Veeam Backup 6. Что нового

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Architecture

  • ESXi-centric processing engine. Veeam is fully committed to VMware’s strategy around vSphere, which includes focusing exclusively on the ESXi architecture with vSphere 5 and going forward. v6 supports ESX and ESXi hosts in the same manner, providing top performance and reliability regardless of hypervisor architecture.
  • Backup proxy servers. A single Veeam backup server can now control multiple backup proxy servers acting as data movers. Unlike a full-blown backup server, proxy servers do not require Microsoft SQL Server and consist of just a few lightweight components that install in seconds. This wizard-driven process allows for no-hassle scaling of your installation by leveraging your existing Windows servers. v6’s new distributed architecture and “automated-everything” approach simplify deployment and maintenance of ROBO and large installations of Veeam Backup & Replication.
  • Backup repositories. v6 introduces the concept of backup repositories (also known as media servers), which decouple backup target settings from backup jobs and backup proxy servers. This new backup infrastructure design enables jobs to be dynamically assigned to proxy servers based on availability and workload.
  • Windows smart target. In addition to the Linux target agent (which has proven to be popular when backing up to off-site locations), v6 includes a Microsoft Windows target agent. Agent-enabled backup repositories—or smart targets—provide the most efficient backup across the network with added traffic compression and updating of synthetic full backups locally on the backup target.
  • Intelligent load balancing. Unlike other tools that use simple round-robin algorithms to balance load across the backup infrastructure, v6 accounts for virtual environment specifics and load on each backup infrastructure component. When assigning processing of a specific VM to a backup proxy server, the Veeam backup server considers proxy server availability, access to source data, current proxy server and backup repository load by other concurrent tasks, and other factors.
  • Enhanced vPower scalability. You can now have multiple vPower NFS servers. This dramatically enhances vPower engine scalability so, for example, you can handle larger VM outages using Instant VM Recovery to run more VMs directly from backup. Any backup server or Windows backup repository can serve as a vPower NFS server.


Engine

  • Optimization of source data retrieval. The processing engine now accounts for production storage specifics when retrieving virtual disks of processed VMs. This yields up to a 4x increase in performance of a single job depending on production storage and its settings, connectivity and processing mode.
  • Reduced CPU usage. The processing engine has been further optimized to reduce CPU usage up to 2x. This puts less stress on the environment and lets you run more concurrent jobs on backup proxy servers.
  • Traffic throttling. A traffic throttling engine has been added. Throttling rules are global, with the Veeam backup server splitting available bandwidth equally among all consumers (backup proxy servers). Throttling rules are defined per source/target IP address pair, and the throttling level can be set differently depending on time of day and day of week.
  • Multiple TCP/IP connections per job. Data mover agents can now optionally establish multiple TCP/IP connections per job. This enables up to 3x better network utilization and increases the performance of data mover operations over the network. The biggest improvement can be observed when backing up or replicating over WAN links, but jobs running over the LAN get noticeable improvement as well.
  • WAN optimizations. The data exchange protocol has been optimized for transferring VM data over WAN links with high latency, resulting in better performance of all types of jobs running over highly latent connections.
  • Exclusion of swap files. Disk blocks belonging to swap files are automatically excluded from processing. This significantly improves full and incremental backup and replication performance, and reduces backup size.
  • Enforceable processing window. You can optionally define the allowed processing window for any job. If the job exceeds the allowed window, it is automatically terminated to prevent the snapshot commit process from overlapping with production hours.
  • Parallel backup and replication. The same VM can be processed by different jobs at the same time, and the jobs do not affect each other. This means you no longer have to temporarily suspend your near-CDP replication job to allow your daily backup job to run.


