While Veeam Backup & Replication version 8 has been out since early November, its first patch was released on Christmas Day. If you’re the type that waits for the first patch to install a new software version, now’s the time.
This patch actually came with a few new features, like email notifications for file-to-tape or backup-to-tape jobs awaiting user interaction (like needing a tape to be inserted). The cloud backup repository now does not have a size limit whereas before it was at 63 terabytes. There are also quite a few Linux support enhancements, like support for file level recovery from XFS 3.2.0 volumes, Btfrs volumes and from VMs with more than 10 LVMs.
Veeam also added a behavior modifier as support for direct data movers communication. It’s still experimental, but it enables alternative data exchange paths when you are running backups on the same server (i.e. backing up to a local storage on backup proxy server).
There are also added integrations for certain storage vendors like EMC, HP and NetApp.
There were a few general issues that Veeam addressed with this patch. From their KB:
- Restored incremental backup job performance back to v7 levels by removing unnecessary metadata queries from previous backup files.
- Multiple issues when parallel processing is disabled (high CPU usage on backup server, wrong task processing order, reversed incremental backup jobs with disk excluded failing to access backup files).
- Automatic network traffic encryption (based on public IP address presence) is enabled even when both data movers are running on the same computer, reducing job’s processing performance.
- Quick Backup operation triggers jobs chained to the job it uses.
- Loss password recovery option does not function correctly when Enterprise Manager has multiple backup server registered.
- Under rare circumstances, backup job with encryption enabled may fail with the “Cannot resize block data is encrypted” error.
- When multiple network traffic rules having the same source and target ranges are set up, changing settings to one of the rules also updates all other rules.
This patch also resolved quite a few issues with vSphere and Hyper-V, tape and PowerShell, among other things.
For more information on Veeam Backup & Replication 8 Patch 1, visit Veeam’s KB article.
Want to learn more about what awaits you in Veeam Backup & Replication 8? Check out my blog, Top 6 Features of Veeam Backup & Replication v8.
Remember that when you apply the patch to be sure you have no jobs running. When I updated, I just went ahead and rebooted the server to be sure that all activity was stopped. If you don’t reboot the server, Veeam might throw the error that there are activities running.