In this quick article we’ll review how to quickly upgrade Veeam Backup & Replication Server to version 9.5 update 3. As of last week Veeam published the update which includes a lot of new features. As per KB article here a partial list:
Built-in agent management. Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows and Veeam Agent for Linux can now be deployed and managed directly from the Veeam Backup & Replication console, adding support for physical and cloud workloads protection.
- Maintain complete control of data protection for ALL your virtual, physical and cloud workloads by managing both hypervisor-based and agent-based backups natively through the Veeam Backup & Replication console.
- Ensure no Windows or Linux computers are left unprotected by centrally deploying Veeam agents with automated host discovery via dynamic protection groups based on Active Directory containers, or CSV files exported from your existing CMDB system.
- Protect Microsoft Windows Server Failover Clusters, such as SQL Server failover clusters and SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Groups, with new agent-based failover cluster backup jobs – and transparently restore guest files and application items from cluster backups.
Insider protection for Veeam Cloud Connect. Ensure the ability to recover your data following a cyber-attack by having your Veeam Cloud Connect service provider protect your data against insider attacks. Service providers can now enable protection of your backups against accidental or malicious deletion directly from the Veeam Backup & Replication console. These deletions are often executed either by hackers who have breached the tenant’s network perimeter and obtained powerful credentials with a brute force attack (with the intention of deploying ransomware on the production servers), or by disgruntled employees.
Data location tagging. Ensure data sovereignty compliance required by various regulations, such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), by tagging production infrastructure and backup infrastructure objects with locations. Location tags are used to prevent accidental errors when configuring backup and replication jobs or performing out-of-place restores, by issuing a warning when an action may result in a data sovereignty violation and producing audit trails whenever such action is confirmed. Additionally, new Veeam ONE reports use location data to help you prove compliance.
IBM Spectrum Virtualize Integration. Reduce the impact on production environments and achieve lower recovery time and point objectives through new storage snapshots integration for IBM Storwize, IBM SAN Volume Controller (SVC) and any other IBM Spectrum Virtualize based storage system, such as Lenovo Storage V series or IBM/Cisco VersaStack.
Universal Storage Integration API. The new storage array integration framework included in Veeam Backup & Replication starting with this update enables select storage partners to build integrations of their primary storage systems with advanced Veeam Backup & Replication functionality that leverages storage snapshots.
- Microsoft Azure. Direct Restore to Microsoft Azure functionality has been updated to support 4TB virtual disks, Azure Germany and Azure China.
- Microsoft SQL Server 2017 support for application-aware processing on Windows-based virtual machines, including transaction log backup and point-in-time restores; and as a backend configuration database for the Veeam Backup & Replication itself.
- Microsoft Windows 10 Fall Creators Update support as guest virtual machines, and for installation of Veeam Backup & Replication and all of its components.
- Microsoft Windows Server 1709 support as guest virtual machines, and for installation of Veeam Backup & Replication remote components.
- Microsoft Windows Server Hyper-V 1709 support as a hypervisor host, including support for virtual hardware version 8.2 virtual machines.
- VMware Cloud on Amazon AWS support allows protecting VMs running in the cloud, and migrate or replicate workloads from on-prem vSphere deployment to VMC (and vice versa).
- VMware vCloud Director 9.0 compatibility.
- Cisco HyperFlex support of deployments with multiple HyperFlex clusters under a single vCenter Server.
- DELL EMC Data Domain integration now supports Data Domain systems running DD OS 6.1
- HPE 3PAR StoreServ integration has been extended to include snapshot-only backup jobs; ability to retain primary storage snapshots created by backup jobs with a different retention policy; and ability to perform backup from storage snapshots from secondary 3PAR array running in Peer Persistence mode.
- Hyperconverged infrastructures (HCI) deployments can now leverage the new option to force the load balancer to use Direct NFS backup proxy located on the same vSphere host with the processed virtual machine, to avoid stressing storage replication network with backup traffic . To enable this functionality, create EnableSameHostDirectNFSMode (DWORD) value under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Veeam\Veeam Backup and Replication registry key on the backup server. The value is used to controls failover behavior when Direct NFS proxies if the proxy on same host is unavailable: 1 allows failover to other Direct NFS proxies, and 2 restricts failover to NBD only.
- LTO-8 support for all tape-related functionality.
- Backup mapping for agent backup files is now supported to enable scenarios such as backup seeding.
- Restore from backup copies. When initiating a restore from local user interface, Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows and Veeam Agent for Linux will now provide the ability to pick a restore point stored in the secondary repository, should backup files in the primary repository be missing.
- Hyper-V 2016 VMs with non-snapshottable disk such as disks connected via in-guest iSCSI initiator can now be processed by backup and replication jobs, with unsupported disks skipped and their content not included in a backup or replica. If you’d rather prefer the job to fail on such VMs (legacy behavior), create HyperVIgnoreNonSnapshottableDisks (DWORD) value under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Veeam\Veeam Backup and Replication registry key on the backup server.
- New Oracle 12.2 account types support includes Microsoft Windows Group Managed Service Accounts (gMSA) and Microsoft Windows Virtual Accounts.
- VMDK resize operation will no longer result in resetting CBT data for all virtual machine disks, but rather for the resized disk only.
- Non-encrypted NBD transport is again available for vSphere 6.5, significantly improving backup and replication performance comparing to previously forced NBDSSL.
There is really plenty of new features! Let’s see how quickly install the latest update.
Upgrade Veeam Backup & Replication Server
For those who have Veeam Availability Suite (VAS) it is recommended to upgrade the Veeam One to 9.5 update 3 first as described in this article. Once we obtain the ISO let’s mount this one on the Veeam Backup Server. Before proceeding let’s make sure we have a Backup of the Veeam Database as well.
Let’s start the wizard. I personally prefer the update of additional components as a separate task. This is particularly helpful when running the upgrade Veeam Backup Infrastructure components sitting in remote locations or that for some reason are not powered on. We can still choose these additional components later on.
At this point the installer will stop all the Veeam Services, take a copy of the configuration files and update them with the new ones and finally restart the services.
The procedure is very quick and only takes a few minutes to complete.
As soon as we complete the wizard to upgrade Veeam Backup Server the second part of the installation takes place by showing the name of the additional infrastructure components with the list of updates required. From the screenshot below we can push the updates for:
- Windows Tape Proxy
- Hyper-V Off-Host Backup Proxy
- Backup Proxy with Mount Server and vPower features
- Additional Backup Proxy
From this screen we can select which component we want to update. Of course it is possible to defer the operations to a later time.
Veeam Backup Server will contact and update the necessary components.
And a final screen which shows the successful update of the additional Backup Infrastructure components.
This concludes the easy steps to upgrade Veeam Backup to the latest version. It is now time to test and play with the new features in our home lab.
Feedback and comments are always welcome!