Along with the fanfare that was the VeeamON conference and the previews of v8, Veeam announced something big.

They will be releasing a free desktop backup program called Veeam Endpoint Backup.

What’s interesting about this is that this is Veeam’s first foray into physical backups. Up until now, Veeam’s focus has been exclusively on virtual environments, believing that everyone’s environment will be 100 percent virtual in the future. However, Veeam understands that physical end points still have their place and still need to be backed up.

This program is meant for a single user to back up his/her computer, maybe to an internal or external hard drive, a NAS share or a Veeam Backup Repository. It’s great that you can add this backup to your current Veeam Backup Repository because it keeps it with all your other backups. Veeam Endpoint Backup writes the backups in VBK format, which is the same format as Veeam Backup & Replication. With this product, you can protect files, volumes or your entire computer based on your own schedule or at logon or logoff.

That being said, this isn’t an automatic, set-it-and-forget-it backup solution. It’s great for one-offs, maybe to augment your backups before a special project, but it should not replace whatever backup system you already have.

Veeam Endpoint Backup works on Windows-based computers (desktops and laptops) running Windows 7 and higher as well as Windows Server 2008 and higher.

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The recovery possibilities range from simple files (overwrite or keep the original files), volume restore or a bare metal recovery.

Veeam Endpoint Backup should be available next month. Learn more about it on Veeam’s blog.