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What’s New in Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows 2.2?

NEW Veeam® Agent for Microsoft Windows 2.2 is the latest version of Veeam’s industry-leading Availability solution for Windows-based workloads. In addition to the multiple features introduced with v2 and 2.1, Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows 2.2 delivers important updated Microsoft platform support.

What’s new in Veeam Agent 
for Microsoft Windows 2.2

Platform support
NEW Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows 2.2 FULLY integrates with Veeam Backup & Replication™ 9.5 Update 3a allowing users to deploy, control and manage the protection of Windows-based laptops, desktops, mission critical server applications and cloud instances through a single console. The following updates are included in version 2.2:
  • Microsoft Windows 10 April 2018 Update and Microsoft Windows Server 1803 support. Added official support for the latest Microsoft operating systems.

Features introduced in version 2.1

Full integration with Veeam Backup & Replication

Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows 2.1 FULLY integrates with Veeam Backup & Replication™ 9.5 Update 3 allowing users to deploy, control and manage the protection of Windows-based laptops, desktops, mission critical server applications and cloud instances through a single console. Integration with Veeam Backup & Replication provides users with:
  • Automated host discovery and agent deployment. Veeam Backup & Replication delivers a powerful and simple way to discover new workloads and then later automatically deploy backup agents through Protection Groups.
  • Windows Server Failover Cluster support. Protect your mission critical Microsoft Windows Server failover clusters, including SQL Server failover clusters and SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Groups in a transactionally-consistent fashion — and leverage the full power of Veeam granular recovery technologies for guest file and application item recoveries.
  • Multiple backup jobs. Backup servers can now create and manage multiple backup jobs for Microsoft Windows backup agents.
Direct back up to Microsoft OneDrive
Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows provides a fully integrated and secure way to use Microsoft OneDrive (both Personal and Business) as a backup target for Workstation agents — including support for bare metal recovery directly from OneDrive. Support for OneDrive is available in all agent editions, but is limited to system state backup only in the Free edition.
Changed Block Tracking driver for server workloads
This update introduces an optional Changed Block Tracking (CBT) driver to improve backup performance and decrease the backup window for server workloads comparing to the existing driver-less change tracking, allowing users to meet more stringent business requirements for mission critical applications and high transactional workloads. Using CBT driver is recommended for servers running applications that use large database files, such as Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft Exchange.
Other Enhancements

Microsoft Windows 10 Update support. Added official support for Windows 10 RS3. 

Email notification enhancements. By popular request, you can now set separate ‘From’ and ‘To’ email addresses in the configuration XML used by Veeam Agent Configurator utility.

Create recovery media from backup. Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows will now include all system files required to create a recovery media directly into the full backup file, enabling Veeam Backup & Replication to create one as required from backup files alone.

Veeam Recovery Media enhancements. Recovery media wizard can now overwrite data in the existing recovery media partition without having to reformat the entire USB drive.

Features introduced in v2

FREE, Workstation and Server Editions

Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows comes in three editions with different feature sets to better meet your requirements for physical and cloud-based backup scenarios:

  • FREE. Provides a simple solution for backing up Windows-based desktops and laptops and is ideal for, but not limited to, personal use. This edition maintains all features and functionality of its predecessor, Veeam Endpoint Backup 1.5 FREE — while adding new features to address your most common feedback. Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows FREE does not require a license file to be installed and comes with best-effort technical support.
  • Workstation. Adds features designed to facilitate protection of remote and mobile users’ devices, as well as a remote configuration API for streamlined mass agent deployment. This edition requires a paid subscription license which includes 24.7.365 technical support.
  • Server. In addition to Workstation edition features, this edition includes functionality that is essential for protecting physical and cloud-based servers which host business-critical applications, such as application-aware processing, guest file system indexing and server workload focused scheduler. This edition requires a paid subscription license which includes 24.7.365 technical support.
FULL integration with Microsoft 2016 technologies 

Veeam provides FULL integration with the latest Microsoft 2016 technologies and enterprise applications through full support for:

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2016 and Microsoft Windows 10 Creators Update. Enables users to install Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows and protect the latest Microsoft operating systems.
  • 2016 Microsoft enterprise applications. Support for the 2016 releases of Microsoft’s enterprise applications is also included. This is achieved by providing application-aware image processing for Microsoft Active Directory, Exchange Server, SharePoint and SQL Server, as well as application item-level recoveries through the corresponding Veeam Explorers™ for each application, ensuring high-speed recovery through fast RTOs of < 15 minutes.
  • Transaction log backup and point-in-time database recovery. Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows adds the same application-aware processing engine that is used by Veeam Backup & Replication™. This addition provides the ability to perform SQL Server and Oracle transaction logs truncation following a successful backup. Additionally, users can schedule periodic transaction log backup, enabling point-in-time recovery of databases through the corresponding Veeam Explorers.
Veeam Cloud Connect support

Get agent backups off site without the cost and complexity of building and maintaining an off-site infrastructure. Integration with Veeam Cloud Connect provides the following options:

  • Direct back up to a cloud repository. Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows provides a fully integrated, fast and secure way to ship backup files directly to a Cloud Connect repository hosted by one of the many Veeam-powered service providers.
  • Granular recovery from a cloud repository. Volume and file-level recovery can be performed directly from a backup stored within the cloud repository, without having to pull the entire backup on-premises first.
  • Bare-metal recovery from a cloud repository. The updated Veeam Recovery Media allows you to connect to your service provider, select the required restore point from the cloud repository and restore your entire computer to the same or different hardware.
Endpoint protection for mobile users

Persistent connectivity to your remote backup target is no longer essential for backups to occur — restore points will still be created within the required RPO even when there is no connection to the backup target or when the backup target is offline.

