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If You Are Upgrading

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Upgrading to Veeam Backup & Replication 7.0 from previous versions is relatively straightforward: you simply run the upgrade, install the new components and have a working system. The upgrade checklist and procedure are described in the Release Notes document.

However, when planning for the upgrade, consider that Veeam Backup & Replication 7.0 introduces many new features. Though these features can drastically improve the performance of the environment, most of them are not enabled by default after an upgrade — in order to minimize the risk of affecting an already working environment. Thus, some planning and manual configuration steps will likely be required to get the most efficient use of these new capabilities.

After an upgrade from 6.x, parallel processing will be disabled on Veeam Backup & Replication options. Prior to enabling this feature after an upgrade, it is recommended that you read the Parallel Processing section of this guide and make sure you understand the impact this can have on the environment. When you are ready to enable this feature, open the Options menu, navigate to the Advanced tab and select the Enable parallel processing check box.

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Parallel processing is a global setting, so if configured, it will take effect for all backup & replication jobs.

The new data compression algorithm will be considered the default compression for any new jobs and will now be used as the Optimal compression level. For upgrades from 6.x and earlier versions that previously used Optimal compression, these jobs will now be labeled as High compression. If you wish to take full advantage of the improved performance of the new compression level, edit your previously created jobs to select Optimal compression, and the run an active full backup for these jobs.

If you are upgrading from previous versions of Veeam Backup & Replication, and your organization used to utilize 3rd party tape software tools to offload Veeam backup files to tape, it is recommended that you evaluate tape integration feature, since it may mitigate the need for 3rd party software.

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