Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 Update 3 offers great functionality

Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 Update 3

In many organizations, when a vendor releases an update to their product, no one bats an eye. However, when a new version is released, suddenly, everything must change.

On one hand we’re seeing massive breaches due to this budgeting, political or time game, because organizations simply don’t install minor security updates. On the other hand, we’re seeing organizations miss out on incredible functionality, delivered as part of these same updates. In some rare cases, like Exchange Server 2010’s Cumulative Update 7, we’re seeing huge barriers for adoption because of an (Active Directory Forest Functional Level) requirement.

I’ll admit I’m part of the problem, too.

Long ago, I’ve stopped installing updates in the same week they are released. I still feel I’m installing updates in a timely fashion, since I’m installing them in the same month they’re released or the same quarter for non-critical infrastructure. However, when everyone would follow that path, we would still have the problem of out of whack and pulled updates… just one week or two weeks later…

 

Our experiences with Update 3

Although Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 Update 3 has been released nearly two months ago, and Veeam’s update notification service has been alerting for it for the last month, I’ve only recently started rolling it out to our Veeam Backup and Replication implementation.

This has been an undivided joy and brought incredible functionality.
Below are our experiences:

Centralized management

As you may recall, Veeam’s starting point was backup for virtual machines on VMware-based virtualization platforms. With Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 Update 3, Veeam have centralized data protection for physical, virtual and multi-cloud workloads.

You can now deploy and manage Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows installations, directly from the Veeam Backup and Replication console and deploy and manage Veeam Agent for Linux installations, directly from the Veeam Backup and Replication console, too.

This is a big change to the way the Veeam Agents operated before. Previously, you had to deploy the Veeam Agents manually (or by script), manage them individually, but you could have them create backups to the Veeam Backup Vault you’d use for your virtual infrastructure.

This approach of a single pane of glass adds profound productivity to our backup admin team.

Additional licenses

With the release of Update 3, Veeam has sent all Veeam customers a 6 months no-cost license key for Veeam Agents for Windows and Linux, as well as for Veeam Backup for Office 365. This is to help organizations run an extended evaluation to see if they can completely replace whatever legacy backup solutions they’re using for those remaining physical servers, cloud instances and Microsoft Office 365 with Veeam.

 

Concluding

Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 Update 3 contains many more features and fixes, but the ones above are the ones important to us. Needless to say,

I feel Update 3 is a major update, that I feel any mixed organization using Veeam should update to.

We encountered no issues in our setup.

Note:
We kept using our current SQL Server cluster, so the new support for SQL Server 2017 wasn’t something we’d use, but it’s good to know Veeam supports it when we upgrade the SQL Cluster later this year.

Note:
Direct Restore to Azure is currently not a part of our Veeam availability strategy.

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Further reading

Veeam Backup and Replication 9.5 Update 3 Released New Features
Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 3 New Features

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