Licensing Scenarios

An EC2 or RDS instance is considered protected if it has a backup or snapshot created by a backup policy in the last 31 days. Each protected instance consumes 1 license unit.

Note

Mind the following:

When you add a Veeam Backup for AWS appliance to the Veeam Backup & Replication infrastructure, there are two possible scenarios:

  • Connecting to an existing Veeam Backup for AWS appliance

If you connect to an existing Veeam Backup for AWS appliance, the Paid or BYOL license installed on the Veeam Backup for AWS appliance becomes invalid. Protected instances start consuming instance units from the Veeam Backup & Replication license.

If you remove the Veeam Backup for AWS appliance from Veeam Backup & Replication infrastructure, Veeam Backup & Replication will stop counting backed-up instances. Veeam Backup for AWS continues using the license that was used before you added Veeam Backup for AWS to the Veeam Backup & Replication infrastructure.

  • Deploying a new Veeam Backup for AWS appliance

If you deploy a new Veeam Backup for AWS appliance in the Veeam Backup & Replication console, protected instances start consuming instance units from the Veeam Backup & Replication license.

If you remove the Veeam Backup for AWS appliance from Veeam Backup & Replication infrastructure, Veeam Backup & Replication stops counting backed-up instances and Veeam Backup for AWS switches to the Free license with 10 available instances. To back up more than 10 instances, you must install a BYOL license on the Veeam Backup for AWS appliance. To see how to install a new BYOL license, see the Licensing section in the Veeam Backup for AWS User Guide.

Licensing When Connection to Veeam Backup & Replication is Lost

Veeam Backup for AWS stores information about EC2 and RDS instances licensed by Veeam Backup & Replication. If the connection between Veeam Backup for AWS appliance and Veeam Backup & Replication server is lost, you are still able to back up the already licensed instances. However, you are not able to back up new instances until the connection with Veeam Backup & Replication is restored.

Note that the loss of connection with Veeam Backup & Replication does not affect restore processes and manual creation of snapshots.

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