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We have been using Veeam to copy or migrate VMS from our Esxi server 1 to our Esxi 2 server.
Both servers are on the same switch,  we simply like having hardware full redundancy..so we keep copies of our vms on both - only one started at a time of course.

All of a sudden I can no longer use the "quick migration" tool to copy my vms.  It appears a few files move then we get an ERROR.   I really can find anything specific or any logs telling me why?

NOTE - These are cold migrations - vms are off
Whats strange is that if use the "COPY" tool,  it works!? Transfer rate approx 19mbs and they copy!  - I guess I can use this method but still wondering why.

Has anyone seen this behaviour?
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by:j-teksolutions
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Sorry was able to expand the error

1/20/2013 7:53:22 AM :: Preparing target VM Error: Current license or ESXi version prohibits execution of the requested operation.

Both servers are activated with their free license??
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by:MaximVeeam
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Do you use free ESXi? If so, Veeam doesn't support it because of the blocked backup API from VMware.
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Yes.  I have used this many times in the past?
I was told the free version of Veeam backup and replication will work with esxi?
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by:MaximVeeam
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Yes, both Veeam Backup & Replication and Veeam Backup Free Edition work with the paid ESXi. VMware blocks its backup API in free ESXi, so the minimum required VMware licensing is vSphere Essentials (with the unlocked data protection API).
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by:j-teksolutions
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Why do you think it was working for a period of time?  A grace period?
I know about the API as I wanted to use my Backup Exec R3 with vmware plugins to take snapshots of my vms but couldn't- I was told though that Veeam Backup & Replication would do it=(
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You cannot use it with the Free version of ESXi. You need to have a licensed version.

see my EE article

VMware ESX/ESXi Backup Guide
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Have you been using it with no license for ESXi for 60 days?

have you just registered your license?
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by:j-teksolutions
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Thanks guys - so maybe just use the COPY feature for now for my purposes with the vms powered down?
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You always need a Licensed (PAID) versions of ESXi to perform backups.
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by:j-teksolutions
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Maybe it was working during the non licensed period?  I just activated the license a week ago
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That's the issue.

When you first install ESXi, it operates in FULL ESXi [EVALUTION MODE] for 60 days, or UNTIL you APPLY the FREE LICENSE!

During this time you can try all the bells and whistles!

see my EE Article


HOW TO: Install and Configure VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1)
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 1400 total points
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there is no requirement to apply to FREE License until Day 59/60!

at which time ALL the Bells and Whistles will change to FREE Mode (no backups, no management, only 32GB per server, single processor).

I would recommend you spend approx $500 and purchase vSphere Essentials, you'll get 3 x 2 Processor Licenses, and vCenter Management Server, a bargain for $500.

and Veeam will function correctly.
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by:MaximVeeam
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That's right. The cost of VMware Essentials would be less than 10% of hardware costs - so there is really no reason to stick with free ESXi and deal with all of its limitations.
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by:j-teksolutions
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thanks guys!!  I will do that
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