Platform Support

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    Make sure platforms that you plan to use for various operations are supported.

    Veeam Backup & Replication provides support for the following versions of the Microsoft Hyper-V platform.

    Virtual Infrastructure

    Specification

    Requirement

    Platform

    • Microsoft Windows Server Semi-Annual Channel (from version 1803 to version 20H2)
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2019
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2016
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2012
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
    • Windows 10*

    Hypervisor

    • Windows Server Semi-Annual Channel (from version 1803 to version 20H2)
    • Windows Server Hyper-V 2019
    • Windows Server Hyper-V 2016
    • Windows Server Hyper-V 2012 R2
    • Windows Server Hyper-V 2012
    • Windows Server Hyper-V 2008 R2 SP1
    • Microsoft Hyper-V Server (free hypervisor) is supported

    Microsoft Nano Server with Hyper-V role installed cannot be added to the backup infrastructure as a managed server and no role can be assigned to it. However, you can back up and replicate such servers, but application-aware processing is not supported for them.

    Depending on your Windows Server version, some additional hot fixes not included in the Windows Update must be installed. For more information, see this Veeam KB article.

    Management Server (optional)

    • Microsoft PowerShell Engine 2.0 or higher (optional, enables networkless guest processing)
    • Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2019
    • Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 1807
    • Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 1801
    • Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2016
    • Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 R2
    • Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 SP1

    * Windows 10 is supported only as a target for Instant VM Recovery and as a host on which a virtual lab for SureBackup jobs can be created.

    VMs

    Specification

    Requirement

    Hardware

    • Supported virtual hardware versions are 5.0–9.2 (valid for Hyper-V 2016–2019).
    • Both Generation 1 and 2 virtual machines are supported, including 64 TB VHDX disks.
    • Pass-through virtual disks and guest disks connected through in-guest FC or iSCSI initiators are not supported for host-based backup. Such disks are skipped from processing automatically. If backup of these disks is required, use agent-based backup.
    • [For Hyper-V Server 1803 or later] Backup of VMs with VMPmemController is not supported.
    • [For Hyper-V 2012 R2 and earlier] Backup and replication of VMs whose data resides on a Hyper-V host volume of 64 TB and larger is not supported.
    • [For Hyper-V 2012 R2] Veeam Backup & Replication backs up shared VHDX disks in a crash-consistent state.
    • [For Hyper-V 2016 and later] Veeam Backup & Replication does not support processing of VMs with shared VHDX disks. You must change the disk format to VHD Set (VHDS).
    • [For Hyper-V 2016 and later] VMs with pass-through virtual disks cannot be processed due to Hyper-V 2016 checkpoints limitation.

    OS

    All operating systems supported by Hyper-V.

    Note: You can back up VMs of Hyper-V clusters in rolling upgrade. However, Veeam Backup & Replication does not use the Resilient Changed Tracking mechanism in such scenario. To perform backup with RCT enabled, make sure your Microsoft Hyper-V environment meets these requirements. It is recommended to complete the rolling upgrade within four weeks. For more information, see Microsoft Docs.

    Software

    Hyper-V integration components (optional, required for application-aware processing).

    Mind the following:

    • [For Hyper-V 2016 and later] Veeam Backup & Replication cannot interact with the guest OS of a shielded VM and get information about its OS, IP address and so on. For this reason, the following operations are not supported for shielded VMs:
      • Application-aware image processing
      • Restore of VM guest OS files to the original location
      • Restore of application items to the original location
    • [For Hyper-V 2016 and later] Shielded VMs can run only on trusted hosts guarded with the Host Guardian Service. Bear it in mind when selecting a target host for VM replication or VM restore. If the target host is not guarded with the same Host Guardian Service as the source host, you will not be able to power on the replicated or restored VM.
    • The two previous limitations also apply to Generation 1 of Microsoft Hyper-V VMs that use Key Storage Drive. For more information about Key Storage Drive, see Microsoft Docs.

    File-Level Restore 

    OS

    Supported File Systems

    Microsoft Windows

    • FAT, FAT32
    • NTFS
    • ReFS (ReFS is supported only if Veeam Backup & Replication is installed on Microsoft Windows Server 2012 or later).

    Windows file-level restore to original location is supported for Microsoft Windows 2008/Windows Vista or later except Nano Server.

    Linux

    • ext2, ext3, ext4
    • ReiserFS
    • JFS
    • XFS
    • Btrfs

    DRBD (Distributed Replicated Block Devices) are not supported.

    BSD

    UFS, UFS2

    Mac

    HFS, HFS+ (volumes up to 2 TB)

    Solaris

    • UFS
    • ZFS (except any pool versions of Oracle Solaris)

    The FLR appliance uses module ZFSonLinux version 0.7.0. For this reason, Veeam Backup & Replication supports only those versions of pools and features that are available in ZFSonLinux version 0.7.0.

    Consider the following:

    NAS Backup Support

    Veeam Backup & Replication supports backup of file shares from the following sources:

    Consider the following requirements and limitations:

    In NFS settings of the source file share, you must explicitly specify what servers will have access to the file share.

    1. When you are specifying access settings for the SMB file share, select the This share requires access credentials check box.
    2. Make sure that the account you use to access the file share is either added to the Backup Operators group or has the SeBackupPrivilege and SeRestorePrivilege privileges in Windows Server on the file share.

    For more information on NAS backup, see NAS Backup Support.

    Network

    Domain names of all managed servers added to the Veeam backup infrastructure and machines you want to back up must be resolvable into IPv4 addresses. 

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