Veeam Backup support for Server 2008 will end with next major release

Next major release of Veeam Backup & Replication will no longer support several Windows versions. That was announced by Anton Gostev in his weekly forum digest on Feb. 25th 2019.

Veeam Backup & Replication components will no longer support being installed on Windows Server 2008 SP2, Windows 8.0 and Windows 10 1507/1511. However, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 (1607 or later) will continue to be supported. Also, Microsoft Windows 7 SP1 continues to be supported as before.

Server 2003 und XP guest OS affected

Application-aware processing and guest file system indexing will no longer support Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP virtual machines. However, crash-consistent backup of such VMs will of course still be supported – as generally speaking, we don’t care what’s inside those images we’re backing up (and whether there is any OS at all).

Curtains für vSphere 5.0 und 5.1

VMware vSphere 5.0 and 5.1 will no longer be supported. However, vSphere 5.5 will continue to be supported. Importantly, the new VeeamCDP functionality specifically will require vSphere 6.5 or later due to its platform dependencies.

VeeamCDP only for vSphere 6.5 and later

The long announced and postponed feature VeeamCDP will require vSphere 6.5 and later versions.

vSphere 6.7 U1 and Veeam Backup 9.5 U3a

Failed Backup Jobs after Update to vSphere 6.7 U1

On October 16th 2018 vSphere 6.7 Update 1 became available. An update we’ve been desperately waiting for. Finally vSphere-Client (HTML5) has become fully functional. Until that some tasks had to be done with the infamous flash client.

Unfortunately problems emerged soon after users updated their clusters to vSphere 6.7 U1 in combination with Veeam Backup jobs.

Workaround

VMware and Veeam worked hard to identify the root cause of the problem. It turned out that there was a change in the vSphere API which caused communication issues with Veeam Backup.

Latest API version is 6.7.1, but this one seems to be incompatible with Veeam Backup 9.5 U3a. According to Veeam sources, the issue will be settled with the soon to come Veeam Backup Update 4.

For all of those who have already updated their clusters to vSphere 6.7 U1 there’s a workaround. You need to enter a registry key to force Veeam Backup using the older API 6.7.

Warning! This solution is not recommended by Veeam Support. If you’re not yet on vSphere 6.7 U1 and you’re using Veeam Backup, you better wait until release of Veeam Backup 9.5 Update 4. Do not upgrade. Read this passage again!

The workaround outlined below has to be reverted as soon as Veeam 9.5 Update 4 is available.

HKLM\SOFTWARE\Veeam\Veeam Backup and Replication

You need to add a multi-string-value (REG_MULTI_SZ). Enter the Value below:

6.7.1 = 6.7

This registry key forces Veeam Backup to use API 6.7, but might lead to other yet unknown problems. But it enables to run your Veeam Backup jobs again.

Veeam: Ticket givaways to VMworld Barcelona and AWS re:Invent 2018

Win a ticket to one or two conferences in November

In November there are two major conferences you can’t afford to miss.

  • VMworld EU 2018 in Barcelona (5.-8. Nov 2018)
  • AWS re:Invent in Las Vegas (26.-30. Nov 2018)

These conferences are quite expensive (re:Invent 1799$ and VMworld 1475€).

Wouldn’t it be great to go there for free? It’s possible if you’re lucky and win one of the tickets Veeam gives away.

Join Veeam in Barcelona

Win one of 5 full-conference tickets to VMworld Barcelona 2018.

Just register for the chance to win a free conference pass worth 1475 €.

Three trips to AWS re:Invent 2018

Veeam also gives away three full-conference tickets and three gift cards for hotel accommodations to AWS re:Invent in Las Vegas. Register on the Veeam page and get the chance to win.