Full Uninstalling Veeam Endpoint Backup Free

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Full Uninstalling Veeam Endpoint Backup Free

Veeam Logoby ej_r » Tue Apr 26, 2016 10:49 am 2 people like this post

I've been reading another subject about full uninstalling Veeam Endpoint Backup Free, however it's not really clear for me.

Reading the Help Center topics:

Uninstalling Veeam Endpoint Backup
The LocalDB and other prerequisite components installed and used by Veeam Endpoint Backup are not removed during the uninstall process. To remove each of the the remaining components, right-click it in the programs list and select Uninstall.


Installing Veeam Endpoint Backup in Unattended Mode
During the product installation, Veeam Endpoint Backup automatically sets up the following required prerequisite components:
▪Microsoft SQL Server System CLR Types for SQL Server 2012
▪Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Management Objects
▪Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Express LocalDB Edition


I've uninstalled the Veeam Endpoint Backup program.
- Can I just uninstall the Microsoft SQL programs (prerequisite components) without any issue?
- What about the LocalDB, can it be removed and if, how?

Thanks for the help!
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Re: Full Uninstalling Veeam Endpoint Backup Free

Veeam Logoby Dima P. » Tue Apr 26, 2016 5:18 pm

Hi Eric,

Can I just uninstall the Microsoft SQL programs (prerequisite components) without any issue?

Yes, if you don’t have other applications using SQL components.

The leftovers can be found in C:\ProgramData\Veeam folder and if you want to clean up the registry, delete this registry branch HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Veeam

P.S. Make sure that you don’t have other Veeam products installed on this machine. Thanks
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Full Uninstall?

Veeam Logoby SoulSherpa » Sun Jun 05, 2016 7:14 pm

I'd like a clean slate. Installing on 2012 R2.

I've followed the instructions in these posts:
http://forums.veeam.com/veeam-endpoint-backup-f33/installation-fails-sqllocaldb-t24681-15.html#p133833
https://forums.veeam.com/veeam-endpoint-backup-f33/full-uninstalling-veeam-endpoint-backup-free-t34855.html

Including:
    Uninstall Veeam
    Delete VeeamEndPoint SQL instance
    Uninstall SQL components
    Delete any remaining Veeam folders in Program Files and ProgramData
    Delete HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Veeam
    Reboot
When I reinstall, all previous settings, job histories, registered USB devices, etc. remain present. What does it take to fully remove for a fully clean install?

What's the status of the built-in complete uninstall option announced on Feb 16, 2015?

Thank you.
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Re: Full Uninstalling Veeam Endpoint Backup Free

Veeam Logoby Dima P. » Mon Jun 06, 2016 12:39 pm

Hi SoulSherpa,

Complete uninstall, including SQL components, may break other apps that rely on this components. May I ask why you want to completely reinstall VEB?

If you want to purge the job settings and backup sessions, follow the workaround described below:

1. Go to Control panel > Administrative Tools and run Services. Stop the Veeam Endpoint Backup service.
2. Run regedit.exe and locate the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Veeam\Veeam Endpoint Backup key. Create the following value under this key:
Name = Recreatedatabase
Type = DWORD
Value = 1
3. Start Veeam Endpoint Backup service
4. Allow some time for the new database instance to be created (5 minutes should be enough).
5. Stop Veeam Endpoint Backup service
6. Run regedit.exe and delete the Recreatedatabase value from HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Veeam\Veeam Endpoint Backup key.
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Re: Full Uninstalling Veeam Endpoint Backup Free

Veeam Logoby SoulSherpa » Mon Jun 06, 2016 1:49 pm 1 person likes this post

Thanks, Dima,

To answer your question: I'm testing and evaluating the product. Discovering what works well and what doesn't for my environment. Your product installed MS SQL Express, and is the only product using it.

Earlier this weekend, I did eventually find a reference to the registry key you've provided. It worked perfectly. I did notice that the registry key already existed with a value of "0" when I started the process, and that it reset itself to "0" after the db reset completed.

Please consider a more intuitive method to evoke this process. Thank you for your help; have a great week.
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Re: Full Uninstalling Veeam Endpoint Backup Free

Veeam Logoby Dima P. » Thu Jun 09, 2016 4:58 pm

We will discuss the more convenient approach with the team for sure. Thanks for the feedback!
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Re: Full Uninstalling Veeam Endpoint Backup Free

Veeam Logoby tinkererguy » Mon Jun 13, 2016 2:19 am 2 people like this post

I agree that it would be helpful if db resets were a little easier to do, especially since I found myself doing them often enough that I documented the process for myself, and for others, with a walk-thru video:
How to manually reset your Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE database
https://TinkerTry.com/veeam-endpoint-ba ... base-reset
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Re: Full Uninstalling Veeam Endpoint Backup Free

Veeam Logoby Dima P. » Tue Jun 14, 2016 11:35 pm

Hi Paul,

Thanks for sharing, as usual well explained, perfectly written and makes total sense :D
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Re: Full Uninstalling Veeam Endpoint Backup Free

Veeam Logoby tinkererguy » Tue Jun 28, 2016 2:12 am 1 person likes this post

That could be because you wrote it. ;-)
Thanks, Dima. P!
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Re: Full Uninstalling Veeam Endpoint Backup Free

Veeam Logoby JChris » Fri Oct 14, 2016 8:45 pm

Veeam should really implement a way to ENTIRELY remove Veeam and it's features/DBs. It's very troublesome to completely uninstall it -.-
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Re: Full Uninstalling Veeam Endpoint Backup Free

Veeam Logoby Vitaliy S. » Mon Oct 17, 2016 10:28 am

Usually DB is uninstalled in a separate process to allow migrations or complete re-install without any historical data loss, but thanks for the feedback!
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