Veeam Backup & Replication v7 Now Available

A couple of days ago my blog sponsor Veeam released Veeam Backup & Replication 7.  Veeam Backup and Replication v7’s most significant updates are its built-in WAN Acceleration and Storage Snapshots with HP. The built-in WAN Acceleration was designed specifically by Veeam for Veeam backups and copies data to offsite locations up to 50x faster …

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Veeam Backup & Replication v7– 2 new features

Today Veeam announced 2 more features in flagship Backup & Replication v7.0. The new version now contains 9 new awesome features: Enhanced Backup & Recovery for vCloud Director Using the vCD API, Veeam will display the vCD infrastructure directly in Veeam Backup & Replication™, backup all vApp metadata and attributes, restore vApps and VMs directly …

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Newcomer Nakivo Backup & Replication to the Cloud

Nakivo Backup & Replication is in it’s final stages of releasing version 2.0, with the general release due Jan 16, 2013. With this VM-only backup product, Nakivo is looking to make a space in a market where competitors such as Veeam Software, PHD, UniTrends Enterprise Backup and Trilead already have gained a lot of name …

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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: 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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