Veeam announces Backup as a Service offering Veeam Cloud Connect

Any organization using IT knows: backup data should be stored offsite. This is done using replication or using removeable media like backup tapes. These are typically collected by a tapehandling firm or stored at homes of employees, in garages or sometimes not take offsite.

Cloud is a perfect place for storing backup data. No need for tapestreamers, tape handling, second locations etc. However this has some issues as well. Restore over the internet of lots of data can take a long time. Who has access to the data stored in the cloud?

Today Veeam announced a new technology: Veeam Cloud Connect. It enables Service Providers to offer cloud backup to their customers. It offers a  shared repository for backup data created by Veeam Backup & Replication. It also offers SSL encryption of backup traffic.

At the customer site there is no need for installation of additional software. A customer simply selects a service provider, types in name and password of the service and then is ready to use the cloud as a backup target.

Cloud Connect will be available at the same time Veeam Backup & Replication v8 will be GA.

Veeam Cloud Connect is explained in detail in this post. 

Veeam Backup & Replication 7.0 Patch 4 now available

Veeam released Patch 4 for Veeam Backup & Replication 7.0.

This patch contains new features and resolved issues.

Make sure you are running version 7.0.0.690, 7.0.0.715, 7.0.0.764, 7.0.0.771, 7.0.0.833, 7.0.0.839 or 7.0.0.870 prior to installing this patch. You can check this under Help | About in Veeam Backup & Replication console.

After upgrading, your build will be version 7.0.0.871

The release notes are here. Link to the download at the bottom of the release notes.

New features and enhancements:

VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN)

  • In addition to adding basic support (as provided by other vendors), the intelligent load-balancing engine was enhanced to account for VSAN specifics. As the result, for each VM the job will pick backup proxy running on VSAN cluster node with most of the virtual disks’ data available locally. This significantly reduces backup traffic on VSAN cluster network, resulting in minimum possible impact on production environment from backup activities.

Microsoft SQL Server 2014

  • Added support for Microsoft SQL Server 2014 both as the protected guest workload (including application-aware processing functionality), and the back-end database for backup and Enterprise Manager servers.

License key auto update

  • Added automated license key update option to the License Information dialog. With auto-update enabled, the product will check Veeam licensing server periodically for an updated license key, and download and install the key automatically as soon as it becomes available. This feature is particularly useful to the Service Providers and subscription-based customers, and it removes the need to download and install the license key manually each time when the license extension is purchased.

Backup Copy

  • The maximum allowed amount of restore points in the Backup Copy job has been increased to 999.
  • Backup Copy will now resume the transfer after network connection drop to a Linux-based backup repository.
  • Backup Copy jobs should no longer report errors during the days when source backup jobs are not scheduled to run – for example, during the weekend.

Hyper-V

  • Added support for certain Hardware VSS Providers that previously could not be detected by the storage rescan process, and as such could not be used by the jobs.
  • Jobs will now retry failed snapshot creation when another shadow copy of the same volume is already in progress, instead of immediately failing to process a VM.

Veeam announces Backup & Replication v8 & Availability Set v8

At May 20 Veeam announced a new suite. Veeam Availability Set v8 is a bundle of Veeam Backup & Replication v8 plus Veeam ONE. Veeam Availability Set v8 is expected to be released in Q3 2014 and will be displayed at the VeeamON event in October.

VeeamON is an event in Las Vegas for Veeam customers and partners. On the agenda are keynotes, breakout sessions, training for Veeam Certified Engineer (VMCE) and an Expo lounge.

My guess would be Veeam Availability Set v8 will be released first week of October just before VeeamON..

Veeam ONE offers features for monitoring, reporting and capacity management of vSphere and Hyper-V infrastructures.

New features in Backup & Replication v8 are:

  • Support for Microsoft Active Directory and SQL Server by Veeam Explorer. This offers the ability to restore databases and Active Directory objects by simply exploring a backup file. No need for a complete restore of AD or a SQL database.
  • Support for EMC DD BoostDD Boost, formerly called Data Domain Boost Software, enables part of the deduplication effort to be offloaded to the backup client server. This greatly shortens backup window by up to 50%. 
  • Support for NetApp Snapshot. Veeam B&R is able to make a backup using a NetApp Snapshot as source instead of the running virtual machine. This allows for a much better Recovery Time Objective without impacting performance. When a backup is made directly from running virtual machines performance can be impacted because of the use of vSphere snapshots. More information in this blogpost
  • AES 256 bit encryption Secure your data in-flight during the backup process and at-rest in the remote location with end-to-end encryption. Even if the password is lost, Veeam Backup & Replication allows you to easily recover your data from encrypted backups without compromising security
  • Replication enhancements. Replication can now be performed from a backup instead using the running virtual machine. Again this improves performance. Also built-in WAN Acceleration with replication jobs is added.

