While we, the Hyper-V amigos (Carsten Rachfahl and Didier Van Hoye) are updating on of their labs from Veeam backup & Recovery 9.5 Update 3 to Update 4 we talk about what’s new in this release. We don’t succeed in covering it all, let alone to do so in detail. There is just too much in this release.
The upgrade itself goes smooth as silk, which is what we have become to expect from Veeam. Not that we were confused a moment when ze couldn’t disable the jobs prior to the upgrade, well they were not scheduled in the lab.
We have future plans to do some demos of new capabilities like support for object based storage, Veeam Agent for Windows 3.0 etc.
We have started testing this feature already with a Minio Docker container on a Synology. Pay attention to the Unofficial object storage compatibility list for Capacity Tier as we also noticed that the Windows service seems to have scalability issues.
We’ll be taking a look at this in the future.
What was possible in Azure is now extended to more use cases. This make perfect sense as the market is diverse and you have to serve all the customers. Imagine moving very easily VMs between on-premises and different cloud solutions as the conversion details are handled for you.
Any tool that can help be more compliant and secure is a good one. Helping you be GDPR compliant for example or helping you protect restores form introducing ransom ware are prime examples of this. This is another feature we’ll look at.
When you use the Oracle or SAP HANA you will appreciate the fact that these can be protected by Veeam. Is this a big want? Yes. Sure, not by me personally, but it is a big deal to many customers. Let me tell you that I once met an IT director that would be trilled if Veeam would protect AS400. Needs differ.
Self service is important to organizations that offer data protection, availability and mobility to external or internal customers. It helps optimize the process for all parties involved.
Well this is a Veeam One feature actually. Any sizable support organization has tooling to collect and parse logs in order to get to the (root) causes of issues as soon as possible. They have to in order to scale support. If not, they’d drown in work and need too many people to make if feasible and have anything close to excellent support that solves issues within a reasonable amount of time. I don’t know many that are sharing the capabilities of their tooling with their customers. This makes me think Veeam must be pretty confident in the quality of the tooling to do so. I’m curious to hear the feedback on how much it helped customers and as such Veeam support.
Microsoft Windows Server 2019 support as guest OS of virtual machines protected by Veeam Backup & Replication, for installation
of Veeam Backup & Replication and all of its remote components, and for backup with Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows.
Microsoft Windows 10 October 2018 Update support as guest OS of virtual machines protected by Veeam Backup & Replication,
support as guest virtual machines, for installation of Veeam Backup & Replication and all of its remote components, and for backup with Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows.
Microsoft Windows Server Hyper-V 2019 support as a hypervisor host, including support for virtual hardware version 9.0v virtual machines.
Microsoft Active Directory 2019, Exchange 2019 and SharePoint 2019 support for application-aware processing, and for item level recoveries with Veeam Explorer.
Oracle Database 18c support for application-aware processing on Windows-based virtual machines, including transaction log backup and point-in-time restores.
VMware vSphere 6.7 U1 ESXi, vCenter Server and vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) support.
VMware vCloud Director 9.5 support.
Veeam keeps building a strong ecosystem of partners to give customers the ability to protect their data in more ways than they could easily or cost effectively deal with by themselves.
Don’t panic, don’t worry, be happy. Veeam has you covered and even has this nice Instance based “we got your back” grace counting. When you need 22 instances you don’t have to buy 25 (sold in bundles of 10 or 5). You can buy 20 and the 2 extra are covered by the 5% or 5 instance (whichever comes first) margin Veeam gives you. The main thing to realize is that the instance licensing make licenses very portable to where you protect and restore data. Read up on it at Veeam Licensing Policy and in Frequently Asked Questions
We have enhancements and additions to the product for both backup and restore functionality, 3rd party integration, the Veeam Agents, the explorers etc. You can read it all for yourself right here: What’s New in 9.5 Update 4?
While you’re doing some routine maintenance or getting some labs setup, you’re very welcome to kick of the show cast. You’ll be joined by two tired (recovering from colds) IT Pro’s while they do a fast and successful update of a Veeam lab environment so we can demo so new capabilities in the future.
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In this Episode Didier and Carsten talk about the Backup Improvements in Hyper-V over the past releases. Didier use some very impressive visuals to explain the hole backup process including VSS Snapshots, SAN Snapshots, Change Block Tracking and so on. But this wouldn't be a Showcast if there weren’t a lot of Demos.
In this Episode of the Hyper-V Amigos Showcast we look at VMFleet. VMFleet is a free Microsoft test suite to show the performance of a Hyper-converged Storage Spaces Direct Setup. In this Episode Didier and Carsten show you how it works, how you measure with it and how you do the complemte setup. And all of this in just around 2 hours 😉
In this Episode Didier and Carsten talk about Enhancements in Remote Graphics: RemoteFX and Discrete Device Assignment. DDA allows the Administrator to assign a PCI device like an GPU exclusively to an VM. So watch this Showcast and lear all about it.
In this Showcast Didier and Carsten are playing with a Hyper-converged Storage Spaces Direct System with Windows Server 2016 installed. The show some crazsy performance numbers and even turn 2 of the 4 nodes off. While playing with the Cluster we see also some new Features like Distributed Storage QoS, Cluster and VM Isolation and Cluster Fairshare.
In this Episode Didier and I talk about some of the cool Failover Cluster improvements in Windows Server 2016 that Didier will present at the Cloud & Datacenter Conference Germany in May. We also talk a bit about that Conference and the Speaker Lineup that is in Didier words amazing. After that we tell you about an experience we both share that was truly mind blowing.
Links that were mentioned in the Showcast:
In this Episode I talk with my Hyper-V Amigos buddy Didier Van Hoye. Like me Didier is a Microsoft Cloud and Datacenter Management MVP and just received his fifth award. Hear Didier talk about his passion, when he started in computing, what it means to be an MVP and so many more things.
I hope you enjoy the podcast like I did.
My friend Didier and I were two weeks in the US to attend two great events – the VeeamON Conference at the end of October in Las Vegas and the Microsoft MVP Summit at the beginning of November in Redmond. Between those two exiting weeks Didier and I visited the Grand Canyon. Boy is this hole in the ground impressive. So we decided to make a video in front of this beautiful nature and of course talk about technical stuff. Because the view is so great we went to three different places to get the different angles on the Canyon.
The Hyper-V Amigos 🙂
Hi folks I started and English speaking podcast about Private Cloud related stuff where I will have different guests from the Microsoft Product Groups and Microsoft MVPs.
In my first Episode I’m much honored to have the one and only Mr. Hyper-V Ben Armstrong. Ben who is also knows as @VirtualPCGuy is Principal Program Manager in the Hyper-V Team and talks about really great stuff. I don’t wan’t to spill the beans so take the time to watch this Episode it’s really worth it!
Some links to stuff that was mentioned in the Episode:
Last week the first Microsoft Ignite 2015 Conference took place in Chicago. Didier Van Hoye (@WorkingHardinIT), Adain Finn (joe_elway) and Carsten Rachfahl (@hypervserver) where between the amazing 23.500 attendees. After the conference we sat down in front of a camera to share our impressions and thoughts about the event. Bye the way we also touch a lot of tech stuff. We talked about: virtual TPM, Storage Spaces Direct, PowerShell Direct, Hyperconverged, Nano Server and Azure Stack.
We had a lot of fun at the conference and in the video so we hope you enjoy it too.
The Hyper-V Amigos