Veeam Endpoint Backup Free Now Generally Available

Veeam has announced the release and general availability of their Endpoint Backup solution. The company announced the solution back in October, before releasing a beta version in December. Veeam describes the interest in this solution as “huge”, citing more than 22,000 registered users and 14,000+ beta downloads.

The standalone solution helps users to safeguard Windows endpoints, meaning it provides backup and disaster recovery (BDR) services for physical machines. Veeam Endpoint Backup can protect an entire endpoint or target specific volumes in individual folders. The solution also includes restore features. Veeam Endpoint Backup supports Windows 7 SP1 or later, as well as Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 or later.

Oh yeah, and the software is free. It costs nothing. Zero, zip, zilch, nada.

As an image-level backup tool, backups are stored in the VBK format, which is already familiar to those who use Veeam Backup & Replication. It can perform incremental backups forever without needing a changed block tracking file system driver. Considering that typical endpoints have lots of potentially conflicting third-party software installed, this still provides great incremental backup performance while helping with stability for those endpoints.

Veeam Endpoint Backup Free offers two types of backups:

  • Volume-level backup: Can be the entire endpoint or selected volumes. Protects all data on specified volumes and is generally faster than backing up the same data at a file-level
  • File-level backup: Allows for the selection of individual files and folders to backup and includes the possibility of adding file masks for exclusions or inclusions.

Backups can be stored in different locations such as removable storage devices, network shares or a Veeam repository. Whichever option the user chooses, the resulting backup will be in the form of an image that contains only the data that has been selected for protection. When configuring a backup policy via the Veeam wizard, you can also choose how long you want to keep your restore points for. Additionally, the backup scheduling option is flexible and can support daily backup while providing a unique ability to backup files at a specific event, say logging off or when an external backup device becomes attached.

Veeam Endpoint Backup supports a wide variety of granular restore options as well. File-level restore will mount the backup and open the built-in Veeam Backup Browser so a user can easily restore files. Integration with Veeam Backup & Replication adds even more restore features. Veeam Recovery Media allows you to protect volumes or an entire machine.

Recovery is made smooth as network and storage drivers are automatically loaded when starting up the recovery environment. Digging deeper, Veeam has included the image-based recovery tool to allow users to restore a computer system image that was created with thew built-in Windows tools. Even though this is a free solution, Veeam does offer product support. Users can also add on Veeam Backup & Replication Integration in order to add that repository as a backup location.

You know what they say, the best things in life are free.

To download the solution, click here (official link).

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