PHD Virtual Backup v6.1 Enhancements

The video below gives a good overview of some of the new features and enhancements included with the latet release of PHD Virtual Backup 6.1. The new version is planned to be released December 3th 2012. New features and enhancements: Rollback Recovery PHD Instant Recovery for Full/Incremental Backup Mode Reporting Enhancements Job Copy To find …

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Veeam Backup & Replication v6.5 is now available

What’s New in 6.5? E-discovery and item recovery for Exchange Version 6.5 introduces Veeam Explorer™ for Microsoft Exchange, which provides instant visibility into backups of Exchange Server 2010 virtual machines (VMs). Browse, search and selectively restore items (emails, notes, contacts, etc.) directly from Veeam backups, replicas, and HP StoreVirtual VSA and LeftHand snapshots. Restore from …

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In the test: Unitrends Enterprise Backup

Unitrends asked me review their Enterprise Backup software appliance. As I like to review a lot of different backup software I agreed. I first took a look at the differences per version here and downloaded the software:

The following requirements must be met before deploying on ESX or ESXi:

  • You need to have ESX/ESXi 4.1 update 1 or ESXi 5.0 update 1 (ESX5.1 is not yet supported, but will be released soon)
  • ESX host must be 64‐bit
  • vSphere client or vCenter server administrative interface
  • 2 virtual processors and 4 GB of RAM allocated to the target virtual machine
  • 100 GB of provisioned space must be available on the target hard drive. Use thick provisioning for best performance.


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Veeam Backup & Replication v6.5 to be released in Oct/Nov

Update: version 6.5 is GA

Last Wednesday I joined the Tech Field Day Roundtable. Joining us on the panel is Doug Hazelman of Veeam. We had some good discussions about their Backup & Replication features on the coming version 6.5 release. Doug announced they will release Veeam Backup & Replication version 6.5 around Oct/Nov this Year.

New Features
  • Brand new feature to allow you to backup you Veeam configuration to a file.
  • 6.5 will support VMware vSphere 5.1 and WS2012 Hyper-V
  • Veeam Explorer for HP Lefthand and HP VSA snapshots.
    Allowing to have instant VM Recovery, Recover Windows, Linux and Exchange Files. More information about this feature here and here. This feature is included in the v6.5 free edition.
  • Veeam Explorer for Exchange. Restore Exchange items directly from the Veeam database. No agents needed, no restore of mailbox store. This feature will also be included in v6.5 free edition.

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in the test: PHD Virtual Backup version 6.0

download-a-free-trial-imgPHD is releasing it’s version 6.0 of their flagship PHD Virtual Backup early September 2012. Version 6.0 contains 5 Major enhancements to set a New Standard for Value, Performance, and Ease of Use in protecting your virtual environment. Those major changes are worth to take a closer look:

What’s New in v6.0

Instant VM Recovery

Instant VM Recovery allows a user to make an application available as quickly as possible in the event of a failure, without the need for additional infrastructure or having to wait for a more time consuming restore process.

If your environment is not licensed for Storage vMotion or that process simply takes too long to get data back to the production storage, users can leverage PHD Motion. PHD Motion does not require any special vSphere licensing. It leverages all the great things about the PHD full VM restore. When the user is ready to switch the running VM to the production storage, they simply perform a very small, planned downtime window to commit the changes from the temporary location to production storage and switch the VM over to the production data.

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in the test: Trilead VM Explorer 4.0

Trilead VM Explorer 4 has been released and I have been asked to do a product review. Since the new version 4.0 the product has Hyper-V support.

Top Features

  • Easy to install and use
  • Simple pricing
  • Multi hypervisor support
  • Job Scheduler
  • Full and Incremental Backups
  • Replication

Trilead VM Explorer comes in one file (size 14Mb). My installation took only a few seconds (the setup requires .NET 4.0 and was already installed in my case).  The default screen provides you with option where you can install the product license, or start with Free version. See the differences between the Free and Pro edition on this page.

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In the test: PHD Virtual Backup for VMware v5.4

I was asked to review the new release of PHD Virtual Backup for VMware. PHD Virtual is not a new company to me. I evaluated their backup solution back when it was called esXpress in the ESX3.x days.

My Environment

My lab environment consist of 2 HP XW9400 Workstations each equipped with both 2 AMD CPU’s and 16 GB of RAM. Both servers connect with 2x 1Gb Ethernet to my QNAP 4 SATA disks running shared iSCSI storage . Obviously things would perform a bit nicer in a production environment but this is what I have to work with for the time being. Also, PHD supports an architecture that utilizes multiple appliances in order to improve performance and scalability, however my tests were done utilizing a single appliance. Certainly go and get yourself a copy of PHD Virtual Backup and try it in your own environment to see its’ full potential.

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Veeam released Backup & Replication v6.1

Today Veeam released the 6.1 version of their flagship product Backup & Replication.
Download here

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.
  • VeeamZIP
    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.

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