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User Guide for VMware vSphere

Exceeding License Limit

In some cases, the number of actually managed objects may exceed the license limit. For example, when some VMs or hosts are temporarily managed for testing or POC.

For per-VM licenses, Veeam Backup & Replication allows you to manage more VMs than specified in the license. An increase in the number of managed VMs is allowed only for a limited period of time which is called grace period. Grace period duration and exceeding limit vary according to the license type, see the table below.

If the grace period is over and you still exceed the license limit, the post-grace period starts. In post-grace period, you can process only the amount of VMs specified in the license. To process more VMs, you will need to install the license for a greater number of VMs.

If you stop exceeding the limit, the recovery period starts. If you don't exceed the limit within 24 hours, the license will be reverted to normal state. If you exceed the limit again within 24 hours, you will continue previously started grace period.

Exceeding License Limit 

License Type

Exceeding Limit

Grace Period

Perpetual license

20 VMs or 20% of license limit.

For example:

  • If the license is for 5 VMs, additional 20 VMs can be processed during the grace period (25 in total).
  • If the license is for 1000 VMs, additional 200 VMs can be processed during the grace period (1200 in total).

30 days

Subscription license

10 VMs or 10% of license limit

Equal to the duration of the license key

Rental license

20 VMs or 20% license limit + number of new VMs (in a trial period) existing by the end of the previous month

60 days

Exceeding License Limit Important!

For per-socket licenses, Veeam Backup & Replication does not offer any grace period. If number of sockets exceeds the license limit, Veeam Backup & Replication will not process the sockets above the license limit.

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