Rick Vanover (vExpert, MCITP, VCP) is a product strategy specialist for Veeam Software based in Columbus, Ohio. Rick is a popular blogger, podcaster and active member of the virtualization community. Rick’s IT experience includes system administration and IT management; with virtualization being the central theme of his career recently. Follow Rick on Twitter @RickVanover or @Veeam and on Google+.
If you haven’t heard, we’ve been making some noise regarding Veeam Backup & Replication v7 already. The first of these was the announcement that v7 will offer enhanced support for vCloud Director, made last month at VMware Partner Exchange in Las Vegas (be sure to see our pictures from the event on Facebook!). We are now ready to introduce the next milestone in building up to v7, a plug-in for the vSphere Web Client for Veeam Backup & Replication. How cool is that!
We can now bring more information about the Veeam backup infrastructure into the Web Client. Good information about the status of Veeam Backup & Replication will be available right inside the vSphere Web Client, and in fact this is quite usable data. We’ve had attribute settings for a long time to clearly set a VM to being backed up as a way to self-indicate its protection status; but this is a great way to see it within your vSphere administration space.
We’ve produced a quick video introducing the features of our new plug-in, which you can see below:
The job chaining feature was released in version 6.5 of Veeam Backup & Replication. The primary purpose of this feature is to take away the guesswork on job start times for consecutive iteration. This is especially important if one backup job needs to be completed before the next backup job begins, but exact timing isn’t known. This feature is defined in the schedule option of the backup job wizard, as shown in the figure below:
The last few months have been interesting, to say the least. We’ve seen Windows Server 2012 released in September, and along with the popular operating system comes the much-anticipated new release of Hyper-V. Now that it has been out there a bit and people are getting some exposure to the new server operating system and virtualization platform, we should make sure you know about a great new free resource to help you in the transition. Microsoft MVP Brien Posey has been working on his newest publication, “Hands-on Guide: Understanding Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012”. Additional chapters have contributions from Pete Zerger (also a Microsoft MVP) and Chris Henley from Veeam.
This is a great time for this resource and we’re happy to have it available for download on veeam.com. This is also a good time to see what everyone’s plans are for the new platform: both as an operating system and as part of your virtualized infrastructure. To do this, we are creating a quick poll here on the Veeam blog. Mark your votes below!
Regardless of where you are with Windows Server technologies, this is an important release! Windows Server 2012 promises to be an incredible platform to run applications, as well as a powerful virtualization environment for virtual machines.
This is also a big priority for Veeam. Veeam Backup & Replication 6.5 supports VMs running on Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V, as well as VMs running Windows Server 2012 (whether on Hyper-V or VMware vSphere). This is a big deal! In particular this also includes VMs running from SMB 3.0 shares on Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V. Stay tuned at veeam.com or Veeam on Twitter for news on Veeam Backup & Replication 6.5.
Thank you for participating in the poll and see the results below!
When Veeam ONE 6.5 was released last month, it included a lot of enhancements and new features. Most notably, we introduced advanced monitoring, reporting and capacity planning for backup, making it easier than ever for our customers to protect their virtual environments.
With all the hoopla around the new capabilities for backup, you might have missed the Infrastructure Growth report we tucked into the Offline report pack. Built for Adobe Flash, this report is like a movie for your virtual infrastructure where you can watch events like clusters being created, hosts being added, and VMs being moved or deleted.
As the holidays approach us around the world, we at Veeam are happy to have a number of strategies that reach out to the core of the virtualization community. Just in this year, we’ve released Veeam Backup Free Edition, which has been a great hit. We also are continuing our commitment to the VMware and Microsoft virtualization communities with our NFR license program.
The NFR license program allows practicing IT pros with the VMware VCP, VCI, and vExpert designations as well as Microsoft MCP, MCTS, and MVP holders to get up to two CPU sockets of Veeam Backup & Replication. These CPU socket licenses are fully functional but are intended to be used in a non-production environment, such as a home lab.
A number of bloggers who have the VMware and Microsoft credentials have already taken part in this program, and so should you! If you are a VMware-certified IT pro, this page is where you register for the NFR licenses. If you are a Microsoft-certified IT pro, this is your page.
We hope that each of you enjoys this program and continues to develop your IT practice with a backup program for your lab that will enable your virtualization expertise to grow!
It is finally here! Veeam Backup & Replication 6.5 is now available! This release includes all of the great features we previewed at Microsoft TechEd, VMworld and other global events. A number of new features that make up Veeam Backup & Replication 6.5, including:
Sometimes the easy things in life come along and make your day so much better. Recently I found a very easy way to edit .VMX files with Veeam Backup Free Edition. This technique was used before with FastSCP (now replaced by Veeam Backup Free Edition) with the FastSCP Editor. This editor is still available in Veeam Backup Free Edition (as well as the paid versions, of course) and makes editing .VMX files very easy!
While there are a number of reasons why you may want to edit the .VMX file, and because of such there are a few guidelines. First, don’t do this on a powered-on virtual machine, because it may cause unexpected behavior. Granular options like setting a fixed log file size for the virtual machine, nested Hyper-V on vSphere, keyboard type delay, and more may be needed to provide granular configuration options for a virtual machine.
VMworld is right around the corner! Ready or not, it’s almost here. We at Veeam have been working hard to prepare for the event. We thought we’d also make a nice way to get an “at-a-glance'” view of the event, so we’ve created this handy InfoGraphic to view all the Veeam activities at VMworld.
The InfoGraphic summarizes all the big things at VMworld (individual links below) that Veeam is engaged in: 2 VMworld sessions, The Veeam Party, our AWESOME home dream lab giveaway, our SWAG information and a reminder about bacon. We look forward to seeing you at VMworld and check out the InfoGraphic below for the full list of what we have in store! [Click image to open full-page]
When version 6 of Veeam Backup & Replication was released, there were scores of new and improved features! In fact, I had a blog post last year enumerating 72 of them! We are now on version 6.1, and while the features keep rolling in, an astute user pointed something out to me at a recent Veeam User Group Meeting in Chicago related to proxy configuration for both backup and replication jobs.
Ratmir Timashev, Veeam’s President and CEO says “We are excited that IT pros continue to vote Veeam Backup & Replication as the best among solutions on the market today. This award from VirtualizationAdmin.com is appreciated and we will continue to move ahead as the vendor with the #1 VM Backup solution.”