Licensing and License Types
Licensing in Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365 is based on user accounts whose data you back up. Each protected user account consumes one Veeam license unit.
The Veeam license units are consumed by the following objects included to a user account:
- Microsoft Exchange Online and on-premises Microsoft Exchange mailboxes
Such a mailbox can be a personal mailbox, an Online Archive mailbox or both — you will only need one Veeam license unit per object.
- Microsoft OneDrive for Business account
Consider that OneDrive (without for Business) is an independent storage service and is not supported by Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365.
- Microsoft SharePoint Online and on-premises Microsoft SharePoint personal sites
A personal SharePoint site of a licensed user consumes one Veeam license unit.
The Veeam license units are consumed by mailboxes, OneDrive for Business accounts and SharePoint personal sites for which at least one restore point has been created within the last 31 days. If an object was not backed up for 31 days, its license unit is automatically revoked.
When you plan a number of units in your Veeam license, consider the following:
The following objects do not require the Veeam license and do not consume units from it:
- Microsoft Teams objects
These objects do not consume units from the Veeam license.
- Group and non-personal SharePoint sites
These sites do not consume units from the Veeam license.
- Shared, resource, group and public folder mailboxes
These mailboxes do not consume units from the Veeam license if such mailboxes do not have a Microsoft 365 license assigned.
- External SharePoint users
An external SharePoint user is a user from outside your Microsoft 365 subscription who has access to one or more sites, files or folders. External authenticated users are limited to basic collaboration tasks, and external anonymous users can edit or view specific documents if they have specific permissions.
- Guest Microsoft Teams users
A guest team user is a user from outside your Microsoft 365 subscription who has access to a backed-up team.
For more information on Microsoft licenses required to back up user mailboxes, public folder mailboxes, SharePoint and OneDrive for Business objects, see Considerations and Limitations.
Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365 supports the following types of licenses:
Paid, fully-functional license that expires at the end of the subscription term. The subscription license term is normally 1–5 years from the contract start date (depending on the subscription length).
Paid, fully-functional license that expires at the end of the contract. The rental license term is normally 1 month from the contract start date. The license expiration date is the last day of the month. This license type is distributed only to service providers.
Free, fully-functional license that can be used for product demonstration, training and education. This license is not for resale or other commercial use.
Free, fully-functional license that can be used for evaluation and testing purposes only.
After you install Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365, you will be prompted to provide a license. You can dismiss this step and continue using the product without any license installed. In this case, the product will operate in the Community Edition mode that allows you to process up to 10 user accounts, up to 1 TB of Microsoft SharePoint data and up to 10 teams in all organizations. Community Edition mode is not limited in time and does not have limitations in terms of application functionality.