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[VEEAM] v10 licensing – what you need to know

February 26th, 2020 No comments

The long-awaited Veeam Availability Suite v10 is here and we’re extremely excited. We’re also honored and grateful that you’ve joined us for this ride. Many of you have also witnessed our journey to licensing portability along the way, and v10 is really the culmination of those benefits from both a product and a licensing perspective. So, what is it that you need to know to make your adoption of version 10 a success?  Let’s dive in.

Veeam license options

The Veeam Universal License (VUL) is our most capable licensing solution and includes the most powerful Enterprise Plus capabilities. VUL is a portable, consumption-based license that is metered per protected workload and is sold in bundles of 10 licensesWith the added portability, VUL literally allows you to protect all Veeam Backup & Replication workload types interchangeably, both on premises and in the cloud.  This helps you meet your ever-changing environment needs in the most flexible way possible.

As many of you know VUL received a major enhancement in October, making it even easier to use, while lowering the price too.   We are pleased with the adoption we’ve seen and appreciate your help in making VUL better.  VUL is transacted as an annual subscription with 1-5 year options, paying upfront or 3-5 year terms if paying annually.

Per-Socket licensing is an option for customers looking to protect only VMware or Hyper-V VMs on premises and is measured per CPU socket and transacted perpetually. Sold in Standard, Enterprise and Enterprise Plus editions, socket licenses offer a wide range of capabilities for protecting VMware and Hyper-V VMs.

For our VCSPs, the Rental Agreementsoffer cloud and managed service providers many of the portability/flexibility benefits of Subscription, but with the added twist of pay-as-you-grow pricing and a dedicated license type that extends usage rights to managed and protect third-party data. With v10, VUL and VCSP Rental Pricing are in total harmony, unified under a simplified points-based structure (included in the license file itself) that covers BaaS and DRaaS for any customer and any workload, across any cloud.

What do you need to know for v10?

If you’re a completely new Veeam customer with v10, welcome to the family! You’re good to go. For the rest of you long-term Veeamers, there are some great changes in v10 that we’d like to highlight.

There are tons of new features and improvements in v10. Arguably the hottest new capability of v10 is our NAS (Network Attached Storage) file protection capability. Support for NAS is a great option for a broad set of customers and is achieved with VUL. With 1 VUL license, you can protect 250GB (4 licenses per TB). If you already have VUL licenses, you can use those to protect NAS today!

If you’re using agent-based jobs to protect Microsoft Windows or Linux servers and workstations today, your license is likely already either VIL or VUL, so no action is required – simply download the updated v10 license file.

Our standalone offering for Nutanix AHV has been a hit, so much so that we’ve pulled that product into Veeam Backup & Replication management umbrella. Now it’s simply referred to as the Veeam Backup & Replication Nutanix AHV backup proxy (coming very soon) and is licensed with VUL. There is no need to purchase unique licensing for protecting Nutanix AHV VMs. VUL is portable and meets the flexibility needs of customers looking to adopt AHV or change hypervisors.

License files at V10

Like with all previous major releases, Veeam Availability Suite v10 does require all users, for both VUL and socket licenses, to update their license file immediately at v10 install. This is simple and can be done in the product or in a license portal.  This is now accomplished easier than ever, in most cases automatically.

Existing subscription customers

If you have VIL Subscription licenses, today may be your lucky day. Effective immediately, those VIL licenses will be upgraded to full-featured VUL licenses at no cost, regardless of edition. That’s right, Standard and Enterprise VIL license holders are now upgraded to fully-featured VUL licenses with Enterprise Plus feature set. There’s no caveats or extra cost associated with this change. When your existing contract is up, you’ll need to renew at market VUL price. The great thing about this is that we’ve reduced our prices for VUL by up to 33% and, most importantly, it costs less than ever to protect ANY server, workstation, cloud workload or enterprise app. Check your portal and these should be upgraded for you and ready to use.

Lastly, some may be aware that protecting the same workloads with both host-based and agent-based jobs previously required using 2 licenses. With v10, that is no longer a requirement, and there is no longer any double charging for protecting the same workload – so long as the protection is managed by the same backup server.

Service providers

There is also a host of new benefits, discounts and more for VCSP Rental users. Check out our VCSP Launch Resource Center for more info.

Existing socket license customers

We love our socket customers and we have some great news on this front. Many of our socket customers see the benefits of our portable VUL licensing and are starting to merge environments with both perpetual socket and subscription VUL licenses. Previously we required the editions to match, but now VUL doesn’t have an edition, it’s fully featured just like Enterprise Plus. We now allow customers to merge sockets and VUL licenses across a variety of products, in a centrally managed environment. However, please note that the Socket license edition still dictates the edition capabilities of the entire environment. If this is an impediment for you, there are two options:

  1. Migrate your sockets to VUL for the cost of your renewal here
  2. Upgrade the edition of your sockets to Enterprise Plus

Protect more with free licenses! For customers who have socket licenses, you may be aware that we’ve provided extra instance licenses, 1 per protected socket, up to 6, for you to try at no cost since 9.5 U4. Well, with v10 those are now VUL licenses, which allows Standard and Enterprise edition customers to protect slightly more workloads than before. We encourage you to experience the benefits of protecting physical, cloud and enterprise app workloads for yourself. As with v10, these can be used for NAS too!

