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Hey guys...looked around and confused about licensing for veeam backup...have 2 esxi servers running and bought license for  veeam backup....question is can you install veeam backup on both esxi servers in vm or are you only allowed to install veeam on one esxi vm...

would you need another license to install on both...from my reading i thought you was allowed to install on both within same company but not different versions...like standard enterprise...reason being..my thinking if we have one esxi server go down and need to restore other vm from other esxi server then with veeam being on one server would be an issue....any help is appreciated
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by:RaithZ
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You only need licenses for each CPU Socket on the VMWare Host (esxi) server that you are backing up.  If you need to restore a backed up VM to a second server that you didnt buy licenses for that is fine, you can do that without having to purchase licenses for it.  

However if you intend to back up VM's form that host, you would need licenses for it.  You can deploy other components such as backup servers, backup proxies, backup repositories as you wish, as they do not require additional licenses and you can have as many as you need.  

You are correct on only having one edition per environment.

So to break it down, if your main host that you want to backup has 4 physical CPU's, you need to buy VEEAM licenses for those 4 CPU's.  If you need to migrate/restore/replicate a VM from said host, to another host you can without buying more licenses.  You just cant BACKUP VM's from that second host without buying licenses for it.



Theres no limitation to the servers that Veeam can be installed on, just limits on the host that it can backup.  

Source:  http://www.veeam.com/backup-licensing-faq.html
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so if i have a license for say 4 physical cpus...i buy veeam for those 4 physical cpus...Correct?

So lets say i have 2 esxi servers...both servers have 4 physical cpus.....

so i can install veeam on both esxi servers and backup vms on both servers and if one esxi server would crash i can restore vm from that esxi server on the one running....correct???
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It doesn't matter what VMware licenses you have (guessing that is what you mean by a licenses for 4 physical cpu's)

if you have 4 CPU's in the host.. then you need to buy Veeam licenses for 4 cpu's.  

If you want to backup VM's from 2 esxi's, each with 4 cpu's you need to buy Veeam licenses for 8 cpu's total.  

If you just need to backup one of the hosts but restore to a second, you only have to buy licenses for the0 cpu's in the one host that you backup.  you can restore a VM to any host, you can only backup a vm from a host you have Veeam licenses for.
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ok, thanks...i get it now...makes sense....
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