In some situations, the number of actually managed objects may exceed the license limit. For example, this may happen when some VMs or hosts are temporarily managed for testing or POC.
For per-VM licenses, Veeam ONE allows you to manage more VMs than specified in the license:
- Up to 20% for Rental and Perpetual licenses
- Up to 10% for Subscription licenses
If the license limit is exceeded by no more than the specified percentage, Veeam ONE continues to manage all VMs.
If the license limit is exceeded by more than than the specified percentage, all VMs exceeding the licensed number plus the allowed increase are excluded from monitoring and reporting. To determine what VMs to manage, Veeam ONE uses the last-in first-out method (LIFO): VMs that were discovered last are removed first in the monitoring and reporting scope.
An increase in the number of managed VMs up to the specified percentage is allowed only for a limited period of time. The duration of this grace period is defined by the type of license.
Equal to the duration of the license key
By the end of the grace period, you must update the existing license or decrease the number of managed VMs. Otherwise, Veeam ONE will exclude from monitoring and reporting VMs that exceed the license limit. VMs are excluded with the help of an automatic exclusion rule that is created by Veeam ONE. You can review VMs covered by this rule in Veeam ONE server settings. For details, see Choosing VMs and VM Containers to Monitor and Report On.
In addition to managing VMs that exceed the license limit by no more than the specified percentage, Veeam ONE allows you to monitor any number of new VMs (that is, VMs that are monitored for the first time in the current month). Exceed by new VMs is supported for Rental licenses only.
Consider the following example: at the beginning of January the number of VMs is 130, while a license covers 100 VMs. The period for exceeding the license limit is 60 days. Within the first 60 days (in January and February), Veeam ONE will manage 100 + 20 VMs that were discovered first (license limit + 20%). 10 VMs that were discovered last will be excluded from monitoring and reporting. In addition, in the middle of January, Veeam ONE discovers 30 new VMs. Veeam ONE will manage these VMs until the end of the month.
If the license is not updated and the license limit is not increased, Veeam ONE will exclude from monitoring and reporting:
- 30 VMs that exceed the license limit
- 30 VMs that were discovered in January
Exceeding Sockets Limit
For per-socket licenses, Veeam ONE does not offer any grace period. If the number of sockets exceeds the license limit, Veeam ONE will exclude from monitoring and reporting hosts above the license limit.