Veeam v11: what's new and upgrade procedure

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Veeam has officially released the awaited Veeam Backup & Replication v11 providing tons of new features and enhancements.

Continuous Data Protection, Ransomware Protection, and Expanded Instant Recovery are some of the interesting new features provided with version 11.

 

Veeam v11 what's new

Most relevant features included in the new release are the following:

 

Continuous Data Protection (CDP)

The long awaited Continuous Data Protection (CDP) feature is finally available. CDP allows the protection for critical Tier-1 VMware workloads with near-zero RPOs, minimizing data loss, and recovering to latest state or point in time.

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Reliable Ransomware Protection

Data can now be protected with immutable hardened Linux repositories that add an extra layer of security preventing ransomware attacks, accidental overwriting or deletion, and malicious intruders.

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Amazon S3 Glacier and Azure Archive

Version 11 supports native Amazon S3 Glacier or Azure Archive cold storage to achieve secure lifecycle management of your backups.

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Expanded Instant Recovery

To quickly restore services, Instant Recovery has been enhanced with Instant Recovery feature for SQL, Oracle and NAS.

 

Veeam Agent for Mac

It's now available the Veeam Agent for Mac to protect any macOS device.

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Additional info about new features and enhancements can be found in the What's new in v11 document.

 

Before the upgrade

To perform an in-place upgrade, make sure you are running Veeam Backup & Replication v10 (any version) or 9.5 Update 4b (build 9.5.4.2866). If you are running an earlier version, check out the Veeam upgrade path.

Click Settings > Help > About to check installed version.

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Before running the upgrade, keep in mind the following:

  • License format - license format is the same introduced with v10 so same license can be used in version 11.
  • Cloud Connect - if you are using Veeam Cloud Connect to externalize your backups or replicas, make sure your provider has already upgraded their systems to latest version.
  • Veeam Availability Orchestrator - version 3.0 or earlier is not compatible with Veeam Backup & replication 11.
  • Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager - if used, this is the first component to upgrade.
  • Veeam One - if used, this is the second component to upgrade after the Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager.
  • Active Tasks - make sure there are no active processes before running the upgrade.

It is recommended to take a backup of the Veeam DB to have a life jacket in case something goes wrong during the upgrade process. From the VBR Dashboard click the Settings icon and select Configuration Backup.

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Click Backup now button to backup the current configuration of the Veeam Server.

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In-place upgrade

Download the .ISO file from Veeam website and mount it. Double click the Setup.exe file to run the wizard.

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Upgrade Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager

Because Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager is installed in the system, this is the first component that must be upgraded.

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Accept the EULA and click Next.

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The system detects a previous installed version. Click Next to proceed with the upgrade.

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If the license file is already installed, this is automatically detected. Click Next.

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Select LOCAL SYSTEM account option and click Next.

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Select Use existing instance of SQL Server to keep the configuration then click Next.

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Click Yes to proceed with the DB upgrade.

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Click Install to upgrade.

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Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager is being upgraded.

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When the process has been completed, click Finish to exit the wizard.

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Click Yes to reboot the system to apply changes.

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Upgrade Veeam Backup & Replication

Once the Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager has been updated, run the installation wizard and select Veeam Backup & Replication option.

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Accept the EULA and click Next.

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The system detects a previous version of the software. Click Next.

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Because the license file is already installed, click Next to continue.

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A system check is performed. Click Install if the computer doesn't meet the requirements. Missing features will be automatically installed.

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Missing features are being installed.

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If the verification procedure doesn't report any issues, click Next to continue.

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Select the LOCAL SYSTEM account option and click Next.

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Select Use existing instance of SQL Server to keep the configuration then click Next.

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If Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager is used, the wizard checks if the installed version is supported. In case of mismatch, you must upgrade this component first to avoid service disruption. Click Yes to continue.

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If you use Veeam Cloud Connect, make sure the provider has upgraded their system before continuing the procedure. Click Yes to continue the installation.

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Click Yes to upgrade the Veeam DB.

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If a Data Domain storage is used as repository, make sure the DD OS installed is actually supported by Veeam v11. Click Yes to continue.

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Since the GFS management has bee changed, check if the GFS policies (if used) are correct after the update. Click Yes.

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Enable the Update remote components automatically option then click Install.

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Veeam Backup & Replication is being updated.

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When the procedure completes successfully, click Finish to exit the wizard.

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When Veeam Backup & Replication v11 is launched for the first time, remote components configured in Veeam are automatically updated.

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When all remote components have been updated successfully, click Finish to close the window.

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The upgrade procedure is now complete and you can take advantage of the new features. Additional info can be found in the Release Notes.

Veeam Backup & Replication v11 is available to download as 30-day trial.

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