Backup

  • Backup mapping. When creating a backup job, you can map it to existing backup files produced by another backup job. The new job re-uses the backup files and continues incremental runs, without the need to perform a full backup of VMs that are already present in the specified backup.
  • Enhanced backup file format. v6 backup files include backup metadata that greatly increases backup import performance, while laying the foundation for additional functionality to be added in future releases.
  • Backup file data alignment. VM data saved to the backup file can be optionally aligned to 4K blocks. This improves the deduplication ratio among backup files when backing up to a third-party storage device with hardware deduplication using a constant block size.
  • Improved compatibility with deduplicating storage. Interaction with previous backup files during the backup job has been reduced so less stress is placed on storage, which in turn improves overall backup job performance when backing up to storage devices with post processing.


Replication

  • New replication architecture. Replication now uses a 2-agent architecture that allows VM data to be collected at the source site by one backup proxy server, and sent directly to the target backup proxy server at the destination site, bypassing the Veeam backup server. As a result, placement of the backup server (production or DR site) no longer matters, and questions about push versus pull replication and differences between ESX and ESXi targets are eliminated.
  • Replica state protection. Incremental runs no longer update the latest restore point. As a result, a terminated job run does not render the latest restore point unusable until the next run rolls it back to the last known good state, as with previous versions. With v6, the latest restore point can be immediately powered on at any time.
  • Traffic compression. Using the 2-agent architecture, replication traffic can be compressed no matter where the Veeam backup server is located and regardless of whether the destination host is ESX or ESXi. In addition, traffic compression levels are now customizable. This yields up to a 5x reduction in replication traffic to an ESX target, which was the “best case scenario” for previous versions.
  • Hot Add replication. Replica VM disks are now populated by the target backup proxy server using the Hot Add process. This yields up to a 4x reduction in traffic when replicating to an ESXi host.
    Note: This reduction in replication traffic is separate and in addition to the reduction resulting from traffic compression.
  • 1-click automated failback. This exclusive Veeam technology compares source and target replica states and transfers only the differences, enabling failback to the original VM—or to a VM restored from backup—with minimal network traffic. Additionally, you can ensure that the failed back VM is functioning normally before finalizing failback.
  • 1-click permanent failover. In cases when you do not want to fail back to the original VM, but instead make the replica VM the new production VM, this added functionality automatically performs the required cleanup on the replica.
  • Active rollbacks. Replication now keeps all restore points as regular VM snapshots. This allows failover to any restore point (not just the latest restore point) with the vSphere client or a PowerCLI script. This is useful in cases where the Veeam backup server is unavailable (for example, if the backup server is lost as part of a disaster).
  • Improved replica seeding. Replica seeding has been simplified and now leverages regular backup files. This provides a number of important benefits including significantly reduced seed size and support for seeding VMs with thin disks (without making them flat). Additionally, the location of the Veeam backup server (production or DR site) no longer affects your ability to perform replica seeding.
  • Replica mapping. When setting up a replication job, you can map replicas to existing VMs at the DR site, such as VMs produced by a previous replication job or VMs restored from backup. The replication job reuses these VMs as replicas, and the first run transfers only the differences between the source VM and mapped VM disk state.
  • Re-IP. v6 enables 1-click failover even when IP addressing schemes in the production and DR sites do not match. You can specify re-IP rules for static IP addresses as part of replication job settings, and these rules are applied automatically to the replica upon failover.
  • Cluster target. v6 replication jobs support selecting either a specific host or a cluster as the replication target. Replicating to a cluster ensures that replication can continue even if the current replica host is unavailable.
  • Full support for DVS. v6 offers full support for VMware Distributed Virtual Switches. This allows transparent replica state transitions with no manual editing necessary in virtual environments with DVS (such as vCloud Director-enabled clouds).
  • Automatic job update. Failover and failback processes automatically update the replication job for the source (original) VM by excluding and then including it back in the job.
  • Multi-select operations. The replicas grid now supports multi-select operations, enabling you to easily manage multiple replicas in the event of a wide outage. For example, operations such as multiple VM failover and multiple VM failback are now supported.
  • Enhanced job configuration. Enhanced replication job wizards now have the ability to customize a replica’s virtual disk on a per-disk level, as well as specify the resource pool, VM folder and virtual network to connect the replica to.


