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Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5
User Guide for VMware vSphere

Platform Support

Veeam Backup & Replication provides support for the following versions of the VMware vSphere platform.

Virtual Infrastructure

Specification

Requirement

Platform

  • vSphere 6.x
  • vSphere 5.x
  • vSphere 4.1

Hypervisor

  • ESXi 6.x
  • ESXi 5.x
  • ESX(i) 4.1

Free ESXi is not supported. Veeam Backup & Replication leverages vSphere and vStorage APIs that are disabled by VMware in free ESXi.

Management Server
(optional)

  • vCenter Server 6.x (optional)
  • vCenter Server 5.x (optional)
  • vCenter Server 4.1 (optional)

VMs

Specification

Requirement

Virtual Hardware

  • All types and versions of virtual hardware are supported, including 62 TB VMDK.
  • Virtual machines with disks engaged in SCSI bus sharing are not supported, because VMware does not support snapshotting such VMs.
  • RDM virtual disks in physical mode, independent disks, and disks connected via in-guest iSCSI initiator are not supported, and are skipped from processing automatically. Network shares and mount points targeted to 3rd party storage devices are also skipped as these volumes/disks are not visible in the VM configuration file.

OS

  • All operating systems supported by VMware.
  • Application-aware processing for Microsoft Windows 2003 SP1 and later except Nano Server, due to the absence of VSS framework.

Software

  • VMware Tools (optional, recommended). VMware Tools are required for the following operations: application-aware processing, file-level restore from Microsoft Windows guest OS and SureBackup testing functions.
  • All latest OS service packs and patches (required for application-aware processing).

vCloud Director

Specification

Requirement

vCloud Director

vCloud Director 5.5, 5.6, 8.0, 8.10 (optional), 8.20

 

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 and later).

Linux

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

BSD

UFS, UFS2

Mac

HFS, HFS+ (volumes up to 2 TB)

Novell OES

File-level restore is supported for Novell Open Enterprise Server (Novell OES). Novell NetWare is not supported (Veeam Backup & Replication may fail to detect NSS volumes). 

AD-enabled NSS volumes on Open Enterprise Server 2015 are supported. Restore of NSS file/folder permissions is not supported.

Solaris

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

The FLR appliance uses module ZFSonLinux version 0.6.3. For this reason, Veeam Backup & Replication supports only those versions of pools and features that are available in ZFSonLinux version 0.6.3.

The multi-OS wizard works not only with basic disks, but also Linux LVM (Logical Volume Manager) and ZFS pools.

VM Guest OS Files Exclusion

Veeam Backup & Replication supports both basic and dynamic disks. Volumes on the dynamic disks must not be split — spanned, striped and other types of split volumes are not supported.

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