Reducing License Usage

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    New Workloads

    For all Veeam products with VCSP Rental license installed, the License Information screen will note workloads that have been processed for the first time within the current calendar month as New Instances. For example, if you added and backed up a VM on February 15, 2022 then this machine will be tagged as a New Instance for your February usage (reported and billed in March).

    To offer service providers more flexibility when offering trial periods for processing new machines, these new workloads will not consume a license. Furthermore, you do not need to report usage of new workloads on that month’s rental usage report. For more information, see the Veeam Cloud Connect Administrator Guide article (this offering is not specific to Veeam Cloud Connect).

    The same logic applies to Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365 users. When they are being backed up for the first time it will be shown as New Users. For more information, see the Help Center article.

    Active Restore Points Previous Calendar Month

    Per the Veeam Licensing Policy, Veeam products measure usage within a given payment period based on the latest restore point. If a given workload does not have at least one restore point created by Veeam within the last 31 days, this workload will not consume a rental license for that month.

    For example, if you backed up a VM every day from January 1, 2022 through March 15th, 2022, but stopped backing up that workload, it will stop showing up on your monthly rental usage reports beginning the first of May (representing your April usage month).

    Free Veeam Cloud Connect Backup

    Veeam Cloud Connect Backup can be distributed for free to service providers offering end-to-end Backup as a Service. This license scenario is allowed in two cases:

    To use this license scenario, generate and install a VCSP Rental license file on your tenant’s backup server.


    Veeam Cloud Connect Replication consumes license from both tenant and a service provider’s license, regardless of the license type installed on the tenant Veeam Backup & Replication server.

    For more information about this licensing model, especially how it relates to tenant tracking and backwards compatibility versions, refer to this Veeam Cloud Connect Administrator Guide article.