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What’s new in Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365

What’s new in Veeam Backup
for Microsoft Office 365 v3

Veeam® Backup for Microsoft Office 365 v3 enables you to take control of your Office 365 data with backup and recovery of Exchange, SharePoint and OneDrive for Business. The following is a list of the major new features and functionalities introduced with Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 v3:
SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business backup enhancements
  • Up to 30x faster backups for SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business, achieved by leveraging SharePoint Change API to reduce SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business incremental backup windows to minutes or even seconds. This dramatic backup speed increase allows for much better RPOs and more frequent SharePoint and OneDrive for Business backups.
  • Repository database optimization for storing SharePoint and OneDrive for Business items provides a major increase in backup repository size savings.
  • Backup flexibility for SharePoint Online is achieved through new item inclusion and exclusion options. Personal sites within an organization can now be excluded or included from/to a backup in bulk via the GUI, PowerShell or RESTful API.
  • Backup granularity for OneDrive for Business allows users to exclude or include specific OneDrive folders from/to a backup via PowerShell or RESTful API.
Office 365 organization management and security
  • Improved security for Office 365 backups and restores with support for multi-factor authentication. Microsoft’s modern authentication support allows users to add organizations with service accounts enabled in Office 365 for multi-factor authentication (MFA). MFA is the baseline security policy for Azure Active Directory and Office 365 and the default authentication method for Office 365. It provides an extra layer of security by utilizing multiple verification methods for an Office 365 user account. To work with MFA-enabled accounts, Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 leverages Azure Active Directory custom application with either an application secret or application certificate, along with the service account name with its app password (created upon enabling MFA). Support for multi-factor authentication allows Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 v3 to connect to Office 365 securely with an MFA-enabled account in order to create secure backups and perform secure restores.
  • Flexible protection of services within your Office 365 organization, including exclusive service accounts for Exchange Online and SharePoint Online. To address any Office 365 Plan, including Plan 1 and Plan 2, Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 v3 adds more flexibility, allowing for protection of selected services within your Office 365 organization. Companies can now exclusively protect their Exchange Online services, SharePoint Online services (including OneDrive for Business) or both. 
    And to further increase management security, you can use either the same service account or different service accounts to connect to the Exchange Online and SharePoint Online parts of your Office 365 organization. This capability allows you to granularly control permissions required for Office 365 backup and restore, which are granted to each exclusive account.
  • Internet proxy support for Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 components is provided to help you meet your security requirements and local legislation. Internet proxy settings can be customized for your backup management server and its remote backup proxies via GUI, PowerShell or RESTful API. Flexible configuration allows for literally any scenario of internet proxies’ usage within your infrastructure. 
Office 365 data protection visibility and management
  • Built-in Office 365 data protection reports provide visibility into your Office 365 data protection. Each of the three built-in reports can be generated from the product GUI, PowerShell or RESTful API and are available in PDF or CSV formats.

    License Overview report 
    shows detailed information on licenses used for each protected user within the organization, along with the top five organizations by license usage.

    Storage Consumption report 
    shows how much storage is consumed by the repositories of the selected organization, along with the top five repositories by storage usage. The historical data used for this report is maintained according to session history retention settings.

    Mailbox Protection report 
    shows information on all protected and unprotected user mailboxes within the selected organizations.
  • Backed up objects’ visibility via RESTful API will help you identify objects, including organizations, users, groups and sites stored in a specific backup repository.
  • Per-tenant storage consumption via RESTful API or PowerShell is designed with service providers in mind and allows you to identify how much space is consumed by a tenant organization in a specified repository.
  • Revoke licenses consumed by mistake or assigned to unnecessary users instantly with the new PowerShell cmdlets without the need to wait for 31 days. 
  • Get licensing visibility via RESTful API and PowerShell by identifying users consuming licenses.
Repository features and enhancements
  • Snapshot-based retention extends the available retention types to the approach, similar to how image-level backup works. With this retention type, backed up items will be deleted from a repository once the last restore point they are contained within leaves the retention period. The default retention type offered in Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 is similar to how classic document archive works and is now called ‘item-level retention.’ Retention type settings are per repository and, once applied, cannot be changed.
  • Repository size estimation can now be performed using a new PowerShell cmdlet. Granular parameters allow users to estimate the repository size required for backup of the entire organization or selected Exchange Online, SharePoint Online or OneDrive for Business objects, including archive mailboxes and personal sites. 
  • Auto-scaling repository databases enable easier storage management for larger environments by overcoming Microsoft’s Extensible Storage Engine (ESE) file size limit of 64 TB (per year). Upon reaching the limit, a new database will be created automatically in your repository, eliminating the need to manage a new repository manually. 
Backup and restore enhancements
  • Enhanced OneNote items restore provides OneNote files restore in a native server format with support for page versions.
  • Extended search options in the backup job wizard now allow users to perform object search within an organization by such parameters as display name, email alias and office location.
  • On-demand backup jobs now allow users to create backup jobs without a schedule and run them further when needed.
General
  • Rename organization capability is designed with service providers in mind and allows users to keep a clean view on multiple tenant organizations presented in the Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 console by giving each organization a custom name via the GUI, PowerShell or RESTful API. 
  • Enhanced Upgrade wizard GUI provides more visibility into the latest product update status.

