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Veeam Availability Console 2.0
Administrator Guide for Service Providers

Licensed Objects

To work with Veeam Availability Console, you must install a license. The Veeam Availability Console license is required regardless of the type of services you plan to provide.

You will also need licenses for objects managed in Veeam Availability ConsoleVeeam backup agents, Veeam Backup & Replication and Veeam Cloud Connect. This section describes how these managed objects are licensed, and what types of licenses you will need to obtain.

Licensing for Managed Veeam Backup Agents

Every Veeam backup agent that you manage in Veeam Availability Console requires one or more licenses. A license here is a unit (or token) that is assigned to a Veeam backup agent to make it manageable in Veeam Availability Console.

Licenses for Veeam backup agents are included in the Veeam Availability Console license file. A Veeam Availability Console license file may include an arbitrary number of licenses that form a license pool for Veeam backup agents. Every Veeam backup agent managed in Veeam Availability Console consumes one or more licenses from this pool.

The number of licenses consumed by a managed Veeam backup agent depends on the mode in which the Veeam backup agent job operates (Server or Workstation). The following table shows how many licenses are consumed depending on the backup job mode.

Backup Job Mode

Consumed Licenses

Veeam backup agent running in the Workstation mode

1

Veeam backup agent running in the Server mode

3

This licensing model allows you to purchase a certain number of licenses without knowing in advance what types of computers you plan to protect with Veeam backup agents, and how backup jobs will be configured. Veeam Availability Console automatically detects the Veeam backup agent job mode, and assigns to Veeam backup agents the necessary number of licenses from the license pool. When a need arises, you can revoke licenses from one managed Veeam backup agent, and reuse them to manage Veeam backup agent on another computer, regardless of the backup job mode.

If you do not plan to manage Veeam backup agents in Veeam Availability Console, you still need to install a Veeam Availability Console license. This license will include zero Veeam backup agent licenses, but is required to work with Veeam Availability Console.

Licensing for Managed Veeam Backup & Replication Servers

Every client Veeam Backup & Replication server that you plan to manage in Veeam Availability Console requires its own license, as prescribed by regular licensing terms for Veeam Backup & Replication. Client Veeam Backup & Replication servers must run a full product version. Veeam Availability Console does not support the free version of Veeam Backup & Replication.

For details on Veeam Backup & Replication licensing, see Licensing.

Licensing for Veeam Cloud Connect

Veeam Availability Console runs on top of Veeam Cloud Connect that requires its own license. The Veeam Cloud Connect license must be installed on the Veeam Cloud Connect backup server.

Depending on whether you plan to provide cloud host and cloud repository resources to clients, you may need to install either a free of a paid Veeam Cloud Connect license.

Free Veeam Cloud Connect License

You can install a free Veeam Cloud Connect license on the Veeam Cloud Connect server. The free Veeam Cloud Connect license allows you to deploy cloud gateways, which is required by Veeam Availability Console.

Storing Veeam Backup Agent Data in the Cloud

To store in the cloud backups created with Veeam backup agents, you can install a free Veeam Cloud Connect license on the Veeam Cloud Connect server. If you back up computer data with a VCSP Rental license of Veeam backup agent, you can also store backups of these computers on cloud repositories with no additional license fee for Veeam Cloud Connect backups.

Storing VM Backups in the Cloud

To store in the cloud VM backups created with Veeam Backup & Replication, you must install on the Veeam Cloud Connect server a paid Veeam Cloud Connect license that covers the necessary number of backed up VMs.

For details, see Licensing for Service Providers.

Licensed Objects Note:

[For Veeam Backup & Replication Update 3] Service providers can install a free Veeam Cloud Connect license on the Veeam Cloud Connect server. If you back up VMs with a VCSP Rental license of Veeam Backup & Replication or Veeam Availability Suite, you can also store backups of these VMs on cloud repositories with no additional license fee for Veeam Cloud Connect backups.

 

Storing VM Replicas in the Cloud

To store in the cloud VM replicas created with Veeam Backup & Replication, you must install on the Veeam Cloud Connect server a paid Veeam Cloud Connect license that covers the necessary number of cloud VM replicas.

For details, see Licensing for Service Providers. 

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