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Oct 04

Veeam Backup for Office 365 v1.5 Overview

Yesterday, Veeam released Backup for Microsoft Office 365 v1.5. Organizations have a solution to many of their business requirements, challenges, and requests (backup online, backup of Exchange on-premise, VBO proxy deployment, REST API and GUI, new support for regions such as German, Chinese, US government etc., worker threads / bandwidth limit, scheduling changes). Service providers are now given the ability to build-out a new Backup as a Service solution for their customers’ Office 365 email data (post of Mike Resseler).


New features and enhancements (source: Virtualisation is Life – Anthony Spiteri):

  • Distributed, scalable architecture: Enhanced scalability in distributed environments with several Remote Offices/Branch Offices and in service providers infrastructures
  • Backup proxies: take the workload off the management server, providing flexible throttling policy settings for performance optimization.
  • Support for multiple repositories: Streamlines data backup and restore processes.
  • Support for backup and restore of on-premises and hybrid Exchange organizations: Allows a variety of configurations and usage scenarios and implement those that meet your particular needs.
  • Increased performance: Restore operations allows for up to 5 times faster restores than in v1.0.
  • Restore of multiple datastore mailboxes using Veeam Explorer for Microsoft Exchange: simplifies workflow and minimizes workload for restore operators, as well as 1-Click restore of a mailbox to the original location.
  • RESTful API and PowerShell cmdlets: Helpful for automation of routine tasks and integration into existing or new portals.
  • UI Enhancements: Including main window, wizards, dialogs, and other elements, facilitating administration of the solution.


System Requirements for Server:

  • CPU: any modern multi-core x64 processor, 4 cores minimum,
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM minimum. Additional RAM improves backup, restore and search performance,
  • Disk Space: 500 MB for product installation and additional free disk space for archives depending on the amount of mailboxes, their change rate, and the retention policy,
  • Only 64-bit version of the following operating systems are supported (Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, 2012, 2012 R2 & 2016 – Windows 10, 8x, 7 SP1),
  • Softwares: Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5.2 or later, Update for Universal C Runtime (CRT) in Windows, MS Outlook 2010 or ltater (64 bit) for PST exports and PowerShell 2.0 or 4.0 (recommended).


System Requirements for Proxy:

  • CPU: any modern multi-core x64 processor, 4 cores minimum,
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM minimum. Additional RAM improves backup, restore and search performance,
  • Only 64-bit version of the following operating systems are supported (Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, 2012, 2012 R2 & 2016 – Windows 10, 8x, 7 SP1),
  • Softwares: Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5.2 or later and Update for Universal C Runtime (CRT) in Windows.


System Requirements for Backup Target:

  • Local (internal) storage of the backup server,
  • DAS (Direct Attached Storage) connected to the backup server (includes external USB/eSATA drived and RDM volume),
  • SAN (Storage Area Network), the server must be connected to the SAN fabric via hardware or virtual HBA or software iSCSI initiator,
  • SMB 3.0 share (experimental support).

Note: Storage volumes hosting archive repository must be formatted with NTFS or REFS system.



Upgrading Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365:

Upgrade is supported only for product version 1.0 and 1.0 Update 1 (Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 build 1.0.0.912, Veeam Explorer for Microsoft Exchange – build 9.5.0.912).
No upgrade options will be supported for beta versions of the program. To prepare for upgrade to v1.5, follow the instructions provided in the “Upgrading the Program” section of the User Guide. Remember that both components should be upgraded:

  • Run the Veeam Backup Office365 setup from the downloaded archive,
  • Run the Veeam Explorer for Microsoft Exchange setup from the downloaded archive.

Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 version 1.5 allows you to upgrade certain repositories using the Upgrade Repository command. For example, if you add a v1.0 repository to v1.5 management server, this repository will be displayed in the navigation tree as an Out of date object. Select this object and run the Upgrade Repository command for it. The progress indicator (in percent) for repository upgrade will be shown in the preview pane.
When the upgrade is completed, this repository will be displayed in the navigation tree as usual.


VBO Server:

  • Connection via SHell, VEX, PowerShell, RESTful API, Proxy,
  • Install/manages proxy,
  • Push jobs to the proxies,
  • Licensing server,
  • Specifiy mailbox folders to exclude from backup (deleted items, drafts, junk emails, outlook, sync issues…),
  • History: notifications email et Backup proxy status notification.

The release version of Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 is available for download here.


You can learn more about Veeam Backup for Office 365 v1.5 and v2 new features here.


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