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Backup of ESXi 6 guest fails

Post by justingoldberg » Sep 15, 2015 6:26 pm

I have a vmware esxi 6.0.0 running, it is licensed as below, and I have Veaam free edition. A manual backup to a NAS device fails with "Processing Windows8.1 x64 OB Error: Current license or ESXi version prohibits execution of the requested operation." It isn't a permission issue as there is a 30MB file created on the NAS.

Product: VMware vSphere 6 Hypervisor Licensed for 1 physical CPUs (unlimited cores per CPU)
License Key:
Expires: Never

I get the same result if the guest is running or not.
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Re: Backup of ESXi 6 guest fails

Post by Gostev » Sep 15, 2015 7:44 pm

We don't support unlicensed (free) ESXi because it has required VMware APIs disabled.

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Re: Backup of ESXi 6 guest fails

Post by justingoldberg » Sep 15, 2015 8:22 pm

Ok, thanks.
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Re: Backup of ESXi 6 guest fails

Post by veremin » Sep 16, 2015 10:58 am

Though, you can still back this machine up, using Veeam Endpoint Backup Free. Thanks.

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[MERGED] Free Veeam Version 9 Not backing up ESX 6

Post by jcolfer » Jan 21, 2016 9:39 am

Hi
I have 1 ESXi Host on version 6.0.0.
Under Licensing Features it says "Product: VMware vSphere 6 Hypervisor Licensed for 2 physical CPUs (unlimited cores per CPU)"

There are 4 vms on this host I want to backup. I downloaded the latest Veeam Free Edition. It's version 9.0.0.902

I tried to do a backup but got this error:

"21/01/2016 08:51:42 :: Processing Restorepoint Error: Current license or ESXi version prohibits execution of the requested operation."

Any ideas what I need to do to get this working? Do I need extra licenses for vmware?

Thanks in advance

John

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Re: Backup of ESXi 6 guest fails

Post by Vitaliy S. » Jan 21, 2016 10:20 am

Yes, you need to have a paid version of VMware license applied to your host. Thanks!

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Re: Backup of ESXi 6 guest fails

Post by berto_mca » Oct 16, 2017 12:38 pm

Hi

I'm experiencing the same issue, but we have a paid license as you can see bellow:

Product: VMware vSphere 6 Hypervisor Licensed for 2 physical CPUs (unlimited cores per CPU)
License Key: *****-*****-*****-*****-*****
Expires: Never

Product Features:
Up to 8-way virtual SMP

And we're always getting the same error as per "Quick Migration"and "Backup" --> :: Failed to process VM NewBackup at .. Error: Current vSphere license or ESXi version prohibits execution of the requested operation.

VeeamBackup: VeeamBackup&Replication_9.5.0.1038.Update2 (Free version)

Please, could you help us?

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Re: Backup of ESXi 6 guest fails

Post by Vitaliy S. » Oct 16, 2017 7:57 pm

Alberto, free ESXi is not supported due to reasons mentioned above by Anton. In order to use Veeam B&R, paid license key should be installed to the ESXi host.

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Re: Backup of ESXi 6 guest fails

Post by berto_mca » Oct 24, 2017 2:08 pm

Hi Vitaly

But we have a paid license installed on the hosts, I guess that the purchased license is "VMware vSphere 6 Essentials Kit for 3 hosts (Max 2 processors per host) - VS6-ESSL-KIT-C"

I tried to reinstall the license but we are still having the same problem.

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Re: Backup of ESXi 6 guest fails

Post by Vitaliy S. » Oct 24, 2017 2:43 pm 1 person likes this post

The license that you have above is a free key. You need to install your paid license (Essentials) by updating the key on all hosts. After that you would be able to back up VMs. The error message above can only be shown if you're still using the free key. If you need assistance on updating the key, try to reach out to the support team. Hope it helps!

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Re: Backup of ESXi 6 guest fails

Post by berto_mca » Oct 24, 2017 3:06 pm

Ok, all clear

Many thanks!

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[MERGED] esxi version prohibits execution

Post by RyGy7 » Dec 08, 2017 12:27 am

Been awhile since i used veeam but wanted to re-introduce myself in my lab environment. I downloaded and installed the latest free backup and rep of veeam and connected to my esxi host ver 6.0.0. I attempt to backup and "current vsphere license or esxi version prohibits execution."

Now obviously the error states what is wrong but i used to be able to use this without issue, can't remember my version but it was definitely free, possibly 5.5.

am i beyond using veeam to backup my lab? I enjoy the product just wanted to use it more.

