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Veeam Cloud Connect Guide

Rental Machines Licensing

Starting from version 9.5 Update 3, if a tenant uses a rental license and creates backups in a cloud repository, Veeam Backup & Replication tracks backed-up machines in the tenant license, and not in the SP license. With this functionality, SPs who manage Veeam backup infrastructure on the tenant side can process tenant machines without consuming the license twice — on the SP backup server and the tenant backup server. It may be also useful for SPs who want to evaluate Veeam Cloud Connect Backup scenarios before obtaining the Veeam Cloud Connect service provider license for a desired number of backed-up machines.

To use this functionality, the SP and tenant must make sure that the following conditions are met:

  • The SP backup server runs Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 3.
  • The tenant runs one of the following Veeam products with a rental license installed:
  • Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 3
  • Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows 2.1
  • Veeam Agent for Linux 2.0
  • The tenant creates a backup on a cloud repository of the SP in the following way:
  • Creates a VM backup with a backup job configured in Veeam Backup & Replication.
  • Creates a backup of a physical or virtual machine with a Veeam Agent backup job.
  • Creates a copy of a VM backup with a backup copy job configured in Veeam Backup & Replication.
  • Creates a copy of a Veeam Agent backup with a backup copy job configured in Veeam Backup & Replication.

If the listed conditions are met, machines whose backups tenants create on a cloud repository are considered as rental machines. Veeam Backup & Replication running on the SP backup server counts rental machines according to the following rules:

  • Rental machines do not consume Cloud Connect (VM), Cloud Connect (Workstation) and Cloud Connect (Server) counters in the SP license.
  • Rental machines are not included in monthly license usage reports.
  • Rental machines appear in tenant machine counts in the SP backup console and Veeam Cloud Connect report.

Rental Machines Licensing Note:

If a tenant creates a backup on a cloud repository with a backup copy job that uses a Veeam Agent backup as a source, the backed-up Veeam Agent computer will be considered as a rental machine only if the following conditions are met:

  • The source Veeam Agent backup is created by Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows 2.1 or Veeam Agent for Linux 2.0 with a rental license installed.
  • The copy of the Veeam Agent backup is created on the cloud repository by Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 3 (with any type of license installed).

Machines whose backups were created by Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows 2.0 or earlier and copied to a cloud repository by Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 3 are not considered as rental machines.

For example, Tenant 1 uses Veeam Backup & Replication and Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows with rental licenses installed to back up 2 VMs and 1 server to the cloud repository. Tenant 2 uses Veeam Backup & Replication and Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows with subscription licenses installed to back up 6 VMs and 2 servers to the cloud repository. In this case, the SP license will be consumed by 6 backed-up VMs and 2 servers processed by Tenant 2. 2 VMs and 1 server processed by Tenant 1 will be considered as rental machines and will not appear in the SP license.  

In the tenant machine counts of the SP backup console, as well as in the SP Veeam Cloud Connect report, Veeam Backup & Replication will display the total number of 8 backed-up VMs and 3 servers — the number of active VMs and servers processed by Tenant 2 plus the number of rental machines processed by Tenant 1.

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