Open feedback for popular and free Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows 2.0 (RTM Pilot)
Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows
I've been kicking the tires these last few weeks on Veeam's latest free backup offering for physical systems, using a Dell Precision 5510, and my Xeon D SuperServer. It's going quite well, with numerous improvements evident throughout the already quite refined product.
I've been using Veeam backups daily on dozens of PCs since 2014's original release called Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE, saving my bacon regularly, with reliability and ease-of-use. I've also been using betas of it, and I was so impatient that I had to find creative ways to get it to back up Windows 10 beta and Windows Server 2016 beta. I wasn't alone apparently, with tens of thousands of folks reading those two article. It's a very popular product, and not only is it free, but they even offer the ability to open support incidents from right within the UI.
Get involved in the RTM pilot here:
- [RTM] Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows 2.0
Apr 29 2017 by Gostev at Veeam
Of course, there's always room for improvement. I know, a lot to ask for something that's both free, and of very high quality already. But why not at least publish some ideas and FYIs out there, hopefully garnering some others to chime in and comment below. I'll admit these these notes I took were a bit rushed, and not always carefully re-tested and reproduced. Just lab notes and observations and ideas. Of course, with the general availability expected very soon, I realize these are mostly really just pipe dreams for the future.
Candid Product Feedback
I realize some of these are completely bonkers and unrealistic, but hoping to spur some conversation at least.
- Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows and Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows FREE are mouthfuls
a shorter name that folks would be more likely to say, like:
Veeam Agent for Windows, Veeam Agent for Windows FREE
Veeam Agent for Windows, Veeam Free Agent for Windows
- better 4K display support for bare-metal (WinPE) recovery media, see my report
- IPSec and OpenSSL VPN client in bare-metal (WinPE) recovery media
- support for 10GbE networking in bare-metal recovery media, as I reported, for systems like the popular Xeon D with its baked-in Intel X552/X557 10GbE
- support for VPN (IPSec and OpenSSL) autodial baked into the backup schedule, connecting on demand as part of the daily scheduled wake-up/daily backup/sleep routine (think kid away at college, backed up to network share or repository)
- support for all-in-one wizard for recovery USB drive creation, with room for a single stand-alone backup on it (think sending kid off to college)
- be able to save or hold or delete particular backups, with annotation
- be able to scroll back past just the most recent 7 backups
- if multiple IPs in the system where created the media, you can end up with fixed IP in the USB boot environment instead of DHCP
- when testing backup integrity, it can be a struggle sometimes doing a restore to a same sized UEFI/GPT drive inside an ESXi 6.5 VM, partitions not always auto-matched oddly, requiring manual partition selection/layout
- being able to optionally and easily include my Outlook 2016 PST files and folder for non-Exchange accounts would avoid gigabytes of email that must re-downloaded from IMAP servers after a full bare-metal restore, and would preserving address book type-ahead cache, etc.
- making creation of a universal bootable media with boot-time choice between using drivers from the PC it was created on or not, along with a variety of network drivers, injecting the most common 1GbE and 10GbE NIC drivers automatically, and/or additional specified drivers
- consider a procedure to add a universal Veeam Recovery image to the PXE boot environment (WDS Server) that Windows Server 2016 Essentials offers to networked users
- more NVMe drivers be baked into recovery media (WinPE), for example, Samsung driver is about 2-3x faster than the generic Microsoft driver
- easier database reset procedure, integrated in uninstaller as an option
- M-DISC native support
- support for McAfee, in that's integrated with Bitlocker, making bootability of recovery more robust
- better shrink algorithm of restore, other 3rd party backup products seem to handle shrink better (perhaps it's improved in Agent, haven't tested lately)
- for the Advanced menu option, "create active full backups periodically" option, could that full backup go to a different target, say for rotating media to take off site?
- integrate the recovery media with vSphere, allowing recovery into test VM as a way to test integrity of the backup
- what if a servo motor device physically removes USB backup target at randomized interval, creating an air gap that's held open between backup jobs, and not other software allowed to write to that USB device
- specify which network names to do daily backups on, so travelers don't have to worry about middle of the night hotel room backups (presumably over VPN)
May 15 2017 Update
The above list was submitted to the Veeam Community Forums here:
Oct 17 2017 Update
Veeam Agent for Windows continues to protect many systems in my home, having gone GA (Generally Available) way back on May 11, 2017. I continue to find it a very reliable product, even had a go at the Linux version recently as well, you can read all the details here:
- Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 Update 2 has full vSphere 6.5 Update 1 support, free NFR also available for Veeam Agent for Windows, Linux, and Backup for MS Office 365
Aug 23 2017
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