloud connect and so on… There is already a short movie about it on the website (http://www.veeam.com/endpoint-backup-free.html) and more in-depth demo recording is coming

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        • Gary Chrisman

          Unfortunately you need Update 2 to talk to a Veeam repository but it isn’t available yet.

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          • http://www.veeam.com/ Mike Resseler

            That’s correct. But it will be here soon. As Anton Gostev stated, by the end of this month it should be released, including full vSphere 6 support for Veeam Backup & Replication

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            • Neadom Tucker

              Ok so Update 2 should be out by May?

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            • http://www.veeam.com/ Mike Resseler

              Yes, and I am still hoping just before the start of May 😉

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            • mlevkina

              Hi @neadomtucker:disqus, all updates including Update 2 are available at http://www.veeam.com/updates.html

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    • Marco Varisco

      Will it integrate also with Veeam Backup Essentials?

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      • http://www.veeam.com/ Mike Resseler

        Yes it will, but as you can read below, stay tuned for Update 2 🙂

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    • Omar AbdelGhaffar Al-Dweik

      can i use it to backup my Exchange Mailbox Server With DAG
      “MBX Role installed in VM”

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      • http://www.veeam.com/ Mike Resseler

        We haven’t tested this, but I don’t think it should be a problem. But if it is a VM, why not backup it with a virtualization backup solution?

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    • Isaac Cheng

      Does Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE work for Windows 10? If so, what favors/editions of Windows 10 have been tested Bare Metal Recovery (BMR)?

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      • http://www.veeam.com/ Mike Resseler

        Hi Isaac,
        Yes it does. We have released version 1.1 a couple of weeks ago (this is now the standard download) which was 4 days after the GA release of W10. All versions are supported (at least the desktop versions) for BMR.

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    • Patry Slagboom

      Does Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE support CBT so that when 1 byte changes in a 30GB .pst file it won’t have to backup the whole file again.

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      • http://www.veeam.com/ Mike Resseler

        Patry, it depends. When you are using the file-level backup method, it doesn’t because it is file-based. When you are doing full computer or volume backup (that holds the PST), then yes. Also note you can use a hybrid approach. For example, your c-drive as a volume backup and the D-drive as a file-level backup. Hope it answers your question

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        • Patry Slagboom

          Ok nice to hear. Do you now that, if I select the veeam backup repository (a NAS) in the backup job, all the data passes the veeam backup server or if it is send directly to the NAS.

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    • Isaac Cheng

      Hi Mike,

      Veeam Endpoint Backup works great for Windows 10. BMR has never failed. Every time after BMR completed, it waited for me to answer “Yes” for reboot/restart. Is it possible to make BMR automatically reboot when it completes? Ideally, I’d like to start BMR and walk away; the machine will be back to business without my presence. Thanks.

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      • http://www.veeam.com/ Mike Resseler

        Isaac,
        Unfortunately that is something which doesn’t work at this point in time. But never say never with Veeam :-). Please propose this at forums.veeam.com under the VEB subforum so that our developpers and PM’s can read this. We are actively reading on the forum and participating in conversations! Thanks, Mike

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    • Mikko Heinoja

      Can I backup Exchange server with VEB and use Veeam Explorer for Exchange with that backup? Or do I need to use VEB for restore whole server?

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      • http://www.veeam.com/ Mike Resseler

        Hi Mikko,
        when you save your backup to a Veeam Backup & Replication repository, you are able to use the explorers such as the exchange one without any issues. If you don’t save it to a Veeam Backup & Replication repository, you need to combine VEB with VBR free edition to do the same
        Cheers
        Mike

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        • Mikko Heinoja

          Thanks for quick reply. Yes I have VBR and I was plannign to use VBR repository for backup.

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          • http://www.veeam.com/ Mike Resseler

            Perfect, then you will be able to select the VEB backups in the repository and use the explorers to recover!

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            • Mikko Heinoja

              brilliant!

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    Mike Resseler
    Author: Mike Resseler
    Mike Resseler is a Product Strategy Specialist for Veeam. Mike is focused on technologies around Hyper-V and System Center. With years of experience in the field he presents on many occasions on large events such as MMS, TechEd and TechDays. Mike has... 

    Published: April 14, 2015