Veeam Agent for Linux Beta – Overview and Installation

Veeam has recently released the beta version of a new free tool called Veaam Agent for Linux.

After the highly appreciated Veeam Endpoint Backup Free, a standalone backup tool for Windows-based desktops and laptops, it’s time for a free backup agent for Linux.

A new step towards the protection of physical systems, we will see in the next months if Veeam will integrate completely this functionality into its main product, Veeam Backup & Replication.

Some info:

  • Available for both Debian-based and Linux-based distributions
  • Both 32-bit and 64-bit kernels are supported
  • Performs image-based backup at file level or volume level
  • Incremental backup created using a proprietary CBT (Change Block Tracking) driver
  • Integration with Veeam Backup & Replication repository not available in beta version

I tested the installation process using a CentOS 7 machine.

Firstly upload the appropriate files to the machine:

  • veeam-1.0.0.499-1.el6.x86_64.rpm
  • veeamsnap-1.0.0.499-1.noarch.rpm

Start installing the first component, VeeamSnap, using the following command:

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There are some missing dependencies that must be installed:

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The Dynamic Kernel Module Support (dkms) package is not available on the the default repository.
The Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux (EPEL) repository has to be installed.

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Go ahead and install the second component, Veeam Agent for Linux software, again a missing dependency to install.

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Veeam Agent for Linux is installed, type the veeam command to open the console:

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To read more about the Linux Agent for Linux, check the Veeam Blog.