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Undercover forget about: Meet the fresh Veeam Agent for Mac and all of those other band

Despite cloud and digital environments’ popularity and fast containers adoption, actual physical servers and endpoints’ protection remain essential for an effective backup technique for many organizations on the market. Veeam keeps providing assistance for all those types of techniques, making certain all Windows, Linux and today Mac workloads could be managed and protected centrally. With the V11 release, we expand this providing further even, so let’s dive into new capabilities and talk about ways to leverage them better in your organization.

Catch all of them, do you want to?

 

Let me please begin from a fresh option within agent administration. To V11 prior, administrators had three solutions to organize workloads right into a Protection Team: with the addition of them individually, utilizing Energetic Directory items and by importing a ready CSV document with the set of desired computers. While those options were appealing quite, some security teams didn’t just like the requirements they imposed, for instance, access a remote admin$ share or providing credentials for inbound SSH connection along with departing 22 port at the prospective device opened up at all. So, they needed another approach and they’re setting it up now.

Veeam Back-up & Replication v11 offers a
new kind of Protection Group – “Protection Group with pre-installed agents.” Once
developed, it’s empty and can later on accumulate agent installations once they
get to to the VBR server the 1st time out. Veeam Back-up & Replication isn’t
in charge really, since it’s a one-way reference to Broker always initiating it,
not another way around. While creating this kind of a combined group, you export a particular
configuration bundle, unique for every of the three brokers. Every package
includes a corresponding agent installation document, a “readme” file with
instructions in addition to a special .XML document with VBR connection configurations. Then,
it’s up to user to install a realtor manually or via corporate software
distribution system. After installation, the agent will try to
reach a VBR server and can synchronize to be able to get the periodically
latest settings and backup policy updates. Backup files created in a complete result of
this action, could stick to an external backup drive of the device or could be
likely to the central Veeam Backup & Replication/Cloud Connect repository. Overall,
this doesn’t impose previously desired requirements and permits better
flexibility in software distribution.

Figure 1. Exemplory case of a .XML file with VBR connection settings

 

Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows v5

 

Let’s switch gears now and specifically discuss each agent. First, I’d prefer to touch on “backup from storage snapshots” support in Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows , operating in the “managed by backup server” mode. We’ve been leveraging native storage snapshots in Veeam Backup & Replication for a long period and truly love this functionality since it allows to lessen the effect on production systems, remove unpleasant stun for VMs with intensive I/O load and create backups even during production hours. Now, that’s expanded to the physical world further. When you have a storage volume mounted on the physical Windows server via FC or iSCSI and a compatible storage , there’s an improved backup mode because of this setup in V11.

By integrating with the storage system, we
take away the impact of performance from the physical host away, offloading it to
a proxy ip server and storage system itself, letting you isolate network
traffic and to have significantly more restore points as the backup jobs can run more
often or frequently. The procedure is managed by Veeam Backup & Replication
server, which is in charge of Veeam VSS hardware provider installation and
coordinating all of the activities linked to transporting snapshots and
processing the info from source to the mark repository.

Figure 2. Enabling backup from storage snapshots

 

Besides that, Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows
got various other improvements, like enhanced VPN support, letting you have
even more control and steer clear of extra cost connected with backup operations going
over VPN networks. There’s no restriction automagically, so be sure to double-check
network settings and decide whether you’d prefer to change it out or not.

Another important observation you can make
is that backup retention settings for copies likely to a central VBR repository
is way better aligned with existing VBR settings. It could now be occur days
having an optional GFS retention scheme. In addition, you’re obtaining a better
granularity for a backup scope. For instance, personal folders (inside Users) can
be selected and volumes could possibly be excluded from the backup when individually
needed.

Veeam Agent for Linux v5

 

Ok, what’s going on in the Linux world?
We’re hearing the feedback from the community always, and therefore
implemented several requested capabilities frequently, like XATTR support for file-level
backup, and therefore extended attributes is now able to be recovered across the real way.
We’ve revamped a recovery ISO completely, giving it LUKS2 and LUKS support, advanced
LVM configuration, network manager TUI (nmtui), enabling auto-start for SSH
server, and an improved hardware support in line with the latest Debian Live ISO.
Overall, we think that bare-metal recoveries don’t need to be truly
troublesome, and you’ll like those improvements in the event you perform this ever
procedure.

Figure 3. Nmtui tool

 

However, I believe the main news here is that agent is currently fully supported by Veeam COMPANY Console v5, a thing that a complete large amount of MSPs have been looking forward to a long time. It creates the managed service offerings a lot more complete now. Automated deployment, centralized management and tabs on data protection operations have already been that diverse and simple never. Through the use of VSPC v5, providers can perform configuration and deployment of Veeam Agents on remote machines, manage backup jobs, and monitor the status of data protection operations. And talking about this Console, in addition, it got just one more agent to control: new Veeam Agent for Mac .

Yet another thing…

 

This release of a fresh Veeam Agent is really a bit
unusual if you’ve been following previous ones. We want to start always
from minimum viable product, targeting IT enthusiasts and adding corporate
functionality like central monitoring and management later. This right time the story
is the opposite, the initial version of Veeam Agent for Mac is way better
fitted to companies where Veeam is really a go-to data protection solution already
and they wish to expand this to Mac devices aswell. Besides that, service
providers will too be happy, knowing about agent support in VSPC v5 especially.

Ok, but let’s discuss the product, shall
we? It can provide file-level backup & recovery with native APFS snapshots
on any MacOS, beginning with 10.13 (High Sierra) or more to 11.0 (Big Sur). While
it’s unavailable as a standalone solution and takes a VBR server to create
an installation package and deliver backup policy instructions, it can have a
simple GUI for a genuine number of operations. What’s more vital that you know is here
that we’ve been testing a lot of MDM solutions, ensuring it is possible to set up a
preferred one and utilize it for agent distribution. I mentioned previously the agent
package generated on a VBR server within Protection Group creation – it
contains two XML files in another format with all the current necessary information
(payload) to enable you to compile a mobileconfig file predicated on it.

Installed and configured once, Agent will be
periodically synchronizing with a known VBR server and assume the most recent data
protection settings there enabled. The protection scope includes user profiles
or individual folders and there are many backup targets for various
scenarios, including hard disks, shared folders, Veeam backup repositories and
Veeam Cloud Connect repositories. Recovery can be executed on Mac itself or
via the VBR console.

Figure 4. FLR via Veeam Agent for Mac GUI

 

Conclusion

 

With the newer generation of Agents , Veeam continues to expand physical data protection capabilities, while making certain all ongoing companies can reap the benefits of Veeam’s unified approach, simplicity and flexibility. We truly believe you’ll just like the updates and they’ll be beneficial as you keep up the never-ending journey of business transformation.

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