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When you add a Veeam proxy to the Veeam Backup infrastructure, in some cases you can have an error message like this: “Failed to create persistent connection to ADMIN$

And the proxy is not added to the infrastructure.

There can be different reason, but the most common case occour when you have proxyes that are “workgroup only” and when you are using dedicated local accounts, and not the “Administrator” one. And you have Windows Server 2012 or later.

The reason is the Microsoft User Account Control (UAC) feature added in Windows 8 / Windows Server 2012 and later OSes that does not permit non interactive installation (and Veeam install the different components in an unattended way).

It happens if the user is not the local Administrator, and it needs to “elevate” it’s privileges with UAC (also if the user is already in the Administrators group).

This was explained well in the Veeam ADO course (at least the first edition), with the hint of setup a GPO to to disable UAC on all VM’s with Application-aware processing enabled; because the same issues happens also for application-aware processing.

But if the computer is not in an AD domain? In this case you have to manually modify the registry.

You can disable it with the following reg key:


Create a DWORD value called LocalAccountTokenFilterPolicy and assign it a value of 1.

After a reboot the system will be work correctly.


Andrea Mauro

Virtualization, Cloud and Storage Architect. Tech Field delegate. VMUG IT Co-Founder and board member. VMware VMTN Moderator and vExpert 2010-20 and vExpert Pro. Dell TechCenter Rockstar 2014-15. Microsoft MVP 2014-16. Veeam Vanguard 2015-19. Nutanix NTC 2014-20. Several certifications including: VCDX-DCV, VCP-DCV/DT/Cloud, VCAP-DCA/DCD/CIA/CID/DTA/DTD, MCSA, MCSE, MCITP, CCA, NPP.