VM migration

  • Quick Migration. This exclusive Veeam technology provides the most efficient VM transfer between hosts and/or storage by transferring most VM data in the background (while the VM is still running), and then transferring only the deltas at the time of cutover. Cutover can be performed via SmartSwitch (described in the next bullet) or cold VM boot.
  • SmartSwitch. This exclusive Veeam technology transfers the running state of the VM from the source to destination host upon migration cutover. This ensures minimal downtime and eliminates data loss during migration, and is available when the source and destination hosts have compatible CPUs.
  • Migration jobs. A new dedicated job type has been added to accommodate VM migration tasks. Depending on your migration scenario and VMware licensing level, the migration job automatically leverages one of the following: VMware vMotion, VMware Storage vMotion, Veeam Quick Migration with SmartSwitch, or Veeam Quick Migration with cold switch. This allows you to quickly evacuate VMs from hosts requiring urgent maintenance, or migrate VMs within or between datacenters with minimal impact on performance and consumption of network bandwidth.
  • Instant VM Recovery integration. Migration jobs are specifically optimized to work with Instant VM Recovery. If the migration job detects that the VM being migrated is running off a vPower NFS datastore, it takes unchanged data directly from the backup file (rather than pulling it from the vPower NFS server) to maximize availability and performance of the vPower NFS server.


File copy

  • Support for copying individual files. The file copy job now allows you to copy individual files, as well as folders.


VM restore

  • 1-click VM restore. When restoring a VM back to its original location (the most common scenario for a full VM restore), you can now perform the restore with a single click. You no longer need to supply destination information, as it is captured as a part of the backup job and stored in the backup file. This reduces the opportunity for user error when restoring a VM.
  • Virtual Disk Restore wizard. This new restore mode restores individual virtual disks directly to the original VM or to a new VM. Unlike the existing VM File Restore wizard, which can only restore virtual disks as flat files, the new Virtual Disk Restore wizard provides an option to restore disks as thin by specifying an existing VM to attach the restored disks to.
  • Hot Add restores. v6 expands the use of VADP’s Hot Add mode to full VM restores. Veeam was the first to use Hot Add for reads, and now Veeam also uses it for writes. By using Hot Add instead of Direct SAN access mode, Veeam avoids the performance problems that plague other tools when restoring thin provisioned disks, which are the most popular disk type because of constant pressure to control consumption of expensive production storage.
  • Multi-VM restore. The Full VM Restore wizard has been redesigned so you can configure restores of multiple VMs at once. This saves you time in the event of a large-scale disaster and eliminates the need to use PowerShell runbook to perform multi-VM restores.
  • Full support for DVS. v6 brings full support for VMware Distributed Virtual Switches and enhances the user experience in virtual environments with DVS (such as vCloud Director-enabled clouds).
  • Network mapping. When restoring VMs to a location that is different than their original location, the restore wizard allows you to map source virtual networks to target virtual networks. Restored VMs are automatically reconfigured to use the specified virtual networks.
  • moRef preservation. When restoring a VM to its original location (over an existing VM), the restore job preserves the unique VM identifier. As a result, jobs that are set up with individual VMs, as well as third-party tools that track individual VMs, are not affected by the restore. (Previously, a full VM restore would register the restored VM with vCenter Server or the host, thus generating a new unique VM identifier.)


Native file-level restore

  • Support for GPT and simple dynamic disks. Windows file-level recovery now supports file-level restore from GPT and simple dynamic disks.
  • Preservation of NTFS permissions. You can optionally preserve NTFS permissions and ownership when restoring guest files to a Windows server.


