Underrated powerful features in Veeam Backup & Replication

  • 22 January 2023
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I know that a lot of new features will be implemented and possible to use in the next major release of Veeam Backup & Replication, but we may not forget that are already a lot of features in the current and previous versions of the Veeam flagship!

In this post I just want to hightlight some powerful features in Veeam Backup & Replication.

Those features are in my opinion a bit unterrated and hidden, but I use them often in my job as being a backup engineer, consultant and architect.

  1. Quick Backup

What does it do : 

It lets you perform an on-demand incremental backup for one or more VMs.

I just takes an extra restore point for the selected VM.

 

When to use : 

I use this often when I will make drastic changes on a VM like upgrading the application running in the VM, installing Windows updates or/and other updates in this VM, ...

Often people take a snapshot before - I uses instead mostly a Veeam Quick Backup.

Why? In this way I can never forget to delete the taken snapshot which is not recommended to forget…and this unfortunately happens too often in production.

 

More info : 

Quick Backup - User Guide for VMware vSphere (veeam.com)

 

 

 

  1. Quick Migration

What does it do : 

It allows you to migrate VMs or virtual disks between ESXi hosts (or Hyper-V hosts) and datastores.

It can be used as a self-contained capability or as a way to finalize the instant recovery and instant disk recovery processes.

 

When to use : 

I use this sometimes to migrate VMs between an old ESXi host and a new ESXi host without having a vCenter appliance and storage vmotion license.

It’s the perfect way to migrate those VMs with this built-in proprietary technology of Veeam.

 

More info : 

Quick Migration - User Guide for VMware vSphere (veeam.com)

 

Quick Migration - User Guide for Microsoft Hyper-V (veeam.com)

 

 

 

  1. VeeamZIP

What does it do : 

With this feature you can create an ad-hoc independent backup for one or more VMs that or running or being powered off.

 

When to use : 

I use this always when I need to delete/decommission a certain VM. I always first take an independent backup using VeeamZIP to archive this backup separately before deleting the VM and job if needed.

It saved me already multiple times, because the customer asks some weeks or months later that there was still something on that particular VM that has not being migrated to the new VM...

 

More info : 

VeeamZIP - User Guide for VMware vSphere

 

 

  1. Export

What does it do : 

This feature allows you to synthesize a complete and independent full backup file out of selected restore points that are located already on your backup repositories.

 

When to use : 

I use this feature sometimes when a third party needs to have a full independent backup file of a certain existing restore point of a certain VM, often needed for security or audit reasons : in case of ransomware is an example.

Also it can be used when someone has already deleted a certain VM and we want to archive this backup. We normally use VeeamZIP for that, but that is not being possible anymore because the VM is not existing anymore. With the export-feature we can create a new independent backup file from this existing backup-chain.

 

More info : 

Exporting Backups - User Guide for VMware vSphere (veeam.com)

 

 

 

I definitely hope those features will never dissapear in future releases.

 


9 comments

Userlevel 7
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Those are definitely great features currently and are only enhanced in v12. Great post Nico.

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I’m going to bookmark this for new customer conversations. Thanks!

Userlevel 7
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I’m going to bookmark this for new customer conversations. Thanks!

You’re welcome @randyweis !

Userlevel 7
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Those are definitely great features currently and are only enhanced in v12. Great post Nico.

Thx @Chris.Childerhose 

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I love Quick Migration for those not licensed for vMotion, Storage vMotion, or with no vCenter.  In fact, I once loaded Veeam on my laptop to migrate a couple VM’s from one host to another when I was doing a host replacement at a remote site I was at.  Took a while which was to be expected, but worked great.

I also love to use VeeamZip for performing a final backup before decommissioning a VM.  Works great!

One other feature that I don’t think is necessarily underrated, but definitely underused are the VirtualLab functions such as SureBackup and SureReplica.  Way to many times isn’t used by folks for backup and replica validation.

Userlevel 7
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Good write-up, @Nico Losschaert ! 
Great features, I agree! But I also have to confess, I didn’t use them very often 😁

Userlevel 7
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For me they are not underestimated features, but great features. 😎

Userlevel 5
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Great features, I agree! But I also have to confess, I didn’t use them very often 😁

Me too! 😇

Userlevel 7
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Great writeup. I use every one of these features for similar things.

Export/VeeamZIP come in handy for when I delete a VM and want to put a copy on Tape for when someone asks me in a year “Hey, I need a file off Server X”

 

Quick backup is another one I utilize as backup from storage snapshots saves the VMstun and growth on our flash SAN.

 

Having vCenter I don’t need to migrate often, but it’s handy when connecting to another environment. 

 

 

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