Today Veeam released the 6.1 version of their flagship product Backup & Replication.
New key Features of 6.1:
- There is a FREE Edition! – Capable of doing Full Backups of running VMs, restore whole VM/VM File/Guest File, compression, NO incrementals.
Version 6.1 includes a new capability for performing ad-hoc backups. In many
ways, it functions like a zip utility for VMs. For this reason, it’s called VeeamZIP™.
- Instant VM Recovery for Hyper-V.
- New UI – Modern look, larger scale options within interface.
- Additional enhancements (engine, logic, etc.) see below
Veeam Backup Free Edition
Version 6.1 introduces a new free mode called Veeam Backup Free Edition, provides a subset of the functionality in the full (paid) editions of Veeam Backup & Replication, including VM and file recovery. So if you ever need to perform a restore but don’t have access to a Veeam backup server, you can simply download and install Veeam Backup Free Edition. You don’t need a license key, and you can recover VMs, VM files and guest files. Veeam Backup Free Edition also includes file management capabilities. For this reason, it is sometimes referred to as “the New FastSCP™.”
Single VM Backup – Hot Backup of single VMs, no incremental possibilities. Useful for archiving purposes, transfers, DR.
File Level Restore – Possibility of restore individual Files from guest OS. Individual files which are present in file server VM for example.
Full VM Restore – If you need to quickly restore a VM without having access to the Veeam Backup server, just install Veeam Free version and you can do it. No need for a license. You do still need vCenter/ESXi credentials in order to restore a VM.
VM Copy – It’s possible to copy VMs from one server to another.
You can check out the free vs. full comparison.
vPower for Hyper-V
Version 6.1 extends Veeam’s patent-pending vPower® technology—as well as Instant VM Recovery—to Hyper-V. vPower runs a VM directly from a compressed and deduplicated backup file on regular backup storage. You can run a VM from any restore point (full or incremental), without changing the backup. vPower enables Instant VM Recovery, which lets you restart a failed VM from a regular backup in as little as 2 minutes.
Version 6.1 includes a new capability for performing ad-hoc backups. In many ways, it functions like a zip utility for VMs. For this reason, it’s called VeeamZIP.
- You can VeeamZIP a VM without pausing or powering it off.
- VeeamZIP compresses and deduplicates the data to minimize file size.
- VMs are fully encapsulated, and all configuration settings are correctly restored.
- Thin provisioned disks are maintained as thin throughout the backup and restore process.
- You can extract guest files from the backup.
Version 6.1 also includes a number of other enhancements, as well as all fixes for version 6.0. The remainder of this document provides a list of the most significant enhancements.
Intelligent load balancing
- Backup proxy server selection. Intelligent load balancing now uses a Network access mode backup proxy server only when there is no backup proxy server available that can process the VM in Direct SAN or Hot Add access mode. This prevents auto detect from picking a Network access mode backup proxy server from another site.
- Subnet detection. Network access mode backup proxy servers are now chosen based on their subnet. The selection logic always tries to use a backup proxy server located on the same subnet as the processed host. If no such backup proxy server is found, the first least-busy Network access mode backup proxy server is selected, and a corresponding event is logged in the job’s session log.
- Excluded disks. Intelligent load balancing now takes into account the VM’s excluded disk settings when picking the best backup proxy server to process the VM.
- Transformation tasks. The transform process is now accounted for as an active backup repository task. This prevents multiple transform operations from overloading backup storage.
- Data mover agent priority. To make it easier to use an existing Windows server as a backup proxy server, the data mover agent is now started with BELOW NORMAL priority. This reduces the effect of the data mover agent on other applications and services running on the backup proxy server. The priority is further configurable through the registry setting.
- System cache tuning. The backup proxy server setup now adjusts low-level Windows system cache settings to avoid a gradual decrease in processing speeds with large backup jobs, as has been reported by some customers.
- Concurrent job limit. The maximum of 64 concurrent jobs per backup server has been removed.
- Memory consumption. Memory consumption by the job manager process has been reduced.
- Backup proxy server replication. Added the ability for the backup proxy server to replicate itself.
- Deleted VM retention period. The deleted VM retention period no longer affects incremental backups.
- Shared backup proxy servers and repositories. Backup proxy servers and repositories can now be shared between multiple backup servers.
Note: The intelligent load balancing algorithm runs on each backup server and is unaware of any tasks assigned to a backup proxy server or repository by another backup server.
- Bottleneck analysis. Uses enhanced formulas for calculating proxy and network processing statistics.
- Disabling inline deduplication. Disabling inline deduplication now disables both target-side (as before) and source-side deduplication. This can improve incremental backup performance when backing up to a deduplicating storage device.
- Email notifications. Redesigned the default email notification subject.
Support for rotating backup storage. Added support for the ForceCreateMissingVBK registry key to v6 backup repositories. When this registry key is set, the backup job will create a new full backup if previous backup files are missing. This registry key is useful if you want to rotate backup storage.
Omit replica suffix. You can now configure the replica suffix to be empty.
Edit source VM hardware. You can now edit source VM hardware settings (for example, add a new vNIC) without having to restart the replication cycle.
Continue replication after failback. You can now resume replication after failback without having to replicate the full VM.
Overwrite existing VM files. A VM copy job now overwrites existing VM files in v6 backup repositories. Previously, each run would create a new VM copy.
Importing backups. You can now import backups from password-protected CIFS shares.
Preserve source files. New option to enable preservation of source VM files after successful migration.
Reliability and performance. Improved overall reliability and performance of the VM migration process.
File-level restore mount. When performed by the user interactively (using the backup console UI), the Windows file-level restore process now mounts the volumes of the backed-up VM under C:VeeamFLR. This functionality is useful if you prefer to perform file-level recovery with native tools instead of Veeam Backup Browser.
1-Click File Restore: Added support for restoring very large files.