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any idea if I can use Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows - Server license, to backup Hyper-V and 2 VM, installed on Hyper-V?
I am asking this because I want application aware backup in VM to be done.

Or is that too much for him, and I should deploy 3 agents, 1 in each VM and host? Buying full Veeam B&R server, for this is not an option :)

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The Agent must be installed on every OS and can backup that OS, not VMs installed on that OS. So you need 3 agents.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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Veeam Agent is FREE to add to any Windows OS. It will backup the entire host it is installed on.
IvanSystem Engineer


Hi all,

I know there are 3 versions of agent, but as I can see only Server has application aware backup.
Since I have a DC running as VM, I would like to have that backup application-consistent, and if I install FREE agent, I will not get it - as I see in spec. for agent.
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You would normally backup each VM as a VM from the Host.

e.g. using a VM aware backup product like Veeam Backup and Replication.

You generally don't backup the entire host and it's VMs to the same backup file.

Veeam Agent is really designed for Physical Server backups.
Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/Storage

As a rule, the host doesn't need to be backed up.

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Using that method we can have the Hyper-V host back up and running and the existing VMs imported into the newly stood-up host in short order. So long as there is nothing critical going on with the hardware itself or the guest we're good to go.

Back up the guests using Veeam but keep in mind that the Backup & Replication setup needs resources on the host.
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Veeam B/R is free for 2 VM's.  Using the 1 agent you will have to backup the entire computer of the  host and these will be huge

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