Platform Support

Veeam Backup & Replication provides support for the following versions of the VMware vSphere platform.

Virtual Infrastructure




  • vSphere 7.x*
  • vSphere 6.x
  • vSphere 5.5
  • VMware Cloud on AWS
  • VMware Cloud on Dell EMC


  • ESXi 7.x*
  • ESXi 6.x (up to 6.7 U3)
  • ESXi 5.5

Free ESXi is not supported. Veeam Backup & Replication leverages vSphere and vStorage APIs that are disabled by VMware in free ESXi.

Management Server

  • vCenter Server 7.x* (optional)
  • vCenter Server 6.x (optional) (up to 6.7 U3)
  • vCenter Server 5.5 (optional)

* Veeam Backup & Replication supports version 7.0 U1 starting from version 10 (build with cumulative patch 20201202 installed. To learn more details about this patch, see this Veeam KB article.




Virtual Hardware

  • All types and versions of virtual hardware are supported, including 62 TB VMDK.
  • Virtual machines with disks engaged in SCSI bus sharing are not supported for host-based backup, because VMware does not support snapshotting such VMs. To protect such VMs, use agent-based backup.
  • RDM virtual disks in physical mode, independent disks, and disks connected through in-guest iSCSI initiator are not supported for host-based backup, and are skipped from processing automatically. If backup of these disks is required, use agent-based backup.

Network shares and mount points targeted to 3rd party storage devices are also skipped as these volumes/disks are not visible in the VM configuration file.


  • All operating systems supported by VMware.
  • Guest processing (which includes application-aware processing and indexing) is supported for Microsoft Windows 2008/Windows Vista or later except Nano Server, due to the absence of VSS framework.


  • VMware Tools (optional, recommended). VMware Tools are required for the following operations: application-aware processing, file-level restore from Microsoft Windows guest OS and SureBackup testing functions.
  • Open VM Tools (OVT, optional). Open VM Tools are a set of services and modules used by VMware for interaction with VMs running Linux or other VMware supported Unix-like guest operating systems.
  • All latest OS service packs and patches (required for application-aware processing).

vCloud Director



vCloud Director

vCloud Director 8.20–10.1.1

File-Level Restore


Supported File Systems

Microsoft Windows

  • FAT, FAT32
  • NTFS
  • ReFS (ReFS is supported only if Veeam Backup & Replication is installed on Microsoft Windows Server 2012 or later).

Windows file-level restore to original location is supported for Microsoft Windows 2008/Windows Vista or later except Nano Server.


  • ext2, ext3, ext4
  • ReiserFS
  • JFS
  • XFS
  • Btrfs

DRBD (Distributed Replicated Block Devices) are not supported.




HFS, HFS+ (volumes up to 2 TB)

Micro Focus OES

File-level restore is supported for Micro Focus Open Enterprise Server (Micro Focus OES). Micro Focus NetWare is not supported (Veeam Backup & Replication may fail to detect NSS volumes).

AD-enabled NSS volumes on Open Enterprise Server 2015 are supported. Restore of NSS file/folder permissions is not supported.

Note: Starting from Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 4a, restore of NSS trustee rights on files/folders is supported.


  • UFS
  • ZFS (except any pool versions of Oracle Solaris)

The FLR appliance uses module ZFSonLinux version 0.7.0. For this reason, Veeam Backup & Replication supports only those versions of pools and features that are available in ZFSonLinux version 0.7.0.


Consider the following:

NAS Backup Support

Veeam Backup & Replication supports backup of file shares from the following sources:

Consider the following requirements and limitations:

In NFS settings of the source file share, you must explicitly specify what servers will have access to the file share.

  1. When you are specifying access settings for the SMB file share, select the This share requires access credentials check box.
  2. Make sure that the account you use to access the file share is either added to the Backup Operators group or has the SeBackupPrivilege and SeRestorePrivilege privileges in Windows Server on the file share.

For more information on NAS backup, see NAS Backup Support.


Domain names of all managed servers added to the Veeam backup infrastructure and machines you want to back up must be resolvable into IPv4 addresses.

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