Veeam Availability Orchestrator allows you to increase of the number of managed VMs during a certain grace period. The allowed license increase limit and the duration of the grace period are defined by the license type.
Exceed Grace Period
Allowed Increase Limit
20 licenses or 20% of the license count (whichever is greater)
Until the license expiration date
10 licenses or 10% of the license count (whichever is greater)
When the number of VMs managed by Veeam Availability Orchestrator exceeds the license limit, VAO will treat them as follows:
- If the number of VMs is within the allowed increase limit or less, VAO will continue to manage all VMs during the grace period.
To detect what VMs must be managed, a FIFO (first-in first-out) queue is maintained: VMs that were added to VAO failover plans first will be included in the allowed exceed scope first. The license status of VMs within the increase limit will be set to Licensed by exceed.
By the end of the grace period, you must update the existing license or decrease the number of managed VMs. Otherwise, the license status of VMs within the increase limit will be set to Unlicensed by exceed, and these VMs will no longer be managed by VAO.
- If the number of VMs is above the allowed exceed limit, the VMs exceeding the licensed number plus the allowed increase limit will be excluded from management.
The license status of VMs above the increase limit will be set to Unlicensed by exceed.