More on new features on the Veeam site.

Some more details on these features in this blogpost by Ray Lucchesi. 

More info in the Veeam press release. 

Veeam Backup & Replication v8 will have NetApp snapshot support

Veeam anounced one of the new features of the to be released Backup & Replication v8.

Version 8 will support NetApp storage snapshots.

With this feature Veeam extends its support for storage based snapshots. Veeam already supports HP storage snapshots using  Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots. It  lets you restore VMware VM data directly from native and HP StoreServ (3PAR), HP StoreVirtual (LeftHand) and HP StoreVirtual VSA (Virtual Storage Appliance) snapshots.

Combining NetApp snapshots with Veeam B&R is combining the best of two worlds.

NetApp ONTAP which is the operating system of the storage offers several ways to protect data at the storage layer:

  • Snapshot: creates a point in time copy of a ONTAP volume for data protection purposes. Creating a storage based snapshot does not have an impact on performance of the virtual machines. Creation of snapshots can be full scheduled and is a first line of defense for dataprotection. It allows a very low Recovery Point Objective (RPO).
  • SnapMirror: replicates the snapshot to a different NetApp storage device.
  • SnapVault: archives a snapshot

Advantage of combining Veeam B&R and NetApp snapshots

Veeam Backup & Replication will be able to directly acces the ONTAP Snapshot data and make a backup of the data included in the snapshot. Backup of virtual machines running on NetApp is a two step process now.

The advantage of an ONTAP storage snapshot is that is does not have a negative effect on the performance of virtual machines. When VMware based snapshots are used instead, there can be an impact on performance when snapshots are deleted when the backup has finished. Read about the impact on performance when using VMware snapshots here.

The reason to use Veeam B&R for backup of the NetApp snapshot is that you want your backup data to be stored on a different physical storage device. Snapshots are not backups! If your NetApp is lost (technical errors, fire) your snapshots (if not mirrored using SnapMirror) are lost as well.

 

Restoring data from NetApp snapshots is a bit complicated and time consuming process. When using Veeam B&R however restore is very simple and fast. Veeam is able to restore virtual machines, individual guest files but also Exchange and SharePoint items directly from ONTAP Snapshot, SnapMirror or SnapVault as a source. It is also possible to run a virtual machine from a snapshot using the Veeam Instant VM Recovery technology. There is no need for copying data from backup source to production volume. This enables a very low Recovery Time Objective.

You can learn more here http://go.veeam.com/v8-netapp.html or read Luca Dell’Oca’s post http://www.veeam.com/blog/veeam-to-offer-advanced-data-protection-with-netapp.html

There is a webinar on April 17th http://www.veeam.com/videos/veeam-netapp-integration-3999.html

Veeam Backup & Replication v8 is expected to be available in second half of 2014.

Windows Server 2012 R2 Update KB2919355 causing failed backups of Hyper-V VM’s

After installation of Windows Server 2012 R2 Update KB2919355, backups of Hyper-V VM’s fail. The error is

 

Error: Client error: The system cannot find the file specified

This error is not caused by the backup software nor the storage used. It is a bug in the Microsoft update. Veeam is curently working on a workaround which is expected to be released this Tuesday.

So be carefull installing this Microsoft update.

More info on the Veeam forum.

Veeam Explorer for Active Directory Beta released

Veeam just released a beta version of Veeam Explorer for Active Directory. This nice piece of software allows a simple restore of Active Directory objects without having to restore a complete Active Directory server. Just  do a file level recovery of a domain controller. The guest filesystem will be mounted locally on the backup server to C:\veeamflr folder. After that, browse into that folder with Explorer for Active Directory and open ntds.dit . Use the Explorer for Active Directory to restore objects directly into the operational AD. It is also possible to export to a LDIF file.

Supported are Windows Server 2003, 2008 and 2012. When restoring objects of a Windows Server 2012 domain controller make sure Veeam Explorer for Active Directory is installed on the same version OS (2012) or on Windows 8. 

