System Requirements for Microsoft Windows Computers

A computer that you want to protect with Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows must meet the following requirements:

Specification

Requirement

Hardware

CPU: x86 or x64.

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

Disk Space: 200–700 MB for product installation. Required disk space varies depending on the Veeam Agent usage scenario.

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 for Microsoft Windows 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 (from version 21H2 to version 23H2)
  • Microsoft Windows 10 Semi-Annual Channel (from version 1803 to version 22H2)3
  • Microsoft Windows 10 Long-Term Servicing Channel (versions 2015, 2016 and 2019)
  • Microsoft Windows 8.14
  • Microsoft Windows 7 SP14

Each Veeam Agent computer that consumes a license installed in Veeam Backup & Replication must have a unique BIOS UUID.

1 Consider the following:

  • Running Veeam Agent on Insider versions of Microsoft Windows Client and Server OSes is not supported. 
  • Server Core installations of Microsoft Windows Server OSes can be backed-up only by Veeam Agent backup jobs managed by the Veeam backup server. Note: to ensure proper work of Veeam Agent, do not uninstall the WoW64 feature.
  • Windows Embedded / Windows IoT OSes are supported (except for custom builds by certain vendors that do not have components required for Veeam Agent operation).

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.

4 OS is not supported for cloud machines.

File System

Microsoft Windows FAT, 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, see Microsoft documentation.

Database

SQLite database engine (installed with the product).

Software

The following required 3rd party software is included in the Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows Redistributable. During the Veeam Agent deployment process, Veeam Backup & Replication checks whether all prerequisite software is available on the target computer. If some of the required software components are missing, Veeam Backup & Replication will install missing software automatically.

  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5.2
  • Windows Universal C Runtime Library

Considerations and Limitations

Consider the following:

  • 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.
  • Devices managed by Veritas Volume Manager are not supported.
  • Supported culture settings depend on the version of Microsoft Windows OS installed on your computer. To learn more, see this Microsoft article.