Ahead of the Veeam v11 release announced with a live event on the 24th of February there is still a number of installation running on previous versions and not yet upgraded to the v10 release. The purpose of this article is to show how simple is the process of running the Veeam v10 update. When speaking to some of the customers running on older versions, typically the reason is the solution performs very well and the option to run the Veeam v10 update to a later version has been somehow overlooked. It is important to notice the Veeam v10 update and the future ones as well pack additional features at no extra cost.
Usually to question how easy is to run the Veeam v10 update the answer is: very easy, its a next, next, next process! And it is really that simple. This article shows how quickly to upgrade to the latest version. Also as per usual the latest Veeam upgrades include more than just stability and improvement. From Veeam v9 to v10 have been added just 150 features! These range from built-in capabilities to the overgrowing set of of integrations with a big number of different technologies both in the compute and storage space. This confirms the Veeam testament with an agnostic approach to several platforms. Just to name a few Veeam v10 update brings NAS Backup, new engine for Instant VM Recovery, S3 Object lock together with plenty of features to help fight ransomware and also facilitate integration with even more storage and compute platforms.
Without much further ado this article shows the steps to run a simple Veeam v10 update which also includes integration with third-parties solutions like HPE StoreOnce, Nutanix AHV cluster and some Veeam Datalabs jobs.
Install latest Veeam v10 Update
The process to run the Veeam v10 update is straight forward and all it requires is to download the latest ISO image from the Veeam website. At the time of wrting the latest Veeam v10 release is 10.0.1.4854. The screenshots in this article refer to a previous v10 release. The content is pretty much the same. Before proceeding it is recommended to take a backup of the configuration database using the utility built-in the VBR console. At that point after mounting the ISO file, the Veeam v10 update process can start.
As soon as the splash screen as loaded, the Veeam v10 installer now checks for the installed versions, configuration and dependencies. This applies to both Veeam and third-parties products as well. The first one in this case is the Veeam Availability Orchestrator (VAO). At the time of writing the latest version of VAO 3.0 is fully compatible with Veeam v10. So ti is a matter of upgrading this component as well. Also in the case of VAO the entire process is wizard driven! Yes to continue.
The Veeam v10 update checks for any jobs running and the requirement is to stop them before proceeding to the next step.
At this point the wizard carries on and follows the standard deployment steps. Accept the EULA and continue.
The Veeam v10 update detects the version of the components that are already installed. Next to continue.
Veeam v10 update process will also check for the existing license and will automatically download the new one suitable for the v10 version. Otherwise will apply the Community Edition license in the wait to be upgraded with the commercial one.
In the next screen the wizard retrieves the details about the account used previously to run the installation.
Same applies for the details about the SQL Server Instance and Database used from the current Veeam installation. Of course it is also possible to change these values where required.
Veeam installer detects database connection and retrieves info about current install. This is the point where the existing database will be upgraded and used or create an new one. Yes to continue and use the current database.
The Veeam installer also can determine the connection to Veeam Cloud Connect instances. Ideally the customer leveraging Veeam Cloud Connect service providers (VCSP) should agree an upgrade plan. The rule is VCSP always run the latest updates by default, making the tenants upgrade a lot easier. In this case the VCC where this VBR is connected to has already been upgraded with exactly the same procedure. Yes to continue.
The wizard also detects HPE StoreOnce repositories. These are fully supported by Veeam v10 update. Yes to continue.
Same applies for Veeam Agents managed by Veeam console. These are fully supported by Veeam v10 update. Yes to continue.
Same applies for Nutanix AHV clusters managed by Veeam console. These are fully supported by Veeam v10 update. Yes to continue.
Last but not least in this case also some Virtual Labs configured for the Veeam Datalabs feature. These are fully supported by Veeam v10 update. Yes to continue.
One last setting before proceeding is the option to also propagate the update on additional components on the network. The personal preference (at least in a homelab!) is to update additional components in a separate task to to pick and choose every time which one to upgrade. this covered later in the article.
At this point the wizard has all the necessary info to run the v10 update process. This consists in stopping the necessary Veeam services, copying the new binaries and automatically restart the Veeam services to complete the upgrade.
A final screen now shows the v10 installation succeeded. The overall process is very quick. Finish to complete and exit the wizard.
To make the changes effective a restart of the server is required. Of course the restart can be deferred at a later time.
Now that the Veeam v10 is up and running again, it will show a screenshot similar to the one below after launching the VBR console. From here it is possible to choose which components to upgrade. In a larger environment with additional components this gives the ability to select the ones that should be upgraded. For example excluding additional server hardware that should be upgraded or even decommissioned.
The details screen shows the components detected and to which version these will be upgraded to.
A few moments later and also the components are upgraded to the latest version.