The info below was taken from the Veeam forum:

VEAD supports search and restore of all AD objects types, including users, groups, computer accounts and contacts. It can restore individual object’s attributes, the entire objects, and even the whole organizational units (along with the hierarchy). Of course, the deleted objects do not have to be present in the Recycle Bin, as we will obtain all the data from backup where the objects are still present in AD. More importantly, unlike many other Active Directory recovery solutions, we do not require that the tombstone of the deleted object is still present in AD. VEAD is also fully Microsoft Exchange aware, so when restoring the user account, we will restore all Exchange-related attributes and reconnect the mailbox. As you will see, this is a very comprehensive solution.

But, there is one more thing. VEAD also has the unique ability to recover passwords! Imagine accidentally deleting the entire OU with all your users. Without this feature, each user will be prompted to set the new password upon first logon, which is very disruptive and insecure. But this feature will come even more handy if you lose an OU with computer accounts! If you simply restore those back, computers will not be able to logon to the domain because of computer account password mismatch. Now, just imagine the nightmare of going to each computer, switching it into workgroup, and then joining it back into the domain… hundreds of times! This is when you will really appreciate this feature.

The beta can be downloaded  here. (requires B&R 7.0)

Andrea Mauro of vinfrastructure.it wrote a great post about Veeam Explorer for Active Directory

Veeam the world: win a trip around the world

Enter to win a trip for 2 around the world and other exciting prizes from Veeam.Predict the location of Veeam’s 100,000th customer on the interactive map to win this trip. Or, predict the location of Veeam customers 99.994 to 99.999 to win other exciting prizes, including iPad, Google Glass or Microsoft Surface Pro.

To participate, visitors need to register and predict the location of Veeam’s 100,000th customer on the interactive map. The closer you are to the right spot, the better chance you have to win the trip around the world and other prizes.

Currently Veeam has a live pre-registration page. The main contest will start next week.

Guess the location here: http://world.veeam.com/

For more information: http://world.veeam.com/veeam_tc_2014.pdf

veeamtheworld

 

 

Veeam releases free RDP Appliance for Hyper-V Server

Microsoft has a free hypervisor offering called Hyper-V Server 2012 R2. Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 is fully equal to the Hyper-V role in Windows Server 2012. The only item not available in the free edition is the free usage rights for virtual machines running on a host installed with Hyper-V. Each virtual machine instance running on free Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 needs to be licensed.

Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 comes as a core installation. This means there is no graphical userinterface available to perform management. Especially connecting to the console of the virtual machine can be a challenge. Hyper-V Manager does not run on the Hyper-V Server itself. Adminstrators needs access to another Windows Server 2012 or Windows 8 with   Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) installed to be able to access the console of VM’s.

Veeam to the rescue. The company released a free virtual appliance which is a RDP proxy. The appliance runs CentOS and installs on a Hyper-V host. The appliance can connect to virtual machines using VMconnect. VMconnect is a modified RDP for connection to consoles of virtual machines. VMconnect is able to connect even when the virtual machine does not have an IP-address.

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Veeam announces new certification : Veeam Certified Engineer VMCE

Veeam will launch a new program in January 2014 (launching first in North America and EMEA) that will educate and certify partners and end-user engineers as Veeam Certified Engineers (VMCE). The designation of VMCE establishes a level of expertise required to implement and configure Veeam software correctly and most effectively. The designation also verifies the engineer has the necessary knowledge and experience to be hired as a Veeam Expert.

Distribution partners of Veeam will be selected as Veeam Authorized Education Centers (VMAEC) to deliver fee-based education courses with a curriculum developed by Veeam. For those who cannot attend the three-day instructor-led live training, Veeam is piloting a Video on Demand Learning (VODL) module in North America. Every class includes both lecture and hands-on elements that allow the students to learn about the technology and its configuration, and then experience the configuration in labs based on real-world customer scenarios. All VMCE candidates must pass a proctored exam as the final step in earning their certification. Veeam expects 1,000 – 2,000 engineers to earn the VMCE distinction within the next year.

“Our new training and certification programs will create a more empowered and enabled channel and end-user ecosystem,” said Ratmir Timashev, CEO at Veeam Software. “We expect our ProPartners to see growth in revenue as these certified Veeam experts become more engaged, motivated and knowledgeable. This training will support our partners’ ability to offer additional services to their customers and establish an extra revenue stream, while also offering a higher level of support to their customers. As a channel-centric organization, our regional teams will work alongside our partner community to help them take advantage of the hot growth opportunities Modern Data Protection™ is creating in the enterprise market.”

