Azure Site Recovery Now Supports Hyper-V Generation 2 VM’s

For those of you that have used or are using Azure Site Recovery, your probably aware that the service only supported replication of Gen 1 VM’s. This was quite a limitation for customers who wished to replicate their Hyper-V VM’s to the Azure cloud.

Well support for Gen 2 VM’s has just been announced. It’s currently in preview but should be final in the very near future.

Among other updates to Azure Site Recovery are

– VMM to VMM Replication (both with or without SAN Replication, previosuly SAN replication was not supported).

– Replicate VM’s to azure directly from Hyper-V (previously a VMM server was required).

– Vsphere To Vsphere Replication  (both with or without SAN Replication, this is a totally new feature).

– Coming soon, Vsphere to Azure replication.


Veeam Backup & Rpelication 8 Released

Last week Veeam released to RTM version 8 of Backup & Recovery and Veeam One.
As of yesterday it is available for general download from their site.

The new version has a ton of new features, updates and improvements. So I’m going to spread it out.
In this post I’ll focus on major new features and in following posts minor changes and a third post with an update regarding Veeam One.

So let’s get started – Whats New:

1. Explorer for SQL – This simple interface allows for recovery of SQL Databases from your VM backup. The DB is restored and connected to your SQL server of choice.

2. SQL Log Backup – Veeam can now backup transaction logs allowing for continuous (15 min+) protection of SQL with point in time restores.

3. Veeam Explorer for Active Directory – This simple interface allows for recovery of Active Directory objects from your VM backup.You can recover user accounts, computer accounts, atributes etc.

4. Netapp snapshot integration – similar to HP snapshot integration introduced in version 7. Netapp snapshot integration allows backing up from N snapshots, performing Netapp snapshots, replication of the snapshot to a 2nd Netapp device and item level restoration from the snapshots.

5. EMC Data Domain Boost – Allows for integration with EMC data domain allowing for integration with built-in dedupe of the appliance thus offloading deduplicaton and synthetic backups to the appliance,

6. Encryption – Allowing for full AES 256 encryption of backup files.

7. Wan acceleration for replication – Introduced in ver 7 for backups Veeam now supports WAN acceleration for replication. A major improvement for performing DR replication over WAN to a remote location.

8. Self restore options – Veeam enterprise manager has been improved to allow for delegation restore of objects including SQL. Now a SQL DBA can login in to the enterprise manager web portal and perform the restore himself.

9. Backup I/O Control – Monitors storage I/O & latency during backup. If latency climbs above a set threshold the backup will throttle to prevent storage performance degradation.


I think that about wraps up all major improvements. In my next post we’ll continue to talk about some of the 150+ other improvements that have been implemented.