Veeam and VMWare licensing question

Hi, in order to use Veeam to replicate VMs from one physical host to another, I am aware that a paid for ESXi license is required.

If I purchase VMware Essentials, is it necessary to install the vCentre software on the server to use Veeam, or is it possible to add the host license keys to the ESXi hosts themselves so the vStorage APIs become available?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You do not require vCenter Server to be installed to use Veeam Backup and Replication.

You just add the licenses to the ESXi servers.

But if you have purchased Essentials, I would recommend installing vCenter Server, it has lots of features you can use which you have paid for, e.g. Performance Data will be stored in the database, templates, cloning, copying.

It just requires a Virtual Server e.g. - Windows 2008 R2/2012 VM, or you can download the vCenter Appliance. (FREE)
Haresh NikumbhSr. Tech leadCommented:
Agree With hanccocka, Veem can directly backup your virtual machine from the host, but  as per Veems  recommendation you should backup VMs via vcenter.

As you already going to purchase Essential lic, so you use Vcenter Appliance.. or create Vm on the host

for more info
butterhookAuthor Commented:
So my objective is to back up the key component of the system, which is a Windows server performing specific roles, and ideally I don't want to add both vSphere and Veeam to the scope of this machine.

I'm happy to put on the Veeam role if it's essential.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
in that case, just use Veeam Backup Hosts, and don't reploy vCenter Server, and just add licenses keys to the host - simples.

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