What’s new in Veeam Backup
for Microsoft Office 365 v2

General
  • Full PowerShell and REST API support for backup and restore automation, including all functionality of the built-in Veeam Explorers™.
  • Separate components installation during the Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 setup.
  • Extended logging support for the Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 controller and proxy servers to collect and export detailed data on specific operations for easier troubleshooting.
  • A check for updates option is now added to the UI and provides automatic notifications on the updates available for Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365.
  • Color scheme selection for Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 console and Veeam Explorers UI are now available for your choice.
  • Automated check and update possibilities for the Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 services and proxies.
Microsoft Office 365 SharePoint Online and on-premises SharePoint
  • Data protection for SharePoint Online, on-premises and hybrid infrastructures.
  • Flexible backup and restore options for SharePoint Online sites, personal sites and group sites, including:
    • SharePoint classic and modern themes
    • SharePoint objects’ permissions
    • Master, publishing and wiki pages
  • Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SharePoint:
    • Recover SharePoint sites, libraries, lists and documents to SharePoint Online
    • Restore SharePoint sites, libraries, lists and documents to on-premises SharePoint
    • Email a SharePoint object as an attachment
    • Save a SharePoint object as a file
    • Save multiple SharePoint objects as a ZIP
    • Restore an object to a prior version
    • Restore a SharePoint object for a tenant (Service Provider functionality)
    • Restore of custom list templates
Microsoft Office 365 OneDrive for Business
  • Data protection for Microsoft OneDrive for Business.
  • Fast, efficient backup and restore of Office 365 OneDrive for business accounts, including:
    • OneDrive users and groups
    • Extended attributes and shared access
    • Microsoft OneNote notebooks
  • Veeam Explorer for Microsoft OneDrive for Business:
    • Restore users, folders or files (including OneNote notes) to OneDrive for Business
    • Email a OneDrive for Business file as an attachment
    • Save OneDrive for Business files and folders
    • Save multiple files or folders as a ZIP
    • Restore any file to a prior version
    • Restore and overwrite users, folders or files
    • Restore but keep original users, folders or files
    • Restore with extended attributes and custom access controls
    • Restore without extended attributes and custom access controls
    • Restore a OneDrive for Business file, folder or user for a tenant (service provider functionality)
    • Restore data located in Microsoft Teams* 

* You can protect Microsoft teams when the underlying storage of the Teams’ data is within SharePoint Online or Exchange Online. While data can be protected and restored, the Teams’ tabs and channels cannot. After restoring the item, it can be reattached manually. 

Additional restore capabilities
  • Mailbox compare and restore in Veeam Explorer for Microsoft Exchange allows you to compare an entire folder or mailbox between your production environment and backup copy, and restore only what’s missing or changed back into production.
  • Complete sessions logging for any operations performed with the built-in Veeam Explorers instantly provides the detailed audit on backup restore, export and exploring activities for compliance and auditing purposes.
  • Exploring point in time state is now available for Mail Backup as a Service deployments to explore tenants’ backups with any of the built-in Veeam Explorers. Tenants can select any point in time to view their data at that point in time (service provider functionality).
  • eDiscovery is now supported via Cloud Connect for searching across deleted or modified by user tenants’ Exchange, SharePoint and OneDrive items (service provider functionality).
Enhanced backup flexibility and backup options
  • The ability to select individual users, groups of users, or the entire organization when creating a backup job.
  • Support for security groups and distribution lists in Office 365 and dynamic distribution groups for hybrid scenarios.
  • Support for Office 365 group mailboxes.
  • Backup of the on-premises journaling mailbox.