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New Veeam Backup Free Edition v9

A must-have free VM backup for vSphere and Hyper-V

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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™ functionality, you get flexibility in options and a reliable protection for important VMs.

Whether you are locked in a legacy backup contract or are operating within a tight budget, this free VM backup software will be handy for your daily VM management.

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Why use Veeam Backup Free Edition?

Even for small infrastructures, virtualization on top of either VMware ESXi, or Hyper-V brings many benefits in terms of savings and ease of administration. Have you ever wanted to back up a VM before making changes to it, clone a VM for testing purposes, or make a compressed data archive prior to a VM decommission — just in case? Veeam’s free backup tool will cover all your needs!

Veeam Backup Free Edition works perfectly with both standalone ESXi and Hyper-V hosts, as well as with large virtual deployments. Whether you run a test lab or a production environment, it’ll be a perfect match.

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 VMware and Hyper-V VMs; look inside the VM backups to restore individual application items.
  • Easy-to-use: No complicated configuration, and no need to power off the VM — It just works!™
  • Free: Unlimited number of ESXi and Hyper-V hosts or VMs, no expiration date and zero investments!
Create ad-hoc backups of live VMware and Hyper-V VMs for operational, portability or archival purposes.
Create ad hoc backups of live VMware and Hyper-V VMs for operational, portability or archival purposes.

Free backup tool packed with features

Usually, free backup tools provide very little value, and are limited in time or volume. This is not the case with Veeam. Built specifically for virtualization admins, Veeam Backup Free Edition is packed with powerful management and recovery features — with no hidden tricks, gimmicks or fees.

VeeamZIP: Backups on-the-fly

VeeamZIP your VMware and Hyper-V VMs Veeam Backup Free Edition! It fully encapsulates the VM and makes live ad-hoc backups. VeeamZIP captures all the virtual disks and configuration files needed to restore a VM on any ESXi or Hyper-V host, and even maintains thin-provisioned disks.

VeeamZIP is:

  • Easy. Minimum settings 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. Store a VeeamZIP file to a file share, a local storage or even a removable storage – an external hard drive or USB.

Restore VMs and individual guest files

Veeam Backup Free Edition comes with a full range of restore options, including full VM restore and granular Instant File-Level Recovery (IFLR). Moreover, you can also look inside the VM backup and restore individual guest files. IFLR is available for 19 file systems, including Windows, Linux, Unix, BSD, Mac, Solaris and Novell — all for VMs on vSphere and Hyper-V.

VeeamZIP: Backups on-the-fly
VeeamZIP: Backups on-the-fly
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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 the support for:

  • Virtual tape libraries (VTLs)
  • Tape libraries
  • Standalone tape drives
  • Microsoft VSS for backing up files from running applications
  • Parallel processingNEW
  • 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.


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Application-item recovery and eDiscovery

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
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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
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Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SharePointENHANCED: Browse SharePoint 2010 and 2013 backups and databases, search for specific files and quickly recover them
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Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SQL ServerENHANCED: Save time and restore SQL databases without having to search for individual database files
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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
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Migrate VMs without vSphere vMotion

The Quick Migration feature lets you migrate a live VM to any ESXi 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 ESXi hosts and datastores

Quick Migration features point-and-click interface, so you can easily move a live VM from any source to any destination, even if vMotion and Storage vMotion aren’t available. And with Veeam’s SmartSwitch technology, downtime is reduced to mere seconds.

With Veeam Backup Free Edition, you can migrate a live VMware VM to any host or data store—even if you don
With Veeam Backup Free Edition, you can migrate a live VMware VM to any host or data store—even if you don't use clusters or shared storage.

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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. You don’t 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 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.

You can copy files and folders whenever you need or schedule file copy jobs.
You can copy files and folders whenever you need or schedule file copy jobs.

Support for VMware vCloud Director

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.

Free forever

With no expiration date and no limit on the number of ESXi or Hyper-V 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 of Veeam Backup & Replication right now!

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Veeam ZIP, used by more than 500,000 VMware administrators around the world.
Veeam ZIP, used by more than 500,000 VMware administrators around the world.

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