Veeam Backup & Replication 10
User Guide for VMware vSphere
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Platform Support

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

Virtual Infrastructure




  • vSphere 7.0*
  • vSphere 6.x
  • vSphere 5.5
  • VMware Cloud on AWS


  • ESXi 7.0*
  • 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 7.0* (optional)
  • vCenter Server 6.x (optional) (up to 6.7 U3)
  • vCenter Server 5.5 (optional)

* Veeam Backup & Replication supports this version starting from version 10 with cumulative patch 2 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 via 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 8.20–10.0


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).


  • 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:


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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