This new certification program is designed to support the systems engineers of Veeam customers, as well as the pre-sales engineers of Veeam’s network of ProPartners, with high-level technical competencies through delivery of technical courses required to achieve VMCE certification.
Veeam will empower its North American and EMEA engineers specifically by providing education on Veeam product capabilities, their interaction and alignment with compatible technologies, and both onsite and online instruction on how to most effectively implement Veeam to achieve maximum functionality. This training will include certification programs that will enable the reseller to offer and deliver highly profitable professional services, and enable the customer to further optimize its investment in Veeam solutions for a much higher ROI and improved SLAs (Service Level Agreements).

Veeam releases Backup & Replication 7.0 R2 update supporting vSphere 5.5.

Today Veeam released Veeam Backup & Replication R2. This version has a lot of new features. One of the most interesting is support for VMware vSphere 5.5. The update also contains bugfixes.

Veeam has named this release a patch. To obtain the patch please download it from: Download

More information here

What is new:

VMware

  • vSphere 5.5 support, including support for 62TB virtual disks and virtual hardware v10 virtual machines.
  • vCloud Director 5.5 support.
  • Support for Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1 as guest virtual machines (VMs).
  • Added ability to limit maximum amount of active VM snapshots per datastore to prevent it from being overfilled with snapshot deltas. The default value of 4 active snapshots can be controlled with MaxSnapshotsPerDatastore (REG_DWORD) registry key.

Microsoft

  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V and free Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 support, including support for Generation 2 virtual machines.
  • Support for Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1 as guest virtual machines (VMs)
  • Support for System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager (VMM)
  • Support for the installation of Veeam Backup & Replication and its components on Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1.

Built-in WAN acceleration

  • Increased data processing up to 50% with hard drive based cache, and up to 3 times with SSD based cache. Multi-core CPU on source WAN accelerator is recommended to take full advantage of the enhanced data processing engine.

Replication

  • Added ability for source and target proxy servers to reconnect and resume replication when network connection between source and target site drops for a short period of time.

Tape

  • Added support for a number of enterprise-class tape libraries with partitioning functionality that allows presenting multiple tape library partitions to the same host.
  • Import/export slot interaction has been redesigned to add support for a number of IBM and Oracle tape libraries.

Application-aware processing

  • Added ability for application-aware processing logic to detect passive Microsoft Exchange DAG database present on the VM, and process it accordingly.
  • Added support for Exchange CCR clusters.

User interface

  • User interface should now remember size and positions off the main window, as well as all panels and columns.

 

 

Veeam has released Patch 1 for Veeam Backup & Replication v7.

Veeam has released Patch 1 for Veeam Backup & Replication v7.

Mind this is NOT a patch to make Version 7 compatible with VMware vSphere 5.5! vSphere 5.5 is not yet supported by Veeam Backup & Replication v7 .

more information :http://www.veeam.com/kb1823

To obtain the patch please download it from: Download

Please confirm you are running version 7.0.0.690 prior to installing this patch. You can check this under Help | About in Veeam Backup & Replication console.  After upgrading, your build will be version 7.0.0.715

 

General
• Under certain circumstances, backup to CIFS target may fail with the following errors: “The process cannot access the file because it is being used by another process”, “Failed to create or open file \\server\share\file.vbk”.
• In reversed incremental backup mode, retrying previously failed backup of newly added virtual disk makes the created, and the following restore points for the given disk invalid.
• Linux version of standalone backup extraction tool fails to restore v7 backups with the following error: “Declared number of bank pages (XXXXX) is exceed limit (1024)”.
• Network throttling rules are not applied if the “Use multiple upload streams” option is disabled.
• Under certain circumstances, the reported processing rate may be much lower than actual when parallel processing is enabled.
• Added ability to manually configure more than 100 ports to be used for data movers. This may be required when running more than 100 jobs concurrently.
• Deleted VM retention option is now disabled by default for the newly created jobs, and its logic has been enhanced to better handle job failures.

VMware
• Job fails to remove VM snapshots if vCenter server is added to Managed Servers in B&R user interface both as a Windows server, and as a vCenter server.
• Replication jobs do not use multiple upload streams for the first processed disk of each VM. This leads to either reduced performance, or network throttling rules not applying during processing of the first disk.
• Maximum concurrent snapshot removal settings are ignored, limiting VM snapshot removal to one at a time when parallel processing is enabled.
• The source VM snapshot is now first to be removed during in replication jobs. This helps to reduce the time VM runs off snapshot.
• Powered on source VMs are now shut down automatically to streamline self-service full VM restores.

