Veeam releases free virtualization backup tool for VMware, Hyper-V

The software is a scaled-down version of Veeam Backup & Replication, but still a powerful application on its own

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Quick Migration for VMware

VMware users also get a feature called Quick Migration, which allows for the live migration of a running VM from a backup image to any host or datastore, for users who don't use clusters or shared storage.

Quick Migration leverages native VMware technology, as well as Veeam technology, to accommodate any migration scenario, including:

  • Migrating a VM from a local datastore to shared storage
  • Migrating a VM between two separate hosts and datastores

Quick Migration also allows you to easily move a live VM from any source to any destination, even if vMotion and Storage vMotion aren't available.


VeeamZip is one of the more interesting new features added, in my opinion. The purpose of VeeamZip is to provide a quick and easy way to make ad hoc backups of running VMware or Hyper-V VMs for operational, archival, or portability purposes. As an example, administrators can now back up a VM before applying patches, create an archive copy of a VM, or copy a VM to a remote test lab without causing downtime because of having to power off the production VM.

Think of this technology as WinZip for your virtual machines.

"[VeeamZip] allows you to quickly and easily 'Zip' all the files and settings associated with a VM into a compressed, deduped 'archive' file," says Hazelman. "The file that VeeamZip creates is in our standard .VBK file format. You can now take a 500GB VM and 'Zip' it into a single file that will fit on most removable media such as a portable hard drive or even a USB 'thumb' drive."

According to Hazelman, there are a number of different use cases for these compact VM archives. You can:

  • Create an ad hoc backup of a VM before making changes to it. You can restore whatever you need from the backup, whether that's the full VM or individual files.
  • Archive a VM before deleting it. VeeamZip removes unnecessary blocks and compresses and deduplicates the rest to create the smallest possible backup. It can write the backup to any storage accessible to your workstation, including a USB stick.
  • Copy and take that VM with you. VeeamZip encapsulates all virtual disks and configuration settings for easy transfer of the VM. Backups are completely self-contained, with no dependency on a backup database or catalog.

I'd rather not look a gift horse in the mouth, but if I'm going to be critical of anything in a free tool like this, it would be the fact that it installs the full production or pay version of the product without a license key. That's great news if I'm planning on upgrading to the full release at some point in time, but if I'm just planning on using the freebie portion of the product, it might be a hassle to have to install a SQL Express database I probably won't need and create a much larger footprint than is necessary on my machine.H onestly, I think that's something most virtualization administrators can live with at the end of the day. It is, after all, free.

By taking a freemium approach, Veeam is also getting this technology into the hands of as many VMware and Hyper-V administrators as it can, ensuring that Veeam Backup & Replication is on their radar screens for down-the-line purchasing once they've outgrown the free product.

Veeam Backup Free Edition is available now at no cost and with no limitations on the number of hosts or VMs.

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