Veeam Backup Free Edition

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Windows Server 2016 gives small organizations an easy way to adopt virtualization and its cost-saving benefits. The next step for small and midsized businesses (SMBs) is to protect their critical data from software or hardware disasters. Veeam® Backup Free Edition helps small businesses get started with Windows Server backup and protects their Microsoft Hyper-V workloads for FREE.

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Free Hyper-V backup

Virtualization is one of the key technologies to modernize a data center, and it’s becoming affordable for organizations of any size. Even small businesses can improve their IT workloads by virtualizing their applications at a no cost-basis of Windows Server 2016 or Windows Server Hyper-V 2016.

Veeam cares about the Availability needs of SMBs on a budget, and offers a free Hyper-V backup solution: Veeam Backup Free Edition. With Veeam Backup Free Edition, SMBs get forever-FREE Windows Server backup so they can always recover their critical data in case of hardware, software or human errors.

Veeam Backup Free Edition

Veeam Backup Free Edition provides backup and recovery for an unlimited number of Hyper-V hosts and VMs running on Windows Server or Microsoft Hyper-V Server. Veeam’s Hyper-V backup, free of agents, allows small and midsized organizations to easily perform ad-hoc backups of live Hyper-V virtual machines using VeeamZIP with deduplication and compression. Hyper-V backup files are taken on-the-fly (with no need to pause or suspend a running virtual machine) and can be saved to tape, disk or in the cloud. There are a number of flexible recovery options from free Hyper-V backups: Guest OS files recovery, VM files recovery and entire VM restore.


Free forever. Unlimited number of VMs

Veeam Backup Free Edition is a completely FREE tool delivering Hyper-V backups. It has no limits on the number of virtual machines (VMs) and no expiration date. Veeam Backup Free Edition can be used as a standalone backup tool or can complement your primary backup solution.

Veeam Backup Free Edition functionality is enough for day-to-day Hyper-V VM management. However, if you’re looking for a more comprehensive backup and Availability solution, try the 30-day trial of Veeam Backup & Replication™. To upgrade from the trial to the Standard, Enterprise or Enterprise Plus edition, you just need to install a purchased license key.

Hyper-V VM Backup with VeeamZIP step-by-step guide

Backup of a running Hyper-V VM with VeeamZIP

With VeeamZIP™, you can create ad hoc backups of live Hyper-V VMs for operational, portability or archival purposes. VeeamZIP is similar to a full VM backup — it fully encapsulates the VM and makes backups on-the-fly using the native Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) technology (when available) to capture Hyper-V VM data.

  • Easy: No complicated configuration, and no need to pause or power off the VM
  • Compact: Compression and deduplication — as well as swap file, hibernation files and deleted files block exclusion to minimize backup size
  • Portable: Captures all the virtual disks and configuration files needed to restore the VM on any host

eDiscovery and granular recovery

Not only does Veeam’s FREE tool help you back up your VMs running on Windows Server 2016 or Microsoft Server Hyper-V 2016, you’ll be ready to tackle almost any recovery task that comes your way. Quickly find and restore exactly what you need for critical Microsoft applications using:

  • Veeam Explorerfor Microsoft Active Directory: Restore individual Active Directory objects (e.g., users, groups, computer accounts, contacts, expiring linksNEW) quickly and export Active Directory objects directly from a Hyper-V VM backup for use with the LDIFDE utility, including primary group ID.
  • Veeam Explorer for Microsoft Exchange: Get instant visibility into your Exchange 2010, 2013 and 2016 Hyper-V VM backups and quickly recover individual Exchange items (e.g., emails, contacts, notes, etc.), Online Archive mailboxes, Purges folder supportNEW and hard-deleted (i.e., permanently deleted) items. Build detailed export reports and estimate query results size using eDiscovery features, including detailed export reports and query results size estimation based on search criteria.
  • Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SharePoint: Browse SharePoint 2010, 2013 and 2016NEW backups and databases, search for specific files and quickly recover them.
  • Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SQL Server: Save time and restore SQL databases (including SQL Server 2016NEW) — right from a Hyper-V VM backup — without having to search for individual database files.

Cloud restore for ANY Veeam backup NEW

Direct Restore to Microsoft Azure delivers cloud restore for Veeam backups to optimize resource allocation and minimize cost. This enables you to take your on-premises, Windows- and Linux-based VMs, physical servers and endpoints, and restore or migrate them to Azure using an automated P2V or V2V conversion process.

The ability to restore your backups directly to Microsoft Azure means you can optimize your resource allocation and leverage Microsoft Azure as an on-demand cloud data center for disaster recovery (DR), taking full advantage of Azure’s flexible and scalable cloud resources.


Native tape support

You can store your Hyper-V backups on tape media off site, restore your data from tape whenever needed and always stay compliant. Veeam Backup Free Edition supports:

  • Virtual tape libraries (VTLs)
  • Physical tape libraries
  • Standalone tape drives
  • Microsoft VSS for backing up files from running applications
  • Parallel processing
  • Unknown Media Changer (via native SCSI commands)
  • Global Media Pools
  • Restore directly from tapeNew

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Instant File-Level Recovery

Veeam Backup Free Edition comes with a wide range of restore options, including Instant File-Level Recovery (IFLR). You can choose to restore an entire Hyper-V VM, individual VM files (.VHD, .VHDX, .XML, .VSD and so on), or look inside the VM and restore guest OS files (for Windows, Linux, Mac, BSD, Solaris and so on). Files recovered from VM backups can be saved to any location such as a USB drive, your desktop or a Windows Server connected to Veeam Backup Free Edition.

End-to-end encryption

Veeam’s FREE Hyper-V backup tool allows you to encrypt your backup files as you create them and/or move them to tape, making it the perfect tool for adding another level of security to your long-term data archives.

Export VMs without downtime

Hyper-V can encapsulate and export a VM, but it takes a long time and requires you to pause or power off the VM. VeeamZIP backs up a VM while it’s running and captures all the necessary files into a single, compressed backup that can be recovered to another host.

Standalone console

The standalone console provides every user with convenience, flexibility and ease of use by separating Veeam Backup Free Edition from the backup server for installation on a Windows Server administrator’s workstation, forever eliminating remote desktop protocol (RDP) sessions to a backup server.

Manage VM and host files

Veeam’s FREE Microsoft Hyper-V backup solution allows you to copy files and folders whenever you need or schedule file copy jobs. Its fast, flexible copy capabilities enable you to browse VM and host files in a familiar Windows Explorer-like graphical interface, copy between hosts (e.g., copy VMs and templates between datastores) and copy between a host and Windows/Linux (e.g., deliver ISO files to hosts).

Full support for Hyper-V and Windows Server

Veeam Backup Free Edition fully supports Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2 with Hyper-V, Windows Server 2016, FREE Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server Hyper-V 2016 (including support for 64 TB VHDX and VMs on SMB 3.0 storage).

Veeam’s FREE Microsoft Hyper-V backup tool is compatible with guest operating systems such as Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 and Windows 8.1. Veeam Backup Free Edition can also be deployed on any of the operating systems listed above.

Veeam Backup Free Edition also works together with Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2016, Microsoft SCVMM 2012 R2, Microsoft SCVMM 2012 SP1 and Microsoft SCVMM 2008 R2 SP1.