The last couple of weeks we have announced the release of the Veeam Availability Suite v8, which combines the capabilities of Veeam Backup & Replication v8 with Veeam ONE v8. Our development teams just don't stop! Today I am pleased to announce R2 of the Veeam Management Pack v7 for System Center.

What's new

Fast time to value

The Resource Kit is improved and expanded to accelerate and simplify the deployment process. The Resource Kit was already a very popular tool and now it is greatly enhanced.

From now on, the Resource Kit is part of the installation ISO and can be launched from the installer splash screen. The sizing calculators for deployment planning are updated and reflect the new improvements in the R2 version. And the reference documentation is up to date.

Additional scripts are added to simplify the deployment and configuration. There are scripts to create local accounts on a vSphere host for use in vCenter Connection Failover and remove Veeam Run As Accounts from the Secure Reference MP.

Additional management packs are included for advanced customization of your environment. These management packs have been designed based on customer feedback!

Last but not least, samples have been added to visualize the Veeam MP data using Microsoft PowerPivot. The included Veeam VMware PowerPivot Example workbook has worksheets with sample statements that you can use when you want to create SQL queries for important data from your Ops Mgr DW. The included Veeam VMware PowerPivot Example workbook has worksheets with sample statements that you can use when you want to create SQL queries for important data from your Ops Mgr DW

The new management packs

The Veeam VMware High Granularity MP delivers additional performance collection rules for advanced and granular performance monitoring. This is considered an optional management pack and should be deployed only when specific advanced analysis is required.

The Veeam All Objects in Belgium Monitoring MP leverages the monitoring groups of Collectors in the Veeam UI. This allows dynamic tagging of vSphere objects in Ops Mgr, which allows you to use Ops Mgr User Roles for granular control of user views of your environment. In the sample MP, a Veeam Monitoring Group called “Belgium” is used – just search-and-replace to use your own group name.

The Veeam Disable All VM Workflows and Veeam Disable All VM Alerts MP creates a Veeam Unmonitored Group for VMs whose monitoring and / or alerting needs to be disabled. Just add VMs to the group to easily suppress all alerting and data collection.

Enhanced database efficiencies

We all know that the Veeam Management Pack for System Center is the most comprehensive, intuitive and intelligent extension for System Center. It provides detailed information about Hyper-V, VMware and Veeam Backup & Replication. Because of that, a lot of information is stored in the System Center databases. With R2, we have improved efficiencies that boost the performance under large, enterprise loads AND reduce the Veeam MP's footprint in the System Center database by up to 50% or more – all without dropping any of the existing alerts, dashboards or reports.

Increased visibility

Our app-to-metal visibility is very popular and helps many of our customers gain insight into their entire environment. With version 7 R2, we now include (by popular demand) metal-to-app visibility that will give you visibility in both directions to quickly trace the problems and reduce the business impacts for your end users or customers.

Besides these additional topology views, the relationship between a VM and the Ops Mgr agent is replaced by a new discovery method; therefore the SQL performance issues are greatly reduced. This is a direct result of feedback from our customers (see http://www.systemcentercentral.com/performance-issues-veeam-v7-management-pack/) that we wanted to resolve as soon as possible!

Supporting this new topology method, we introduce two new diagrammatic dashboards, called Apps on this VM and Host for this VM.
Host for this VM – allows you to browse ‘up’ the virtual hierarchy
Host for this VM – allows you to browse ‘up’ the virtual hierarchy

Apps on this VM – allows you to browse into the Ops Mgr agent and the apps managed there
Apps on this VM – allows you to browse into the Ops Mgr agent and the apps managed there

More heatmaps!

Heatmaps are popular, and we have added two new heatmap dashboards for Hyper-V. The heatmaps will allow you to view virtual machines that run on the host local storage instead of running on a CSV.

VM Storage and Checkpoints (by Host). This dashboard shows allocated storage space and snapshot age for virtual machines grouped by host.

VM Storage and Power (by Host). This dashboard shows used storage space and the state of virtual machines grouped by host. This dashboard shows used storage space and the state of virtual machines grouped by host.

New reporting

A new version of Veeam Management Pack without new reporting? Of course not. An exciting new report called “Virtual Machines. Right-Sizing – VMs Undersized for Memory and CPU (Ops Mgr agent data)” helps you detect those virtual machines that have less allocated vRAM and vCPU resources than they actually require. This report does require the Ops Mgr agent to be installed inside the guest, but it improves the recommendations for right-sizing.

Support for platform updates

Since the Veeam Management Pack v7 for System Center was released, a lot has changed. There are new versions of Veeam solutions but also updates on the Microsoft System Center side.

Veeam Management Pack v7 R2 for System Center now supports Update Rollup 4 for System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager and Update Rollup 8 for System Center Operations Manager 2012 SP1. We highly recommend that you install Veeam MP v7 R2 if you want to upgrade your System Center solutions to the latest update rollups.

Veeam Management Pack v7 R2 for System Center now supports Veeam Backup & Replication v8. Those of you who want to upgrade to Veeam Backup & Replication v8 as soon as possible but still want to have the best monitoring through Veeam Management Pack can do so as of today.

Non-English locales supported for Hyper-V

Veeam MP for Hyper-V now supports localized versions of Windows Server Hyper-V and Hyper-V servers with Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Spanish and Swedish locales

Conclusion

With Veeam Management Pack v7 R2 for System Center we are not only delivering support for the newly released Veeam Backup & Replication v8 – we are also enhancing the functionality based on customer requests and we made sure that the great enhancements in Update Rollup 3 for System Center 2012 R2 are supported also.

Learn more about Veeam Management Pack for System Center.

Find out what's new in version 7.

Don't forget about our great promo! Until December 31, 2014, you can get up to 100 sockets of Veeam Management Pack v7 Enterprise edition – it's FREE for Hyper-V!

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