Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows (FREE)

Martin 17/05/2017

Veeam has finally released the sucessor to it’s Veeam Endpoint Backup 1.5, it add’s a lot of new features, and it’s still free, but can also be used in paid editions for workstations and servers.

Read more:

https://www.veeam.com/windows-endpoint-server-backup-free.html

 

What’s new in v2

Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows delivers all-new functionality to give you features and capabilities unheard of in a FREE desktop backup and data recovery solution.

Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows includes:

  • Active full backupsNEW: Meet your company policy by scheduling the periodic active full backup in backup job
  • Direct Restore to Microsoft AzureNEW: Restore or migrate on-premises, Windows-based physical server and endpoint backups directly into Microsoft Azure
  • Instant Recovery to Microsoft Hyper-V VMNEW: Quickly restore service to users by starting a VM directly from agent backup file
  • Source-side encryptionNEW: Secure backup data and network transfers with source-side encryption but without any negative impact on backup processing
  • Synthetic full backupsNEW: Eliminate the need for periodic full backups by creating forever-incremental backups that save time and storage
  • Windows Server 2016 supportNEW: Get full support for Microsoft Windows Server 2016
  • Workstation-friendly scheduling and retentionNEW: Get user friendly scheduling and retention options based on days of successful backups

 

Release notes from Beta edition:

System requirements
Hardware
CPU: x86-64 processor architecture.
Memory: 2 GB RAM.
Disk Space: 150 MB for product installation.
Network: 1 Mbps or faster. High latency and reasonably unstable WAN links are supported.
System firmware: BIOS or UEFI.
Drive encryption: Microsoft BitLocker (optional)

OS
• Microsoft Windows 7 SP1
• Microsoft Windows 8.x
• Microsoft Windows 10
• Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
• Microsoft Windows Server 2012
• Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2
• Microsoft Windows Server 2016

Backup Target
• Local (internal) storage of the protected computer (not recommended)
• Direct attached storage (DAS), such as USB, eSATA or Firewire external drives
• Network Attached Storage (NAS) able to represent itself as SMB (CIFS) share
• Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 1 backup repository
• Veeam Backup Cloud Connect 9.5 Update 1 backup repository

Important notes
• Upgrade from Veeam Endpoint Backup 1.5 is not supported, please do a clean install.
• Because of significant changes in both configuration and backup formats, we may not be able to provide the upgrade from BETA to GA build, and/or ability to restore from BETA backups in GA build. So please, do not assume that such compatibility will be available.
• Veeam Backup and Replication 9.5 Update 1 must be installed in order to test integration with Veeam backup repository or direct backup to Veeam Cloud Connect repository.

New Features
Veeam Agent for Windows comes in Free, Workstation and Server editions with the following new features on top of existing functionality of Veeam Endpoint Backup 1.5

Free
• Windows Server 2016 support
• Source-side encryption
• Optional periodic Active Full backup
• Configurable compression and block size
• Improved backup performance for file level backup mode
• Option to skip bad blocks enabled by default

Workstation (in addition to Free)
• 24.7.365 support
• Backup cache for mobile users
• Backup directly to Veeam Cloud Connect
• Remote management and configuration API
• Optional periodic synthetic full backup

Server (in addition to Workstation)
• Application-aware processing engine (same functionality as in Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5)
• File system indexing (including the integration with Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager catalog search and 1-Click FLR)
• Server-focused job scheduler (same as in Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5)

Known issues
Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows
• Backup cache may not properly synchronize cached restore points with Veeam B&R Data Domain repository.
• Windows event log and application source were renamed from Veeam Endpoint Backup to Veeam Agent for Windows. Be sure to update all scripts and processes which are triggered by Windows events.

Veeam Backup and Replication
• Veeam Agent for Windows license added to Veeam Backup and Replication console will cause existing Veeam Endpoint Backup 1.5 jobs to fail. To work around this issue, delete the Beta license file from the console (https://www.veeam.com/kb2235).
• Restore to original location via Veeam Enterprise Manager may not work if original computer and Enterprise Manager server are not located in the same domain.

Veeam Cloud Connect
• Add the following registry value on Veeam Cloud Connect 9.5 Update 1 server to enable VAW support: AllowBetaAgentAccess (DWORD) = 1
• Deleting tenant’s quota with existing agent backups may corrupt your Veeam Cloud Connect database. To work around this issue please delete agent backups from tenants quota prior deleting the quota.
• When setting up a backup job targeting Veeam Cloud Connect repository Security Alert may appear several times even though Install certificate option was checked.
• Cloud gateway server may crash if large number of beta agents (100+) are writing to cloud repository simultaneously.

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