As of yesterday, Veeam has officially released a new version of Veeam Backup & Replication. The update includes support for new platforms, a large number of ecosystem changes in support of the upcoming set of Veeam capabilities due later in 2018 that were showcased at the VeeamON conference, some optimization for technologies like direct SAN access and virtual appliance modes, and some bug fixes. Veeam is planning a larger update coming soon, which will carry the Update 4 mantle.
So what does Update 3a get you? Well…
Additional Platform Support
- VMware vSphere 6.7
- VMware vCloud Director 9.1
- Preliminary support for VMware vSphere 6.5 U2 (See more below)
- Microsoft Windows Server 1803
- Microsoft Windows Hyper-V Server 1803
- Microsoft Windows 10 April 2018 Update
- VMware Cloud on AWS version 1.3
- Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 1801
Support for these platforms means that Veeam Backup & Replication will now do the following:
- Install Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 3a on the new Windows operating systems.
- Install components (such as proxies, repositories, etc.) on the new Windows operating systems.
- Perform backup and replication jobs from the new vSphere platforms and the Hyper-V roles in the Microsoft Windows Server 1803 operating system.
You probably noticed that support for VMware vSphere 6.5 Update 2 is listed as Preliminary. As a product providing backup capabilities in the data center, Veeam rightly cannot take the risk that any false sense of security be given to their customers. Support for this release of Veeam Backup & Replication will likely come in an update to 6.5 Update 2. The support statement is clarified in this forum post, which basically states that there is a known issue with a critical API that Veeam uses failing under load.
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