  • Local backup cache. When your primary repository is no longer accessible, incremental backup files are temporarily stored in the predefined local folder.
  • Automatic upload. The agent automatically and seamlessly uploads cached incremental backup files to the primary backup target once repository connectivity is restored.
Remote Configuration API 
Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows comes with a simple and powerful API that lets you deploy and configure the software via any deployment tool of your choice. The Configuration API includes the following options:
  • Silent deployment. You can now perform silent installations of Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows using various software distribution tools.
  • Remote configuration. Agent settings and job configuration can be easily exported into a file, and then used in an automated agent installation process to allow for mass deployment of the pre-configured agents to any number of computers.
  • Customization for enterprises and service providers. Configuration XML allows you to change the displayed product name and enable lock-down mode. This protects the agent configuration from unwanted changes.

Additional enhancements 

As a result of ongoing research and development efforts and in response to customer feedback, Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows also includes an extensive range of additional features and enhancements, including the most significant listed below. All enhancements are available in all product editions featuring the corresponding functionality, unless stated otherwise.

Source-side encryption. It’s now possible to encrypt your backup data at the source, before it leaves the protected computer — thus protecting your data in flight and at rest on any backup target.

Customizable block size and compression.Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows allows you to balance between the size of a backup file and job performance with customizable block size and compression options.

Periodic full backups. Based on popular demand, we’ve added the ability to optionally schedule periodic active full or synthetic full backups. Synthetic full backup is available in the paid agent editions only.

Resilient File System (ReFS) integration. Advanced ReFS integration with fast clone technology allows for the creation and transformation of synthetic full backup files to happen up to 20x faster for shorter backup windows, while reducing backup storage load and disk space consumption.

Ability to skip bad blocks. We will now attempt to back up an already failing hard drive in a last attempt to save pieces of information that might still be recoverable.

Backup engine optimizations. Further optimization of our backup engine improves performance and increases the stability of your backup jobs. We also enhanced our backup throttling logic to ensure backup jobs don’t impact the performance of other applications running on the protected computer in the corner cases. 

Recovery Media
Password loss protection. To ensure seamless bare-metal recovery, you can now optionally include a decryption key for your encrypted backup files into the Recovery Media itself. Be sure to store this recovery media in a secure location, as you will no longer be asked to provide the backup password when performing the bare-metal recovery using this Recovery Media.
User interface

Asian OS locales support. Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows now supports installations on operating systems with Asian locales, where it was previously unusable due to misplaced UI controls. 

Experimental high DPI monitors support. UI is now more usable on DPI settings above 100%. This did require changing the UI font, resizing all dialogs and adjusting placement for some UI controls — so you will notice a slightly different UI look with this new version.

Upgrade notifications. Download or install new updates directly from the notification bar of the Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows control panel by simply clicking the corresponding link.

Multiple UI improvements. You will also notice many UI improvements in this version too. For example, by popular demand you can now go back from the Summary page of the Backup Job wizard, tool tips in the Backup Session view now contains a timestamp, the Veeam Backup Browser was given a more modern look, and much more.

Veeam Backup & Replication integration

Streamlined Instant Restore. Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 added the ability to perform Instant Recovery from ANY backup to a Microsoft Hyper-V VM. Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows collects additional hardware configuration information about the protected computer to streamline the instant restore process (for example, to size the VM correctly).

Streamlined application item-level recovery. Application item-level recovery with Veeam Explorers™ for Microsoft Active Directory, Exchange, SharePoint, SQL Server and Oracle will use application metadata collected by application-aware processing feature of Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows Server edition to automatically mount all required application files, thus simplifying and speeding up the restore process.

Scale-out Backup Repository support. Added support for scale-out backup repositories as a backup target.

Veeam Backup Free Edition support. Installing a paid agent license into Veeam Backup Free Edition unlocks backup repository management, Backup Copy jobs, File to Tape jobs as well as full application item-level recovery capabilities in Veeam Explorers and other functionality for agent backups only.

License server. Veeam Backup & Replication or Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager acts as an agent license distribution server. Agent licenses imported into these servers will be automatically pushed to and updated on all connected unlicensed agents. Workstation or Server editions are assigned automatically based on the operating system type (client or server), however this license assignment can be updated manually.

Veeam Enterprise Manager
1-click restore. You can now browse backup content, search for and restore individual files from agent backups using Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager. Note that search functionality requires the file system indexing to be performed during the backup. 1-click restore feature is only available in Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows Server edition.
Self-service file restore portal. Added Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows backups support to self-service file restore portal that allows users with Local Administrator privileges on the protected computer to browse backups content, search for and restore individual files.

Certified for Windows 10. Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows has been certified by Microsoft as a Windows 10 Compatible application.

Digitally signed. To reduce false positive reports from antiviruses, we have digitally signed all product files.

Increased security. Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows UI now requires elevated permissions to make changes to agent and backup job settings.

New Microsoft Windows events. We enhanced and expanded the list of existing Windows events to enable you to better track backup activity using event log monitoring tools. If you are already using such tools, please keep this in mind that the product name was changed, which may impact your existing setup.