Veeam windows with B&R free

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Veeam windows with B&R free

Veeam Logoby nawrockip » Mon Apr 17, 2017 8:03 pm

Hi,

Can Veeam Agent (free or paid) be used with B&R free as repository? I saw in some information that it should be possible but when I try to set it I get:
unalbe to detect available repositories. veeam backup free edition server s are not supported as backup targets
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Re: Veeam windows with B&R free

Veeam Logoby Mike Resseler » Tue Apr 18, 2017 5:42 am 1 person likes this post

Hi Patryk,

It is supported, but you need to find the "hidden" mode of Veeam Backup Free. Have a look at this article from Luca to guide you: http://www.virtualtothecore.com/en/use- ... s-backups/

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Re: Veeam windows with B&R free

Veeam Logoby nawrockip » Tue Apr 18, 2017 6:46 am

Hi,

I've already done what is shown in article.
I have repository, option allow to everyone is selected but agent still can't backup to free edition.
Plus I don't see Agent for windows license tab.
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Re: Veeam windows with B&R free

Veeam Logoby nawrockip » Tue Apr 18, 2017 6:59 am

ok, now I see how it works.
There has to be a license key installed. And for now I don't see a possibility to use Veeam Agent Free + B&R free because after agent license expires (and grace period ends) there is again info - that free edition server are not supported.
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Re: Veeam windows with B&R free

Veeam Logoby Mike Resseler » Tue Apr 18, 2017 7:21 am 1 person likes this post

Actually, I can be wrong but I thought this was not necessary. I don't have that type of environment at my hands, but if you do, just enable the Full Functionality mode in VBR and it should work also. VEB (Free) + Backup free edition can work together so unless something has changed I see no reason why it should not work with the free edition also. The only thing is that you cannot mix licensed and non-licensed agents
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Re: Veeam windows with B&R free

Veeam Logoby nawrockip » Tue Apr 18, 2017 7:55 am

Maybe something changed.
In test environment I did fresh install of B&R free, verified that there is repository with aget rigts enabled. From test pc I tried to set backup to B&R from free Agent version - no luck. I installed trial agents license into free B&R, and I was able to configure backup.
I changed date month forward so that trial license would expire. Veeam agent switched to free version but B&R said that it's in grace period. I moved date another month forward, grace period ended and I as no longer able to ser agent with B&R.


I have the same for Veeam Endpoint Backup 1.5
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Re: Veeam windows with B&R free

Veeam Logoby Dima P. » Tue Apr 18, 2017 10:38 am

From test pc I tried to set backup to B&R from free Agent version - no luck. I installed trial agents license into free B&R, and I was able to configure backup.

This behavior is expected. To run VAW licensed edition and backup to VBR repository you should install license to VBR console.
Veeam agent switched to free version but B&R said that it's in grace period. I moved date another month forward, grace period ended and I as no longer able to ser agent with B&R.

Why you changed the dates? Try to remove license from the VBR and add it back
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Re: Veeam windows with B&R free

Veeam Logoby nawrockip » Tue Apr 18, 2017 11:16 am

ok, but I still don't have an answer. Can I use Veeam Agent Free or Veeam Endpoint backup Free with Backup and Recovery free
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Re: Veeam windows with B&R free

Veeam Logoby Dima P. » Tue Apr 18, 2017 11:52 am 1 person likes this post

Patryk,

You can use VBR FREE with Agent FREE to perform restores. Backup in such case should be imported to the VBR FREE.
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Re: Veeam windows with B&R free

Veeam Logoby nawrockip » Tue Apr 18, 2017 12:01 pm

Thank You for Your answer.
In that case we have to purchase B&R essentiials, we don't want to do backup to SMB share.
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Re: Veeam windows with B&R free

Veeam Logoby Dima P. » Tue Apr 18, 2017 12:10 pm

Patryk,

VBR license is not required. You can get Veeam Agent for Windows license and install it on top of Veeam B&R server. Then VBR will act in ‘agent’ mode: it will distribute license counters across all connected agents, allow to backup to Veeam repository, backup copy for agent backup files, file to tape jobs and other features.

P.S. You can test this senario with VAW 2.0 Beta and VBR 9.5 U1 FREE
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Re: Veeam windows with B&R free

Veeam Logoby nawrockip » Tue Apr 18, 2017 12:25 pm

But it will be less expensive to use veeam essentials + agent free, and for this client we don't need paid agent features.
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Re: Veeam windows with B&R free

Veeam Logoby Dima P. » Tue Apr 18, 2017 12:33 pm

Patryk,

You are the one to decide. If you don’t need the agent features and production support you can go with essentials. I am not sure, though, it’s going to be cheaper. How many agents you would like to deploy?
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Re: Veeam windows with B&R free

Veeam Logoby nawrockip » Tue Apr 18, 2017 12:37 pm

we need ~25 agents.
Plus with essential I'll get backup copy function and ability to schedule VM backups.
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Re: Veeam windows with B&R free

Veeam Logoby Dima P. » Tue Apr 18, 2017 12:41 pm

In such case, I think it’s a good idea to go with essential bundle. You can purchase agent license later if required :wink:
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