The Veeam Backup & Replication infrastructure requires license instances to process backup and replication jobs.
When you run a job, Veeam Backup & Replication uses a number of instances required for each type of protected workloads (for per-instance licenses) or applies a license to the protected hosts (for per-socket license).
Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager collects information about the type of license installed on Veeam backup servers connected to it and the number of instances in the license. When Veeam Enterprise Manager replicates databases from backup servers, it also synchronizes license data: checks if the license installed on the Veeam backup server coincides with the license installed on the Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager server. If the licenses do not coincide, the license on the Veeam backup server is automatically updated with that on the Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager server.
Keep in mind that you cannot use the same Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager server to manage backup servers that require different licenses, for example, a backup server of a Veeam Cloud Connect service provider and a regular backup server used to process Veeam Backup & Replication jobs.
For example, you add to Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager a backup server with the Veeam Cloud Connect service provider license installed. Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager will obtain information about the license and save it to its database. If you then add another backup server with a different type of license installed, Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager will install the Veeam Cloud Connect service provider license on this backup server. As a result, you will be able to use the second backup server to configure the Veeam Cloud Connect infrastructure, and will not be able to use this server to run backup and replication jobs.
Using Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager to work with Veeam Backup & Replication licenses reduces administration overhead. You can manage and activate licenses for the entire backup infrastructure from a single web console. You can view what workloads consume instances in the license, install a new license, or revoke the license from protected workloads.
For information on Veeam Backup & Replication license types, see the Licensing section of the Veeam Backup & Replication User Guide.
For information on Veeam Cloud Connect license types and license management tasks, see the Licensing for Service Providers section of the Veeam Cloud Connect Guide.
For more information on Veeam licensing, see Veeam Licensing Policy.
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