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Upgrade to Veeam Backup and Replication v11

Upgrade to Veeam Backup and Replication v11 step-by-step and video. Take advantage of continuous data protection (CDP) and immutable backups

Highlights

  • It is a major step forward for the Veeam product and Veeam continues to demonstrate why they dominate in the world of data protection in the enterprise virtualization space.
  • In this post, we will take a look at how to upgrade to Veeam Backup and Replication v11 and how to do this step-by-step.
  • The v11 release is a major release for Veeam and contains several innovative features compared to other solutions currently on the market.

Just a couple of days ago now at the time of this writing, Veeam Backup & Replication v11 was released. You can read my full write-up on the new features contained in this release contained here: Veeam Backup and Replication v11 Released New Features Download. It is a major step forward for the Veeam product and Veeam continues to demonstrate why they dominate in the world of data protection in the enterprise virtualization space. The v11 release is a major release for Veeam and contains several innovative features compared to other solutions currently on the market. No doubt you are chomping at the bit to upgrade your Veeam Server to v11. In this post, we will take a look at how to upgrade to Veeam Backup and Replication v11 and how to do this step-by-step.

How Veeam Backup and Replication v11 changes the game

Veeam is certainly distinguishing itself from other players in the backup and replication market with two of the new features offered with the v11 release. Those two standout features are:

  • Continuous Data Protection (CDP)
  • Hardened Linux Repositories with Immutable backups

Businesses today are looking even better ways to protect their data. It is becoming less acceptable to lose any data whatsoever as it is absolutely critical in today’s data-driven environments. With the new Continuous Data Protection (CDP) feature, Veeam is allowing businesses to essentially have near zero RPOs with the 15 second data protection for tier 1 workloads. This is an incredible new feature that most environments certainly have a use case to implement at least for some workloads.

Ransomware continues to threaten businesses today because it is absolutely effective at doing what it sets out to do – lock you out of your data. Ransomware is also getting smarter about affecting backup files, even seeking known backup files out (of which Veeam is certainly on the target list). If attackers destroy your only means to recover your data, you have no choice but to pay the ransom demanded.

With Veeam v11, Veeam is disrupting the easy path for attackers with hardened Linux repositories with immutable backups. Basically Veeam is bringing the S3 immutability to on-premises environments with Linux repositories. Immutability is a flag that can be set to say a certain set of files cannot be deleted, changed, or otherwise modified until the immutability flag time period has elapsed. This helps to ensure that even if ransomware gets access to your Veeam repositories running v11 hardened Linux repos, it will be impossible for these to be affected.

Upgrade to Veeam Backup and Replication v11

The first thing you will need to do is download the new Veeam Backup & Replication v11 ISO file. Download Veeam products here:

After downloading the v11 media, mount the ISO and run the setup.exe file as an administrator. The installer will recognize you already have Veeam installed and if an update needs to take place.

Choose to upgrade your veeam backup and replication server
Choose to upgrade your veeam backup and replication server

Next, accept the EULA.

Accept the eula for veeam backup and replication v11
Accept the eula for veeam backup and replication v11

The installer will display the currently installed product versions that are detected.

Review the currently installed veeam backup and replication components
Review the currently installed veeam backup and replication components

Next, provide a license file if you have a paid license. Otherwise, you can proceed with the community edition.

Provide your license for veeam v11 or choose the community edition
Provide your license for veeam v11 or choose the community edition

The system configuration check will display prerequisites for installing Veeam v11. As you can see below, the prerequisites have changed since v10 which I have installed. The new prerequisites include:

  • Microsoft .NET Core Runtime 3.1.10
  • Microsoft ASP .NET Core Shared Framework3.1.10

The installer makes it easy to add the missing components. Click the Install button to install the components.

Review the system configuration check and install missing components
Review the system configuration check and install missing components

After the components are installed, you should see all prerequisites met and everything showing “Passed.”

After installling the missing components for veeam backup and replication v11
After installing the missing components for veeam backup and replication v11

Choose your service account for the Veeam Backup & Replication service.

Choose the service account for the veeam backup and replication services
Choose the service account for the veeam backup and replication services

Select your SQL Server instance and database.

Choose the sql server instance for your veeam backup and replication instance
Choose the sql server instance for your veeam backup and replication instance

Confirm the database informational message by clicking OK.

Confirmation to connect to the specified database
Confirmation to connect to the specified database

Note the GFS changes that are made in Veeam Backup & Replication v11.

Gfs updates and changes with veeam v11
Gfs updates and changes with veeam v11

Choose whether you want to Update remote components automatically. Afterwards, click Install.

Update remote coponents automatically option with veeam backup and replication v11
Update remote components automatically option with Veeam backup and replication v11

After several minutes, you should get to the screen below – installation succeeded.

Veeam v11 installation finishes successfully
Veeam v11 installation finishes successfully

Afterwards, you should be able to check the version of your Veeam server in the VBR console and make sure everything has been upgraded successfully.

Video showing the Veeam Backup & Replication v11 upgrade

Checkout the video below where I show the process to upgrade your existing Veeam Backup & Replication environment to Veeam Backup & Replication v11.

Upgrade to Veeam Backup & Replication v11

Wrapping Up

The Upgrade to Veeam Backup and Replication v11 is a game changer for those who want to be able to take advantage of continuous data protection (CDP) and immutable backups for ransomware protection. As the post and video shows, the process to upgrade your environment is straightforward and is easily accomplished in just a short period. Be sure to stop back by for more Veeam v11 videos and content to come.

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Brandon Lee

Brandon Lee is the Senior Writer, Engineer and owner at Virtualizationhowto.com and has over two decades of experience in Information Technology. Having worked for numerous Fortune 500 companies as well as in various industries, Brandon has extensive experience in various IT segments and is a strong advocate for open source technologies. Brandon holds many industry certifications, loves the outdoors and spending time with family.

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