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Veeam 6.5 Released

October 26, 2012 — Leave a comment

During VMworld Barcelona Veeam announced the latest iteration of their Backup and Recovery product. For the first time we are seeing Veeam break from a major release each year to be be a dot release with the latest version being 6.5. Although with the work to ensure the product is amongst the first backup products to not only support vSphere 5.1 but also Windows Server 2012 & Hyper-V 3.0 you can see why. 

But threat not Veeam have still managed to jam pack new features into this release. For a full and extensive list check out the whats new document on Veeam website here >>

Amongst the stand out features for me were

  • Exchange E-Discovery >> Allowing you to instantly browse, search and selectively restore, emails, notes, contacts etc from any Veeam backup or Exchange EDB file. Since the beta that I wrote about here >> they have now included the option to restore to original location which I think rounds of the feature nicely. 
  • Chain Execution of jobs >> This feature has always been possible but you had to run a post script from each backup, with the new feature you can use the new scheduler to start a job automatically once the job it depends upon finishes. 
  • Configuration Backup >> Veeam is now automatically and periodically able to backup its configuration to a specified backup repository. Particularly useful if you have a physical Veeam server and want to backup your configuration.
  • Veeam Explorer for SAN Snapshots >> Utilise Veeam to recover any item from a HP Lefthand based SAN Snapshot with all the usual Veeam based features. I can’t wait for this functionality to support other SAN manufactures. 
  • Global Data DeDuplication with Windows Server 2012 >> You can utilise the power of Windows Server 2012 DeDuplication to reduce your repository size, you are also able to do file level recovery from a deduplicated volume inside a VM as long as you are running Veeam on a Windows Server 2012 sever. 

These are just a handful of the new features but it is great to see Veeam keeping ahead of the curve as usual and if this is just a dot release I can’t want to see what Veeam Backup and Recovery 7 will have in-store whenever that will be released. 6.5 was released yesterday and can now be downloaded from Veeam’s site  >>

Ok a bit of an unusual subject for my blog maybe, but over the last few days I have attended the TechNet UK IT Camp, regarding Hyper-V and System Center 2012 amongst other things. The most interesting subject for me was whats new in Hyper-V 2012 and Virtual Machine Manager 2012. Simon May a Microsoft IT Pro evangelist and blogger at demonstrated Microsoft VDI in Server 2012, starting his demo by building out 4 VM’s using Powershell 3 in Windows 2012. The script is very simple and similar to scripts I have written in PowerCLI for VMware vSphere, so I fancied the challenge of trying to recreate this script. My script seen below may not be a complete copy of what Simon demonstrated but seems to work well.

$VMNames =@(1..4)

Foreach ($VM in $VMNames)
$VM = "Serv"+$VM
New-VHD -ParentPath "E:\VHDs\VHD-Parent\2012-VHDs.vhd" -Differencing -Path "E:\VHDs\Demo\$vm.vhd"
New-VM -VHDPath "E:\VHDs\Demo\$vm.vhd" -VMName $VM -MemoryStartupBytes 1536MB
Set-VMProcessor -VMName $VM -Count 2
Start-VM -Name $VM


In the 1st line of the script we are creating an array depicting the amount of VM’s we wish to create, in Simon’s demo his array contained the name of the 4 VM’s this will work either way. We then move on to create a loop, the loop moves through each of the VMs in the array. Inside the loop the VM name is then set to be Serv plus the number from the array. Next we are creating the VHD for the VM, for this demo we are using a differencing disk, a differencing disk is similar to a linked clone in VMware land where the reads come from a set disk and the differences are written to a delta/difference file, in the example above I have referenced a VHD that has had Windows 2012 pre-installed and has been syspred ready to roll and the we have specified the path for the differencing disk. Finally we move on to create the VM in Hyper-V referencing the VHD we have pre-created, setting the member and CPUs and finally starting the VM before going on to repeat the process.

The result will be 4 VMs rolled out with linked to the parent VHD.


Veeam Fast SCP has been part of many virtualisation engineers / administrators toolkits for quite some time, however updates on it have been a little scarce in recent times. On Monday Veeam announced Veeam Backup Free Edition replacing the Veeam Fast SCP Product.


With a typical Veeam countdown clock Veeam announced the free edition of their backup product with a new feature called Veeam ZIP. Veeam ZIP allows administrators to be able to select a VM from the vCenter tree view inside Veeam Backup Free Edition and choose to ZIP it up to their local machine using Veeam’s compression algorithms into a .VBK file.  Of course the free version is limited to allow only one time backups of VM’s using Veeam ZIP and doesn’t include a scheduling engine of any of the other advanced feature seen in the full product.


Veeam Backup Free Edition wasn’t the only release on Monday with the new GUI used with the free product also appearing in Veeam Backup and Replication 6.1. Veeam have used Microsoft UX (User Experience) Guidelines to clean up the view and split of the sections of the product with a new ribbon and tabbed menu to the right.


