Microsoft announced that it would change licensing for Windows Server 2016, “Standard” and “Datacenter” version. Licences is moving to per core, not per socket.
In a few days, Veeam should release Veeam Backup and Replication version 9 RTM, which contains some significant improvements such as Veeam Explorer for Oracle, EMC integration, Veeam Cloud Connect Replication, remote console, On-Demand Sanbox for storage snapshots and more. Final version should be available by mid-January 2016.
This article provides a step by step guide for an upgrade from Veeam B&R 8 to Veeam B&R 9 (version 22.214.171.1247, 126.96.36.1997, 188.8.131.521, 184.108.40.2067, 220.127.116.118, 18.104.22.1681, 22.214.171.1249, 126.96.36.1990 and 188.8.131.524). You can follow the article for Veeam B&R 7 but verify that you are running at least v7 patch 4 (184.108.40.2061).
Veeam released Veeam B&R 8 Update 3, which contains some significant improvements such as vSphere 6 Update 1 support and Windows 10 as guest VMs integration. You can find more information about the release here.
This article provides a step by step guide for an update from Veeam 8 (version 220.127.116.117, 18.104.22.1687, 22.214.171.1241, 126.96.36.1997, 188.8.131.528, 184.108.40.2061, 220.127.116.119 or 18.104.22.1680) to Veeam 8 Update 3 (version 22.214.171.1244).
Veeam published the upgrade rules from VMCE v7 & VMCE v8 certification to VMCE v9. VMCE 8 Certified Engineers will be provided, with a specific restricted access, to the free “What’s new V9” course online on the Veeam.com website. Then they will automatically upgrade their status to VMCE v9 once completed!
VMCE 7 certified engineers who did not upgrade to VMCE v8 will exceptionally be provided with a free “What’s new V9” online course. These students will then need to pass the VMCE 9 proctored exam at an available Pearson Vue test center to upgrade their certificate from VMCE v7 to VMCE v9. This must occur in the allowable certification maintenance time according to the certification rules below. Good luck. 🙂
In the upcoming Veeam Backup & Replication v9 release, Veeam announced some new features. Veeam B&R 9 should be available in Q4 of 2015.
On June 4, I was present at the “VeeamON Forum” in Paris. It was the first big event for availability of data and disaster recovery in Europe. Ratmir Timashev came for this event and did the welcoming speech in the plenary session!