- Bitwarden adds secure text and files transfer features. You can also check the official product page
- FreshRSS 1.18.0 has been released with a bunch of improvements and some news features
- Increased ISCSI path limit with VMware vSphere 7.0 U2
- Veeam v11 – The Linux Proxy keep getting better
- Faster vMotion makes balancing workloads invisible
- REST API modernization in vSphere 7.0 U2
- Homelab considerations for vSphere 7 : Some useful informations if you plan to upgrade your homelab to vSphere 7
- FreshRSS 1.16.0 has been released
- Some information regarding the new partitions layout of ESXi 7.0
- Zabbix database size calculator is a nice small tool to plan your needs in term of storage space for Zabbix database
- Veeam v10 NAS Backup support : A "must read" post about this new feature
- RVTools 4.0.4 has been released : The support of vSphere 7.0 has been added with some others features
- Home Assistant 0.109 has been released
- Grafana 7.0 has been released
A few weeks ago, I was writing about the availability of Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 1 RC and the way to get it. Today, you can get the official release from Veeam website. After the upgrade, your build version will be 184.108.40.2063. Before making this upgrade, be sure that you are running build 220.127.116.110, 18.104.22.1681 or 22.214.171.1242.
- VMware vSphere 6.5 support
- Encrypted VMs support
- VMFS6 support
- Virtual hardware version 13 support
- NBD compression (you will have to change a registry key to manage it, see the release note for more information)
- New guest interaction API support
- New VM tag api support (see Using VMware tags and Veeam for easy backup configuration)
- New platform support
- Veeam Agent for Linux 1.0
- Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows 2.0 (public beta)
- Backup copy
- Performance improvements
- Reliability improvements
- And many others new features, improvements and bug fixes
- You can also get Veeam One 9.5 Update 1 following this link
When you have a certain amount of VMs, there is one step that you can easily forgot or that takes time : configure the backup job.
Each time you add a VM you have to open Veeam interface and add the VM to a specific job.
But, today, I have an easy way to add some automation to solve this problem : VMware tags and Veeam backup job based on tag.
Create tags in VMware vCenter
When you are in the web interface of the vCenter, you will find on the left sidebar a link named “Tags”
Click on this link, then “Items” and select the tab “Tags”. You will find all the existing tags on your vCenter. To create a new tag, simply click on the new tag button.
Repeat this step for each tag you want to use.
Adding tags to VMs
Once you have created all the necessary tags, it’s time to add them to your VMs.
Right click on your VM then select “Tags & Custom Attributes” and pick the option “Assign Tag…”
Select the tag that you want to add to this VM and click on “Assign”
The tag that you have assigned will be visible on the “Summary” tab of the given VM.
Adding the backup job to Veeam
To use a tag in a Veeam backup job, you have to create a new job :
Then give it a name. By example the name of the tag :
At the “Virtual Machines” step of the wizard, click on the tag button on the top right toolbar and select the tag on the list :
You will find the tag on the “Virtual Machines” list of the wizard :
Then configure all the next steps on the Veeam wizard and click “Finish”.
You will find the backup job on the jobs list :
At each job launch, Veeam will search for all VMs with the given tag. So you’ll never had to open the Veeam wizard again if you want to add a VM to a backup job.
Full restore of a virtual machine
When you want to make a full restore of a VM with a tag, you have to select the “Restore VM tags” option on the “Full VM Restore Wizard”. If you don’t do this, the VM will lose its tag :
Update on 22th January 2017 : Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 1 with vSphere 6.5 support is available
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 : 126.96.36.1992
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.