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Apr 8 2013   1:02PM GMT

Veeam Backup and Replication v7 Public Beta

Nathan Simon Nathan Simon Profile: Nathan Simon

One of the best VMware “aware” backup applications has just released its newest public beta.

B&R v7 now supports Veeam Explorer for SharePoint and now supports Veeam Explorer for Exchange 2013.

Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SharePoint. This is the brand new tool for item-level restores from Microsoft SharePoint 2010 and 2013. Support for SharePoint 2013 is somewhat limited in this beta (restores to original location are not implemented yet), so SharePoint 2010 would make it the best test subject for now. We even provide a sample SharePoint 2010 database as a part of this beta to speed up the evaluation, but really you can point the tool to any SharePoint database at all (including ones backed up by 3rd party solutions).

Capabilities include (all without the use of agents):

  • Browsing SharePoint databases within compressed, deduplicated image-level backups of SharePoint virtual machines (VMs) without having to restore the entire database
  • Searching for specific SharePoint items with rich search capability for e-discovery purposes
  • Recovering and exporting items directly to the original SharePoint server, or sending items as email attachments to specific users
  • Support for SharePoint running on both Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware vSphere.

Veeam Explorer for Microsoft Exchange 2013. This is the new version of the existing tool – and as the beta name implies, the big new feature is support for Microsoft Exchange 2013 (in addition to Exchange 2010). Another new feature is reworked logic of restoring Exchange items to the original location, which should make this process more robust.

Browse Veeam Explorer provides an Explorer-like interface that you can use to browse Exchange mailbox stores inside Veeam backups. A familiar, easy-to-use interface—and immediate visibility into your Exchange backups—mean you can quickly locate the mailboxes or items you need.

 Search Veeam Explorer provides basic and advanced search capabilities so you can find precisely the items you need. Search across one or several mailboxes or mailbox stores using a familiar Outlook-like “Find” interface.

Export Once you find the items you need, simply right-click to:

  • Export to a PST file
  • Export to MSG files
  • Send as attachments
  • export an entire mailbox to a PST file.

No agents Veeam Explorer for Exchange requires no agents—either for backups or for restores. So unlike other tools, there are no agents for you to license, deploy, manage or maintain.

I have personally used Veeam’s Universal Application Instant Recovery (U-AIR) many times in the past and I can tell you, it’s the best in the business.

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