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Veeam Agent for Linux 2.0.1
User Guide

System Requirements

The protected Linux-based endpoint must meet the following requirements:




CPU: x86-64 processor (i386 or later).

Memory: 1 GB RAM.

Disk Space: 100 MB free disk space for product installation.

Network: 10 Mbps or faster network connection to a backup target.

System firmware: BIOS or UEFI.

Disk layout: MBR or GPT.

For virtual machines: Only full virtualization type is supported.


Linux kernel 2.6.32 or later* is supported.

Both 64-bit and 32-bit versions of the following distributions** are supported:

  • Debian 6.0 – 9.4***
  • Ubuntu 10.04 – 18.04***
  • CentOS / RHEL 6.0 – 7.5****
  • Oracle Linux 6 (starting from UEK R1) – Oracle Linux 7 (up to UEK R4 U7)***
  • Oracle Linux 6 – 7.5 (RHCK)***
  • Fedora 23 – 28***
  • openSUSE 11.3 – 13.2***
  • openSUSE Leap 42.0 – 42.1***
  • openSUSE Leap 42.2 – 42.3, Leap 15
  • SLES 11 SP4 – 12 SP3
  • SLES for SAP 11 SP4 – 12 SP3

* As long as you use kernels supplied by your distribution.

Consider the following limitations:

  • Fedora and Tumbleweed distributions are supported up to kernel 4.16, inclusive.
  • Linux kernel 2.6.32-754.6.3 in CentOS / RHEL and Oracle Linux (RHCK) is not supported.

** Only GA versions that have been released before the current version of Veeam Agent for Linux are supported.

*** Pre-built binary veeamsnap kernel module packages are not compatible with these distributions. Use the dkms packages instead.

**** Pre-built binary veeamsnap kernel module packages require kernel 2.6.32-131.0.15 or later for CentOS / RHEL 6 (excluding 2.6.32-279.el6.i686) and kernel 3.10.0-123 or later for CentOS / RHEL 7.0 – 7.5. For other kernels, install the veeamsnap module using the veeamsnap- source RPM package available in the Veeam repository.

File System

Veeam Agent for Linux supports data backup and restore for the following file systems*:

  • Ext 2/3/4
  • F2FS
  • FAT16
  • FAT32
  • HFS
  • HFS+
  • JFS
  • NILFS2
  • NTFS
  • ReiserFS
  • XFS

The supported file system can reside on a simple volume or LVM2 volume.

* Consider the following:

  • Veeam Agent for Linux does not back up volumes that reside on USB devices.
  • Backup of machines used as cluster nodes is not supported (that includes backup of machines that use shared disks, clustered file systems or clustered LVM).
  • Certain limitations for EMC PowerPath configuration apply. To learn more, see


Important! Linux user account used to work with Veeam Agent for Linux must have the /bin/bash shell set as the default shell.

Protected computer must have the following components installed:

  • dkms*
  • gcc*
  • make*
  • perl*
  • kernel-headers*
  • kernel-devel*
  • libudev
  • libacl
  • libattr
  • lvm2
  • libfuse
  • libncurses5
  • dmidecode**
  • efibootmgr (for UEFI-based systems)
  • isolinux (for Debian-based systems)
  • syslinux (for RedHat-based systems)

* Not required for CentOS, RHEL and SLES distributions if a pre-built binary veeamsnap package is to be installed. For details, see Installing Veeam Agent for Linux.

** Required for Veeam Agent management — a valid UUID must be obtainable either from dmidecode | grep -i uuid or from /sys/class/dmi/id/product_uuid. Each Veeam Agent that consumes a license installed in Veeam Backup & Replication must have a unique UUID. If a valid UUID cannot be obtained, Veeam will generate it automatically.

Backup Target

Backup can be performed to the following disk-based storage:

  • Local (internal) storage of the protected computer (not recommended).
  • Direct attached storage (DAS), such as USB, eSATA or Firewire external drives.
  • Network Attached Storage (NAS) able to represent itself as SMB (CIFS) or NFS share. Requires cifs-utils or nfs-utils packages to be installed on the Veeam Agent for Linux computer, depending on a network storage type.
  • Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 3 or later backup repository (except DataDomain DDboost, HPE StoreOnce).
  • Veeam Cloud Connect 9.5 Update 3 or later cloud repository.
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