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Backing up standalone VMware host

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We currently have licenses (based on sockets, we have 16 licensed but only use 10) for vCenter backup. We added a standalone VMware host (ESXi) that needs to be backup. What kind of license do we need to buy in order to back that up? Please provide the name of the product if there is? Can we bundle up with our current licensing or its a totally different software package?
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You should not actually need to buy anything, because you still have 6 unused socket licenses which will cover backups from newly added ESXi.

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I always thought the Veeam backup only works with a paid VMware product. The standalone ESXi host (although registered) is not part of vCenter.

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Re: Backing up standalone VMware host

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Yes of course, your esxi server needs a license with the vStorage API if you want to do vm backups. Every paid license from vSphere has that API included. It‘s best to ask your vmWare reseller for that. Veeam doesn‘t sell vmware licenses :)

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Free ESXi is not supported. Veeam Backup & Replication leverages vSphere and vStorage APIs that are disabled by VMware in free ESXi.
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A standalone ESXI can be licensed or not. But It needs a paid vsphere license to work with Veeam. Standalone in the view from Veeam means only, has a vcenter or not. Standalone in veeam language is not a question if it has a license or not.
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Yep Fabian is right, that's the key.

Standalone ESXi is not a problem as long as it is licensed.

Even the minimal vSphere license (vSphere Essentials for approx. $600 which covers up to 6 sockets) will do fine here.
This would really be the cheapest way to go, as it will allow you to use those spare Veeam licenses you already own.

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I see. I always thought a registered ESXi (even without paying) is considered to have all features including the API included for backup.

So in our case, our unused socket licenses should be covered on the Veeam's end.

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This looks like what we need. The standalone server has 2 CPUs. Looks like this is good for up to 3 hosts.

https://www.cdw.com/product/vmware-vsph ... 6029876#PO

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That is correct.

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I know this is not a VMware forum but for something like the essentials package, do I get security updates throughout the life cycle of version 7?

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Likewise not a VMware guy, but I think you need to keep buying SnS to be eligible for updates.

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Looks like subscriptions is below for 3 years.

https://www.cdw.com/product/vmware-vsph ... 6029884#PO

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As a Sales guy....
the cheapest way to license a single/standalone vSphere Host as a commercial customer is to buy the vSphere Essentials package for around 470,- (one time ) and 62,-(Subscription per Year). Yes you put vCenter Instance and 2x2 CPU license under your desk and use only 1/3 of the package but its way cheaper as a vSphere ESXi Std. for around 900,- and 220,- (SnS).
After applying the lic to the ESXi Host Veeam would be happy any you can start backup of the VMs.


Yes there is something like VMUG Adv. Membership also.....

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