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Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE 1.5 is here!

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Every time I view the latest download statistics, read through the product reviews on communities such as Reddit or Spiceworks and others, or just watch demo videos on YouTube, I am amazed with the tremendous success of Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE. To tell the truth, we are very proud of getting so much feedback from you, since it keeps us busy delivering the most-demanded functionality to your Windows-based devices.

Today, I would like to introduce our next update, Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE 1.5, and shed a little light on its new features.

What’s new?

As I said before, we are listening to your feedback very attentively, so don’t be surprised when you find your feature in the list below.

Email notifications

This has probably been the most-requested feature since the initial release of Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE last year, and we’re very proud to announce that it’s finally ready to make its debut. You will agree that manual configuration is boring, so with version 1.5 you will be able set the email notifications by only typing in your email address (maybe password, if your SMTP server requires authentication) and get your backup history sent directly to your mailbox. Of course, for custom setups, we leave an option to specify SMTP settings manually.

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Additional scheduling options

Our scheduler was already very powerful, and almost everything was possible when you worked with the Backup no more often than… option. However, we want to keep making things easier for you, so starting from the new version you will be able to use a weekly schedule in a more robust way by setting your backup job to run on weekdays only or on specific days of the week. Additional care may be necessary when your computer was inactive due to hibernation or being shut down – now you can set the scheduled backup to be created immediately after your computer is awaken or powered on.

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Another defense against CryptoLocker

Believe me, CryptoLocker is one of those types of malware (ransomware) that you’d never want to get in touch with. The one and only solution so far is to perform a complete restore from the backup.

How about the fact that your backup files can be encrypted too? Of course, while using a Veeam Backup & Replication repository or a shared folder as a destination, you can potentially solve this issue by setting up separate backup accounts and limiting end user access to repositories, but local targets like USB devices remain unprotected.

With Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE 1.5 you have an option to automatically eject your USB device after backup has completed. I blogged previously about CryptoLocker and Veeam Endpoint Backup.

CryptoLocker protection

Customizable destination for standalone full backups

A standalone backup is a great way of creating a backup that never expires and can be stored as an image on any media of your choice. Previously, Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE kept such backups at the location defined in your backup job, but today you can just click the tray option “Backup to another location” and set the desired custom path. This option is also supported when starting standalone full backup through the command line.

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And much, much more…

As usual, there are more features behind the curtain. Version 1.5 has a few noticeable user interface (UI) enhancements such as a job’s progress being shown in the taskbar, the Control Panel’s backup chart can be switched from size to time by right-clicking the chart, and the Wi-Fi network signal being displayed while booted using the Veeam Recovery Media. And speaking of recovery – resize can be performed in gigabytes now, so you won’t need a calculator to count how many megabytes you need to allocate for your terabyte volume.

There are several changes in technical support logic as well. First, you have to agree with application logs being collected and sent to our side. Second, Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE will perform an up-to-date check and ask you to upgrade if you’re running an old version prior to opening a support case.

We’re also giving the batteries for your mobile devices, such as laptops and tablets, some extra attention with this release. In addition to our existing logic that postpones backup jobs when a device’s battery level falls below 20%, Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE now detects when your device is not connected to a charger and suspends the backup job in attempt to reduce power consumption and save battery life.

In this version, we also improved the overall performance of file-level backup and added the experimental feature to skip bad blocks during the backup. The latter is not available by default, however, if you notice backups are failing due to disk corruption, you can request this solution from the support team.

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Conclusion

Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE 1.5 brings many enhancements, some of which are visible while some others are under the hood. Many of those are direct requests from you and we continue to work and review all the feedback you are sharing with us.

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Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE 1.5 is here!

Digital Transformation Brings Job Opportunities for Skilled Candidates

Source: Cisco
The fourth industrial revolution is here. Soon connections will be limitless as we evolve at an exponential pace. The World Economic Forum showcased this revolution and the technological transformation to digital transformation. Cisco believes digitization will be the most exciting phase of the Internet yet. By 2020, it’s predicted there will be 50 billion connected […]Digital Transformation Brings Job Opportunities for Skilled Candidates

Our Software-Centric Strategy for Helping Customers Achieve Business Outcomes

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2015 was a big year for Cisco as we made tremendous progress on our journey to provide a simpler and richer customer experience across all of our offerings. As Chuck said on our recent earnings call, “Our portfolio is more strategic than ever to companies and countries that are digitizing everything.” Customers worldwide rely on […]Our Software-Centric Strategy for Helping Customers Achieve Business Outcomes

Unique Passwords

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Make sure each of your accounts has a separate, unique password. Can’t remember all of your passwords/passphrases? Consider using a password manager to securely store all of them for you.
Unique Passwords

Reinventing the Data Center for a Digital World: Cisco HyperFlex Systems

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Successful innovators can sneak up on you. Apple’s iPhone actually followed a string of other smart phones from competitors like Nokia, Microsoft and Research in Motion (Blackberry). Nor were Google, Facebook or Netflix the first movers in their markets- or Henry Ford if you want to go further back. There were already competitors in each […]Reinventing the Data Center for a Digital World: Cisco HyperFlex Systems

Backup and storage snapshots: How they work together for the Always-On Enterprise

Source: Veeam

In today’s data center-powered world, we’ve come a long way from simple, legacy backup for data protection. The new IT business objective is Availability. Companies need to be able to recover from the loss of data, applications, systems or location with minimal or zero downtime, and that is vastly different from backup solutions of yesterday.

