Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE 1.5 released with email notifications and enhanced protection from CryptoLocker

Posted by Paul Braren on Mar 17 2016 (updated on Mar 23 2016) in
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    Very nice email reporting! [shown on ioS] Certainly handy for PCs backed up remotely [over VPN].

    Couldn't be much better timing, given the rough week we just had of yet more scares from the rise of Ransomware. We're talking The New York Times, BBC, MSN, and AOL:

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    Along comes Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE 1.5 today, a new release of mature backup software for Windows that's been around since betas in late 2014, and a rather popular option for IT folks looking to protect their family and friends from fiends:

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    We have crossed another milestone for Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE early last week - 500,000 unique downloads!

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    If you're an IT guy like me who runs a vSphere home lab, or just any recent Windows version running as a server, you could go with configuring VEB to use a centralized repository (not a drive letter or network share) for daily backups that will also hold your VM backups, as mentioned in my recent Veeam Availability Suite v9 post.

    CryptoLocker is fond of attacking any drives it finds, including .vbm Veeam backup files. So it makes plenty of sense that locally attached media like USB hard drives are vulnerable. Veeam's Mike Resseler explains:

    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.

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    Of course, that one new feature could make all the difference for your family member. Advise your PC user to attach a drive, and backup automatically begins a few seconds later. When it's done, the drive letter goes away in Windows, automatically. To backup again, merely unplug the USB cable (or power off the enclosure), then plug it back in (or power it back on).

    Mike's article below goes on to explain the many other enhancements, including the user requested email notification feature in his detailed technical article:

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    Video Demonstration of new VEB 1.5 features

    Upgrade from 1.1 to 1.5 video, email notifications and advanced testing of USB automatic eject feature.

    Video demonstrating VEB 1.1 speed on NVMe SSD w/ 10GbE

    200GB backed up in 5 minutes [admittedly, big de-dupe happening here]!

    Email notifications tips

    Email notifications Tip #1 - SMTP gateway choice

    Gmail's SMTP gateway will work from anywhere, ISP's SMTP gateway may not

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    Best practices, use secure connection. Be aware, not all ISP's SMTP gateways work from anywhere a laptop may go, so something like Gmail might be a better choice. To test, try temporarily tethering to mobile hotspot, then use the "Test Message button" again.

    Email notifications Tip #2 - Push Notifications

    If you use something like boxcar.io for push notifications, forwarding off a copy of your filtered Gmail rule works nicely.

    For example, using the email address you're sending all alerts "To" from various VEB PCs, and paste this sentence into the "Has the words" field:
    "Endpoint Backup job:" OR "sent by Veeam Endpoint Backup."
    to be sure only test messages and actual backup results notifications are filtered.

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    Step 1 - Setting up a Gmail filter.
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    Step 2 - Page 2 of the filter. Instead of cluttering my Inbox, these alerts get moved off to an IMAP folder, and a copy goes to my boxcar.io account to push an alert to my phone, automatically quieted when the phone is in night mode.
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    Here's how an email notification looks in your gmail inbox.

    Mar 23 2016 Update


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