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Veeam Free Limitation for bare metal servers

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Hi,

We are using about 15 on-premise servers with no vms and we want to use the free version of Veeam.

I know there is a 10 virtual machines limit on the free version but what about individual on-premise machines ?

Thanks in advance.

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Re: Veeam Free Limitation for bare metal servers

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With the community edition, you have 10 instances to use. If you want to have the Agents managed by VBR.
1 physical Server = 1 Instance
3 physical Worksttion = 1 Instance

If you install and configure the agent manually on each of the physical machines, and backup the data directly to a usb disk or NAS, I don‘t see a limitation.
The 10 instance limitation is only for managed Agents by a VBR server.

The free edition cannot be used to offer services for a customer. Is this a customer environment, then your customer needs to buy licenses
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Re: Veeam Free Limitation for bare metal servers

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Hi,

Thanks for answering.

We are an individual company, are we allowed to use the free version ?

Thanks

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Re: Veeam Free Limitation for bare metal servers

Post by Mildur » 1 person likes this post

If you backup your own production environment, then yes. :-)

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Re: Veeam Free Limitation for bare metal servers

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Hi Michel.

Although you can use free edition, I would strongly advise to check your IT budget for the smallest Veeam Backup Essentials bundle option.
- Having a paid VUL license unlocks Enterprise Plus feature set
- You don't want to leave production workloads with free-tier "best effort" support policy, especially for business critical solutions like backup and recovery

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Re: Veeam Free Limitation for bare metal servers

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One thing you cannot do is have multiple Community Edition installs in the same production environment... otherwise, no restrictions for production usage.

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Re: Veeam Free Limitation for bare metal servers

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So for 12 servers I would need to buy 3 packs of Veeam Backup Essentials @ 80$ each right ?

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Re: Veeam Free Limitation for bare metal servers

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3x Veeam Backup Essentials VUL (5er Package)

There are no single licenses. You have to buy them in 5er packages. A 5er package has a price around 400 dollar.

See the license configurator for a price:
https://www.veeam.com/pricing-calculator
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Re: Veeam Free Limitation for bare metal servers

Post by Gostev »

Actually, 10 instances is enough to cover 12 servers, since you can quite officially exceed paid licenses by up to 5.
This is in place so that you're not forced to buy more instances than you actually need, due to them sold in packs.

Veeam Backup Essentials is sold in 5 instance packs, so you need 2 packs at $400 per pack = $800.

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