A warm welcome to Veeam community editions

What are the Veeam community editions?

Veeam is introducing the Veeam Community Edition for Veeam Backup & Replication and Veeam One. It actually already has the community edition for Office 365. Up to now, Veeam offered a free edition of VBR but that was, while good and helpful, limited in use cases. The tech community at large used it for many “one-off” situations. In combination with the free edition of the Veeam Agents for Windows and Linux, you could already protect your physical hosts and the VMs running on them.

With the community edition, which offers offer more functionality and capabilities than the free edition, allows us to get started with Veeam at zero cost. This is a smart move, a small company can leverage the Veeam Suite now without any hassle and if they like it can easily move to a paid version that allows for more users and, if needed, more features and capabilities. Let’s give a warm welcome to the Veeam community editions!

Veeam community editions

Veeam backup for O365 community edition

This was the first community edition that Veeam made available in 2018. It offers full functionality with the following limitations:

  • Maximum # of Exchange Users: 10
  • Maximum # of OneDrive for business users: 10
  • The maximum amount of SharePoint data protected: 1 TB
  • Best effort support

Veeam backup community edition

The Veeam Backup Community Edition becomes available with VBR Update 4. I have played with it during RTM and it worked flawlessly in my 100% physical Windows Server 2019 lab and with a mix of Windows OS versions on the hosts. You do not need a license. You just install VBR 9.5 U4 without a license file and you have the community edition. Easy. The Veeam Backup Community Edition has the Standard functionality but it is limited to 10 Instances.

Veeam ONE community edition

The Veeam ONE Community Edition will be released later this year. It allows for only 1 Veeam B&R (paid or community edition) to be added and it has the following limitations:

  • Partial application level monitoring
  • Partial backup repository heatmaps
  • No email customization
  • Some reporting functionality is not available

An overview of what you get with the community edition

Look at the matrix below. You get a lot with the community editions, even integration with the Veeam Agents. A freelancer or small company it is an absolutely superb way to get started with rock-solid data protection and a recovery strategy. As a partner or consultant, it is super easy to drop these versions in an existing environment and let the customer get a taste of the licensed editions. If the Veeam community editions do all you need, well that’s it. Enjoy it courtesy of Ratmir Timashev & Andrei Baronov.

In a later blog post, we’ll take a look at Veeam Agent for Windows 3.0 as this version has some nice capabilities that really make it hit the sweet point.

3 thoughts on “A warm welcome to Veeam community editions

  1. Veeam really hit it out of the park with Update 4.

    We’re still on Commvault at the moment, I really wish we’d jump ship to Veeam in the foreseeable future..Commvault is just a usability nightmare and nightmarish expensive to boot.

    • Exactly the reason we left them many moons ago. Expensive, the per TB licensing was going to kill us, no respect for existing customers, consultancy friendly, no free evaluations, every single upgrade over a decade went wrong and needed the database to be shipped to support, slow support for new technologies. Veeam was like being able to breathe again and be a valued customer as it should be.

      • I was honetly quite taken aback to learn that Commvault charges per terrabyte.

        Unfortunately my boss is a big, big fan of Commvault, for whatever reason.
        I’ve managed to place Veeam at one of our remote sites to backup a HyperV failover cluster and it’s so much more convenient it’s not even funny.

        And this new Community edition is pretty sweet..time to upgrade the home lab again!

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