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ESXI wont backup using Veeam

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Ive got a HP Prolliant ML350 Server running the free HP Build of VMware - HPE-ESXi-6.7.0-iso-Gen9plus-670.10.3.5.6 (Hewlett Packard Enterprise). The server has 2 CPUs with 8 cores per socket and 80gb of Ram. I have 3 guest running Windows 2012 server and Im trying to setup Veeam to backup the boxes but Im getting the following error in Veeam which indicates something is not right with the licensing.

Processing Main SQL Server Error: Current vSphere license or ESXi version prohibits execution of the requested operation.

Sounds like the HP VMware license is the issue and I probably need at the very least an VMWare Essenttial License key - does this key have to be bought from HP or can I get it off VMWare themselves? Can I apply the license via the web gui of the VMHost?
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Correct, any FREE version of ESXi does not have the licensed APIs which Veeam uses!

Minimum required is Essentials.

Just purchase from VMware, and then apply the key via the Web Client.
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Hi,

+1, a minimum vSphere paid license is required
you can buy it from HP, or VMware directly

Do you have a Veeam license too ?
If looking for free Veeam, you could get Veeam community license for 10 VMs at least AFAIK (backup and replication)
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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There are  few (rare) backup products which can backup FREE ESXi! (e.g. do not use or need a VMware vSphere License).

But this is how it's always been, this is not new.
AlexA lack of information provides a lack of a decent solution.

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Correct me if I'm wrong, but can't you  use power CLI to backup the ESXi Configuration with "get-VMHostFirmware"

Whilst it's not what you could class as a "True" backup, it would facilitate the rebuild of the host?
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I don't think backing up the VMware configuration really matters on a single server, you can write that down on a bit of paper.

You can do a SQL backup using SQL visual studio and exclude the SQL aware backup under Veeam to get a full SQL backup plus transaction log truncation if you don't want to buy a VMware license.
AlexA lack of information provides a lack of a decent solution.

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Ah ok, I thought it may have backed things up like storage configurations as well.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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I think this is about Virtual Machine backups....

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Thank you Andrew.

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Ok i have two keys, Ive applied the vSphere License in the web gui, I have a second key for the vCenter Server - where does that get applied? Tried it in the same place I applied the vSphere license but not happening?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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Usually you....

Install ESXi Hosts, then deploy vCenter Server, add all your keys to vCenter Server.... and vCenter Server can then allocate them to "itself" and ESXi hosts!

vCenter Servert key gets applied to license vCenter Server, if you don't have a vCenter Server them.....its not used.