Starting from Veeam Backup for Google Cloud version 5.0, you can upgrade backup appliances only in the Veeam Backup & Replication console. To perform upgrade of Veeam Backup for Google Cloud to version 5.0, the backup appliance must be running version 2.0 or later. To upgrade from earlier versions, you must first perform update to Veeam Backup for Google Cloud version 2.0 or later as described in section Installing Updates.
Before you upgrade the backup appliance, make sure that all backup policies are stopped and no restore tasks are currently executing. Otherwise, the upgrade process will interrupt the running activities, which may result in data loss.
To upgrade the backup appliance, do the following:
- Install Google Cloud Plug-in for Veeam Backup & Replication as described in section Deployment.
If you do not have a valid Veeam Backup & Replication license, you can download a 30-day trial version of the product.
- Add the backup appliance to the Veeam Backup & Replication infrastructure as described in section Connecting to Existing Appliances.
When connecting to the backup appliance, Veeam Backup & Replication will display a warning notifying you that the appliance must be upgraded. Acknowledge the warning to allow Veeam Backup & Replication to automatically upgrade the appliance to the necessary version.
When you add the backup appliance to the Veeam Backup & Replication infrastructure, the license installed on the appliance becomes invalid. Protected instances start consuming license units from the license installed on the Veeam Backup & Replication server. However, as soon as you remove the backup appliance from the Veeam Backup & Replication infrastructure, Veeam Backup for Google Cloud will continue using the license that had been used before you added the Veeam Backup for Google Cloud appliance to the Veeam Backup & Replication infrastructure.
For more information on licensing scenarios, see Scenarios.
- [This step applies only if the backup appliance has not been upgraded at step 2] Upgrade the backup appliance as described in the section Upgrading Appliances Using Console.
- After the upgrade process completes, you can remove the backup appliance from the Veeam Backup & Replication infrastructure, as described in section Removing Appliances, if you do not plan to further manage this appliance from the Veeam Backup & Replication console.
If you remove the backup appliance from the backup infrastructure, you will no longer be able to protect Cloud Spanner resources. For more information, see Integration with Veeam Backup & Replication.