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Free ESXi for VMware is not supported

KB ID: 1435
Product: Veeam Backup & Replication
Version: All
Published: 2011-12-14
Last Modified: 2021-07-13
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Challenge

A job fails with the error:
Your Veeam Backup license does not allow processing of free ESXi.

Cause

As detailed in the Platform Support page of the User Guide:
Free ESXi is not supported. Veeam Backup & Replication leverages vSphere and vStorage APIs that VMware disables in free ESXi.

Solution

Install a VMware license that provides vSphere and vStorage APIs.
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