Update 2 for Veeam Backup & Replication v9 is now available and brings some improvements to the product.
Most important is the fact that Veeam Backup & Replication v9 now fully supports Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series for Direct NFS backup mode as well as VMware VSAN 6.2.
Furthermore on the EMC part support has been added for Data Domain DD OS 5.7 for DD Boost integration as a backup target. As production storage this update also adds support for Unity for Backup from Storage Snapshots as well as the Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots functionality.
Some Enterprise enhancements which would be introduced in Veeam Backup & Replication v9.5 were also backported and added in this support to benefit from it early!
The full release notes as well as the download can be found here.
Last year at VeeamON Veeam announced Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE. This free solution is a great success because it is easy to use and it just works.
At VeeamON, Ratmir announced Veeam Backup for Linux that can be used to backup both your Linux servers on-premises as in the public cloud.
Veeam Backup for Linux is an agent-based solution running inside the guest OS. It will support incremental backups with proprietary CBT driver. Fully compatible with LVM (Logical Volume Manager) but we do not leverage LVM snapshots. Our own volume snapshot provider (which doesn’t have the limitations of LVM snapshots) will be included. This solution will be able to take a consistent snapshot of the server’s storage by only using our built-in functionality.
Things which are already known about v1:
Restore from on-premises to the cloud or the other way around
Will support most Debian and Red-Hat based distro’s
Backup options: entire server, volume-level and file-level
Support for pre-freeze and post-freeze scripts will be supported to ensure application consistency
Management wide there will be a web-based GUI, command line interface (CLI) and the option to work with configuration files (perfect for automation)
Integration with Veeam Backup & Replication v9 is coming
The following is a screenshot from the command line interface GUI (subject to change):
If you ask me this is something a lot of people were asking and waiting for and the best thing is that this solution is free!
Update 3 for Veeam Backup & Replication v8 is now available and brings some improvements to the product.
Most important is the support for Windows 10 (as guest VM and supported operating system for installing Veeam Backup & Replication) and the support for vSphere 6.0 Update 1 (this resolves the SSL issue).
New Features and Enhancements
Support for Windows 10 as guest virtual machines (VMs), including application-aware processing.
Support for installation of Veeam Backup & Replication and all of its components on Windows 10.
Support for vSphere 6.0 Update 1.
Added ability to convert “VMware Tools not found” job warning to informational event. To enable this behavior, set DisableVMwareToolsNotFoundWarning (REG_DWORD) registry value to 1.
Support for the following additional SSH ciphers: aes128-ctr, aes192-ctr, aes256-ctr, aes192-cbc and aes256-cbc.
Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SQL Server
Log truncation is automatically skipped for stopped and unsupported SQL Server instances to prevent errors from being logged.
Preferred network settings will now also apply to transaction log backup jobs.
Support for SQL Servers using non-standard port number.
Veeam Explorer for SharePoint
Support for ADFS authentication.
Support for UPN credentials.
Proxy appliance will now respond to ping from within Virtual Lab to prevent firewalls automatically blocking its network as public.
Removed weakly encrypted username and password logging from guest processing components using networkless (VIX) guest interaction mode. Veeam thanks Pasquale Fiorillo and Francesco Ongaro of ISGroup for vulnerability discovery.
Improved performance of certain user interface operations, such as opening Backups node in large environments.
Reduced load on SQL Server hosting product configuration database, while improving SQL interaction reliability in large environments.
Improved performance of configuration backup in large environments.
Minor enhancements and bug fixes in various product areas.
PernixData finally released PernixData FVP 3.0 which includes 3 new features.
What is PernixData FVP?
PernixData FVP software puts storage intelligence into high speed server media, establishing a control point for optimizing application performance and managing data center operations with true scale-out growth. With FVP, customers can leverage any storage platform for capacity, creating a decoupled storage architecture that maximizes design flexibility while minimizing storage costs.
vSphere 6.0 support
This is a long awaited feature and all you need to do is upgrade and vSphere 6.0 hosts will be supported. This also includes the fresh released vSphere 6.0U1. However keep in mind that with FVP 3.0 support for vSphere 5.0 is dropped so make sure you update these to atleast 5.1!
New User Interface (HML5-based)
With the new release comes a new user interface. This webclient is HTML5-based and now offers you the possibility to monitor other FVP clusters that may reside in another vCenter or vSphere cluster.
New Audit Log
FVP now offers a seperate audit log which contains all FVP related actions and alarms for a FVP cluster. In this way you can see what has changed without having to visit each host in vCenter which can be complex.
The most important new feature is the FULL vSphere 6 support. This includes all new additional features such as backing up VVols, VSAN 2.0, Fault Tolerant VM’s and cross-vCenter vMotion awareness (this is really cool, no more problems with moRef id’s changing).
Currently there is a known SAN transport issue in VDDK 6.0.0 but Veeam created a fix for it so you don’t have to worry about it. It just works!
Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE integration
This was already announced a while ago and it is now possible to send Endpoint backups to a Veeam backup repository and it’s now fully available!
Using a Veeam backup repository as the target for your Endpoint backup jobs enables the following additional functionality:
Centralized monitoring. Perform basic monitoring and management for all incoming endpoint backup jobs, including email notifications about endpoint backup status.
Offsite protection. Get your endpoint backups off site to disk-based storage, tape or your Veeam Cloud Connect service provider with Backup Copy and Backup to Tape jobs.
Backup encryption. You can choose to optionally encrypt your endpoint backups stored in Veeam backup repositories. All standard Veeam encryption features are supported for endpoint backups, including password loss protection.
Application item-level recovery. Restore application items from backups of server machines with Veeam Explorers™ for Microsoft Active Directory, Exchange, SharePoint and SQL Server.
Disk export. Export physical disk content from backup into VMDK/VHD/VHDX virtual disk files.
I already blogged about this feature in the preview stage which got covered in a small demo video.
Other cool changes
Besides these important changes there are some other interesting things to be found in the release notes.
SNMP traps. Both Windows and Multi-OS File-Level Recovery can now trigger SNMP notifications. To enable such notifications, create the EnableRestoreSNMPTraps (DWORD) registry value under HKLM\SOFTWARE\Veeam\Veeam Backup and Replication, and set it to 1.
I really did not see this coming but I can see lot’s of use for this. Sending traps for every recovery can for example help assisting in troubleshooting wrong restores even faster.
Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SQL ServerDatabase restore performance has been improved by up to 3x.
While the Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SQL already is an amazing tool to perform perfect restores it got improved even more. Hooray for faster restores!
Again an amazing update by Veeam and another proof why Veeam is the #1 Availability product for your environment.