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FAQ on Veeam Backup Essentials

What is Veeam Backup Essentials?

Veeam® Backup Essentials™ delivers the same reliable benefits of Veeam Availability Suite™ but is specially priced for small businesses at a savings of up to 60% or more, and limited to virtual environments of up to 6 CPU sockets only (typically found in companies with fewer than 250 employees).

Veeam Backup Essentials has 3 product editions – Standard, Enterprise and Enterprise Plus – providing the same functionality as Veeam Availability Suite.

What’s new in Veeam Backup Essentials?

Veeam Backup Essentials 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 the new features!

How do I purchase Veeam Backup Essentials?

Customers purchase Veeam Backup Essentials in 2-socket bundles for vSphere or Hyper-V environments with maximum of 6 CPU sockets. To purchase, please contact your preferred reseller, find a Veeam reseller in your area, or place an inquiry with Veeam Sales.

Is there a limit to the number of 2-socket bundles of Veeam Backup Essentials I can purchase?

Organizations may purchase up to three 2-socket bundles, for a total of 6 CPU sockets, of Veeam Backup Essentials.

Veeam defines an organization as:

A company, a remote office/branch office (ROBO) or a department with a unique decision-maker within a company who can purchase licenses.

Does Veeam Backup Essentials for VMware require VMware vSphere Essentials?

No, but it does require a VMware vSphere license with unlocked "vStorage APIs" and "vAAI" features (at least VMware vSphere Essentials).

Is the price for Veeam Backup Essentials for Hyper-V the same price as Veeam Backup Essentials for VMware?

Yes. Veeam maintains price parity across hypervisors, which also facilitates swapping bundles of Veeam Backup Essentials between hypervisors.

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

Organizations can purchase 2-socket bundles for any mix of hypervisors. For example, an organization may purchase one 2-socket bundle of Veeam Backup Essentials for Hyper-V and two 2-socket bundles of Veeam Backup Essentials for VMware. An organization may also swap licenses between hypervisors (on a 2-socket basis), should it change hypervisor platforms at some future time. Please note that licenses purchased through the online store are not eligible for swapping between hypervisor platforms.

How do I know whether I’m eligible to purchase additional bundles of Veeam Backup Essentials?

You can open a licensing case at Veeam Customer Portal. If you have reached your purchase limit for Veeam Backup Essentials, Veeam makes it easy for you to upgrade to Veeam Availability Suite, which supports virtual environments of any size.


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

How is Veeam Backup Essentials licensed?

Licenses for Veeam Backup Essentials are purchased on a perpetual basis with basic or production maintenance, or a subscription license which includes Production 24x7 support.

Veeam Backup Essentials is licensed in 2-socket bundles 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.

Veeam is agentless, so there are no agents to license and manage as well.

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.

Is there a single license file for Veeam Backup Essentials?

Yes, you get a single license file that you install and that license file contains two components (Veeam Backup & Replication and Veeam ONE).

Can I merge my Veeam Backup Essentials license with the licenses for my other Veeam products?

No. Because Veeam Backup Essentials provides special bundled pricing, the products cannot be unbundled and combined with individually licensed products.


What do I do when my virtual environment grows beyond 6 sockets?

You have two upgrade options: Veeam Availability Suite and Veeam Backup & Replication. Both options are offered for the difference in price between the product you’re upgrading from (Veeam Backup Essentials) to the price of the product you’re upgrading to (either Veeam Availability Suite or Veeam Backup & Replication).

It is recommended that organizations currently holding licenses for Veeam Backup Essentials and any individually licensed Veeam product contact a Veeam Sales representative to discuss appropriate upgrade options.

What happens to my Veeam ONE license when I upgrade from Veeam Backup Essentials to Veeam Backup & Replication?

When you upgrade from Veeam Backup Essentials to Veeam Backup & Replication, your Veeam ONE license is invalidated, and you are no longer eligible for support or maintenance for Veeam ONE. You are required to sign and submit a Letter of Destruction for Veeam ONE, and you should discontinue use of it.

I currently own Veeam Availability Suite or Veeam Backup & Replication (for 3 sockets or less). Can I convert to Veeam Backup Essentials?

Yes, there are product conversion SKUs available. These SKUs will allow customers who have purchased Veeam Availability Suite or Veeam Backup & Replication (for 3 or less sockets) convert to the equivalent product edition of Veeam Backup Essentials. No Letter of Destruction is required. To request conversion to Veeam Backup Essentials, please contact Veeam sales or your preferred ProPartner.

I currently own Veeam Backup & Replication (or Veeam ONE). Can I buy Veeam Backup Essentials?

Current Veeam Backup & Replication or Veeam ONE customers are not allowed to purchase Veeam Backup Essentials. These customers should either upgrade to Veeam Availability Suite  or purchase additional licenses for the single products.

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?

You will need a new license file, even if you do not plan to upgrade your edition. Please visit the Veeam Licensing Portal to download a new 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, included in Veeam Backup Essentials, 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.

My organization currently owns Veeam Backup Essentials (6 sockets or less). Can I buy licenses of Veeam Availability Suite or Veeam Backup & Replication?

Yes. However, to get a merged key (which would include Essentials licenses) customers should either upgrade those licenses to Veeam Availability Suite or Veeam Backup & Replication.

Do you have more questions?

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