One of our most popular enhancements with customers and partners has been the Veeam Explorers that provide high-speed recovery for popular application types. Over the years we have seen critical data center applications, such as Microsoft Active Directory, Exchange, SharePoint and SQL Server, benefit from the incredible ease of use of the Veeam Explorers. Coming later this year, v9 will see Veeam Explorer for Oracle added! Moreover, the existing Veeam Explorers are getting some major new enhancements as well.
Let’s first go over Veeam Explorer for Oracle. Oracle databases have the unique characteristic of being frequently used for the most critical applications that really are the backbone of the modern data center. Veeam Explorer for Oracle delivers the following capabilities:
- Transaction-level recovery
- Transaction log backup and replay
Those of you familiar with the Veeam Explorers will note that Oracle databases are quite different than the other supported applications. This Veeam Explorer will be different as well—specifically it will support Oracle running on both Windows and Linux VMs (hold your applause until the end please!) and is fully compatible with Oracle Automatic Storage Management (ASM).
The key here with these recovery options is to be able to recover in the way that meets the data loss scenario best. For example, if someone deleted a record in a database table, restoring the whole VM to last night’s backup isn’t the best way out of that situation. Especially when multiple applications may be using that database server across different databases!
Let’s talk first about the transaction log backup and replay; this is the mechanism that really enables the extra recovery options with Veeam Explorer for Oracle. Similar to our support for Microsoft SQL Server, there is a sub-job that moves transaction log files from Oracle server to the backup repository, making additional recovery options available in Veeam Explorer for Oracle.
Image-level and transaction log backups can be used to restore the individual databases to the time of the image-based backup—or via log replay—to a specific point in time measured in minutes or to a specific transaction. Keep in mind that this is in addition to all of the other recovery options available in Veeam Availability Suite such as Instant VM Recovery, file-level recovery and more.
We’re also pleased to announce major enhancements in Veeam Explorers for Microsoft Active Directory, Exchange, SharePoint and SQL Server. Here are some of the highlights of these enhancements:
Veeam Explorer for Active Directory: Granular recovery is taken to a whole new level in v9. Group Policy Objects (GPOs) can now be restored as well as Active Directory-integrated DNS records. This solves a real problem in restoring objects that have been lost or modified incorrectly. The most powerful enhancement with this Veeam Explorer, however, is the ability to restore the configuration partition objects—our new toy for Active Directory experts.
Veeam Explorer for Exchange: This popular Veeam Explorer will now feature two capabilities that will really help with e-discovery tasks. The first is the detailed Export Report, which specifies what was exported, from where and what search criteria was used within Veeam Explorer for Exchange. This report can be sent to administrators and is included with PST files that are exported. Additionally, Veeam Explorer for Exchange will now also provide an export size estimation for search queries. This is especially helpful as many mailboxes are more like file systems for some users; you want to know how big the result of certain query would be if it were to be exported.
Veeam Explorer for SharePoint: Now full-site, site collection and list and item permission restores are supported with Veeam Explorer for SharePoint. Additionally, Veeam Explorer for SharePoint now supports the use of a remote staging SQL Server for restore tasks. This means that the local database on the Veeam Backup & Replication server is not used to “mount” the SharePoint database as part of the Veeam Explorer for SharePoint task. This is helpful if your SharePoint database is larger than what the default installation of SQL Server Express on the Veeam Backup & Replication console can support.
If you are interested in a deep dive into SharePoint, watch our webinar: Developing a SharePoint backup strategy and recovery plan.
Veeam Explorer for SQL Server: A popular request for this Veeam Explorer was to include table-level recovery. So now the granularity of the restore situations with Veeam Explorer for SQL Server can apply to a specific table within a database. Additionally, the v9 Veeam Explorer for SQL Server will also include remote staging SQL Server support.
All of the Veeam Explorers truly bring the ultimate flexibility in recovery tasks for the lowest recovery time objectives (RTOs) and recovery point objectives (RPO) for the best availability among the applications in the data center.
Here are some links for more information on this exciting upcoming new feature and more about Veeam Availability Suite v9: