Licensed Objects

To work with VAO, you will require licenses for objects managed by the solution — VMs, VAO agents, Veeam Backup & Replication and Veeam ONE. This section describes how these managed objects are licensed, and what types of licenses you will need to obtain.

Licensing for Managed Virtual Machines

Each VM used in an orchestration plan requires a license. A license here is a unit (or token) that is assigned to a VM to make it manageable in VAO. In version 3.0, each VM consumes one license instance regardless of the number of plans and DataLabs that include the VM.


All VMs added to the plan consume licenses, even if they have no replica or backup. All VMs used in DataLab groups to support plan testing environments also consume a license instance.

Licenses for VMs are included in the VAO license file. A license file may include an arbitrary number of licenses that form a license pool for VMs. Each VM managed by VAO consumes required licenses from this pool.


VAO requires its own specific license file. It does not obtain or consume the ‘portable’ license instances from connected Veeam Backup & Replication servers.

Licensing for Standalone Veeam Backup & Replication Servers with VAO Agents

Each standalone Veeam Backup & Replication server connected to VAO must have the Enterprise or Enterprise PLUS edition installed. Otherwise, VAO will not be able to deploy its agent on the server.

Edition check is the only check made by VAO to verify licensing of standalone Veeam Backup & Replication servers. All operations with licenses on standalone Veeam Backup & Replication servers are accomplished according to the Veeam Backup & Replication guidelines. For more information on Veeam Backup & Replication licensing, see the Veeam Backup & Replication User Guide, section Licensing.

Licensing for Embedded Veeam Backup & Replication Server

The VAO license file includes a section to license the embedded Veeam Backup & Replication server installation.

If you plan to use the embedded Veeam Backup & Replication server for production backup and replication activities, you can install an additional paid license to the server using the Veeam Backup & Replication console. To learn how to install Veeam Backup & Replication licenses, see the Veeam Backup & Replication User Guide, section Installing License.

Licensing for Embedded Veeam ONE Server

By default, VAO will use the Orchestrator Edition of Veeam ONE that supplies all functionality required to support VAO activities. No additional license is required.

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