Windows guest file indexing and search

  • Optional Search Server. Microsoft Search Server has been made optional. With v6, guest file search works out-of-the-box and no longer requires the deployment of Microsoft Search Server. However, for better search performance, Microsoft Search Server is still recommended for environments with more than a few hundred VMs.
  • Reduced catalog size. The size of the guest file system catalog has been dramatically reduced to help save disk space on the Veeam backup server.
  • User profile indexing. The guest file system catalog now supports indexing of user profile folders.


Statistics and reports

  • Enhanced real-time statistics. The real-time statistics window has been redesigned for better usability and now features more frequent updates, duration counters, and user-friendly log entries. In addition, often-requested counters, such as the actual amount of data read and transferred, have been added.
  • Improved job reports. Job reports have been updated to improve overall look and feel. Additional data has also been added to reports, including amount of changed data and compression and deduplication ratios.
  • Bottleneck monitor. In response to the most typical reported support issue of “slow performance,” v6 now offers a built-in bottleneck monitor that shows the percentage of busy time for each data processing stage. The primary bottleneck is clearly displayed in real-time statistics, making it easy to identify the root cause of performance problems, including production or backup storage, network connection speed, and backup proxy server resources.
  • VM loss warning. Job session history now logs a warning if it detects that a VM that was previously backed up with the job is no longer being backed up.


Backup console UI

  • Wizard improvements. All wizards have been updated to allow quick navigation between wizard steps when editing a job. Many wizards have also been made dynamic, only showing steps with the controls that are relevant to what you are trying to accomplish. This dramatically simplifies and speeds up the configuration process.
  • VM ordering. Backup and replication wizards now allow you to specify the order in which VMs should be processed.
  • Multi-user access. Multi-user access to the Veeam backup console is now enabled by default, allowing multiple users to RDP into the same console.


Enterprise Manager web UI

  • Job editing. In addition to controlling jobs, Enterprise Manager now provides the ability to edit job settings—such as protected VMs, backup repository, guest processing credentials and schedule—directly in the web UI.
    Note: This functionality requires the Enterprise Edition of Veeam Backup & Replication.
  • Job cloning. Existing jobs can also be cloned directly in the web UI. Advanced job settings are migrated from the existing job, while other settings can be set to the desired value by editing the cloned job.
    Note: This functionality requires the Enterprise Edition of Veeam Backup & Replication.
  • Helpdesk FLR. v6 adds the new “File Restore Operator” role to Enterprise Manager. This role delegates file restore tasks to help desk personnel. Because files are restored directly to their original location — and without an agent in the VM or even a direct network connection to the VM—delegated administrators don’t require additional permissions or have access to sensitive files. File restore operators see only a subset of the Enterprise Manager web UI, and can be limited to restoring only certain types of files and restricted from downloading restored files.
    Note: This functionality requires the Enterprise Edition of Veeam Backup & Replication.
  • FIPS compliance. The web UI is now FIPS-compliant out-of-the-box.
  • Design improvements. The web UI has been redesigned with an improved look and feel.


SureBackup

  • Improved DC handling. Handling of domain controllers (DCs) in SureBackup jobs has been enhanced to improve behavior of isolated DCs brought from multi-DC environments.
  • Support for unmanaged VMware Tools. SureBackup jobs now support VMs with unmanaged (manually installed) VMware Tools.


Other

  • Enhanced PowerShell support. The PowerShell API has been extended to cover all new objects and settings. All PowerShell cmdlets have been enhanced to simplify syntax (legacy syntax is still supported). Support for masks in object names, as well as object search capabilities similar to those available in the backup console, have also been added.
  • Log collection wizard. v6 includes a new wizard that collects logs from protected hosts and prepares a support package. You no longer have to look around for those log files when troubleshooting an issue with Veeam Support!
  • 1-click automated upgrade. All v6 components, including those installed on remote servers (backup proxy servers and backup repositories), can be easily upgraded with a new Upgrade wizard. Upon opening the backup console, Veeam Backup & Replication automatically detects and alerts you if individual components need to be upgraded.