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Doing something new! Here in the Veeam Community Hub I thought this would be a good place for a new piece of content that gives some practical information for the upgrade process for Veeam Backup & Replication V11.  We wanted to put this together here to give each of you an additional way to start the upgrade process! Watch this quick video below for an overview:

 

Now, let’s get into the specific bits that you need to upgrade to V11! We may add sections or clarify things based on feedback, so please leave a comment below and maybe come back to the news section here for updates!

Pre-Installation Section

  • We recommend you review these key pieces of documentation:
  • Licensing:
    • You may need to obtain a license or ensure you have access to the licensing portal.
    • One of the best things about V11 is that the same universal license for V10 can be used for V11. This is explained on page 19 of the What’s New document and brings great news:

      “Version 11 uses the same license file format introduced back with v10. Such license files are no longer tied to a particular software version, allowing you to use your existing v10 license file for v11 so long as your maintenance contract is still active.”
       
    • Note that if you do not have access to the licensing portal (including for your current license), such as if the person who used to do this is no longer in your organization, you can open a Licensing type of case:

       

Must-See Information

This section here has a lot of points that highlight some changes to existing capabilities, much of which are detailed with context in the What’s New document. Here is a summary list.

  • Please note that quarterly GFS restore points are no longer available, make sure you see the What’s New document, page 7, if you are using them.
  • Do you use Veeam Quick Migration often? Check out the SmartSwitch threshold notes on page 8 of the What’s New document.
  • If you are using a Veeam Cloud Service Provider (VCSP) for some services; you may want to check with the provider to clear the upgrade on your end. Many VCSP providers will issue a communication specifically for it.
  • In the fall of 2020, Starter edition was removed so make sure the license is upgraded to Essentials.
  • Before you upgrade, I recommend you make sure the Configuration Backup is configured, has run successfully, you know where the configuration backup is stored and any encryption or credentials to access it. Additionally, be able to access it directly through SSH, file shares, etc.
  • Added 10-April: If you are coming from a previous version of Veeam Backup & Replication, see this upgrade path KB: KB2053: Veeam Backup & Replication Upgrade Paths  [Thank you @Mildur ]

Post-Publish Updates

This message was published initially on the GA Day, a few changes have been made since:

  • 26-Feb: The Upgrade Guides were linked in above from Help Center.
  • 26-Feb: I checked in with Tech Support for a case summary from the first 48 hours and there were a lot of questions on people wanting to go straight to the archive storages (Azure Archive, Glacier, etc.). That is done in the Scale-Out Backup Repository which would need a performance tier (regular disk) and capacity tier (object storage) set up. This quick start link will explain that process. However, an additional object storage repository type of archive will need to be added, see how the logic works for archive tier.  Also see related R&D Forum thread.
  • 1-Mar: Have identified a discrepancy in the Edition Comparison and What’s New regarding Instant Database Recovery, thank you @MicoolPaul. The final answer is Enterprise or higher, Edition Comparison being updated.
  • 1-Mar: I received a common case update and want to draw everyone’s attention to the Agent Management User Guide, generally speaking Agent Management is N-1 of what B&R will be generally available at. So, v3 Agents cannot be under management by V11 as the current version is v5. See the Protected Computers Discovery and Veeam Agent Deployment doc.
  • 1-Mar: The Veeam R&D Forums has a top issues tracker.
  • 2-Mar: Received clarification that PowerShell is in all editions, the editions comparison should be updated soon.
  • 4-Mar: Received a common case update from support and there were questions around if Veeam provides a virtual appliance or automated deployment for the Hardened Linux Repository. We do not provide one, any Linux system will do as prescribed in the requirements for this capability
  • 5-Mar: If you are a VCSP or an enterprise who installed the RTM build (the pre-GA build), the Day Zero update is ready. Note, this is intended only for environments where Veeam Backup & Replication 11 RTM (11.0.0.825) is installed (posted 7-March).
  • 21-Mar: This one comes from me updating my home environment. In the 1-March update I highlighted the supportability of Agents with the upgrade to V11, an intuitive note is in the installation *if* you have Agents that will require to be upgraded post-V11 upgrade:
If you have agents that will need to be upgraded, you’ll have this message.
  • 28-Mar: The cumulative patches KB 4126 was posted initially on 11-March and is since incorporated into the .ISO and after the upgrade, the build will be 11.0.0.837 P20210324. I made a video of the installation process if needed.
    • 17-May: Since the late March update, KB 4126 has been updated with the fixes listed in this KB in the section “P20210507” and the build number after the update will be: 11.0.0.837 P20210507
    • 1-June: Since the May update, KB 4126 has been updated to 11.0.0.837 P20210525, same KB link above.
  • 14-May: I had a good observation and feedback from an organization who had deployed v10 with specific vSphere permissions and noticed on V11, the same permissions didn’t work. Turns out there are updated vSphere permissions required with V11 in the Host-Configuration and Snapshot Management sections. See the v10 and V11 vSphere required permissions.

