Indeed, mentioned changes have been made on purpose and they affect both GUI and PowerShell. Thanks.
It is ridiculous that this change was made, and especially that no mention of the change is included in the release notes. Any change that results in breaking existing functionality should come with advance warning.If backup server has a paid license assigned, VeeamZIPping VM consumes a license slot. Previously that has not been the case.
Veeam restrictions on mixing free and paid functionality are becoming more and more onerous (like not being able to have both paid and free agents backup to the same server). It seems clear that their goal is to make it such that if you pay for any part of VBR, attempting to make use of any free functionality will require you to set up a completely separate infrastructure for it, raising the frustration level (and cost - for things like Windows licenses) so much that you will just shell out the money for Veeam licenses for any and everything. Veeam is becoming a less attractive option for small businesses in the process.