Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 3a RTM is now available featuring VMware vSphere 6.7 support

Posted by Paul Braren on Jun 26 2018 (updated on Aug 25 2018) in
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  • If you've been watching my article:


    you already know what's been happening with the VM backup companies trying to get full vSphere 6.7 support out the door within about 60 to 90 days of its announcement and release:


    So when news and URLs for the RTM bits surfaced on reddit last Thursday June 22, then yesterday on the Veeam Forums and Veeam Vanguard slack channel, vSphere 6.7 enthusiasts rejoiced. The time had arrived for lab tests to move forward with confidence, given Veeam's track record of well-tested code being delivered within the hoped-for (but never promised) time frame. It's also always entertaining and informative to see what Anton Gostev's Sunday evening newsletter will have to say about how support goes for this 3a release in these early days.

    • Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 Update 3a is now available!

      Platform support is a priority at Veeam. Whether that is the latest operating systems, new storage systems or updated hypervisors, we take platform support seriously. Since Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 3 has been released, a number of ecosystem changes have warranted an update ahead of the upcoming set of Veeam capabilities (due later this year) showcased at VeeamON. A larger update is coming soon, which is why we are referring to this release as Update 3a opposed to Update 4 (which is planned for later in the year). The main capabilities in this release are the new platforms supported as well as over 20 minor enhancements detailed in the KB article.

      Update 3a will bring support for the latest VMware and Microsoft platforms that organizations need from Veeam. The list of new platforms supported by Veeam Backup & Replication are:

      VMware vSphere 6.7
      VMware vCloud Director 9.1
      Preliminary support for VMware vSphere 6.5 U2 (See more below)
      Microsoft Windows Server 1803
      Microsoft Windows Hyper-V Server 1803
      Microsoft Windows 10 April 2018 Update
      There are supplemental platforms also supported in this update:

      VMware Cloud on AWS version 1.3
      Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 1801


    Available for Pro Partners, Veeam Vanguards, and customers.

    [RTM] Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 3a (build
    Featuring vSphere 6.7 support.

    To gain access to the following downloads:

    • Setup with agents:

    • Setup without agents:

    • Full ISO with Update 3a:

    you're supposed to contact Veeam Customer Support for the download links, as explained by Gostev in the forums here.


    If you don't already own Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 that includes Backup & Replication, you'll need to purchase it. If you're a home lab enthusiast looking to test 9.5 3a in a non-production environment, place your NFR request for 9.5 here:

    • FREE NFR Key for NEW Veeam Availability Suite 9.5

      Veeam® is happy to provide a FREE NFR server license to students, certified engineers, trainers and bloggers*

      This license allows for non-production use of Veeam Availabilty Suite™ 9.5 in your home lab, without any feature limitations for one year, 2 sockets. The license works for both VMware and Hyper‑V environments.
      Fill in the form and get your FREE NFR key NOW!
      *Only for vExpert, VCP, VCAP, VCI, VCDX, VMUG Leader, VTEC, VMCE, Microsoft MVP, MCSE, MCSA, MCT, Cisco Champion and other certified professionals. Students without an academic email address will need to contact Veeam to request a NFR license.

    and if the provided download links are for 9.5 3, just upgrade it to 3a before using it under vSphere 6.7.

    I plan to test this 9.5 Update 3a RTM code out in my own home lab, and am curious to hear how others do with their tests as well via comments below, and/or in the Veeam forums, where "MrPerFormance" already reported success.

    The latest estimate from Veeam for Update 3a RTM to become GA is July 2 2018, a tentative date that's subject to change, of course.

    Aug 25 2018 Update

    As mentioned by Michael White at Veeam, VMware has listed Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 3a as compatible with vSAN 6.7 now too, in addition to vSAN 6.6. See details in the VCG (VMware Compatibility Guide) here. See also KB articles for Veeam backup and replication with vSAN datastores (52155).


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    NFR keys seem to still be good for 1 year.



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