No matter how much effort you put in to ensure the proper functioning of your Windows computer, it is bound to behave erratically at some time or another. The reasons could be many, starting from a ransomware attack, an incompatible installation, software expiry, or even a hardware failure. Such times are definitely few and once in a while but still there is a need to ensure that your data is secure when such incidences happen.
To safeguard your PC data, you need to constantly backup them and have a plan for recovery in case a mishap occurs. This is when you may require a tool that can assist you in backing up your data and provide a recovery option too.
Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows is a useful backup and recovery software for Windows-based desktops and laptops and is compatible with the latest Windows 11/10. This freeware can help in backing up your files, volumes, or the entire PC.
Please note that Veeam Agent was earlier called Veeam Endpoint Backup Free. Here is a look at the features and how to use them.
Veeam Agent Free Backup software for Windows
Backing up your data
Veeam Agent Free Backup software provides Image-based backups of your files, drives or even the whole PC. The tool saves only the blocks of data changed since the last backup. Talking about where to backup, Veeam allows you a variety of options to choose from.
Backups can be done on the USB drive, External hard disks or a network location. The recent update to Veeam has now added a possibility to actually eject the USB drive after the backup is completed. Hence, although the drive is physically connected, there are no chances of malware or virus leaking into the backed-up files.
Recovery of the data
Veeam Agent Free Backup software provides flexibility in recovering the data too, all from the image-level backup. You can restore using any of the below options,
- Removable storage devices: Using a USB storage device which is the best option if PC is infected with a virus, malware or cryptolocker.
- Taskbar: Using the taskbar icon you can also restore full volumes. This option can be used if your PC can be booted.
- Start Menu: The third option is through the Windows start menu.
Recovery types include
- Bare-metal Restore: Restore your entire system to the same or different hardware
- Volume-level restore: Restore a failed hard drive or corrupted partition
- File-level restore: Restore individual files from ANY backup type in minutes
Using Veeam Agent Free Backup software
The program requires you to create an account on the site before you are allowed to download the free backup tool. Those with corporate email addresses get full access. The installation file is a bit bulky, and if you have weak internet access, then it will take time to download 197 MB. However, these are the only two drawbacks.
Step 1: Choosing Backup Drive
During the installation, the program prompts you to insert a backup target. As shown in the below screenshot, you can configure backup later as well.
If you insert an external drive now, the tool automatically detects it and prompts you to choose it for backup.
In case the chosen storage device doesn’t have sufficient storage memory, the program automatically pop-up a message to attach another device or skip auto configuration.
Step 2: Create Recovery Media
As soon as the installation is completed, you are prompted to create recovery media which you can use if the Windows system fails to boot. You may create recovery media from within the program as well if you don’t create it during installation.
Veeam Endpoint Backup Free also includes device drivers and network settings into the backup image so as ensure a smooth recovery.
The recovery media is easy to configure, and the recovery image can be placed either on a removable storage device, a CD, a DVD or a BD media or within an ISO file and used as an alternative booting method, in case your computer fails to start. The program shows you the size of the recovery image as below.
Once you have selected the type of recovery media (I selected ISO as shown below) you can choose the location where you want to save the file. Veeam also lets you put a username and password to the recovery media so that it is not accessible to others.
While testing, it took around 2 minutes for the ISO file to be generated. Below screenshot shows the progress while recovery is completed.
Step 3: Choosing Backup Drive
Backing up any drive anytime is easy. You just have to click > Configure Backup and select the drive you want to backup.
Once you have selected the drive, choose the destination where you want to save the backup.
Veeam Agent Free Backup software lets you save backups either on your local drive, shared folder or Veeam backup and replication repository.
How to schedule backup using Veeam Agent Free Backup software
While creating backups you can schedule the days of the week when you want the backup to run.
Select the drive you want to take backup > select the destination and browse through Schedule. Under Schedule, click on “Days” tab and then select “On these days”. As shown below, you can easily select the days you want the backups to happen
Veeam Agent Free Backup software can protect from ransomware
Veeam Agent Free Backup software offers CryptoLocker ransomware protection for USB Storage. This feature allows backing up a system with a USB drive connected where at the end of the backup it gets disconnected but not unplugged. Hence, although a Cryptolocker may sneak in the PC after the backup was taken, it is not able to spread to the backups.
Email notification for reports
To keep track of what was backed up and what remains, especially if you are managing multiple PCs, you can enable email notification under “Settings” to receive reports on your email address.
Apart from above, there are several other features that come with Veeam Agent Free Backup software. Here are they,
- Battery drain prevention. To reduce power consumption and save battery life, job retries are now automatically suspended while your device is running off of the battery.
- Protection from a missed daily backup.
- File-level backup optimizations to improve performance by 10% on average, increase stability and reduce VSS warnings.
- File exclusion logic enhancement
- Ability to skip bad blocks
- Full backup to a custom location.
- Job progress monitors progress indicator on the Veeam Endpoint Backup taskbar icon.
- Wi-Fi signal strength display. Current Wi-Fi signal strength is now displayed on the Wi-Fi icon of the Recovery
- Media screen to inform you about possible connectivity issues that may result in slow or failed recovery.
- Backup history chart switch. Backup chart mode can now be switched between size and duration using the right-click menu, without having to go into the Control Panel settings.
- Volume resize UI to prevent conversion mistakes due to large numbers.
Veeam Agent Free Backup software is useful freeware that allows you to quickly create restore volumes and backups of important data. The tool has built in several features that are not commonly found with other backup tools.
In case you haven’t backed up your data, it is worth using Veeam Agent Free Backup software. Click here to visit the site for sign-up and download.
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