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NEW Veeam Backup Essentials 9.5

includes Veeam Backup & Replication and Veeam ONE

FAQ: 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 smaller businesses at a savings of up to 60%, and is limited to environments of up to 6 CPU sockets or 30 VMs only (typically found in companies with fewer than 250 employees).

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

What’s new in Veeam Backup Essentials?

The latest release of Veeam Backup Essentials offers customers the ability to manage and protect ALL workloads — virtual, physical, cloud — from a single Veeam pane of glass. It also features new strategic partnerships and storage integrations with IBM Spectrum Virtualize and Lenovo Storage V Series to lower RTOs and RPOs, plus new data management, analytics and compliance reporting for physical and cloud-based workloads.

Learn more about the new features!

How do I purchase Veeam Backup Essentials?

Customers can purchase Veeam Backup Essentials through either a perpetual or a subscription license.

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

Subscription licenses are available in one- to five-year licenses for 10 to 30 VMs, packaged in 5 VM bundles. Organizations must purchase or upgrade to Veeam Backup Essentials 9.5 Update 3 or newer for subscription 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 VMs (in 5 VM bundles) through a subscription 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 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.


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 24x7 Production Support.

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

Subscription licenses of Veeam Backup Essentials are licensed per VM, for 10 to 30 VMs and packaged in 5 VM bundles. There are one- to five-year subscription licenses available, and customers can choose to purchase the entire subscription up front, or pay annually.

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 or VMs.
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 Enterprise Manager.

This requirement applies to all Veeam Backup & Replication™ deployments, including multi-hypervisor environments. For example, if you have allocated 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 30 VMs?

You have three 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 out grown 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).

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 / 25 VMs 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 VMs 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 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 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.