Hyper-V
• Instant VM Recovery fails when dynamic VHD disk size is not a multiple of 256 MB. Such disks cannot be created with Hyper-V management tools, but can appear as a result of P2V/V2V conversion, or produced by 3rd party tools.
• Instant VM Recovery fails when target Hyper-V host’s storage uses native 4KB sector size disks.
• Under certain circumstances, Instant VM Recovery may fail with the following error: “Failed to read needed portion of data”
• Adding a new virtual disk to the original VM makes the created, and the following replica restore points for the given virtual disk invalid.
• Changing virtual disk exclusion settings on the existing replication job makes failover fail with the “Object reference not set to an instance of an object”.
• Failure to rescan any host makes rescan of the remaining hosts to fail with the following error: “Failed to execute WMI Query”
• Restoring VHDX into the root of CSV folder makes the restored VM fail to start with the following error: “General access denied error”
• SureBackup testing of VMs with SCVMM-specific network settings may fail with the following error: “Failed to import virtual machine VMNAME configuration”
• Application-aware processing for guest OS without Microsoft VSS support is now skipped automatically regardless of the job’s settings.

Application-aware processing
• Backing up all Active Directory domain controllers at the same time (which is more easy to achieve with parallel processing enabled) may lead to DFS-R SYSVOL replication failures.
• Changed Microsoft SharePoint farm topology collection failure event from warning to informational.

Backup Copy
• Multiple enhancements to Backup Copy job’s email notifications and statistics.
• Added ability to disable creating weekly full backups for GFS (Grandfather-Father-Son) retention policy.

Guest indexing
• Temporary files produced by guest file system indexing process are not correctly removed from AppData\Local\Temp.

HP Storage Snapshots Integration
• Initiating Active Full backup on the job with existing backups renders the created and the following backups in the backup chain unrecoverable.
• Incremental replication runs fail with the “The method or operation is not implemented” error.
• VM snapshots should now be created concurrently in scenarios when the job setup allows to backup multiple VMs from the same LUN. This decreases the time VMs run off snapshot, and improves overall job performance.

SureBackup
• Under certain circumstances, parsing route.exe output may fail. As a result, virtual lab creation process and SureBackup jobs may “hang” indefinitely.

Tape
• Changer alerts may be incorrectly interpreted as drive alerts.
• Tape drives appear as online even when the corresponding tape library is offline.
• If the “Continue media set” option is enabled, but the last used tape is offline, the job fails with the following error: “Tape not exchanged”.
• Restoring VM from tape fails with the “The directory name is invalid” error if the source VM backup job’s name contains invalid NTFS symbols (\|/*:?<>).
• “Eject media once the job finishes” option now applies to both full and incremental job runs.
• Added support for ejecting media once the job finishes to standalone tape drives.  Previously, attempting to use this option with standalone drives resulted in the “Automated library not found” error.
• Tape job email report now includes barcodes and names of all tapes that were used in the corresponding job session.

User interface
• Deleting an imported backup that is located in the root folder of the backup repository deletes the whole repository folder instead.
• Improved Microsoft Exchange server auto discovery logic in restore to original location wizard of Veeam Explorer for Microsoft Exchange.
• Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SharePoint crashes when desktop background changes (such as when switching to the new RDP session).

Other
• PuTTY has been updated to the more recent version for security reasons.

Free 180-day NFR license for Veeam Backup & Replication v7

Veeam is giving away FREE 180-day NFR licenses for 2 sockets of Veeam® Backup Management Suite™ for VMware or Hyper-V for your home or work lab.

This offer is for  VMware vExperts, VMware Certified Professionals (VCP), Microsoft Certified Professionals (MCP), Microsoft Certified Technology Specialists (MCTS) and Most Valuable Professionals (MVP) only!

Veeam Backup Management Suite is built from Veeam Backup & Replication™ to deliver the data protection, visibility and control you need for your VMware or Hyper-V environment. By leveraging the capabilities and benefits of virtualization, Veeam Backup Management Suite helps organizations modernize their data protection strategy and mitigate daily management risks.

