During our announcement on Aug. 23, one of the items we talked about was a new version of Veeam Endpoint Backup which will be renamed Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows and today I am happy to announce that the public beta is now available!
You may wonder, why rename the most successful free Veeam product ever – the product that has been downloaded over 1 million times since its release less than two years ago, the de-facto standard and universally recommended solution in all major technical communities? Indeed, it was a tough decision. As the original product name implies, our initial focus with this solution has been mainly on endpoints. This is no longer the case now that we’re expanding to providing full support of physical and cloud instances running server workloads, so we needed the new universal name that would cover both Windows-based workstations AND servers!
Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows 2.0
This next version of Veeam Endpoint Backup will expand on the current free offering by providing a more robust and enhanced business feature set by adding two new paid editions. However, not to worry, we’re still maintaining and even expanding the functionality of our FREE offering as well to address your most common feedback.
For example, new functionality of the free edition includes Windows Server 2016 support, source-side encryption and the ability to schedule periodic active full backups for better reliability of backups to consumer-grade storage. All of these features were very frequently requested in our forums.
Additionally, on the recovery side, via the integration with Veeam Backup Free Edition 9.5, you receive new abilities to perform instant recovery of free agent backups to a Microsoft Hyper-V VM (including free Hyper-V) – or even directly to Microsoft Azure! This gives you additional restore options and opens a lot of interesting usage scenarios. For example, I know I will be restoring my older endpoint backups to a Microsoft Azure VM so I can boot them there whenever I need something.
Restore options available from within Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5
Introducing two new paid editions!
One of the biggest requests for our free offering has been technical support! This non-technical feature will be available for both of the new, paid editions; Workstation and Server – enabling users to enjoy industry-leading, enterprise-class 24.7.365 support.
Which edition you choose depends on what type of workload the protected instance runs. The agent will automatically detect which type of license is required based on the operating system you are running, but of course you will be able to override that on every agent manually, via remote management API, or – when backing up to a Veeam repository – via the centralized license management available directly through your Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 console!
Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 console can be used to manage Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows licenses
But, there is much more to paid editions than technical support alone. Adding full server support was the biggest priority of this release and we had a lot of work to do – starting from something as basic as a server-focused job scheduler and up to full application-aware processing for all Windows enterprise applications: Microsoft Exchange, Active Directory, SQL Server, SharePoint, Oracle and file servers. Yes, you guessed it right – the exact same, proven guest processing engine from Veeam Backup & Replication (including transaction log backup for low-RPO protection of databases) is now available within the server edition of the agent.
Application-aware image processing for Windows applications
There is also good news for mobile users. You need to ensure their backups can complete even when they're away from the corporate network – and we’ve delivered the same functionality in the best way possible! The new functionality called Backup Cache will allow for scheduled incremental backups to complete to a local folder even when the primary backup target is temporarily unreachable. Needless to say, the cached backups will be transparently synced to the primary backup target as soon as the device enters the corporate network perimeter the next time – completely seamlessly for the end user!
Easy to view the status of the backup synchronization via the cloud check box on the left and the absence of the cloud check box on the right
You may ask, what about travelling or home office users who rarely or even never come to the corporate offices, or public cloud instances outside the corporate network perimeter? How can these be protected as seamlessly (and securely)? For those, the paid editions also introduce support for backing up directly to a Veeam Cloud Connect repository hosted by one of the thousands of Veeam service providers (or in your own enterprise HQ data center) as the target for all of your protected instances regardless of where they're deployed.
Last but not least, as noted above, paid editions will provide remote configuration and management API for Veeam Availability Console, as well as the framework for mass deployment and configuration of agents. The concept is so simple it’s beautiful – we will provide a tool that allows the local agent’s configuration to be exported out to an XML file that can then be used for a silent deployment of pre-configured agents using whatever remote deployment tool you are using for software distribution in your environment today – be it logon scripts, Group Policy, System Center Configuration Manager or multiple existing third-party tools. How cool is that?
With the two editions, administrators have the flexibility to pick the appropriate level of functionality based on the protected workload – workstation or server. The diagram below shows how all major new features of Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows 2.0 map to editions – but of course there are many smaller features and enhancements that will be available in all editions, including free edition (the complete What’s New document will be available when the product goes GA).
Major features comparison chart for Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows
Unlike its predecessor Veeam Endpoint Backup 1.5, which was focused on Windows-based endpoints, Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows 2.0 can help ensure the Availability of your Windows-based workstations and servers no matter where they run – on-premises data centers, remote or home offices, in the public cloud – or even if they spend most of their time in airplanes, as yours truly.