You can revoke licenses from protected workloads or licensed hosts, and re-apply them to other objects that you plan to protect. License revoking can be helpful, for example, if a licensed host goes out of service or you do not want to protect some workloads anymore.
If you manually revoke license instances allocated for an unstructured data source, the next run of the unstructured data backup job that protects this data source will trigger the recalculation of the data source protected size and reallocation of license instances that Veeam Backup & Replication will consume. For more information, see the Instance Consumption for Object Storage Backup, File Backup and File to Tape Jobs section.
To revoke a license, do the following:
- From the main menu, select License.
- In the License Information window:
- For protected workloads, open the Instances tab and click Manage.
- For licensed hosts, open the Sockets tab and click Manage.
- In the displayed window, select a protected workload or a licensed host and click Revoke. Veeam Backup & Replication will revoke the license from the selected object, and the license will be freed for other objects in the backup infrastructure.
The steps to revoke licenses for Veeam Agent machines are slightly different. For more information, see the Viewing Licensed Veeam Agents and Revoking License section in the Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows User Guide.