• Acronis Backup Cloud for VMware and Acronis Backup Cloud for Hyper-V is designed and optimized specially for agentless backup of virtual machines.

  • These editions allow you to perform backups of virtual machines without the need to install an agent on each guest system - agents only need to be installed on hosts.

  • Agentless backup is install on host machine and able to protected selected or all vm inside the host.

  • To back up machines in an ESXi Free environment, regular Acronis Agent for Windows/Agent for Linux (as opposed to Acronis Agent for ESX/ESXi) should be installed inside the virtual machines. Agentless backup is not supported.

    The reason is that the specific VMware API through which Acronis Agent for ESX/ESXi (virtual appliance) works is the Remote Command Line (RCLI) appliance. RCLI is available in read-only access in the free VMware ESXi. Due to this, Acronis Agent for ESX/ESXi cannot function in the free VMware ESXi.

  • In order to protect a real server, Azure VM or Amazon VM or you wish to install agent on a virtual machine guest OS level, please use normal agent installer for the corresponding OS instead of agentless backup agent.