Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE 1.5 released with email notifications and enhanced protection from CryptoLocker
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:
Big-name sites hit by rash of malicious ads spreading crypto ransomware [Updated]
Ars Technica, Mar 15 2016
- I love it when a bad guys plan doesn't come together
PC Perspective, Mar 17 2016
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:
Veeam Community Forums Digest February 22 - February 28, 2016
THE WORD FROM GOSTEV
We have crossed another milestone for Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE early last week - 500,000 unique downloads!
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.
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:
- What Are the Gmail SMTP Settings?
Tip, use port 587, and if 2-step authentication is turned on, use the application specific Gmail password.
Gmail's SMTP gateway will work from anywhere, ISP's SMTP gateway may not
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.
- Veeam Introduces Direct Restore to Microsoft Azure for Veeam Backup & Replication and Veeam Endpoint Backup, Further Driving Hybrid Cloud Adoption for the Always-On Enterprise
Veeam Press Release:
Baar, Switzerland: March 22, 2016: Veeam® Software, the innovative provider of solutions that deliver Availability for the Always-On Enterprise™, today announces Direct Restore to Microsoft Azure, available for preview as a FREE, pre-configured Azure appliance in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace that delivers cloud restore for Veeam Backup & Replication™ and Veeam Endpoint Backup™. Available now this new solution enables users to take on-premises workloads and restore or migrate them to the cloud using an automated physical-to-virtual or virtual-to-virtual conversion process.
This new feature is designed for customers to restore Veeam backups created by Veeam Backup & Replication, Veeam Endpoint Backup™ FREE, and Veeam Backup™ Free Edition to Azure (IaaS). Available now, this new feature will also be integrated into future versions of Veeam Backup & Replication.
Veeam backup email notifications do work with GMail, with a bit of convincing. You'll need to manually configure, using the following SMTP server setting:
with "Use secure connection" checkbox on. If you have Google 2-Step Verification turned on, you'll also need to create an App password.
Note also that Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows will be going GA very soon, available as VeeamAgentWindows_188.8.131.520.RTM.zip at:
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