Veeam Agent for Linux 1.0 (Free, Workstation, Server Edition) released

Original author: Dmitry Kniazev
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For many years, Veeam has been releasing products for virtual environments only. But lately we were constantly asked: “When will something appear for physical machines?” Having analyzed user requests and our development opportunities in this direction, we released Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows (formerly known as Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE ). By the way, in the near future version 2.0 will be released, in which many interesting features will be presented.

Today we are pleased to present the first official version of Veeam Agent for Linux ! Veeam Agent for Linux protects Linux-based physical machines deployed locally or in the public cloud. The tool is stand-alone; it does not require Veeam Backup & Replication installation (although it can use Veeam Backup & Replication repositories as the target storage).


What is Veeam Agent for Linux ?

Veeam Agent for Linux is a tool for backing up Linux physical systems (workstations, servers, and machines in the public cloud). The general description can be seen in our post on Habré: " Acquaintance with Veeam Agent for Linux ". The product creates a backup at the image level and saves the data to a VBK file (the same as Veeam Backup & Replication and Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows ). Veeam Agent for Linux uses its own driver to take volume snapshots and track modified data blocks (CBTs). The driver allows you to get information about the changed data blocks without rescan the whole machine - an indispensable thing for incremental backups.

Veeam Agent for Linux system requirements :

  • CPU: x86 / x64
  • Kernel: 2.6.32 or higher
  • OS: 32 and 64 bit versions:
    • Debian 6 - 8
    • Ubuntu 10.04 - 16.10
    • CentOS / Oracle Linux / RHEL 6 - 7
    • Fedora 23 - 25
    • openSUSE 11.3 - 13.2
    • openSUSE Leap 42
    • SLES 11 SP1 - 12 SP2

Compared to the beta version, the installation process has become much simpler: you no longer need to install packages manually. Installation and upgrade can be done through Veeam Repository. For more information on the installation procedure, see the Release Notes document.

So, you have installed the product. What's next? Veeam Agent for Linux offers two operating modes - using the step-by-step UI wizard and through the command line.

Backup via UI

To start the wizard, open a command shell and use the command:

$ veeam

If you have already worked with Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows , the backup process will be familiar to you:

  • Backup mode: bare metal, at the volume or file level.
  • Backup repository: local drive, network folder, or Veeam Backup & Replication repository (requires 9.5 Update 1).
  • Schedule and retention policy settings .


Backup via command line

If you need fine-tuning or you want to create your own scripts to automate the installation of the solution and perform backup tasks, there is a command line.

Start with the command:

# veeamconfig


To create a backup task, use the command:

# veeamconfig job create

And then specify the desired job parameters.


As you can see in the screenshot, using the command line you can configure parameters that are not available in the UI wizard, for example, compressionLevel and blockSize .

Have you decided to keep backups in the Veeam Backup & Replication repository ? All copies will be displayed in Veeam Backup & Replication under the Agents node :



To recover files, simply start Veeam Agent for Linux UI and select the Recover Files command . The contents of the backup will be mounted in the system as a folder, and you can get the necessary files using any file manager.

Veeam Agent for Linux also comes with recovery media, which will help restore data at any level: bare metal, at the volume or file level.


Veeam Agent for Linux Editions

Veeam Agent for Linux is available in three editions: Free , Workstation and Server .


Free Edition is a great solution for home use and protection of non-critical production systems. It offers basic features: volume snapshots and the use of CBT, all backup and restore modes (via the UI and command line), as well as integration with Veeam Backup & Replication.


A key feature of the Workstation edition is enterprise-level support 24.7.365 (in addition to the features of the free version).


Server Edition is the most advanced version. Includes the ability to run pre-freeze and post-thaw scripts and configure multiple backup jobs.

Comparison of publications:

Backup: entire system, at the
volume or file level
Built-in driver for creating volume
and CBT snapshots
Recovery at the file, volume or
bare metal level (source or other system)
Backup and restore
via UI and command line
Integration with Veeam Backup & ReplicationYesYesYes
Multiple backup jobsNotNotYes
Pre-freeze and post-thaw scriptsNotNotYes
Support 24.7.365NotYesYes


Download Veeam Agent for Linux FREE here .

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