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[MERGED] Can't backup free ESXi?

Post by mcvosi » Nov 06, 2014 5:45 pm

When attempting to use Veeam B&R to backup my Cisco UC server VMs, running on ESXi I get a message about Veeam not being able to backup the free version? Any way around this???

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Re: Veeam with vSphere 5 Hypervisor (e.g. free ESXi) works..

Post by foggy » Nov 06, 2014 9:36 pm

No way around, free ESXi is not supported. Please review the thread for details.

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Re: Veeam with vSphere 5 Hypervisor (e.g. free ESXi) works..

Post by frankinmunich » Sep 11, 2015 11:31 pm

To add some more confusion to this thread:

I am using an ESXi 6.0 with the "free" HyperVisor license.

Creating backups from Veeam was possible with ESXi 5.5 and I believe, also after the upgrade to 6.0. At some point, after applying ESXi patches, the licensing error came up. I cannot say for sure where it stopped working.

The behavior doesn't seem to be very consistent. Whatever, I am going to uninstall Veaam now.

Regarding a vSphere license: how much is a basic ESXi license for one server? I am using my ESXi every day and have a couple of images that I cannot afford to lose - some of these environments involved quite some work to set them up. All that stuff is for private projects and learning/testing though, so no commercial usage and no budget that needs to be wasted.

I would even consider purchasing a license for a reasonable price which would then allow automated backups.

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Re: Veeam with vSphere 5 Hypervisor (e.g. free ESXi) works..

Post by Vitaliy S. » Sep 13, 2015 5:07 pm

frankinmunich wrote:Regarding a vSphere license: how much is a basic ESXi license for one server?
AFAIK, vSphere Essentials was the cheapest purchase so far.

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Re: Veeam with vSphere 5 Hypervisor (e.g. free ESXi) works..

Post by adeleon » Apr 14, 2016 6:45 pm

veeam b&r 9.0 free version claims to be ESXi compatible ("... works perfectly with standalone ESXi or ..." as said in https://www.veeam.com/virtual-machine-b ... -free.html ).

However, whenever I try to backup a virtual machine, I get "Error: Current license or ESXi version prohibits execution of the requested operation" . Does 9.0 effectively support ESXi or am I missing something? Thank you.

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Re: Veeam with vSphere 5 Hypervisor (e.g. free ESXi) works..

Post by foggy » Apr 15, 2016 11:00 am

You're missing vSphere license. Only licensed hosts can be backed up, as mentioned above.

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Re: Veeam with vSphere 5 Hypervisor (e.g. free ESXi) works..

Post by wild.lucifero » Jun 01, 2016 10:35 am

I'm getting the same error.
I'm sure that the vmware license key is OK. I just retyped it by copy and paste from the vmware download license page.
The wmware version is the 5.1. I didn't done any upgrades to vmware host. It was a normal installation from the 5.1 CD
The vmware 5.1 vsphere ESXi hypervisor has a (free) license and it is licensed for free.
I installed on a Windows 7/64 PC the Veeam Backup and Replication 9 with 30 days trial license key.
Thanks
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Re: Veeam with vSphere 5 Hypervisor (e.g. free ESXi) works..

Post by foggy » Jun 01, 2016 1:59 pm

Michele, as stated above, free ESXi version is not supported. You need a paid license.

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Re: Veeam with vSphere 5 Hypervisor (e.g. free ESXi) works..

Post by wild.lucifero » Jun 03, 2016 7:40 am

I think there is some confusion. Or, better, I'm confused a lot.
I understood that ESXi should be the free version of vmware vsphere. Even if it stays free until you have for example one phisical cpu: with 2+ CPUs you must obtain a different license paying it.
So, even if the ESXi is free, it needs a license (for free). It means that veeam backup doesn't need a licensed vmware; veeam backup needs any paid version of vmware.
Veeam writes on their website that weeam backup free edition doesn't support the free version of vsphere.
But, what about the backup and recplication 9?(standard, enterprise and enterprise+)? I don't read anything, instad on the veeam free edition download page I read it doesn't support.

Really many thanks for your quick reply.
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Re: Veeam with vSphere 5 Hypervisor (e.g. free ESXi) works..

Post by veremin » Jun 03, 2016 9:38 am

Certain DataProtection APIs are blocked in VMware free license, thus, neither free nor paid version of VB&R can work with such license. Thanks.

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Re: Veeam with vSphere 5 Hypervisor (e.g. free ESXi) works..

Post by foggy » Jun 06, 2016 9:55 am

wild.lucifero wrote:It means that veeam backup doesn't need a licensed vmware; veeam backup needs any paid version of vmware.
Correct.
wild.lucifero wrote:I don't read anything, instad on the veeam free edition download page I read it doesn't support.
It is actually mentioned in multiple places, including user guide and licensing FAQ.

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[MERGED] Veeam 9.0 version 9.0.0.902 error backup esxi 6

Post by m.jaber » Aug 01, 2016 5:37 pm

hi all ,

i have upgrade my esxi from 5 to 6.0 and my veeam backup keep failed with below error

Processing SVR Error: Current license or ESXi version prohibits execution of the requested operation.


any idea please ?

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[MERGED] VMware vSphere Hypervisor 6.5 with free license?!

Post by menace » Jul 20, 2017 6:05 am

Hi,

I`m a bit confused about the Veeam VMware FAQ. The System Requirements tell ESXi is fully supported, but only in a (paid) licensed version.
I have a free ESXi 6.5 machine running, without vCenter or similar. When I downloaded the ESXi iso from the VMware website I got a license number with which I licensed the ESXi Server.

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Am I able to use the Veeam Availability Suite with this machine to backup the VMs running on it?


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Re: VMware vSphere Hypervisor 6.5 with free license?!

Post by DGrinev » Jul 20, 2017 10:33 am

Hi and welcome to the community!

The Free ESXi Hypervisor is unsupported as it states in the FAQ. You need a paid license.

Please review this thread for additional information. Thanks!

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[MERGED] offsite replica to free esxi with local disk space

Post by marcello.gambetti » Jul 28, 2017 1:30 pm

goodevening,
my situation is:
production site: vcenter with a couple of VMs and veeam server, proxy and repository all in one physical server.
dr site: free esxi host with local datastores.

i am using a replica job to replicate the VMs from prod to dr site, all fine, but i am a bit confused about where the "destination data mover" (https://helpcenter.veeam.com/docs/backu ... 95#offsite) is located in my solution? is it the esxi itself? am i missing something?

thanks
Marcello

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Re: Veeam with vSphere 5 Hypervisor (e.g. free ESXi) works..

Post by PTide » Jul 28, 2017 2:13 pm

Hi and welcome to the community,

Using free ESXi as a target for replication is not supported, you need to obtain ESXi license for your DR site.

Destination datamover runs at Veeam target proxy. You can either assign the proxy role to any windows machine of your choice, or stick with the default one (Veeam Backup Server itself), however it is recommended to deploy target proxy as close to the target site as possible.

Thank you

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