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Release Information for NEC Storage V Series Plug-In for Veeam Backup & Replication

KB ID: 4330
Product: Veeam Backup & Replication | 12 | 12.1
Published: 2022-06-27
Last Modified: 2024-06-24
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Requirements

Before installing NEC V Series Plug-In v2.0.114, make sure that you are running Veeam Backup & Replication version 12.0.0.1420 P20230718 or higher.  To check the version, open the Main Menu (≡) in the Veeam Backup & Replication Console and select Help > About.

NEC V Series Plug-In v2.0.114 supports integration with the following storage systems:

  • V100 (93-04-21-XX or later)
  • V300 (93-04-21-XX or later)
  • V10e (88-08-09-XX or later)

Follow detailed instructions on configuring the NEC Storage V Series Plug-in and the storage system in the NEC documentation [ ENG | JPN ].

What's New

  • Support for the new version of Universal Storage API v2 that enables Synchronous replication support, allowing backup jobs to create coordinated storage snapshots and track them as additional available restore points and perform backup from volumes on both sides on dual NEC Storage V Series Synchronous Replication and Active Mirror configurations that serve the same production volume from multiple storage management backends.
  • This update also resolves the most commonly reported support issues.

Known Issues

The following is a list of known major issues for NEC Plug-In for Veeam Backup & Replication. If you experience any issue listed below, contact NEC support directly.

  • The NEC Plug-In v2.0.114 does not support integration with Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows. For Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows storage integration, use NEC Plug-In v1.2.99 instead.
  • When backing up an Active Mirror volume, note that the copy group name to which the volume belongs must be prefixed with "VBR_" otherwise, backup jobs will fail. This requirement applies even if only one volume from an Active Mirror replication relationship is added to a Veeam Backup & Replication instance.
  • Adding NEC V Series storage to the Veeam Backup & Replication infrastructure via Service Processor (SVP) IP is not supported. Use one of the CTL1/CTL2 IP addresses when adding the storage.
  • DNS names (hostnames/FQDNs) cannot be used to add the storage; only IP addresses are allowed. Additionally, IPv6 can only be used if the IPv4 management address is not configured on the storage.
  • NEC Plug-In does not return information about volumes that are not mounted to a host. To restore from snapshots residing on such volumes, mount a volume to a host and perform a rescan in the Veeam Backup & Replication console. For details, see Rescanning Storage Systems.
  • This plug-in version does not support Freeze-only snapshots. If you want to enable VM processing using VMware snapshots, contact Veeam support to change the value of a dedicated registry key.
  • After deleting a snapshot, logical device (LDEV) records with the _DEL suffix may remain on storage until the subsequent automatic or manual storage rescan operation. However, such snapshots can occasionally be exported and displayed in the storage infrastructure UI as regular volumes if the storage rescan fails to purge them - in this case, they can be unexported or deleted manually.
  • The same applies to clones that are purged during rescan only if synchronization between the source snapshot and its clone is not underway.
  • Retention-based snapshot removal may fail if synchronization between the snapshot and its clone has not been completed or is still running.
  • If jobs and rescan operations are running in parallel or at the moment when the storage system is processing other tasks, the operations may fail.
  • Ensure at least two FC ports are available on the storage; configurations with a single FC port are not supported.

Deployment Information

Upgrade Prerequisites

Important! When upgrading the NEC Plug-in to version 2.0.114 from an older version, additional steps may be required before the plug-in upgrade, depending on the version of Veeam Backup & Replication deployed:

Failure to install the private fix associated with the installed version of Veeam Backup & Replication (VBR) before operating the newer version of the Plug-In may result in the loss of multi-home and retention information created by the older version of the Plug-In. Additionally, disks located on datastores other than the one housing the VMX file may fail to restore.

If you are unsure whether a previous plug-in version was ever used with your VBR deployment, please install the appropriate private fix to mitigate potential complications.

Plug-In Deployment

  1. Ensure Veeam Backup & Replication has a valid license.
  2. Download and run the plug-in setup program on the Veeam Backup Server.

