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    To use Veeam Backup for Nutanix AHV, you must have a valid Veeam License Key installed on the Veeam Backup & Replication server. If the license is not valid or there are no available License Units, backup jobs of Veeam Backup for Nutanix AHV fail. Without a valid license, you can only create snapshots and restore AHV VMs from snapshots.

    This guide provides information only on specifics of Veeam licensing for Veeam Backup for Nutanix AHV. For terminology and general information about Veeam licensing, see the Veeam Licensing Policy.

    Licensed Objects

    VMs protected by Veeam Backup for Nutanix AHV are licensed per protected VM. An AHV VM is considered protected if it has a restore point created in the last 31 days.

    If you are using any instance-based (Veeam Universal Licensing) license on your Veeam Backup & Replication, you don't need to install any additional licenses.

    When you back up one AHV VM, one License Unit is consumed from the Veeam Backup & Replication license. AHV VMs processed by backup copy and tape jobs are not regarded as protected VMs, these types of jobs provide an additional protection level for VMs that are already protected with backup jobs. VM templates are licensed as regular VMs.


    [For Perpetual per-socket licenses] If you use a legacy perpetual per-socket license and you want to deploy AHV Backup Proxy, you must install an additional instance-based (Veeam Universal Licensing) license. The new license will be merged with the existing perpetual socket license. To obtain the additional instance-based license, contact your Veeam sales representative.

    Obtaining License Key

    You can obtain an Evaluation or paid license for Veeam Backup for Nutanix AHV when you download the product from the Veeam website.

    1. Sign in to
    2. Open the Download page.
    3. In the Get Trial Key section, click the Request Trial Key link to download the Evaluation license.
    • Renewing license: If you want to renew your maintenance plan, contact Veeam Renewals Team at

    Managing License Key

    Licensing of protected AHV VMs is performed on the Veeam Backup & Replication side. Thus, to learn how to install a License Key on Veeam Backup & Replication or how to monitor licensed objects, see the Licensing section of the Veeam Backup & Replication User Guide.