Veeam Backup&Replication 9.5 Update 1 RC is available

Update on 22th January 2017Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 1 with vSphere 6.5 support is available

On the 15th November VMware has announced the General Availability (GA) of vSphere 6.5 and on the 16th Veeam has done the same with the GA of Veeam Availability Suite 9.5.

Two big announcements but one problem : Veeam 9.5 is not compatible with vSphere 6.5. We will have to wait until Veeam 9.5 Update 1 that will be available at least two months after the last release of VMware.

On the 30th December, Veeam has announced on his forum that the release candidate is available and that if you want to try it, you have to open a case via the customer portal. You only have to ask to try this release and they will send you all the links to download each part of Veeam 9.5 Update 1 RC.

The update path is the same as the traditional stable Veeam updates : extract the EXE from the ZIP and execute it.

After the update you will have the following build number : 9.5.0.802

Currently, we are testing this release in the company I work for within an all new VMware 6.5 infrastructure (not in production) and it’s running fine.

Caution : It’s a Release Candidate version and there is no support from Veeam for this one. So be careful and don’t use it in your production environment.

Backup your WinSCP configuration file

If like me, you are a user of WinSCP, maybe you would like to save your configuration.
The configuration of WinSCP contains all the information needed to get access to your servers (IP, protocol, …). It could be valuable to save all those information in case of computer crash or if you want to sync this configuration between two computers.

To do this, you have two choices. You can manually export the configuration file after each change or you can add the WinSCP file to your backup or synchronization software.

If you want to use the second method, you can get all the settings from the Windows registry or from a text file stored in the AppData.

To use this last method you have to go to the settings and select the “Storage” sub-menu.

In this menu, you have to select “INI file”.

WinSCP Preferences

As soon this settings is validated, you will find a “WinSCP.ini” file under the “Roaming” directory of the AppData linked to your Windows profile.

WinSCP's configuration file

 

QNAP – Multiple outgoing connection on UDP port 6881

A few weeks ago, while analyzing a customer’s network, I’ve discovered that their QNAP NAS was making a lot of outgoing connections on UDP port 6881.

Knowing that this NAS is only used as an internal repository for Veeam backup, I knew that this traffic was not wanted.

Here is an example of the traffic :

After a quick search, it appears that this port is a BitTorrent port. This search confirms that this is an unwanted network traffic.

So, I’ve looked up on the QNAP documentation and forum, and I’ve discovered a post that was speaking about this problem.

This problem is linked to the package “Download Station” that is installed on this QNAP.

Here is the way to solve the problem :

  • Open the Download Station
  • Go to the Settings and then “BT”
  • On the “BT” tabs, select the “Connection” and then uncheck the two boxes “Enable DHT network” and “Enable UPnP port mapping
  • After a few seconds, all the connections will be terminated