Get a FREE NFR license for your lab to see the benefits of Veeam Backup Management Suite for yourself:

  • Complete visibility of your backup and virtual infrastructures
  • Advanced monitoring of backup jobs and resources
  • At-a-glance reporting and detailed documentation of backup status, performance, availability, utilization and more!

And while you download the software, help Veeam to win Windows IT Pro Community Awards! They are nominated in SEVEN categories. You can vote here http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2013-CommChoice-WinITPro-FinalVoting

Register for the NFR license  here,

 

Veeam Backup & Replication v7 released

Veeam released Backup & Replication v7. It can be downloaded here.

It offers new features and many enhancements. See my earlier post here.

Some new are:

  • Built-in WAN Acceleration
  • High performance Backup from Storage Snapshots
  • Native tape support
  • backup copy jobs

Veeam released a document which lists all the new features of Veeam Backup & Replication v7.
Download What`s New in v7 now.

 

Veeam also made a very nice infographic named: Veeam Backup & Replication v7 by the numbers. It gives a lot of info by showing numbers.

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Veeam Backup & Replication v7 What’s New

Veeam released a document which lists all the new features of Veeam Backup & Replication v7.
Download What`s New in v7 now.

Release of v7 is very soon. A good guess would be VMworld 2013 San Francisco?

Just a few of  the many new features and enhancements are:

  1. Built-in WAN Acceleration
    Offsite storage of backups is a critical component of a good data protection strategy, and in v7, Veeam makes offsite storage easy with Built-in WAN Acceleration. Caching, variable block length data fingerprinting and TCP/IP protocol optimizations result in up to 50 times faster transfers of Veeam backups across the WAN while eliminating the need for additional backup jobs, copy scripts and capabilities like storage-based replication. Best of all, there are no VM- or host-based agents to install and no special network setup required.

  2. Virtual Lab for replicas
    Reduce risk and put your replicas to work with Virtual Lab for replicas. With new SureReplica, you can automatically verify every restore point in every replica. You can also turn your standby replicas and DR infrastructure into valuable resources for item-level recovery with U-AIR® (Universal Application-Item Recovery) and isolated environments for testing, training and troubleshooting with On-Demand Sandbox™
  3. Native tape support
    Many organizations have invested in tape and are subject to policies requiring tape. Veeam Backup & Replication v7 offers you an easy way to copy files and backups on tape, with support for virtual tape libraries (VTLs), tape libraries and standalone drives. Files, VMs and restore points are tracked on tape, enabling you to easily locate items and making restores easy.
  4. Resume on disconnect.
    Data movers are now capable of transparently resuming communication after a network connection drops completely for a short period of time. This capability dramatically improves the reliability of remote backup and replication.

  5. Virtual Lab for Hyper-V
    Veeam Backup & Replication v7 brings SureBackup®, U-AIR and On-Demand Sandbox to Hyper-V. SureBackup eliminates risk by automatically verifying the recoverability of your backups, while U-AIR enables quick, agentless recovery of objects from any virtualized application and On-Demand Sandbox creates isolated environments for testing, troubleshooting and training.

  6.  Transparent backup of vCenter Server VM
    The vCenter Server VM can now be backed up without having to resort to workarounds, such as adding the vCenter Server’s host by IP address and then configuring a separate job for it.

  7. Concurrent snapshots commit operations.
    The maximum number of concurrent operations is now automatically limited to a preconfigured value (per standalone host or cluster). This reduces the impact of snapshot commits on your production environment. Maximum values are configured via updates to corresponding registry values.
    For an understanding of the impact on performance of snapshot commits see this article.

  8. Restore to Office 365.
    Experimental support is available for restoring mailbox items to Microsoft Office 365.

     

Sneak Peek: Veeam Backup & Replication v7

Veeam will release Veeam Backup & Replication v7 in Q3 2013. The  new release will have 2 disruptive innovations, 7 market changing features, and 75+ enhancements according to a tweet of Veeam!

Some of the enhancements are shown in this document.

Besides new features there will be a new edition as well: Enterprise Plus.

some of the new features are:

Backup Copy jobs
Best practices and common sense dictate keeping at least two copies of your backups, and new Backup Copy jobs let you implement proper backup and retention policies without requiring extra backups, copy scripts or capabilities like storage-based file replication. VM backups are automatically archived to the storage location of your choice, and validation and remediation make sure your copies are available and reliable.

Built-in WAN Acceleration
 

 

 

 

 

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