Office 365 Backup for Microsoft Office 365 v2 is in beta! Here’s what v2 has in the way of new features and functions:
Distributed Installation of Modules
While it’s not a very sexy feature, it’s dead useful for organizations that are very large. Until now, big enterprise deployments of Office 365 couldn’t really use this tool effectively. This is because each component of the backup proxy in v1 can only handle so many different items at a time and is easily maxed out. With v2, if you spread it out over multiple proxies, you can scale to larger sizes than before.
SharePoint and OneDrive Support
SharePoint and OneDrive Online is now also fully compatible with backup and restore. This is a feature that most Office 365 backup solutions are lacking, so this puts Veeam far ahead of the pack. For example, in SharePoint, you can backup users, groups or whole sites. OneDrive, you can back up by user and groups. There are also full Veeam Explorers now for these items, which makes easier for file-level restores like all the on-premise tools we’ve been using for years.
Microsoft Exchange Item Comparing
This feature, which has long been in Veeam Backup & Replication for on-prem Exchange, is now available for Office 365 mailboxes. It compares backups to production mailboxes and allows you to see any differences. This is useful if a user has lost emails due to a virus or other malicious activity, for example, and you can compare what’s missing from production by looking at the backup. This same service also allows you to compare any configurations on the user that happened within Office 365, which is huge for troubleshooting quickly if something has changed.
Veeam can also restore this anywhere, whether that be back to Office 365, to an on-premises Exchange server, to a .pst file or just a .msg.
No Full Teams Support Yet
We’re still lacking support for Teams right now. Teams, as you may know, is Office 365’s new hotness. Veeam’s Office 365 backup does not yet fully back it up due to lack of an API. The good news is that Teams is nothing more than an amalgamation of the other Office 365 tools (SharePoint, Planner, OneDrive, Skype for Business), so we can back the data stored in teams, tabs and conversations. The catch is that if you have to restore it, it won’t seamlessly restore back to Teams, you’ll just have copies of the individual items.
We don’t know yet when this will get fully connected into Veeam. We’re waiting on Microsoft to release the API Veeam needs.
Getting Started with Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365
In short, if you have a lot of need for Office 365 backup, look into this one first. The rest of the industry is still trailing behind in terms up the full interaction and backup functionality.
It’s important to understand are a lot of details that go into how Office 365 maps between its products, so some of this might be nuanced for you depending on how you’re using it.