Upgrading an Installation to V11

This section is where you take the next steps about the practical steps and an example upgrade an existing v10 environment. Here are a few points to consider:

  • Before you do the upgrade, I recommend your Veeam Backup & Replication jobs are not running or due to run soon, replicas aren’t failed over and the environment is generally in good shape for the upgrade.
  • I recommend downloading the Veeam Backup & Replication ISO file after you’ve read the key links above, and here is the download location.

While my environment proceeded without issue, we realize not all environments will behave the same. If you need help, you can open a case at the Customer Portal.


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Thanks Rick 😃

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Thank you @Rick Vanover , great stuff

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Oww, thanks Rick!!

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@Rick Vanover was quick as a bullet...

 

Thanks Batman!

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Thank you for your work @Rick Vanover

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Thanks Rick:blush:

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Thanks everyone, just FYI that I updated the post to include 2 things:

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Thanks, @MicoolPaul - he caught my link misfire, corrected!

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Awesome work @Rick Vanover , instant bookmarks for later :sunglasses:

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Thanks everyone, just FYI that I updated the post to include 2 things:

@Kseniya helping and upgrading our hub as always! 

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Thanks all for the thanks. LOL

If there is anything else you feel we should add in this type of resource, let me know. I want to keep it crisp and a nice starting spot for upgrades. 

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will share it with VUG HK and Macau group, Let's all give @Rick Vanover a big hand. :blush:

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Thanks from VUG VN Group! :blush:

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Thanks Rick!

Thanks

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Just to make sure everyone is aware there’s an inconsistency between two documents with regards to the licensing requirements of Instant Database Recovery when using socket based licensing. In the What’s new document it is required to have Enterprise licensing, however in the v11 Editions comparison document it is listed as Enterprise Plus being required.

Enterprise Plus: veeam_vbr_one_11_0_editions_comparison_ds.pdf

Enterprise: veeam_backup_11_0_whats_new_wn.pdf

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Thank you for this, @MicoolPaul - I will get to the bottom of this, and add update in the Post-Publish Updates section.

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Thank you for this, @MicoolPaul - I will get to the bottom of this, and add update in the Post-Publish Updates section.

Wow that was quick! Go Team Veeam!

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I want to draw attention to the Post-Publish Updates section where today (1-March) I highlight the Agents version requirement. I’ll be first to admit that the Agents just work! But the ‘drag’ is N-1, so if V11 B&R is used, and agents are now GA at v5, then v4 and v5 are supported under management by B&R V11. Meaning, v3 agents will need to upgrade. 

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I want to draw attention to the Post-Publish Updates section where today (1-March) I highlight the Agents version requirement. I’ll be first to admit that the Agents just work! But the ‘drag’ is N-1, so if V11 B&R is used, and agents are now GA at v5, then v4 and v5 are supported under management by B&R V11. Meaning, v3 agents will need to upgrade. 


That's good to know, thanks Rick. In general where I'd the agent compatibility documented? I can't seem to find that information anywhere (or I'm to blind). When upgrading from v9.5 to v10 I've missed the point where v3 agents got incompatible.

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Cheers @regnor  - it is in the Agent Management User Guide.  The User Guides are written for each major release, so for V11, this indicates that:

Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows 4.0 and Veeam Agent for Linux 4.0 and later work with Veeam Backup & Replication 11 as well.

For v10 - we’d need to reference the Agent Management User Guide for v10, which does include the v3 Agents. Keep in mind also the individual support policies: KB1530: End of Support Details for Veeam Products

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Very helpful page to send all my customers to when they upgrade, which should be very soon. CDP and Hardened Linux Repo are driving my customers to upgrade, and perhaps to purchase. Thank you, Rick!

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Thanks @Rick Vanover; I’ve would have expected this information below “Planning and Preparation”, but it’s hidden at “Protected Computers Discovery and Veeam Agent Deployment” :sweat_smile:

Regarding v10 I think I’ve mixed something up...

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Very good! I think v11 is a ruge update. More than v10. I will share with my social networks.

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Cheers, @TdSN!

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