Finally Veeam Backup & Replication 7 has been officially released, and is available for download. Since I used for some months the Beta version, I had time to prepare a series of articles on how to install and use the main features of it, especially the vCloud support. Only be aware: the screenshots you will see here were made from the Beta version, so they could be different from the GA version.
As with any software, the first activity is the installation. And even here I saw some improvements.
First, the installation media. With the new version 7 you are going now to download a unique ISO file, holding all the modules and plugins. So, no more separate downloads, but a single source with all the needed components, as you can see in this screenshot about the content of the ISO file itself.
All the installation activities can now be started from the same setup program in the root of the ISO file. The installation of the Enterprise Manager has another really pleasant news. For those of you remembering the previous versions, there were some requirements about Microsoft IIS that were needed before the installation could complete. Now, the installer checks for those requirements, but it can also install all of them if someone is missing.
During the installation of the Enterprise Manager, you can see the availability of the new RESTful APIs, in fact you can configure the TCP ports used by them, and you can also install a proper SSL certificate right during the installation. This is really useful for Cloud Providers since they would probably publish on the internet both the web interface and the APIs.
Once the installation is completed, you can move to the installation of Veeam Backup & Replication 7. This one is simple and straightforward as usual.
Once the installations are all completed, the interface you are going to see is basically the same of the previous 6.5, the only differences will be the new features now available. One cool addition is the new job information, now is not only a modal interface, but is also available directly at the bottom of the screen:
Also, from here you can find out useful informations about the throughput of a job, so you can understand for example if a job is loosing the most of the time reading from storage or sending data to a repository.
For sure, I will need a bigger screen to see all these informations 🙂