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Acronis Backup for VMware

Complete backup and recovery for VMware vSphere
(formerly Acronis vmProtect)

When your VMware system crashes, get back up and running 100x faster—even if you aren’t an IT expert.

Backing up and recovering virtual systems can be complex, frustrating, and time consuming. Keep it simple with Acronis Backup for VMware, the fastest, easiest way to protect your entire VMware vSphere environment.

  • Capture your entire system in one easy step thanks to patented disk imaging paired with VADP integration
  • Near-instant recovery can restore an entire VMware server 100X faster than traditional methods
  • Granular recovery can restore files, application data, an entire VM, or full ESXi™ environments
  • Enjoy unlimited P2V/V2V migrations and support for any recovery destination (even to a different hypervisor)

Designed for exceptional ease of use, Acronis Backup for VMware removes the complexity of virtual machine protection:

  • Installation and configuration procedures require almost zero learning curve
  • Acronis’ streamlined, easy-to-use interface is accessible from any mobile device
  • Smart backups remove the guesswork by capturing everything required for complete VM recovery
  • Full vCenter integration simplifies browsing and recovery tasks

Free Analyst Report! Essential Practices for Optimizing VMware Backup investigates why traditional VMware backup & recovery often suffers from inefficiencies and poor performance.

Key Features

Easy Interface

Web-based, intuitive interface makes it easy to quickly perform backup and recovery tasks from any browser or mobile device.

Fast, Efficient Backups

Deep integration with VMware vStorage APIs balances backup routines across your ESXi environment. We also use CBT to reduce the volume of backup data, ensuring that your backups are always fast.

Ultra-Fast Recovery

Advanced recovery technology called vmFlashback helps you to restore an entire VM up to 100x faster than traditional methods.

vCenter Integration

Full integration with vCenter and the VMware API allows you to perform backup, replication, and recovery routines directly from the VMware vCenter interface.

Agentless VM Backups

Agentless backups eliminate the need to install an agent on every VM, greatly reducing management complexity.

Applications Support

Comprehensive backup technology tracks and captures all related application data, allowing you to recover any Exchange, SQL, SharePoint, or Active Directory data. If necessary, the transaction logs can be truncated with other application-specific backup details.

Unlimited Server Migrations

Acronis' unique Universal Restore technology allows you to migrate an entire server between physical and virtual systems (including a different hypervisor) without the usual complexities.

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Incremental and Differential Backups

Incremental and differential backups identify only the changes made since the last backup, significantly reducing backup time, network usage, and storage requirements.  

Virtual Application (vApp) Support

Comprehensive backups can capture and recover entire vApps (including their configurations).

VM Disk Hot-plug

Acronis Backup for VMware’s virtual appliance can mount virtual machine disks during backup instead of transferring data over the TCP/IP network.  This results in reduced resource consumption and significantly improved backup throughput.


Acronis Backup for VMware reads data directly from shared storage using either SAN direct access (Windows Agent) or hot-plug technology (virtual appliance). This helps avoid unnecessary loads on the LAN and ESXi host.

Run a VM from a Backup

Recover any physical server as a VM, or boot a backup as a VM for development/testing (simply save any changes made as a new backup).

Easy Deployment

Install Acronis Backup for VMware on a machine running Microsoft Windows, or deploy it directly to a VMware ESXi host as a self-contained virtual appliance.

Compression and Deduplication

Built-in compression and deduplication significantly reduces network usage and storage requirements.

System Performance

Control VM performance during backup processes by automatically managing VM backups across your ESXi server. Acronis also provides bandwidth and disk-write speed throttling to maintain good system performance during backup routines.

VMware vMotion/DRS Compatibility

Acronis Backup for VMware is fully compatible with VMware vMotion, Storage vMotion, and DRS. Move virtual machines between VMware hosts to dynamically adjust resources or recover from failure.


Create and incrementally update a copy of your virtual machine onto another host for faster recovery.



Current Version

Acronis Backup for VMware Version 11.5


Storage media

  • Hard disk drives and storage arrays (P-ATA (IDE), S-ATA, SCSI, iSCSI, FC)
  • NAS (SMB and FTP)
  • Acronis Cloud Storage


Supported operating systems

  • Windows XP Professional SP2 (x64), SP3 (x86)
  • Windows Server 2003, 2003 R2 - the Standard, Enterprise, Small Business Server editions (x86, x64)
  • Windows Vista - all editions (x86, x64)
  • Windows 7 - all editions (x86, x64)
  • Windows 8, 8.1
  • Windows Server 2008 - the Standard, Enterprise, Foundation editions (x86, x64)
  • Windows Small Business Server 2008
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 - the Standard, Enterprise, Datacenter, Foundation editions
  • Windows Small Business Server 2011
  • Windows Server 2012, 2012 R2

Supported vSphere environments

  • VMware vSphere (Virtual Infrastructure)
  • Server types: ESX and ESXi
  • Versions: 4.0*, 4.1, 5.0, 5.1, 5.5
  • Editions/Licenses
  • VMware vSphere Standard (Hot-add backup mode is supported on vSphere 5.0+ only)
  • VMware vSphere Advanced
  • VMware vSphere Enterprise
  • VMware vSphere Enterprise Plus
  • VMware vSphere Essentials (Hot-add backup mode is supported on vSphere 5.0+ only)
  • VMware vSphere Essentials Plus (Hot-add backup mode is supported on vSphere 5.0+ only)
  • VMware vSphere Hypervisor (Free ESXi) is NOT supported
  • (*) ESX(i) version 4.0 environment is supported with exceptions, for example, Exchange Server Backup Extraction and ESXi configuration backup features are not supported

Products renaming FAQ

Q: Have you renamed some of your products?

A: Yes! We’ve renamed the Acronis Backup & Recovery line of products:

Acronis Backup & Recovery Acronis Backup family
Acronis Backup & Recovery Advanced Server Acronis Backup Advanced suite
Acronis Backup & Recovery Workstation Acronis Backup for PC
Acronis Backup & Recovery Advanced Workstation Acronis Backup Advanced for PC
Acronis Backup & Recovery Online Acronis Backup to Cloud*
Acronis vmProtect Acronis Backup for VMware

*Now with volume-based subscription pricing.

For a more detailed description, check out our product renaming matrix.

Q: What is the latest version of this product?

A: The current release for both Acronis Backup and Acronis Backup Advanced products is Version 11.5.

Q: Where can I get the latest updates for ABR11.5?

A: Don’t worry, we’ve only changed the name! To update Acronis Backup & Recovery 11.5, simply click one of our new Acronis Backup download links. This will download the latest and greatest version of Acronis Backup Version 11.5. This is the same product, now with improved functionality and several bug fixes (see release notes). We strongly recommend that you update your Acronis Backup & Recovery product with this new build.

Q: Will my previously purchased licenses work with the new updates?

A: Certainly! Updating doesn’t require a license. Even if you perform a clean installation on a new machine, your licenses will be accepted.

Q: Why can’t I find Universal Restore and Deduplication add-on options?

A: Good news! This functionality is now available for free, even if you didn’t have it before. All you need to do is update your installation:

  • The Acronis Backup Advanced suite now includes Universal Restore and Deduplication
  • The Acronis Backup family now includes Universal Restore


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