As of the 22nd of January Veeam Update 4 is available for the Veeam Availability Suite. It brings lots of new features and improvements including the support for the latest releases of the hypervisors and other components in the virtual and backup infrastructures.
The list of supported platforms and technologies is quite extensive. This is also true for the new features that Veeam Update 4 brings under the bonnet. It would be a very long post to list each one of them. Most notably new features and improvements target different areas like:
Native Object Storage Support provides Scale Out Backup Repositories (SOBR) with unlimited capacity for long-term data retention leveraging native Blob Storage API integrations with Amazon S3, Azure Blob Storage, IBM Cloud Storage and various S3 compatible providers on-premises and online.
Expanded restore options to AWS and Azure ability to quickly restore backups directly to the Amazon and Azure Public clouds ensuring business continuity across different cloud vendors.
Improved security and compliance with Veeam DataLabs sets new powerful capabilities extending the DataLabs configurations with Veeam Secure Restores and Veeam Staged Restores addressing respectively even more security and compliance use cases.
Enterprise Application plugins extends native integration and protection for SAP HANA and Oracle RMAN environments.
Enhanced self-service capabilities improved recovery times and reduced TCO by allowing users to securely manage backup and restores of their own VMS. It operates with a Role Based Access integrated with the existing VMware vSphere permissions. This reduces IT operations.
Intelligent Diagnostics monitors log for patterns of known issues and matches them with the virtual infrastructure. This allows to determine potential configuration issues before happening.
The idea would be cover each one of these areas in more details with specific use cases and dedicated articles. As per usual the process to get and upgrade to Veeam Update 4 for the Veeam Backup & Replication, Cloud Connect and Backup Enterprise Manager is very simple. Veeam update 4 comes in an ISO file format that can be easily mounted on the Veeam Backup Server to follow the wizard driven update process.
In this article the simple and quick steps to run Veeam Update 4 on an existing Veeam Backup Server deployment. In particular this one is upgrading a Veeam Backup & Replication 3a installation. For more information about the supported paths for upgrades there is a Veeam help article with all the information required. Also a download link with additional information is available on this Veeam KB article.
Veeam Update 4: How to upgrade to the latest version
After downloading and mounting the ISO file on the Veeam Backup Server everything is ready to start the Veeam Update 4 install. The entire process is wizard driven and also highlight potential missing Windows components (eg. .Net versions and others). some of them are already included with the ISO. Others might need other dependencies installed through Windows Update. As per usual having a backup first and in particular a copy of the Veeam configuration Database helps in case of rolling back.
As soon as the wizard is starting it is a matter of accepting the EULA for Veeam and 3rd parties components to proceed.
The Veeam Update 4 setup now detects the previous version installed.
A license file could be provided at this point or later. As of the Veeam Update 4 there is also a new licensing available “Veeam Instance Licensing” which covers physical and virtual environments. More info on this in a dedicated article. Contacting a Veeam representative helps with the latest info about this topic.
Next for the wizard is to detect the existing service account used to run the Veeam Backup services. As per this example the wizard can reuse the existing one. Of course the password needs to be confirmed to proceed.
The setup wizard is now detecting the SQL instance where the Veeam Configuration Database is running. This also shows the used credentials.
At this point the wizard needs confirmation to connect and upgrade the existing Veeam Configuration Database.
The wizard has now all the information to carry on with the installation. By default the Veeam Backup Server will be upgraded first. Additionally, it is possible to automatically run the Veeam update 4 also on all remote components. For example Backup Proxies and other functionalities running on other servers. A personal preference is to update additional components at a later stage and choose them individually. For example the ones that are running and not powered off.
The entire process does not take a long time. and Finally a message the Veeam Update 4 installation succeeded.
Upon completion a reboot is required to make the changes effective hence the message.
As soon as the Veeam Backup server has rebooted and starting the Veeam Backup console it will show the extra components which require an upgrade to the latest version. Each one can be selected individually for the Veeam Update 4.
A few moments later all the components in the virtual infrastructure are running Veeam Update 4.