Using Veeam, can backups be taken while VMs (VMWare) are powered on and in production use?

Using Veeam 9.0 FREE edition and pulling copies from ESXi 5.1, 5.5, and 6.5 .

When performing Veeam Zip operations on a VM does the VM need to be powered off?
Specifically for Linux Red Hat 7.2, can I leave this powered on while taking a backup?
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Michael MachieFull-time technical multi-taskerAsked:
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Martin MillerCTOCommented:
No, can be on or off... performance will be impacted.
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Michael MachieFull-time technical multi-taskerAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the quick reply.

I'll give this a try tonight and see how it goes, then will update you.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
do you have licenses for ESXi or are these also FREE ?
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Michael MachieFull-time technical multi-taskerAuthor Commented:
Hi!

I've successfully pulled the live backup of the red hat 7.2 vm and powered it up on the test esxi 6.5 host with what appears to be zero issues.

I feel comfortable with moving forward with my upgrade this weekend. Thanks Martin.

@Andrew:
Im using the trial license for 6.5 so I can restore to the test host and verify compatibility on esxi 6.5, which I did.  Needed to know if the vm had to be powered off before taking a zip, which it does not.
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