Failed to connect to Veeam Backup & Replication Server: No connection could be made because the target machine actively refused it


Veeam Backup and Replication is comprehensive data protection and disaster recovery solution which is capable of creating image-level backups of virtual, physical servers, cloud machines, and restoration as well. When attempting to connect to the Veeam Backup & Replication server using the console, the following error may be prompted. Here are some related articles: How to migrate Veeam MsSQL Database to a new MsSQL Server, Cloud Protection Manager:How to recover backup via N2WS Veeam CPM, Advantage of using a 3rd party software for Backup (N2WS by Veeam) over AMI, how to recover backup via N2WS Veeam CPM, how to implement N2WS Veeam Cloud Protection Manager (CPM 2.3.0d), how to stop Windows backup job via the Windows Server Backup utility(Wbadmin), how to setup Windows server backup and create backup jobs, and how to create a HyperV checkpoint.

You may encounter the following error below "Failed to connect to Veeam Backup & Replication Server: No connection could be made because the target machine actively refused it" when trying to run Veeam Backup & Replication tool. To fix this issue, kindly follow the steps below. Here is an article on how to install and configure Veeam Backup and Replication 11 Community Edition.

Solution: There are multiple causes for this failure to connect, such as firewall issues etc. In my cases, the services weren’t running. To fix this, follow the steps below.
– Launch the services.msc to see if the needed services are running. As we can see, the SQL Server Service isn’t running.


To resolve this, click on start or right-click on the service and click “start”.


Also, I noticed the Veeam Backup service and the Veeam Backup Service REST weren’t running as shown below.


I started both services and as you can see below, the two services are running.


Launch the Veeam Backup & Replication Tool and enter your credentials. I am currently connecting with my Windows session authentication. Click on connect when you are ready.


As you can see, Veeam is tarting up and we should be able to access the console very shortly.

I hope you found this blog post helpful. If you have any questions, please let me know in the comment session.

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Idan Hingi
Idan Hingi
1 year ago

I countered that too. it happened when tried to install certificated into veeam. try to installed veeam B&R or try to repair it

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