Veeam VBR (v11)

What is VBR?
"Veeam® Backup & Replication™ (VBR) delivers Availability for ALL your cloud, virtual and physical workloads. Through a simple-by-design management console, you can easily achieve fast, flexible and reliable backup, recovery and replication for all your applications and data."


  1. Veeam is agentless

  2. Built-in advanced replication

  3. Instant VM Recovery

  4. Instant File-Level Recovery

  5. Instant application-item recovery

  6. Automated recovery verification

  7. Built-in, source-side compression and deduplication

  8. Simple offsite backup

  9. Storage agnostic

  10. Easy to deploy and configure

Dive into VBR with a guided hands‑on lab experience. - Within 15 minutes, you will get a confirmation that your lab is ready. Once you submit your promo code you will have 3 hours to use the lab before it expires.

Basic Veeam sizing questions...

  1. How much source data (in TB)?

  2. How many VMs/Servers need to be protected? (Optional: Number of disks?)

  3. What is the backup window (in hours)?

  4. What is the daily change rate in percentage? (5% optimistic-9% conservative)

  5. What is the required retention schedule? (Optional: What are your RPO and RTO values?)

Veeam Universal License (VUL)...

Universal licenses can be used across multiple workloads, but now with even more portability. The same bundle of VUL licenses can be used for VMs, Server/Workstation Agents, Applications, AHV VMS, Cloud VMs and so forth which customers can change as they see fit. Ultimately VBR looks only at WHAT you are backing up (your instances/workloads). The number of licenses generally needed equates to the number of protected instances/workloads you are looking to protect. In the case of a NAS one VUL license will also protect 500 GB of NAS file capacity (or four licenses per TB).

  • Example 1: 200 VMs would require 200 VUL licenses.

  • Example 2: 200 VMs, plus 20TB of NAS/File shares would require 240 VUL licenses. 200+(20 X 2)=240.

Veeam Universal License provides: Flexibility, Portability, and Simplicity

Veeam Universal License - License Portability, Made Easy!

What is Veeam Universal License? (VUL)

What does VUL protect?

1 VUL protects:

  • 1 Virtual Machine (VMware, Hyper-V, AHV)

  • 1 Cloud workload (AWS, Azure, GCP)

  • 1 Physical server (Windows, Linux, Solaris, AIX)

  • 3 Workstations

What about NAS / File / Unstructured Data?

Note: VUL addresses 12 of 15 Veeam products

1 VUL protects:

  • 500GB of data (1 ten-pack protects 5TB of data)

Licensing Veeam V11: What’s new and what’s not

All VUL licenses are fully featured, Enterprise Plus capabilities. Customers are no longer stuck with “workload-specific” licenses that may have over-purchased, or no longer need. VUL save customers time and money by allowing them to use licenses across workloads. With VUL, the cost to protect nearly all workload types is lower than ever.

Note: Exceeding License Limits / Licensing Policy

VUL continues to receive all of the available features within Veeam Backup & Replication and Veeam Availability Suite, with a portable licensing option for use on-premises, in the public cloud, and across hybrid and multi-cloud environments. This includes protection for all of the following workloads:

  • All supported hypervisors — VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V and Nutanix AHV

  • All supported OS — Microsoft Windows, Linux, Mac, Oracle Solaris and IBM AIX

  • Cloud-native workloads — AWS and Microsoft Azure

  • Enterprise applications — SAP HANA and Oracle (including for AIX)

  • NAS file share & unstructured data protection

There are also some NEW V11 features that require either VUL or the Enterprise Plus edition of socket-based licensing:

  • Continuous Data Protection for VMware vSphere VMs

  • Archiving to Amazon S3 Glacier and Azure Archive Storage

Sockets restrict your ability to take workload protection to the cloud.

Veeam protects native cloud workloads in Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud.

Small sites shouldn't have to purchase 2 sockets to protect a handful of VMs.

"Veeam VBR 11 Editions Comparison.pdf" (Click Here)

Please contact me for the "Veeam VBR 11 Editions Comparison.pdf" document.

Veeam Universal License (VUL) along with a Socket License
If you still use a socket license, we recommend you talk to your sales representative about migrating it to VUL for the ultimate capability and flexibility. However, if you must continue using sockets, please be aware of the following limitations:

  • When combining VUL with a legacy socket-based license in a merged and centrally managed environment, the socket edition and support level always takes precedence and dictates the feature edition level of the entire environment.

    • Example: Combing a Standard legacy socket license with VUL will restrict certain platform capabilities like the Scale-out Backup Repository.

  • If a feature isn’t available with a socket license, like cloud machine protection for example, it will be available when a VUL is merged with socket licenses.

  • In the presence of a socket license, all VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V VMs will consume the socket license. In other words, you cannot use VUL to protect some of your VMs unless you migrate the socket licenses to VUL, which can freely protect all workloads regardless of hypervisor, workload or environment.

  • VMs on hypervisor hosts that are licensed with a socket license can now be protected with any Veeam product without needing an additional VUL license, so long as the protection is managed by the same backup server. For example, protecting a Windows failover cluster based on vSphere VMs with Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows does not additionally consume a VUL license for the agent."

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"Veeam Backup & Replication Community Edition is the must-have FREE backup software for VMware and Hyper-V, as well as physical servers, workstations, laptops and cloud instances. Use Community Edition to protect VMs, cloud instances, physical servers, workstations, laptops or unstructured file data. Protect your production environment, your remote worker endpoint devices, use it in your home lab or even for migrations at no cost — it’s like a FREE gift from Veeam!" (How to setup Veeam to manage all the backups in your home)

Non-Technical Information...

Veeam Backup Server Best Practices
Recommended Veeam backup server configuration is 1 CPU core (physical or virtual) and 4 GB RAM per 10 concurrently running jobs. Concurrent jobs include any running backup or replication jobs as well as any job with a continuous schedule such as backup copy jobs and tape jobs. The minimum recommendation is 2 CPU cores and 8 GB RAM.

Max number of *concurrent* jobs

  • 1 CPU core for every 10 actively running jobs at its busiest.

Max number of *concurrent* jobs

  • 512 MB for every actively running job at its busiest.

Space usage

  • Logs: 3 GB for every 100 VMs that back up once per day.

  • Working space for indexing: 100 MB /1 million files on Windows, 50 MB / 1 million files on Linux.

  • Indexing post-processing: 2 MB / 1 million files (compressed)

Laws of physics...
How long will it take to transfer 10 TB of data over a 10 Gbps link?

  • 10 TB = 10 * 1,024 (GB) * 1,024 (MB) = 10,485,760 MB

  • 10,485,760 MB / 900 MB/s = 11,651 seconds - (Note: 10Gb/s Ethernet is 1250MB/s theoretical, or 900 MB/s field experience.)

  • 11,651 seconds / 60 seconds in a minute = 195 minutes

  • 195 minutes / 60 minutes in an hour = ~3 hours 15 minutes

Technical Design and Architecture...

Technical Details...

Virtual Lab / DataLabs...


Application Awareness...


Global Cache on Spinning Disk

  • Link <3Mb/s - WAN likely saturated; processing rate dependent on data reduction ratio (estimated 10x)

  • Link >3Mb/s and <50Mb/s - WAN will not be fully utilized; expect ~5MB/s processing rate but less bandwidth

  • Link >50Mb/s - WAN will not be fully utilized, using direct mode copy will use more bandwidth but likely be faster

Logs: C:\ProgramData\Veeam\Backup\Utils\VMC.log

Cryptographic Module Validation Program CMVP