In a few days, Veeam should release Veeam Backup and Replication version 9.5, which contains some significant improvements such as Nimble integration, Direct Restore to Microsoft Azure, VMware vCloud Director support, Microsoft 2016 Data center Technologies and more. Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 final version should be available by mid-November 2016. You can learn more about Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 new features here.
This article provides a step by step guide for an upgrade from Veeam B&R 9.0 to Veeam B&R 9.5 (version 18.104.22.1687, 22.214.171.1247, 126.96.36.1991, 188.8.131.527, 184.108.40.2068, 220.127.116.111, 18.104.22.1689, 22.214.171.1240, 126.96.36.1994 then 9.0, v9 Update 1 and 188.8.131.522 Update 2). If you need to install your Veeam Backup Server v9.5 you can follow this article.
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The first step is to realize a configuration backup of Veeam server (“Configuration Backup” menu on the screenshot below) and SQL database backup. If the Veeam Backup Server is deployed on a Virtual Machine, execute a backup of this VM with Veeam B&R or a snapshot.
When the backup is done, you can close Veeam software and restart the Windows server (reboot). Basically I recommend you to stop properly the 6 Veeam services before upgrading (services.msc).
Running the Installer:
Veeam B&R 9.5 Upgrade: You have to run the installation file “Setup.exe”.
If .NET Framework 4.5.2 is not installed, click on “OK” to install it.
Click “Reboot” to restart the Veeam server and clearing any locks on the Veeam services.
If your server contains both Veeam B&R and Veeam Enterprise Manager, it is required that you install Veeam Enterprise Manager first. Otherwise you can click on the “Veeam Backup & Replication Upgrade” window. .
Once wizard is launched, Accept the terms in the licence agreement and click on “Next” button.
A screen will appear and show the components that were previously installed. These products (Veeam Backup Catalog, Veeam Backup & Replication Server and Veeam Backup & Replication console, here: 184.108.40.2062) that will be upgraded in version 9.5. Click on “Next” button to proceed with the upgrade process.
The next screen will require the new license file. You can use the version 9 license file. If Enterprise Manager was already upgraded and is on the local machine, the new license file will already be applied by default.
A prompt will appear for the Service Account Credentials. It is strongly suggested adding a service account with permissions be used instead of the default domain administrator account. If the default domain admin was used, this is a great opportunity to create a new account. In my lab, I used a local administrator account. Click on “Next” button.
By default the option “Use existing instance of SQL Server” will be checked, and Veeam will detect the existing database in use. Click on “Next” button. Note: You can follow this post if you need to install Microsft SQL Server Standard version.
A prompt will appear, regarding connecting to the selected database. This will upgrade the existing database if an upgrade is needed, click “Yes”.
Veeam will prompt to install the upgrade, click “Install”.
The upgrade took about few minutes to complete.
Once the upgrade completed, a prompt appeared to finalize the installation. Click on “Finish” button.
When the upgradre is done, I recommend you to restart properly the Windows server (reboot). Click on “Yes” button.
Once the reboot completes and Veeam B&R software has been opened, a new authentification screen will appear. You can fill in the fields and click on “Connect”.
Upon opening Veeam, a prompt will appear to update all distributed components (especially transport and vPower NFS). Click on “Next” button.
Finally, when all components have been upgraded, you can click on “Finish” button.
Veeam B&R 9.5 does not require new job creation or any architecture changes for your existing backups and replication to work. If there are dedicated Veeam proxy servers in the environment, now is a good time to upgrade those servers, otherwise, Veeam is now ready to use. You can perceive the new user friendly interface.
There is a new nice option, you can change the color of your Veeam B&R interface!
Backup & Replication Console:
Here, you can also install the standalone console on your workstation that supports connecting to remote servers. Since v9, Veeam Backup & Replication console has been broken out from the Veeam B&R server. You have to run the same installation file “Setup.exe”, click on “Backup & Replication Console” and follow the installation wizard.
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You can learn more about Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 here.