I’ve had pre-release versions of Veeam Backup & Replication version 7 running in my lab for some time. I decided to make some videos on some of the key features of the product, so you can get an idea how they really work. In this three-part blog post, I will take you through some of the new features of the product. In this first post, we focus on the WAN Accelerator and the Backup Copy job type. I’ve written about these two topics previously: The awesome 8th feature of Veeam B&R v7: ‘Backup copy job’.

WAN Accelerator

In the first video, I demonstrate how to add a WAN Accelerator to the backup infrastructure.

There are some options that can be set in the ‘New WAN Accelerator’ wizard, such as Traffic Port (6165 by default; make sure this port is opened on firewalls between sites), the number of streams (5 by default to fully saturate the WAN link) and the server to deploy the accelerator on to. Also, you can set the cache size (50GB by default, but only 15GB in my lab). The cache’s minimum recommended cache size is 50GB. The larger the cache, the better the data reduction rate.

Backup Copy Job

The Backup Copy job type has a copy interval that is configurable and controls how often backup copies are created. It will copy the most recent restore point of each processed VM into the backup file on the remote repository.

You can add objects (VMs, folders, etc.) from multiple sources (from the actual virtual infrastructure, from the repository and from individual jobs). Also, you can define the backup repository and have the option to keep full backups for archival purposes (otherwise know as the Grandfather-father-son (GFS) policy).
There are some house-keeping options available, such as the ‘Automated backup health check and remediation‘ and ‘Backup file compaction‘ features to ensure the good health of the remote files.

You have the option to transfer data directly (repository to repository) which is recommended for on-site backups and very fast WAN links. The WAN accelerator option will send data through the accelerators for significant bandwidth savings. In the wizard, you can select both the source and target WAN Accelerator.
Finally, you have the option to set a schedule for the job to specify when the job is allowed to transfer data over the network. Backup copy jobs run continuously, starting data transfers according to the copy interval and/or as the new VM restore points appear.

SAN Snapshots and Native Tape Support

In my next post, I will take a look at the new storage integration using SAN Snapshots. In the third post, we look into native tape support.