Last week Veeam released the latest version of the Veeam Availability Suite v9. Over the course of the next few weeks I’ll be looking at some of the new features included in the latest release, and to kick off I’ll take a look at the Standalone console.
Veeam have added many ground breaking features to the product; Scale-out Backup Repository, Bitlooker, EMC Snapshot integration, Direct NFS Access, ROBO enhancements, Tape enhancements, Veeam Explorer for Oracle, Cloud Connect Replication, and Standalone console to name just a few of them.
But after upgrading our Veeam Cloud Connect infrastructure the first thing I tried was the Standalone console. If you are a Managed Service Provider or Value Added Reseller, then the convenience of being able to launch a local Veeam Backup & Replication console from your desktop to connect to a remote Backup & Replication server will save so much time if you have to manage a large number of clients backup infrastructures.
The only consideration from a security perspective is that you’ll either need a VPN tunnel into your customers infrastructure first or have to open port 9392 on their firewall, but this shouldn’t be a problem as long as you lock it down to your external IP address.
See the new Backup & Replication Console install option on the right hand side.
The only gripe I have with the installation process for both the Cloud Connect infrastructure and the Standalone console is that the installation progress bars seems to be fairly meaningless. For me when the installation bar hits the end the install should be over, it shouldn’t leap back to the begining and start over. I can understand it starting over for the separate Veeam Explorers, but not for the main product. Now this isn’t too much of an issue when installing the Standalone console on a desktop, but when you are upgrading Cloud Connect infrastructure it would give me a bit more confidence if it showed some movement as stuff was happening in the background, and when it reached the end that was it, rather than looping back to the begining.
There were a few instances when the progress bar didn’t move for a few minutes before springing into life, and only by checking Task Manager were you able to see what was actually going on.
When you start the Standalone console on your desktop this is what you are presented with.
And the new look Veeam Backup and Replication application.