A must-have free VM backup for vSphere and Hyper-V
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Whether you are locked in a legacy backup contract or are operating within a tight budget, this free VM backup software can become handy for daily VM management.
Veeam® Backup Free Edition is a must-have free tool for ad hoc virtual machine (VM) backup, restore and management in VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V virtual environments. With no agents to deploy, powerful recovery options and VeeamZIP™, you can get additional flexibility and protection when dealing with yet another important VM.
Have you ever wanted to back up a VM before making changes to it, or cloning VMs just for testing purposes only, or make a compressed archive before you decommission it — just in case? These are just some of reasons why you need this free tool.
Whether you run a test lab or the production environment, Veeam works perfectly with standalone ESXi or Hyper-V hosts as well as in enterprise-level virtual deployments. Are you on a budget or still experimenting with VM backup? Veeam Backup Free Edition is the perfect solution because it’s:
Powerful: Clone, copy, export and manage your VMs; look inside the VM to restore individual application items.
Easy-to-use: No complicated configuration, and no need to power off the VM — It just works!
Free: No limit on the number of hosts or VMs and no expiration date; you can afford it with any budget.
Free backup tool packed with features
In most cases, free backup tools provide very little value, and are time or volume limited. This is not the case with Veeam. Veeam Backup Free Edition is built for virtualization admins and packed with powerful management and recovery features — with no hidden tricks, gimmicks or fees.
VeeamZIP: Backups on-the-fly
VeeamZIP fully encapsulates the VM and makes live ad hoc backups:
Easy: No complicated configuration and no need to pause or power off the VM
CompactENHANCED: Compression and deduplication — as well as swap file, hibernation fileNEW and deleted filesNEW block exclusion to minimize backup size
Portable: Captures all the virtual disks and configuration files needed to restore a VM on any host
VeeamZIP even maintains thin-provisioned disks.
Restore VMs and individual guest files
Veeam Backup Free Edition comes with a full range of restore options, including Instant File-Level Recovery (IFLR). Not only can you restore the full VM or individual VM files, you can also look inside the VM and restore individual guest files. IFLR is available for 19 file systems, including Windows, Linux, Unix, BSD, Mac, Solaris and Novell — for VMs on vSphere and Hyper-V.
Native tape support
With the loss of NTBackup and its exclusion from Windows Server Backup (WSB), you’re missing a key piece of your IT toolbox.
Veeam Backup Free Edition brings this functionality back with support for:
Virtual tape libraries (VTLs)
Standalone tape drives
Microsoft VSS for backing up files from running applications
Unknown Media Changer (via native SCSI commands)NEW
Global Media PoolsNEW
Direct NFS access
Perform vSphere backups faster and with reduced impact on your virtual environment by backing up directly from file-based (NFS) primary storage using Veeam’s proprietary NFS client.
With Veeam Backup Free Edition, you’ll be ready to tackle almost any recovery task that comes your way. Zero in on exactly what you need for quick and easy restores using:
Veeam Explorer™for Microsoft Active DirectoryENHANCED: Restore individual Active Directory objects (e.g., users, groups, computer accounts and contacts) quickly and export Active Directory objects directly from an image-level backup for use with the LDIFDE utility, including primary group IDNEW Learn more
Veeam Explorer for Microsoft ExchangeENHANCED: Get instant visibility into Exchange 2010, 2013 and 2016 backups, advanced search capabilities, and quick recovery of individual Exchange items (e.g., emails, contacts, notes, etc.), Online Archive mailboxes, and hard-deleted (i.e., permanently deleted) items; advanced eDiscovery features include detailed export reports and query results size estimation based on search criteria
Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SharePointENHANCED: Browse SharePoint 2010 and 2013 backups and databases, search for specific files and quickly recover them Learn more
Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SQL ServerENHANCED: Save time and restore SQL databases without having to search for individual database files Learn more
Veeam Explorer for Storage SnapshotsENHANCED: Leverage existing snapshot capabilities from EMCNEW, HPE and NetApp for recovery of single files or entire VMs from storage snapshots in two minutes or less — without staging or intermediate steps Learn more
Migrate VMs without vSphere vMotion
The Quick Migration feature lets you migrate a live VM to any host or datastore — even if you don’t use clusters or shared storage.
Quick Migration leverages native VMware technology, as well as exclusive Veeam technology, to accommodate any migration scenario, including:
Migrating a VM from a local datastore to shared storage
Migrating a VM between two separate hosts and datastores
With Quick Migration’s point-and-click interface, you can easily move a live VM from any source to any destination, even if vMotion and vStorage Motion aren’t available. And with Veeam’s SmartSwitch technology, downtime is reduced to mere seconds.
Export VMs without downtime on Hyper-V
Hyper-V can encapsulate and export a VM, but it takes a long time and requires you to pause or power off the VM. VeeamZIP backs up a VM while it’s running and encapsulates all virtual hard disk and configuration files into a single, compressed backup that can be recovered to another host. There is no need to worry about managing .exp files or where to place folders for successful import.
Manage VM and host files
Veeam Backup Free Edition includes powerful file management capabilities:
Browse: Browse VM and host files in a familiar Windows Explorer-like graphical interface
Copy between hosts: For example, copy VMs and templates between data stores
Copy between a host and Windows/Linux: For example, deliver ISO files to hosts
You get fast, flexible copy capabilities, thanks to Veeam’s proven technology.
Veeam Backup Free Edition provides integrated visibility of your vCloud Director (vCD) infrastructure, backup via VeeamZIP (including backup of vApp and VM metadata and attributes) and direct restore to vCD.
Support for vSphere, Hyper-V and Windows Server
Veeam Backup Free Edition fully supports VMware vSphere 4.x, 5.x and 6.0 platforms (including support for 62TB VMDKs), ESXi 4.x, 5.x and 6.0 hosts, vCloud Director 5.5, Virtual SAN, Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V and free Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 (including support for 64TB VHDX and VMs on SMB 3.0 storage). Support is also provided for Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1 guests, as well as deployment of Veeam Backup Free Edition on either operating system.
With no expiration date and no limit on the number of hosts or VMs, Veeam Backup Free Edition provides a number of powerful utilities for managing VMs at no cost — EVER! It also complements your regular backup software by providing easy ad hoc backups of individual VMs. If you’re looking for more options, try Veeam Backup & Replication™. You can easily upgrade to the Standard, Enterprise or Enterprise Plus edition by simply installing a license key. Start with the free 30-day trial right now!