System Requirements

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    The protected computer must meet requirements listed in the table below.

    System RequirementsNOTE

    The following system requirements apply to the following Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows configuration:

    • Veeam Agent version is 5.0.3.

    To learn system requirements for Veeam Agent previous versions, see Release Notes for Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows 5.0, Release Notes for Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows 5.0.1 and Release Notes for Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows 5.0.2.

    • Veeam Agent is operating in the standalone mode.

    To learn about system requirements for Veeam Agent managed by Veeam Backup & Replication, see the System Requirements section in the Veeam Agent Management Guide.

     

     

    Specification

    Requirement

    Hardware

    CPU: x86-64 processor.

    Memory: 2 GB RAM or more. Memory consumption varies depending on number and size of processed disks.

    Disk Space: 200 MB for product installation.

    Network: 1 Mbps or faster. High latency and reasonably unstable WAN links are supported.

    System firmware: BIOS or UEFI.

    Drive encryption: Microsoft BitLocker (optional). BitLocker encrypted volumes must be unlocked at the moment when Veeam Agent starts the backup or restore operation. Only Microsoft BitLocker is supported for drive encryption. Other drive encryption products are not supported.

    OS

    Both 64-bit and 32-bit (where applicable) versions of the following operating systems are supported1:

    • Microsoft Windows Server 2022
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2019
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2016
    • Microsoft Windows Server Semi-Annual Channel (from version 1803 to version 20H2)
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2012
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 SP12
    • Microsoft Windows 11 (version 21H2)
    • Microsoft Windows 10 Semi-Annual Channel (from version 1803 up to version 21H2)3
    • Microsoft Windows 10 Long-Term Servicing Channel (versions 1507, 1607 and 1809)
    • Microsoft Windows 8.1
    • Microsoft Windows 7 SP1

    1 Consider the following:

    • Small Business Server, Server Essentials, and Server Storage editions of Microsoft Windows Server OSes are supported.
    • Server Core installations of Microsoft Windows Server OSes are supported for Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows managed by Veeam Backup & Replication only. To learn more, see Veeam Agent Management Guide. Veeam Agent operating in the standalone mode does not support Server Core installations.
    • Windows Embedded / Windows IoT OSes are supported (except for custom builds by certain vendors that do not have components required for Veeam Agent operation).
    • Microsoft Failover Clusters are supported for Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows managed by Veeam Backup & Replication only. To learn more, see Veeam Agent Management Guide. Veeam Agent operating in the standalone mode does not support Microsoft Failover Clusters.

    2 Veeam CBT driver is supported only if Microsoft Windows update KB3033929 is installed on the Veeam Agent computer.

    3 Microsoft Windows 10 Education is supported starting from build 10586 and later.

    File System

    Microsoft Windows FAT32/exFAT, NTFS, ReFS file systems are supported.

    The supported file system must reside on a volume that is 64 TB or smaller, because Veeam Agent uses the Microsoft Software Shadow Copy Provider to create a volume shadow copy during the backup. To learn more about the limitation, see this Microsoft article.

    Software

    The following required 3rd party software is included in the setup program:

    • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5.2
    • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Management Objects
    • Microsoft SQL Server System CLR Types
    • Windows Universal C Runtime Library

    When installing the product, the setup program checks whether all prerequisite software is available on the target computer. If some of the required software components are missing, the missing software is installed automatically.

    If you plan to use Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows with Veeam Backup & Replication, you must install Veeam Backup & Replication 11 on the Veeam backup server.

    Microsoft SQL Database

    Microsoft SQL Server 2012 SP4 Express LocalDB Edition (installed with the product).

    Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows works with only those hard drive types that are supported by the Microsoft Windows OS. Thus, Veeam Agent supports the 512 bytes and 4 KB sector hard drives only. Other hard drive types are not supported. To learn more, see this Microsoft article.

    Backup Source

    Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows supports backup of data that resides in the following types of storage:

    • Local (internal) storage of the protected computer.
    • Direct attached storage (DAS), such as USB, eSATA or Firewire external drives (USB sticks and SD cards are not supported).
    • Storage Area Network (SAN), such as iSCSI connected volumes.

    Keep in mind that Veeam Agent cannot work with third-party volume managers installed on the protected computer. Such managers may not allow Veeam Agent to interact with necessary interfaces and services properly.

    Backup Target

    Backup can be performed to the following types of storage:

    Disk-based storage

    • Local (internal) storage of the protected computer (not recommended).
    • Direct attached storage (DAS), such as USB, eSATA or Firewire external drives, and raw device mapping (RDM) volumes.

    System Requirements IMPORTANT

    We do not recommend targeting a backup job at the storage device with the exFAT file system. If the protected computer runs Microsoft Windows 10 or Microsoft Windows Server 2019 and later, this configuration may lead to the backup data corruption caused by the exFAT file system issue.

    • Network Attached Storage (NAS) able to represent itself as SMB (CIFS) share.
    • Storage Area Network (SAN), such as iSCSI connected volumes.
    • Veeam Backup & Replication 11 or later backup repository.

    Cloud storage

    • Veeam Cloud Connect 11 or later cloud repository.
    • Microsoft OneDrive storage (for Microsoft Windows 7 SP1, 8.1, 10 and 11).

    Network

    Consider the following:

    • If you back up to a repository managed by a Veeam backup server, Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows must be able to establish a direct IP connection to the Veeam Backup & Replication server. Veeam Agent cannot work with Veeam Backup & Replication that is located behind a NAT gateway.
    • Domain names of the Veeam Agent computer, Veeam Backup & Replication server and other servers in the Veeam backup infrastructure must be resolvable into IPv4 addresses.