v9-available

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.

Veeam Availability Suite v8

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

Microsoft

  • 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.

VMware

  • 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.

Linux

  • 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.

SureBackup

  • Proxy appliance will now respond to ping from within Virtual Lab to prevent firewalls automatically blocking its network as public.

Other

  • 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.

Again a nice and important update.

Veeam Availability Suite v8

Today Veeam announced Update 2 (notice the name change from patch to update) for the Veeam Avaiability Suite v8.

This means updates are available for both products in the Availability Suite:

vSphere 6 FULL support

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.

VMware finally released an update for vCenter Server 5.1 Update 1 which resolves the SSO login bug (KB for this issue). This release replaces the 5.1 Update 1 download so make sure you replace your 5.1 Update 1 ISO with the 5.1 Update 1a ISO!

Keep in mind that there are some things that still won’t work, for a clear explanation check out the KB.

Happy updating!

VMware released an update for vCenter Server 5.1, bringing the version towards 5.1.0a (build version 880471). This update addresses several issues found in GA release (mostly related wit the new SSO service). For more information you can read the release notes. There are no new things added with this release but mostly bug fixes.

View support for vSphere 5.1

VMware also released a patch which makes View supported with vSphere 5.1. For more information please read the KB.

For VMware vSphere 5.1 to support VMware View 5.1.x, you need to download either:

  • An updated ESXi 5.1 ISO image.

    To download the ISO:

    1. Navigate to the vSphere Download Center.
    2. Click View Download for the VMware ESXi 5.1.0 Installable for your version of ESXi.
    3. On the Product Downloads tab, download VMware-VMvisor-Installer-201210001-838463.x86_64.iso.
  • ESXi510-201210001 from the Patch Download Center.