However, 84% of IT decision makers say there is a Availability Gap and their data centers cannot meet users’ needs of an agile, Always-On Enterprise as a result. Learn more from the Veeam Availability Report.

With modern storage, virtualization and the cloud, backup, replication and recovery all work together. This gives IT managers new levels of flexibility. Storage snapshot adoption is growing in these environments, and they play a critical role in data protection for business both large and small. Two specific objectives can be used to better define Availability:

  • Recovery time objective (RTO) is the amount of time allowed for recovery to take place
  • Recovery point objective (RPO) is the point in time the recovery should bring the business back to

Let’s look at how backup and storage snapshot technologies come together in IT operations for a combined recovery time and point objectives (RTPO) of < 15 minutes for all applications and data. This union creates the agility and responsiveness to deliver what Veeam calls Availability for the Always-On Enterprise.

Backups

Backup is a process that creates a consistent state of the application and operating system and then copies the data to a different location for safekeeping. With backup, you have an additional copy and multiple versions of a file, application, file system or other resource for use in the event of failure or loss of the original.

Veeam recommends following the 3-2-1 Rule to protect your critical data and applications. The rule states you should have at least three copies of your data, stored on two different types of media, with one copy stored outside your primary data center. When done correctly, backup operations provide long-term retention of backups for months and years with effective performance and space consumption.

Storage snapshots

Snapshots are a common way to protect data and systems. They minimize both the data traffic and the load required to create them compared to a backup. In computer systems, a storage snapshot is the state of a system at a particular point in time. Think of it as a photograph that captures a moment in time. A storage snapshot is similar: it is a point-in-time image-level view of data.

A storage snapshot does not consume any space by default when it is created. It is just a copy of the metadata that holds information about the data snapped that is used both for tracking purposes and for saving changes based on the pointer. Storage snapshots are created instantly, which means they are done within seconds. Because of that it, is very common to create lots of them to get RPOs down to minutes.

The one of the differences between a storage snapshot and a backup is that the snapshot is stored at the same location as the original data. Therefore, it depends entirely on the reliability of the source. This means that in case of a disaster or damage to the source data, the storage snapshot will be lost or inaccessible. There is no way to restore if the source gets lost. In addition, snapshots on their own do not have the means to check for corruption or restore capabilities.

Storage snapshots and backup: A powerful combination

Storage snapshots shorten backup windows considerably, and they are especially useful when you’re doing many updates because it is easy to revert the system to a snapshot.

However, storage snapshots alone are not the complete answer to bridging the Availability Gap. Even replicating storage snapshots to a secondary storage system does not avoid problems if the data is corrupted or if there is an error on the storage system. Also, there are no safeguards to protect against an administrator deleting a snapshot on the primary storage, which may trigger the deletion on the secondary storage during the next replication. Additionally, the number of storage snapshots you can create and save is limited in most scenarios.

The following table illustrates how storage snapshots and backups complement each other based on their respective strengths:

  Backup Snapshot
Better RPO ?
Better RTO ?
Consistent backups ? ?*
Corruption/Error check ?
Instantly created ?
No impact on production ?
Highly storage efficient ?
Off-site copy to external media  ?
Not data source dependent ?
Long term retention ?
Eliminates human errors  ?

*with application integrations

The best IT approach is to use storage snapshots and backups together to lower RPO and RTO down to minutes instead of hours and days — and in some cases weeks.

Veeam and storage snapshots

Veeam Availability Suite v9 leverages storage snapshot operations to multiply the value of your investment virtualization and modern storage from:

These integrations orchestrate application-consistent snapshots on a desired schedule to ensure the OS and applications are in a consistent state before the snapshot is created. These can be used for Veeam Backup from Storage Snapshots to lower the performance impact on your production environment and for restores directly from the snapshots themselves with tools like the Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots or Instant VM Recovery. Veeam On-Demand Sandbox for Storage Snapshots also allows you to uses snapshots to create a Virtual Lab environment.

Storage snapshots enable for implementing short-term data protection with very low RPO and impact on your production system, which greatly complements classic data protection with a solution like Veeam Backup & Replication. Remember that despite all the benefits storage snapshots bring to the table, you still need to be taking your production data out of the single fault domain that storage snapshots operate in, and writing it to an external (independent) storage system.

You can use these backups as long-term retention for disaster recovery, even if the primary data is deleted or becomes unusable. The backup can also be an efficient source for sending copies to the cloud or to a secondary data center to meet the requirements of the 3-2-1 Rule.

The 3-2-1 Rule

The Veeam 3-2-1 Rule defines, that you should have at least three copies of your data, stored on two different media types, with one copy located off site.

Combining modern storage, virtualization with backup and replication delivers Availability that is far beyond the rudimentary backup capabilities that keep IT professionals at organizations of all sizes up at night. Bringing together these technologies goes a long way towards meeting the continually changing business requirements for today’s modern data centers.

How has using snapshots and backups changed how your IT team delivers and protects the services that power your business?

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Backup and storage snapshots: How they work together for the Always-On Enterprise