Status of VMware vSphere 6.7 support by VM backup companies

Posted by Paul Braren on Apr 19 2018 (updated on May 23 2018) in
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  • Above image adapted from What's New with vSphere 6 HOL.

    This short article is really just about one of the very first questions that pops up very soon after any major release of VMware vSphere, for enthusiasts looking to test the latest release, while not putting their VM backups at risk. You can see here that the vSphere 6.7 backup support question has already landed here. Of course for production, you'll want to wait a while for things to mature, see also a nice perspective on very real challenges surrounding attempts at Day 1 backup support for major new vSphere releases.

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    What’s new with vSphere 6.7 Core Storage by Jason Massae at VMware Blogs. Includes details on new support for 4Kn HDDs.

    Instead of an agent installed in each VM, you configure backups of your ESXi host(s) or vSphere clustered hosts, and they're kept in a centrally managed repository of sorts. This approach may offer vendors the ability to leverage FAQ: VMware vSphere Storage APIs – Data Protection (formerly known as VMware vStorage APIs for Data Protection or VADP) (1021175), see also oldie-but-goodie Using VMware Infrastructure for Backup and Restore.

    Despite these superficial similarities, each has it's own distinguishing features. For example, there's Veeam, and its very mature and trusted VM backup solution that installs on Windows and possess a slick and relatively friendly UI, despite the wealth of features. Then there's ease-of-use NAKIVO also featuring a slick UI, and many deployment methods that include installing the server code on Windows, Linux, on a NAS's Linux, or as a simple-to-configure virtual appliance.

    Some have trial edition restrictions and/or time-bombs, but some even offer NFR with perpetual use for non-production environments only. This may mean you'll be vetted to be an IT Pros before you're offered and NFR download link, but the reward may well be no restrictions and no time-bombs for non-production workloads such as home lab testing.

    This market is apparently quite healthy, I didn't actually realize there were quite so many vendors out there until I pulled this article together. This list represents most of the VM backup solutions available today, and whatever information I could currently find about their vSphere 6.7 support statements. The information will get stale, but I have provided you with your own search buttons to help hunt down the latest information as of the day you happen to come across this article. There are more thorough search terms than I show here, but those came up mostly empty as well.

    Feedback, and or notifications of omissions, are always welcome! Just drop a comment below.

    In alphabetic order. They should all work fine with vSAN, but stated support for vSAN is a bit tougher to come by, and out of scope for this particular document. It will also be interesting to see whether a new VMware vCenter Converter Standalone comes out with support for vSphere 6.7.


    Altaro VM Backup

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    On Apr 19 2018, Google search results for

    Is it currently supported?

    No. You can view the VMware versions under OS Support, along the bottom of the VM Backup page.

    ETA on 6.7 support?

    Unknown.

    Despite lack of support, does it install and work anyway?

    Unknown.


    Commvault

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    On Apr 19 2018, Google search results for

    Is it currently supported for use with vSphere 6.7?

    No. See table here:

    ETA on 6.7 support?

    Unknown.

    Despite lack of support, does it install and work anyway?

    Unknown.


    Micro Focus VM Explorer Virtual Machine Backup

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    Formerly known as HPE VM Explorer, and before that, Trilead VM Explorer.

    On Apr 19 2018, Google search results for

    Is it currently supported for use with vSphere 6.7?

    No relevant search results yet.

    ETA on 6.7 support?

    Unknown.

    Despite lack of support, does it install and work anyway?

    One report of it not working, with this error message:

    Not supported: VMware ESXi 6.7.0 build-8169922


    NAKIVO Backup & Replication

    vmware-backup

    On Apr 19 2018, Google search results for

    Is it currently supported for use with vSphere 6.7?

    No relevant search results yet, I've reached out to NAKIVO for comment, seen below.

    ETA on 6.7 support?

    I received a statement on Apr 25 2018:

    Regarding v 6.7, it will be supported within 90 days of VMware’s release.

    Best regards,
    Anton


    Anton Shelepchuk | Senior Pre-Sales Technical Manager

    Despite lack of support, does it install and work anyway?

    One report of success with 7.3.1 looks favorable, and another report with 7.4.1 that had an issue, but success in the end.


    Unitrends Backup

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    On Apr 19 2018, Google search results for

    Is it currently supported for use with vSphere 6.7?

    See Is vsphere 6.7 supported yet?, here's an excerpt:

    bnelson (Unitrends)
    Hello Mark,

    Thank you for your inquiry. Unfortunately Vsphere 6.7 is not yet supported. Here is the compatibility matrix which lists the supported versions of Vsphere.

    https://www.unitrends.com/wp-content/uploads/Compatibility-and-Interoperability-Matrix.pdf

    Thanks,

    April 26, 2018 at 1:41 PM

    ETA on 6.7 support?

    Unknown.

    Despite lack of support, does it install and work anyway?

    Unknown.


    Veeam Backup & Replication

    vmware-esx-backup

    On Apr 19 2018, Google search results for

    The results you'll really want to focus on:

    you can also find much more detail in this forum thread. While login is required, see why it's worth it.

    Is it currently supported for use with vSphere 6.7?

    No. See KB 2443. Need to wait for Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 3a.

    ETA on 6.7 support?

    Anton Gostev's Apr 22 2018 edition of his weekly "The Word from Gostev" was posted by Cragdoo in the forum here:

    Finally, since everyone will have the question about expected Update 3a timelines anyway: historically, we've been shipping new vSphere release support on average within 2 months from GA (with the official commitment for new platform support being 90 days from GA date). In this particular case however, there are additional unknowns in the equation: Windows Server 2016 RS4 and Windows 10 Spring Creators Update releases, support for which needs to catch the same release train.

    I actually bumped into Anton Gostev briefly at VeeamON 2018 last week. Today, on May 22 2018, he posted an update on testing progress in the same forum thread, here's an excerpt:

    Full testing cycle has now been completed, and the list of impacted transport modes (in addition to nbd) now also includes direct SAN and hot add... so yes, basically all of them got hit :o

    The good news is that we should be able to work around most of the issues, possibly except one - but that will cause minor feature loss only. The bad news is that some may require VDDK patching, which is a fairly costly way to fix issues in terms of dev and QC time. Nevertheless, we should still be able to ship the update late next month.

    Despite lack of support, does it install and work anyway?

    There are reports of "Error: Object reference not set to an instance of an object" but there are also some successes in specific circumstances, as reported in this part of the thread. Be careful out there!


    Vembu Backup and Replication

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    On Apr 19 2018, Google search results for

    Is it currently supported for use with vSphere 6.7?

    No relevant search results yet.

    ETA on 6.7 support?

    Unknown, I have reached out to Vembu for comment, where they responded on May 23 2018:

    Support for VMware vSphere 6.7 will be available in the next few weeks

    Despite lack of support, does it install and work anyway?

    Unknown.


    Apr 20 2018 Update

    Day 1 support commented added above. Clarification on VMware vSphere Storage APIs inserted.


    May 22 2018 Update

    Added Anton Gostev's forum post updates in the Veeam section above, along with some updated information from Altaro, Unitrends, and Vembu.


    See also at TinkerTry

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    See also

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