Release: Veeam Backup & Replication 6.5

Yesterday was the release day of Veeam Backup & Replication 6.5. The first backup solution with full support for vSphere 5.1 and Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V 3.0.

An overview of the new features can be found in the this Youtube video:

I think the following features and enhancements are worth an upgrade. If you’re running a vSphere shop.


Restore from SAN snapshots
Version 6.5 also introduces Veeam Explorer for SAN Snapshots, which provides granular VMware recovery from HP StoreVirtual VSA and LeftHand snapshots. Codeveloped with HP, Explorer for SAN Snapshots lets you perform Veeam restores (Instant VM Recovery, Instant File-Level Recovery and Explorer for Exchange item
recovery) of VMware VMs directly from array-based snapshots.

You can find a short demo over here:


Reminder: Although SAN snapshots can provide excellent RPOs (recovery point objectives) for certain operational disasters, they cannot serve as real backups since they would be lost along with production data in the event of a storage disaster. Thus, you should never rely solely on SAN snapshots for data protection. To ensure protection against all types of disasters, continue to perform regular backup of all VMs to backup storage using Veeam backup jobs or VeeamZIP™.

vSphere 5.1 support:

Veeam Backup & Replication 6.5 provides full support for VMware vSphere 5.1.
And like vSphere 5.1, Veeam Backup & Replication 6.5 supports VMs running
Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 8.



  • Synthetic full transformation and reversed incremental backup. Improved performance (up to
    several times, depending on backup storage).
  • Storage optimization. New storage optimization setting provides improved performance and
    resource utilization for backup jobs with backup files over 16TB in size.
  • Memory consumption. Average memory consumption by the job manager process has been
    reduced up to 3 times.
  • Network packet loss. Increased the processing engine’s tolerance to network packet loss.
  • Network traffic verification engine. New network traffic verification engine detects and automatically recovers from in-flight data corruption caused by malfunctioning network equipment and similar issues.
  • Improved NAT support. Control whether the source backup proxy server or the backup repository/
    target backup proxy server establishes network connectivity. This is helpful when deploying Veeam
    Backup & Replication in a network with NAT and firewalls.
  • Storage space notification. Added support for low disk space notification for CIFS-based backup
    File-level restore
  • Direct file restore. When restoring a guest file back to its original location from the backup console
    (Backup Browser), perform the restore with a single click. You no longer need to supply destination
    information, and Veeam Backup & Replication does not have to stage the file locally on a backup server
    or on a network share.
  • Dynamic disks. Extended support for file-level restores from dynamic disks to include spanned,
    striped, mirrored and RAID-5 volumes.
  • Backup Browser UI. Updated the Backup Browser’s user interface (UI) to match the new product UI
    introduced in version 6.1. Removed the hidden system partition from the volume tree. Now retrieves
    actual drive letters from restored guest OS settings (rather than simply assigning in sequential order).

Enhancements specific to VMware:

  • Improved processing performance. Significantly reduced data transfer initialization time in all
    transport modes by disabling excessive VDDK logging.
  • Direct file restore. Perform a direct file restore (described earlier) without a network connection
    between the backup server and the destination VM.

You can read about the rest of the enhancements in the What’s new PDF here.

Personally I hope that I can find some time to test the Restore from SAN snapshots feature soon. We are running a huge Lefthand shop so this feature might become handy in the near future.

Veeam: Move Backup job to a brand new Veeam Backup server

In this post I will show you how to move a Veeam Backup job to a new Veeam Backup server. You can also use this procedure to move the Backup files to a new drive and map the backup files to an existing backup job.

The short version of this procedure is:

  1. Move the backup files to the new Veeam Backup server.
  2. Create a new Backup repository and Import the existing Backup jobs.
  3. Create a new Backup job with exact the same the Virtual Machines. Select the new Backup Repository and map the backup files.
  4. Schedule or Start the backup job from the new Veeam Backup server.
  5. You’ll find the steps to take in detail for step 2 and step 3 below.

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Veeam: Unable to install Windows 2008 R2 SP1 error 800F0A12

One of my test Veeam Backup servers was running Windows 2008 R2 without Service Pack 1. So I decided to install Service Pack 1 but all I got was the following error message:


To fix this error follow the next steps:

  1. Be sure there are now active Veeam Backup jobs. But I think that’s not the case during a maintenance windows.
  2. Open a command prompt and start DISKPART.
  3. Enable the automount feature via: automount enable:
  4. Restart the Veeam Backup server.
  5. Install Windows 2008 R2 Service Pack 1.
  6. Restart the Veeam Backup server.
  7. Open a command prompt and start DISKPART.
  8. Disable the automount feature via: automount disable
  9. Restart the Veeam Backup server.


Veeam: VBRCatalog is already in use by another share

Today I was trying to upgrade a test Veeam server with a Veeam v5 deployment to the latest v6.1 release. I used the following KB article to perform the upgrade KB1363. But when I tried to install the v6.1 software I got the following warning message:


I think this ‘issue’ is some legacy stuff from moving the VBR catalog to another location. If you want to know how you can move the VBRCatalog to a different partition. Just read my previous post Winking smile.

To fix this ‘issue’ just remove the file share:


Now you’re good to go. Just restart the setup wizard and install version 6.1 and have fun.

Holiday Gift from Veeam

Today I received an e-mail with some great news. The holiday season is about to start so it’s time for the holiday gift from Veeam.


Free NFR Licenses for Evaluation and Demonstration Use available to VMware vExperts, VMware Certified Professionals, VMware Certified Instructors, VMUG members, Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals, and Microsoft Certified Professionals

You can register here for the Hyper-V version and here for the VMware version of Veeam Backup & Replication,  to get your personal NFR license.

Veeam: Instant Recovery stops with status Dismounting…

Today I was investigating an issue with Veeam Backup & Replication Instant Recovery. One of the sessions stopped with the status Dismounting…


in the log of this sessions it stops on Removing VM from inventory.


The VM was removed from vCenter so why the jobs hangs, I don’t know. So the next thing was to stop and start the Veeam Backup Service. This didn’t help either. So I tried the a System reboot but unfortunately this didn’t work either. So I started to search the Veeam Forums and found a post of someone with the same error. After reading his post I contacted Veeam support and waited for a fix?

First off all before you continue, always contact Veeam support before trying the following solution.

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