Veeam Endpoint Backup free

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Veeam Endpoint Backup consists of two main components: a service that performs backup jobs and an application to configure it. These components are installed locally on the machine you want to back up – it must be a machine running Windows 7 or higher (see here for detailed system requirements).

Once the product installation is complete, the following components appear on the machine:

  • Veeam Endpoint Service – Microsoft Windows service, which is actually responsible for backing up and restoring the machine from backup. The service starts automatically and runs in the background all the time.
  • Veeam Endpoint System Tray Application is a system tray application with which you can start the backup or recovery process, monitor its status, and launch the product control panel.
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 LocalDB – a “light version” of SQL Server, where configuration data are stored. It can be called an analogue of SQLite, which is often used to store operating data of web browsers or user software – LocalDB also requires minimal resources; the main difference is that SQLite is usually built in and running inside the application itself, while LocalDB functions in a subprocess run by Veeam Endpoint Service. When Veeam Endpoint Backup is idle, resource consumption (both base and program) tends to zero. Although, generally speaking, when performing a backup, resource consumption is not that high, because the process runs at a low priority.

Veeam Endpoint Backup integrates with Veeam Backup & Replication v8 Update 2 and above, allowing you to use your existing virtual machine backup repository to backup physical machines. To save these backups to the repository, you must configure the connection to the Veeam Backup & Replication infrastructure by registering the Veeam Backup server, in which case data will be saved directly to the repository bypassing the server. But that’s a bit later.

Veeam Backup free features:

Veeam Free make use of the VeeamZIP to create ad hoc backups of the virtual machine for operational, portability or archival purposes.

Following features are enabled in the free edition:

Backup & Restore: Full back up creation and restore.
VM File recovery: The possibility to restore VM files (vmdk, vmx for example).
Veeam Explorer: Restore AD, SQL, Exchange or Sharepoint objects.
Native tape support: copying files to tape drives.
Backup encryption: Allows you to encrypt the backup files.

Veeam Backup psychical server, client or desktop

Veeam endpoint protection allows you to make use of a stand-alone Windows service for backup of your physical client or server. It does not require a dedicated server or repository’s. You just install the software on each server you want to protect. The windows server makes use of a little local MS SQL DB. It is possible to integrate Veeam endpoint with Veeam Backup and Replication software. This allows you to save your endpoint backup on a Veeam repository.
Note: Veeam Endpoint does not support Application VSS writers yet. So the backup is not Application consistent. But for many situations is a crash consistent enough.

Features Veeam endpoint backup

Backup & Recovery: Choose to back up your entire computer, volume or just a couple of maps.
Scheduler: When do you want that the backup task runs?
Backup target: Where do you want to place the created backup? When you choose a removable device (USB stick) you can choose to detach the device when ready. This protect the device from ransomware.
Bitlocker: Veeam endpoint supports bitlocker encrypted drives.
Create recovery media: In case of a full system crash you can use your created recovery boot USB stick.
Support: Veeam gives free support, because they want to be the best. Yes this is awesome.

Veeam Endpoint Protection (walk through).

So, after installation (which, by the way, happens in “one click”) you can specify with what settings you want to run the backup task. Usually the default settings are used:

  • Backup scope (“scope”, i.e. what exactly should be backed up) – by default “all machine”.
    Target destination – a network folder with a repository or USB device connected to the machine (remember, this option should have at least half the capacity of the machine you are going to back up).
  • Schedule (i.e. when to start the backup) – by default, 0 hours 30 minutes daily.
    Default exclusions – the default is: the folder with temporary files, trash can, page and hibernate files, and VSS snapshot files in the System Volume Information folder.

In the future, if necessary, these settings can be easily changed, as well as the settings of the Windows power plan (for example, if you need to regularly “wake up” the backup machine and then translate it back to “sleep”).

It is then recommended to create a bootable media that will be used to recover the active volume or to restore it to “bare iron”.

Veeam Endpoint creating bootable media

You can use a DVD, flash drive, SD card, or just burn ISO somewhere.
It’s wise to create bootable media immediately after installation and setup, and place it in a safe place to store it – just so your head doesn’t hurt anymore; you usually only have to update it if it’s needed (e.g. when replacing a network card or storage device).
The first step of the Recovery Media wizard is to specify the type of media; media of the above types that are currently connected to the computer are automatically recognized.
Important! The selected media will be reformatted as bootable so that all data on it will be completely deleted!

There are two important check boxes on this step:
Include hardware drivers from this computer (recommended) – if you select this option, all network drivers as well as storage and USB drivers will be placed on the drive,

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