Finally, we’re pleased to announce that with v10, these gifted licenses will no longer expire when you purchase additional instances. They are forever yours, no strings attached. We want you to have your cake and eat it too.

V10 centralized license management and merge updates

When we launched the VUL predecessor in early 2019, hybrid environments required merging socket and instance licenses (VUL) into a single license file. Our customers saw that as an unneeded complication – so based on the feedback, we’re bringing the ability to install and manage socket and VUL license files separately in v10. So if, like most Veeam customers, you have a socket license now, and decide to purchase an additional VUL licenses to protect non-VM workloads – you can just drop that new license into your existing backup server!

Summary

VUL is the future of licensing at Veeam, giving you all the features and all the portability in one license type.  If you have questions about license changes in v10, we have the detailed Licensing section in the What’s New document.

Still have questions? Please contact our renewals team. If you’re ready to go, download v10 and get started now! Thanks again for being VeeAmazing users, we hope v10 makes achieving your business objectives easier than ever. Until next time.

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Sander Daems is founder and author of this blog and working as a Lead (Sr.) Consultant by UNICA ICT Solutions. Sander has over 15 years experience in IT, primary focus: virtualization and modern worksplace.

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[VEEAM] v10: Seriously Powerful NAS Backup at Scale

February 26th, 2020 No comments

The world of NAS has changed over the years, historically being used as a central location to store and share user files and home directory data across the business.

Today, NAS is used much more widely – commonly including applications, large unstructured data sets and virtualization. What has also changed is the scalability that you can now achieve through your production NAS devices by exposing NFS or SMB protocols for these workloads. As such, unstructured data is currently measured in Petabytes and continues to grow exponentially.

Challenges of NAS and unstructured data

NAS functionality has a broad use case for different workloads including vast amounts of unstructured data- aka the data that we create as users every day including documents, presentations, graphics, etc., as well as the massive amount of data that devices in the Internet of Things are creating every second. This unstructured data growth brings a major challenge in how it can be protected efficiently. Several large unstructured data sets are not being protected today because of their sheer size, which helped to drive a major consideration that we at Veeam had to take in order to bring you the best solution for these large unstructured datasets.

A few common examples seen today include:

  • Common user data from office applications (docs, spreadsheets, presentations, etc.)
  • Surveillance video from doorbells and law enforcement body cams
  • Medical records that include x-rays or other imaging files
  • Warehouse data including barcode images

NAS Backup in Veeam Availability Suite v10

We are pleased to announce that NAS backup is a part of Veeam Backup & Replication v10.  This is a monumental achievement and a feature that we wanted to ensure was implemented properly.

At Veeam our NAS backup mission was clear:

  • Make NAS backup simple, yet powerful enough to fit the standards of Veeam Backup & Replication
  • Build a flexible solution that will meet workload needs anywhere -even across commodity hardware
  • Reliably scale to protect massive amounts of data, for even the largest of enterprise organizations

This approach embraces Veeam’s mantra of being software-defined and hardware agnostic, enabling customers to choose the hardware they need for the job and not be locked into appliances for no reason. Additionally, there are three areas of differentiation:

Flexibility

There are many types of NAS Systems with many protocols and versions being used across the world to present their unstructured data, with the v10 NAS Back up we can protect not only SMB and NFS shares but also Windows file servers and Linux file servers shares.

Changed File Tracking

The unique functionality that v10 NAS Backup brings to these challenging NAS environments is the Changed File Tracking functionality which enables you to perform fast incremental backups of our NAS environments, allowing you to easily achieve your backup objectives.

Snapshot friendly

One of the advanced backup capabilities we are delivering in v10 is the ability to perform flexible backups directly from storage snapshots created by enterprise-grade NAS devices on either primary or secondary storage. This gives even more ways to further enhance the performance and speed of NAS backup.

How does it work? – Components

The best thing about the addition of NAS backup into Veeam Backup & Replication v10 is that it still maintains the simplicity that has been a part of the product and design mantra since the beginning. The first component to mention is the file proxies, the file proxies are the muscle that allows for throughput of data from source to target. The requirements for these proxies are they need to be on a Windows operating system, but they are scalable and software defined, meaning there is no requirement for new hardware or dedicated appliances to scale this out like some other offerings in the industry.

Next up is the killer differentiator which is the Changed File Tracking which maintains the footprint of the source file share and is stored in something we call a Cache Repository. This cache repository keeps track of all objects that have changed between each backup, resulting super-fast backup processing.

When it comes to storing our backups, NAS Backup supports the same range of different backup repositories as our image-based backups- including scale-out backup repositories.