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Re: esxi version prohibits execution

Post by Pat490 » Dec 08, 2017 7:36 am

are you trying to use VBR with free ESXi version?

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Re: Backup of ESXi 6 guest fails

Post by veremin » Dec 08, 2017 10:27 am

vSphere Free Edition is not supported, indeed. Thanks.

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Re: Backup of ESXi 6 guest fails

Post by RyGy7 » Dec 08, 2017 8:38 pm

What about hyper-v? it was some time ago when my lab was for training MS i might have been on hyper-v and that's why i recall it working...maybe?

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Re: Backup of ESXi 6 guest fails

Post by Vitaliy S. » Dec 10, 2017 6:31 pm 1 person likes this post

Yes, Hyper-V free is fully supported, since it does not have any APIs locked down.

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Re: Backup of ESXi 6 guest fails

Post by reit » Aug 09, 2018 3:32 pm

Hello there,
I have this Product VMware vSphere 5 Hypervisor Licensed for 1 physical CPUs (unlimited cores per CPU)
licensed.
But I am still getting the same error when I try to backup .. or veeamZip
Can you please help ?

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Re: Backup of ESXi 6 guest fails

Post by Vitaliy S. » Aug 10, 2018 9:33 am

Based on the description of your license key it is indeed a FREE version of the hypervisor which has some APIs locked for backup. Free version also has a license key, but it should be paid, please review this thread for more info.

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[MERGED] Error: Current vSphere license or ESXi version prohibits execution of the requested operation

Post by aitziber.sainz » Mar 22, 2019 11:28 am

hello,
i have 2 ESXI free version 6.7 and i want to do replication between them but when i try this a have an error.
Error: Current vSphere license or ESXi version prohibits execution of the requested operation.

what version a need?
thanks!

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Re: Error: Current vSphere license or ESXi version prohibits execution of the requested operation

Post by foggy » Mar 22, 2019 11:34 am

You need any paid vSphere license. Free ESXi is not supported.

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[MERGED] Start-VBRZip and Licensing

Post by aaron.wright2 » Apr 21, 2019 1:09 pm

I've installed Veeam Backup and Replication 9.5 Update 4 on a Windows Server 2016 VM. I don't have a license for it so it's the Community Edition. I added the ESXi hosts and their VMs in my environment to the console, as well as the necessary credentials. Now I'm trying to put together a Powershell script to back up some VMs using Start-VBRZip. The script works well for VMs on an ESXi host that is still within the 30-60 day trial period.

However I have another ESXi host that is outside of the trail period and has an ESXi Free key installed. When I try to back up VMs on this host I receive an error "Job details: Processing VM Error: Current vSphere license or ESXi version prohibits execution of the requested operation."

I've read multiple blog posts such as this one (https://www.veeam.com/blog/veeam-backup ... shell.html) that gave me the impression that Start-VBRZip would work with the free version of ESXi. The articles don't mention that a paid version of ESXi such as Essentials is required. Is that something that everyone already understands (except me) and that's why it isn't called out in any articles? Or have I come across a technical bug here that can be solved with a patch of some kind?

Second question, if a paid version of ESXi is required in order to use Start-VBRZip to back up VMs, are there any other zero cost options to accomplish the same thing? Would the Veeam Agent be the only option?

Third question, if I purchased the full version of Veeam Backup and Replication (instead of the Community Edition) is it possible to use Start-VBRZip to back up VMs on a free version of ESXi? I know it would probably be silly to do that but I'm trying to understand the licensing.

Thanks for any help/knowledge you can send my way,
Aaron
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Re: Backup of ESXi 6 guest fails

Post by veremin » Apr 21, 2019 1:13 pm 1 person likes this post

The Free ESXi is not support and has never been due to certain APIs being blocked in it.

As to the second question, yes, to back up VMs residing on Free ESXi you need to use Veeam Agents.

Thanks!

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Re: Backup of ESXi 6 guest fails

Post by aaron.wright2 » Apr 21, 2019 1:18 pm

Thanks v.eremin
I edited my post and added a 3rd question. Can you tell me if the full/paid version of Veeam Backup and Replication can backups VMs on an ESXi host with the free license installed?

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Re: Backup of ESXi 6 guest fails

Post by veremin » Apr 21, 2019 1:20 pm 2 people like this post

Nope, as mentioned, Free ESXi has certain API calls blocked, which prevents 3-party solutions from backing up VMs located on such host. Thanks!

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