Veeam Recovery Media Versions

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    Veeam Agent for Linux offers the following versions of Veeam Recovery Media:

    • Regular recovery image suitable for the majority of Linux machines.
    • Legacy recovery image that allows you to perform bare metal recovery of Linux machines that run an earlier version of Linux kernel with custom drivers.

    Regular Recovery Image

    The regular recovery image is intended for Veeam Agent computers that run Linux kernel version 3.16 and later. This version of Veeam Recovery Media is based on the Debian live install image and allows you to boot your computer using Linux kernel of either stable Debian release or testing release. In Veeam Agent for Linux 5.0, this Veeam Recovery Media offers Linux kernel versions 4.19.0 and 5.9.0.

    You can download the regular recovery image from the following sources:

    Recovery image ISO files downloaded from the Veeam website have the following names:

    • veeam-recovery-media-5.0.0.4318_i386.iso — for Veeam Agent computers based on the x86 architecture
    • veeam-recovery-media-5.0.0.4318_x86_64.iso — for Veeam Agent computers based on the x64 architecture

    Recovery image ISO files downloaded from the Veeam software repository have the following names:

    • veeam-recovery-i386-5.0.0.iso — for Veeam Agent computers based on the x86 architecture
    • veeam-recovery-amd64-5.0.0.iso — for Veeam Agent computers based on the x64 architecture

    The size of the regular recovery image file depends on the Veeam Agent computer architecture: 460 MB for x86 computers and 490 MB for x64 computers.

    In the scenario where you instruct Veeam Agent to download and patch the recovery image during initial product setup on a computer that runs Linux kernel version 3.16 and later, Veeam Agent downloads the regular recovery image from the Veeam software repository.

    Consider the following:

    • The regular recovery image supports EFI.
    • This version of recovery image supports Secure Boot.
    • This version of recovery image contains a larger set of software packages than the legacy recovery image. You can also install additional software from a software repository using the apt package manager. Keep in mind that to install software from a repository, the computer booted from the Veeam Recovery Media must have internet connection.

    By default, the list of repositories contains the following package sources: DebianStable, DebianBackports, StableUpdates, DebianSecurity. You can also add custom repositories if necessary. For information about how to do this, see Debian documentation.

    Legacy Recovery Image

    The legacy recovery image is intended for Veeam Agent computers that run Linux kernel version earlier than 3.16 with custom drivers. It allows you to create a custom Veeam Recovery Media for such computers. In the scenario where you instruct Veeam Agent to download and patch the recovery image during initial product setup on such a computer, Veeam Agent downloads this version of the recovery image from the Veeam software repository. You can also download it manually from the repository.

    The name and size of the legacy recovery image ISO file is veeam-recovery-media-5.0.0.iso. The size of the ISO file depends on the Veeam Agent computer architecture: 136 MB for x86 computers and 139 MB for x64 computers.

    The legacy recovery image does not support EFI by default. You can enable EFI support for a custom Veeam Recovery Media based on this version of recovery image. To learn more, see Create Custom Veeam Recovery Media and Creating Custom Veeam Recovery Media.

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