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NEW Veeam Backup Essentials 9.5

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FAQ: Veeam Backup Essentials

What is Veeam Backup Essentials?

Veeam® Backup Essentials™ delivers fast, reliable and affordable backup and recovery for ALL workloads — virtual, physical and cloud (including VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper‑V) — from a single management console. It combines the backup, restore and replication capabilities of Veeam Backup & Replication™ with the advanced monitoring, reporting and capacity planning functionality of Veeam ONE™. Designed for smaller businesses with less than 250 employees and environments no larger than 6 CPU sockets or 30 instances, Veeam Backup Essentials delivers the same enterprise-level functionality as Veeam Availability Suite™ with a savings of up to 60%.

Veeam Backup Essentials is offered in three product editions — Standard, Enterprise and Enterprise Plus.

What’s new in Veeam Backup Essentials?

The latest release of Veeam Backup Essentials redefines cloud data management by offering customers the ability to manage and protect ALL workloads — virtual, physical and cloud! It provides:

  • Up to 10x savings on long-term data retention costs using native object storage integration with Veeam Cloud TierNEW
  • Achieve easy portability and recovery of ANY on-premises or cloud-based workloads to AWS, Azure and Azure Stack with Veeam Cloud MobilityNEW
  • Increased security and compliance, including GDPR and malware prevention, with Veeam DataLabs™ ENHANCED 
  • Reduced management and support costs through proactive resolution of configuration problems with Veeam ONE Intelligent Diagnostics
  • Support for Microsoft Windows 2019
  • RBAC support for VMware vSphere
  • And much more!

Learn more about the new features!

How do I purchase Veeam Backup Essentials?

Customers can purchase Veeam Backup Essentials through either a perpetual or an instance license (a subscription-style license that’s portable).

Perpetual licenses are purchased per socket and come in 2-socket bundles up to a maximum of 6 CPU sockets.

Instance licenses are available in one- to five-year licenses for 10 to 30 instances, packaged in 5 instance bundles. Organizations must purchase or upgrade to Veeam Backup Essentials 9.5 Update 3 or newer for instance licensing.

To purchase, please contact your preferred reseller, find a Veeam reseller in your area or place an inquiry with Veeam sales.

If I am using Veeam Backup Essentials for my VMware environment, does it also 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 there a difference in price for using Veeam Backup Essentials for VMware vSphere environments in comparison to Microsoft Hyper-V environments?
No, Veeam maintains price parity across hypervisors.
What if my virtual environment includes both VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V?
Veeam licenses are not hypervisor-specific. You can purchase 2-socket bundles on a perpetual basis (up to a maximum of 6 sockets) or between 10 to 30 instances (in 5-instance bundles) through an instance license and utilize them for any mix of hypervisors.
How do I know whether I’m eligible to purchase additional bundles of Veeam Backup Essentials?
You can open a licensing case at the 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 environments of any size.
Is Veeam Backup Essentials available for Veeam Cloud & Service Provider (VCSP) usage?
No. VCSP partners are welcome to obtain an instance or perpetual license of Veeam Backup Essentials, however, they may not use it to manage or protect third-party data.
What is Veeam Backup & Replication Community Edition?

Veeam Backup & Replication Community Edition offers an excellent introduction to the features and functionality of Veeam Backup & Replication. The Community Edition delivers the same functionality as Veeam Backup & Replication Standard Edition at no cost for up to 10 instances.

Compare the features of Veeam Backup & Replication Community Edition.

How does Veeam Backup Essentials compare to Veeam Backup & Replication Community Edition?
While Veeam Backup & Replication Community Edition offers users an excellent, free of charge introduction to the features and functionalities of Veeam Backup & Replication, it is limited to 10 instances with functionality comparable to Veeam Backup & Replication’s Standard Edition. Further, users cannot benefit from Veeam Customer Support, upgrade Community Edition to the more feature-rich edition options (i.e. Enterprise or Enterprise Plus), and it does not include the monitoring, reporting and capacity planning functionality of Veeam ONE. In comparison, Veeam Backup Essentials offers SMBs the same functionality as Veeam’s flagship product, Veeam Availability Suite, by including both Veeam Backup & Replication and Veeam ONE at a significantly discounted price. It can be purchased in all three editions (Standard, Enterprise, or Enterprise Plus), comes with Basic Support for the first year, and can be licensed for use for up to 6 CPU sockets or 30 instances, making it an excellent choice for SMBs requiring additional robust functionality and support for growing environments larger than 10 instances.


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

Veeam Backup Essentials can be purchased in two ways:

  1. Using a perpetual, per-socket license with basic or production maintenance
  2. Through use of a portable instance license, which includes 24x7 Production Support.

Certain features may be offered only with instance licensing due to the nature of the environment or workload.

Perpetual licenses of Veeam Backup Essentials are licensed in CPU sockets (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.

Instance licenses of Veeam Backup Essentials are portable subscription licenses sold in bundles of  10 to 30 instances, and packaged in 5-instance bundles. There are one- to five-year instance licensing terms available, and customers can choose to purchase instance license bundles upfront or pay annually. Learn more about portable- instance licensing here.

Note: Target hosts (for replication and migration jobs) do not need to be licensed.    

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).
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 or instances.
Can a customer have more than one edition in an 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 Backup Enterprise Manager.

This requirement applies to all Veeam Backup Essentials deployments, including multi-hypervisor environments and environments that include some perpetual and some instance licenses.

Current customers who wish to upgrade to Enterprise or Enterprise Plus must upgrade all current licenses 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, since Veeam Backup Essentials provides special bundled pricing, the products cannot be unbundled and combined with individually licensed products, including other licenses of Veeam Backup Essentials.
Is there any required action when installing Veeam Backup Essentials 9.5 Update 4?
Yes, existing subscription customers, prior to January 22, 2019, will be required to update their license file upon installing Veeam Backup Essentials 9.5 Update 4. This process will be handled in the user portal. Contact Support for more information.


What do I do when my virtual environment grows beyond 6 sockets / 30 Instances?

You have four options. First, you can license Veeam Backup Essentials perpetually for six sockets to determine if this arrangement provides proper protection for your environment. If your environment has outgrown this scenario, then licensing either Veeam Availability Suite or Veeam Backup & Replication is your best option. Both products 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) and all sockets and instances can be centrally managed. A fourth option is to purchase an additional license of Veeam Backup Essentials and manage this installation separately.

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 if I upgrade from Veeam Backup Essentials to Veeam Backup & Replication?
If 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 / 25 Instances 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 / 25 Instances or less) to 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.
What licensing and installation details are required to manage Linux-based and Windows-based agents from Veeam Backup Essentials?
Utilization of agent management functionality requires the additional installation of the redistributable package of Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows 2.1 or later and / or Veeam Agent for Linux v2 or later with Veeam Backup Essentials. Agent licenses are available on a subscription / instance basis and can be utilized for either Linux- or Microsoft Windows-based workloads.
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 support for my perpetual licenses?
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. Can I buy licenses of Veeam Availability Suite or Veeam Backup & Replication?
Yes, however, to get a merged key (which would include Veeam Backup 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.