Also for any Microsoft Hyper-V users out there Veeam have taken the much loved Instant Recovery Feature previously only available for VMware to now also be available for Hyper-V backups.


To download Veeam Backup Free edition please head over to Veeam’s site here >>

I’m really liking the new Veeam ZIP feature in both the new free and paid for versions as being able to take a one time backup of a VM without needing to create a dedicated job can be useful for many reasons, such as prior to upgrading a VM or prior to retiring and deleting a VM. I hope in the future we may see a vCenter plugin that either a. allows us to Veeam ZIP the VM to our local machine or more interestingly for me b. Allowing you to directly Veeam ZIP a VM to you Backup Repository.

The much anticipated release of Veeam Backup and Replication V6 was released yesterday bringing a wealth of new features and many improvements for existing users.


Some of the biggest new features and improvements are as follows

  • New distributed architecture
  • Hyper-V Support
  • One Click File Restore
  • Massive Replication Enhancements

To get the full low down on what is new in V6 check of this PDF >> Click Here

Distributed Architecture

With the new distributed architecture their are new roles that can be split away from the backup server to help you distribute the various tasks of the backup, they then use intelligent load balancing to help ensure you get the most out of your available resource.

The roles are as follows

Proxy Servers – The proxy server acts as a data mover unlike the full backup server they don’t require a dedicated SQL database and only a few light wait components need to be installed

Backup Repositories – The backup repositories decouple the backup target information from the backup jobs

Windows Smart Target – A windows target agent can be installed to Windows based target to provide the most efficient backup across networks with added traffic compression and updating of synthetic backups locally on the backup target

All the relevant components can be installed remotely from the Veeam server and also all future updates can be managed and installed from the Veeam server.

Hyper-V Support

With the new Hyper-V support Veeam is now able to offer multi hypervisor support from a single management console


Replication Enhancements

One of the most popular features of Veeam Backup and Replication has been the replication feature but if you were replicating over a high speed link some found the performance wasn’t as good as they were expecting. With the new V6 release Veeam are now seeing up to a 10x performance increase. Not only this but there are also numerous new features such as seeding from a backup job and the ability to Re-IP a VM when you failover functionality that we have only ever seen in products such as VMware SRM previously.


This latest version of Veeam Backup and Replication not only see’s the usual new features but a complete design change in the way we can use Veeam in larger organisation while still being able to work in the traditional non distributed manner for smaller customer. With the new features available Veeam has further secured it’s place as the must have backup solution for your virtualised environment. Unfortunately we will need to continue to use other legacy products for our physical servers but maybe that is the reason on it own we need to be pushing towards 100% virtualisation. I will be digging deeper into the product over the coming weeks and hope to do some more in-depth blog posts soon. V6 is already running in my home lab at the moment and I have been really impressed by what I have seen so far.


Installing in my home lab


Highlighted is the new bottleneck detection within the job information screen, as you can see in my home lab the bottleneck is my target storage (Maybe thats an excuse for an upgrade!)

Add Server

The new add server screen for the virtualisation hosts and the smart targets


The updated backup and replication console




This morning at Tech-Ed North America Veeam have announced their next big thing, as reported at the beginning of May Veeam had put a ticker on their website to their next big thing. What may surprise some of you is that the announcement has come at Tech-Ed, Microsofts annual event. When you hear the announcement it all makes sense.


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That’s right Veeam are extending the functionality of Veeam Backup and Recovery 6 to include Hyper-V backup. It seems a number of people including myself predicted that this maybe the case >>

Veeam are bringing image-based backup and replication, de-duplication and compression and changed block tracking to Hyper-V. In my view this is going to be a major win for Microsoft in the Hyper-V stakes, a number of customers I have spoken to using Hyper-V have always had problems with their backups most customers I have dealt with have used Microsoft DPM. The fact that Veeam have added changed block tracking that VMware made available to us in vSphere to Hyper-V is a big bonus for Hyper-V users, this functionality has had to be implemented by Veeam in the case of Hyper-V. Veeam Backup and Recovery will also have the replication technology that is available for VMware today. I understand that the Hyper-V integration isn’t going to feature the U-AIR recovery, SureBackup or Instant Recovery in this first release.

The real bonus to all this is that this product is available for any version of Hyper-V whether it is managed by SCVMM or not, this is going to further enhance Hyper-V as an offering for small businesses and non-profit users. By being able to have a couple of small hosts, some shared storage in the form of an Iomega PX4 or similar and Veeam, small business will be able to have enterprise class features for small business prices. Maybe it was time VMware opened the API’s in ESXi again to allow backups from it’s free version like we used to have in the past?

From my point of view there are still significant benefits and reasons why to choose VMware vSphere over Hyper-V but for the right size customers and those that have already made their choice this is going to make a big difference.

Veeam will be announcing more features later in the year and promised is more features for us in the VMware camp as well, we should start hearing more at VMworld with the product expecting to be released in Q4.