Veeam Backup Free Edition V7 Install

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Veeam Backup & Replication Community Edition is the FREE solution that provides host-based backup and replication for VMware, Hyper-V, and AHV. Also, it is an agent-based backup solution for Windows and Linux workstations and servers which is a physical computer or in the cloud. Veeam Backup & Replication Community Edition is the next generation of Veeam Backup Free Edition (which has now been discontinued).

It offers a great set of capabilities and one of the most powerful solutions in the market. Anyone can register, download and free to utilize the Community Edition for your home lab, or for your critical line of business applications in case of IT budget constraints. Download your FREE copy and get started today!

Veeam released Veeam Backup and Replication 7, which contains some significant improvements such as backup to tape, parallel backups (simultaneous backups with the same job), SureBackup for.

Veeam Backup & Replication Community Edition

Veeam Backup & Replication Community Edition provides users access to Veeam Backup & Replication Standard edition functionality for FREE for up to 10 VMs or a combination of VMs, physical servers or workstations.

What is the Difference Between Veeam Backup & Replication Free Edition & Community Edition?

Veeam Backup Free Edition

Veeam Backup Free Edition only included 13 features which were a limitation. And with the basic functionality users were unable to perform many operations and they needed the ability to schedule backup jobs, utilize replication. The free version was able to perform ad-hoc full backups of their VMs only also lacked support for physical computer backup.

Community Edition

Veeam Backup Free Edition V7 Installer

Veeam Backup & Replication Community Edition provides all the features offered in the paid Standard edition at no cost. Community edition has the capability to perform incremental backups and scheduling backup jobs without needing to use PowerShell. By using Veeam Backup & Replication Community Edition you will get VM replication functionality and you can use it for most critical VMs that require the fastest restore in case of a disaster. Addition to that you can protect physical servers and workstations workloads from a single console.

Another great functionality included in Community Edition is Application awareness which is very much useful for backing up enterprise application. By using this functionality your data is consistent and performs application-specific steps at the time of backup to ensure that the entire computer restore is performed according to the application vendor’s guidelines. Also, Veeam Explorer is available for Microsoft applications (Active Directory, Exchange, SQL Server, and SharePoint) to quickly find and recover individual application items .this will really help perform quick granular recovery instead of roll back the entire computer image to the latest restore point.

You can use the Community Edition to centrally deploy and manage Veeam agents for Microsoft Windows and Linux on any computer running in your environment, whether they are physical or cloud machines. This will really reduce the effort to install, set up, update and manage individual Veeam Agents on every machine.

How to Protect your Environment if you exceed 10 instances?

Don’t worry even if you exceed 10 instances, you can protect remaining VMs using utilize Veeam ZIP. Veeam not stopping you at 10 instances limit, they allow you to protect an unlimited number of VMs with Veeam ZIP for free. VeeamZIP will retrieve the VM image, compress it and store it as a full backup file (.VBK), acting as a single restore point.


  • VeeamZIP doesn’t have an option to perform incremental backups and currently, it supports VMs only.
  • Once 10 instances have been consumed, you won’t able to utilize the extended functionality. And when you try to run additional backup jobs, it will fail to state that the license has been exceeded.
  • Utilize the 10 instances license only for your most important VMs.
  • Limit on number instance to protect which is 10 instances and workstations consume 1 and servers 3 instances each.

This week, Veeam released Veeam Backup and Replication version 8, which contains some significant improvements such as backup to tape from Veeam Backup Server deployed directly on a Virtual Machine, support of NetApp technologies (Veeam Explorer), new free product named “Endpoint” (backup of your workstations), Cloud connect, Failover Plan, WAN Accelerator for replication, End-to-end encryption, Veeam Explorer for AD and SQL, and more.

This article provides a step by step guide for an upgrade from Veeam 7 to Veeam 8.

For more security:

The first step is to realize a configuration backup of Veeam server (“Configuration Backup” menu on the screenshot below) and if the Veeam Backup Server is deployed on a Virtual Machine, execute a backup of this VM with Veeam B&R.

When the backup is done, you can close Veeam software and restart the Windows server (reboot). Basically I recommend you to stop properly the 6 Veeam services before upgrading (services.msc).

Running the Installer:

You have to run the installation file “Veeam.exe”.

If your server contains both Veeam B&R and Veeam Enterprise Manager, it is required that you install Veeam Enterprise Manager first. Otherwise you can click on the “Veeam Backup & Replication upgrade” window.

Installation Wizard:

Veeam Backup Free Edition V7 Installation

Once wizard is launched, click on “Next” button.

Accept the terms in the licence agreement and click on “Next” button.

The next screen will require the new license file. If the old license file is used, the license will be flagged as invalid. If Enterprise Manager was already upgraded and is on the local machine, the new license file will already be applied by default.

Next, a screen will appear and show the components that were previously installed. These products (Veeam Catalog and Veeam Backup & replication: that will be upgraded in version 8. Click on “Next” button to proceed with the upgrade process.

Veeam will run a quick systems check to verify all the required components are installed. Veeam will attempt to install all missing components, click on “Next” button.

A prompt will appear for the Service Account Credentials. It is strongly suggested adding a service account with permissions be used instead of the default domain administrator account. If the default domain admin was used, this is a great opportunity to create a new account. In my lab, I used a local administrator account. Click on “Next” button.

By default the option “Use existing instance of SQL Server” will be checked, and Veeam will detect the existing database in use. Click on “Next” button.

A prompt will appear, regarding connecting to the selected database. This will upgrade the existing database if an upgrade is needed, click “Yes”.

Veeam will prompt to install the upgrade, click “Install”.

The upgrade took about few minutes to complete.

Once the upgrade completed, a prompt appeared to finalize the installation. Click on “Finish” button.

Post Reboot:

When the upgradre is done, I recommend you to restart properly the Windows server (reboot).

Once the reboot completes and Veeam B&R software has been opened, a new green splash screen will appear and show the registered user as well as the number of days remaining on support. You can also perceive the new slogan of Veeam: “Availability“. This new strategy matches to the new high availability constraints (RTO: 15 minutes).

Upon opening Veeam, a prompt will appear to update the components (especially the server and the proxy). Click on “Next” button.


Finally, when all components have been upgraded, you can click on “Finish” button.

Veeam B&R 8 does not require new job creation or any architecture changes for your existing backups and replication to work. If there are dedicated Veeam proxy servers in the environment, now is a good time to upgrade those servers, otherwise, Veeam is now ready to use. You can see existing backup jobs on the screenshot below. You can also perceive the new “Tape Infrastructure” menu in left panel. Here, you can add the “Proxy Bande” role on a Windows physical server for managing a library (tape) since a Veeam Bakup Server deployed on a Virtual Machine.

Note: Veeam will increase the price of licenses in January 2015. Basically, if you need upgrade your license or buy a new license, I advise you to think before the end of the year. 🙂 You can learn more here.