But since we we’re focusing on unstructured data backup in our NAS engine, we wanted to ensure the ability to tier off your older file versions onto cheaper storage types such as deduplication devices or Object Storage. This methodology provides the ability to keep a short-term retention for days close to the production data set but then to meet with regulations and retention demands you can leverage the public cloud for a longer-term retention and archival.

v10 NAS Backup also has the ability to store an offsite copy of your NAS data – this can be a completely different retention period (both longer and shorter), with a separate encryption key for added security  – and can be used as a disaster recovery option when it comes to recovering your unstructured data.

Recovery Capabilities

Restore entire share

This option is most useful when there is a complete loss of your file share or major outage, allowing for a complete restore of the latest version of all files either back to the original location or to an alternate location with security and permissions intact.

Rollback to a point time

Quick rollback gives you the ability to roll back to the “last known good configuration” or backup, meaning that any modified files since the last backup can be reverted. The example here would be a ransomware attack and the encryption of a file share. This option would allow you roll back to the last good backup before the ransomware attack occurred.

Check out a live demo of rollback to a point in time after a ransomware attack in action!

Restore individual files and folders

Designed to be simple with similarities to the File Level Recovery from image-level backups, this restore type provides you with the ability to restore individual files and folders either by overwriting the live system or keeping both copies. Easily choose specific restore points with additional visibility to see all available file versions, making the selection of versions you wish to recover a simple, yet flexible task.

Backup your NAS for FREE today!

Existing Veeam socket license customers are entitled to up to six (6) FREE Veeam Universal Licenses – one for every licensed CPU socket. You can use these licenses to protect NAS devices, Windows / Linux physical workloads with Veeam Agents, or enterprise applications with Veeam Plug-ins. You will see these licenses available in the License Information dialog right after installing v10, immediately ready to use! Also, any new Veeam customer can try Veeam Availability Suite, including NAS backup, for free for 30 days!

Summary

The time could not be better to take advantage of a better NAS backup that’s faster, stronger and smarter than ever before. Personally, I am super excited to see this feature be released as it will offer a solution that businesses large and small can use to simplify protecting their unstructured NAS data.  Learn more about NAS backup here or download the What’s New document.  And download v10 now to take advantage of this and the 150 other amazing new enhancements.  V10 = Better Backup!

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Sander Daems is founder and author of this blog and working as a Lead (Sr.) Consultant by UNICA ICT Solutions. Sander has over 15 years experience in IT, primary focus: virtualization and modern worksplace.

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Veeam: Client error: NFC storage connection is unavailable

December 10th, 2014 1 comment

Last week I added a new vSphere host in my homelab, after I configured and started my backup job in the Backup & Replication 7.0 patch 4 environment I received this error messages:

Processing ‘DC01’ Error: Client error: NFC storage connection is unavailable. Storage: [stg:datastore-12,nfchost:host-10,conn:vce01.vmpros.local]. Storage display name: [ESX01_VMFS02].
Failed to create NFC download stream. NFC path: [nfc://conn:vce01.vmpros.local,nfchost:host-10,stg:datastore-12@DC01/DC01.vmx].

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Solution

When you look at the Backup Job log file you can see the details, logfile location: C:\ProgramData\Veeam\Backup\VMpros_-_Backup_01

In my case Veeam Backup could resolve my VMware vCenter 5.5 server but when he try to contact the vSphere host with some local datastores the backup failed. I tried to ping the hosts and couldn’t resolve the hostname of my vSphere host.

Make sure you have:

– Added the vSphere host in DNS, create a A record in your DNS server

Optionally: Add the vSphere hostsname(s) and IP-address(es) in the hostfile at your Veeam Backup server

 

End result

 

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Veeam: Installing patch 4 Veeam Backup & Replication 7.0

August 29th, 2014 No comments

 

KB ID: 1891
Products: Veeam Backup & Replication
Version: 7.0.0.871
Published: 2014-06-05
Created: 2014-05-30
Last Modified: 2014-06-05

New Features and Enhancements

VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN)

  • In addition to adding basic support (as provided by other vendors), the intelligent load-balancing engine was enhanced to account for VSAN specifics. As the result, for each VM the job will pick backup proxy running on VSAN cluster node with most of the virtual disks’ data available locally. This significantly reduces backup traffic on VSAN cluster network, resulting in minimum possible impact on production environment from backup activities.

Microsoft SQL Server 2014

  • Added support for Microsoft SQL Server 2014 both as the protected guest workload (including application-aware processing functionality), and the back-end database for backup and Enterprise Manager servers.

License key auto update

  • Added automated license key update option to the License Information dialog. With auto-update enabled, the product will check Veeam licensing server periodically for an updated license key, and download and install the key automatically as soon as it becomes available. This feature is particularly useful to the Service Providers and subscription-based customers, and it removes the need to download and install the license key manually each time when the license extension is purchased.

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