Download Information

Before installing the plug-in, please carefully read the Upgrade Prerequisites above.
Download NEC Plug-In

Updated: 2024-06-24
MD5: 52D1A6CC33A7E31FC8F53FD96917868A
SHA1: 51E0F5C5A3CA1ACB8CEAB180EBE00E9E9857545C

Previous Versions

Requirements

Before installing NEC V Series Plug-In v1.2.99, make sure that you are running Veeam Backup & Replication version 11 P20220302 or later. To check the version, open the main menu of the Veeam Backup & Replication console and select Help > About.

NEC V Series Plug-In v1.2.99 supports integration with the following storage systems:

  • V100 (93-04-21-XX or later)
  • V300 (93-04-21-XX or later)
  • V10e (88-08-09-XX or later)

Follow detailed instructions on configuring the NEC Storage V Series Plug-in and the storage system in the NEC documentation [ ENG | JPN ].

What's New

  • Support for Dedupe and Compression volumes.
  • Support for Sync/Async replication (P-vol volumes).
  • Support for Multi Tiering.
  • This update also resolves the most common support issues.

Known Issues

The following is a list of known major issues for NEC Plug-In for Veeam Backup & Replication. If you experience any issue listed below, contact NEC support directly.

  • This plug-in version does not support storage replication technologies, but replicated volume snapshots on the target array can be used for restores.
  • Adding NEC V Series storage to the Veeam Backup & Replication infrastructure via Service Processor (SVP) IP is not supported. Use one of the CTL1/CTL2 IP addresses when adding the storage.
  • DNS names (hostnames/FQDNs) cannot be used to add the storage; only IP addresses are allowed. Additionally, IPv6 can only be used if the IPv4 management address is not configured on the storage.
  • NEC Plug-In does not return information about volumes that are not mounted to a host. To restore from snapshots residing on such volumes, mount a volume to a host and perform a rescan in the Veeam Backup & Replication console. For details, see Rescanning Storage Systems.
  • This plug-in version does not support Freeze-only snapshots. If you want to enable VM processing using VMware snapshots, contact Veeam support to change the value of a dedicated registry key.
  • After deleting a snapshot, logical device (LDEV) records with the _DEL suffix may remain on storage until the subsequent automatic or manual storage rescan operation. However, such snapshots can occasionally be exported and displayed in the storage infrastructure UI as regular volumes if the storage rescan fails to purge them - in this case, they can be unexported or deleted manually.
  • The same applies to clones that are purged during rescan only if synchronization between the source snapshot and its clone is not underway.
  • Retention-based snapshot removal may fail if synchronization between the snapshot and its clone has not been completed or is still running.
  • Only one volume from a Active Mirror replication relationship should be added to a Veeam Backup & Replication instance.
  • If jobs and rescan operations are running in parallel or at the moment when the storage system is processing other tasks, the operations may fail.
  • NEC Plug-In does not support backing up failover clusters using Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows.
  • Veeam Backup Service restart causes subsequent Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows job to fail. The issue occurs because the job triggers storage information caching, and it exceeds the VSS freeze timeout.
  • Ensure at least two FC ports are available on the storage; configurations with a single FC port are not supported.
  • In Veeam Backup & Replication 12, in case of a multi-path configuration where a volume is exported to a host via several ports simultaneously, backup jobs will fail due to a LUN SCSI ID collision (LUNs with different LUN IDs having the same SCSI Unique ID). To address the issue, please install Veeam Backup & Replication 12 P20230412 or later and set the SanScsiIdCollisionFail registry value to 0.

Deployment Information

  1. Ensure Veeam Backup & Replication has a valid license.
  2. If you're running Veeam Backup & Replication 11a P20220302, download and install the following private fix (required for the plug-in to pass a signature check).
    The fix is not required for Veeam Backup & Replication 11a P20230227 or 12.
  3. Download and run the plug-in setup program on the Veeam Backup Server.

Download Information

Download NEC 1.2.99 Plug-In

Updated: 2023-08-14
MD5: 3B50880BA281D795C38391B2E9D2538F
SHA1: 46FB6BFB76CD1A1F362A0489D0693617F1C4976B

NEC Storage V Series Plug-In for Veeam Backup & Replication [1.1.87] 2022-06-27

  • Initial plug-in version.
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