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NEW Veeam Backup Free Edition 9.5

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, you get flexibility in options and a reliable solution for important VMs.

Whether you are locked in a legacy backup contract or are operating within a tight budget, you’ll find this FREE VM backup software helpful for your daily VM management.

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Why use Veeam Backup Free Edition?

Even for small infrastructures, virtualization with 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 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, with no expiration date and zero investment required!
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 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 with Veeam Backup Free Edition! VeeamZIP 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: Intuitive configuration and no need to pause or power off the VM
  • Compact: Compression and deduplication, as well as swap file, hibernation file and deleted files, block exclusion to minimize backup size
  • Portable: Store a VeeamZIP file to a file share, a local storage or even a removable storage, such as 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.

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)
  • Tape libraries
  • Standalone tape drives
  • Microsoft VSS for backing up files from running applications
  • Parallel processing
  • Unknown Media Changer (via native SCSI commands)
  • Global Media Pools
  • Restore VMs directly from tapeNEW

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.


Veeam Backup Free Edition 9.5 – Free forever – unlimited VMs!

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, contacts, expiring linksNEW) quickly and export Active Directory objects directly from an image-level backup for use with the LDIFDE utility, including primary group ID

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Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SharePointENHANCED: Browse SharePoint 2010, 2013 and 2016NEW backups and databases, search for specific files and quickly recover them

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Veeam Explorer for Storage SnapshotsENHANCED: Leverage existing snapshot capabilities, from the world’s leading storage providers, 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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Veeam Explorer for Microsoft ExchangeENHANCED: Get instant visibility into Exchange 2010, 2013 and 2016 backups, advanced search capabilities, quick recovery of individual Exchange items (e.g., emails, contacts, notes, etc.), Online Archive mailboxes, Purges folder supportNEWand 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 SQL ServerENHANCED: Save time and restore SQL databases without having to search for individual database files; includes support for SQL Server 2016NEW

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Veeam Restore to Microsoft Azure

Part of Veeam Recovery in Microsoft Azure

Veeam Restore to Microsoft Azure delivers cloud restore for Veeam backups to optimize resource allocation and minimize cost. This feature enables users to take on-premises VMware and Hyper-V VMs, physical servers and endpoints and restore or migrate them to the cloud using an automated P2V or V2V conversion process.

Veeam Restore to Microsoft Azure works closely with Veeam PN for Microsoft Azure, a standalone free solution, to help simplify and automate the development of DR sites in the cloud, delivering Veeam Disaster Recovery in Microsoft Azure.


Migrate VMs without vSphere vMotion

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

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

With Quick Migration’s point-and-click interface, you can easily move a live VM from any source to any destination, even if vSphere vMotion and Storage vMotion 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

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.

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.

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.

FREE forever

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!

System Requirements

For detailed information on system requirements, review a complete list of Veeam Backup Free supported environments.

Customer satisfaction

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

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