Veeam Backup and Replication 7 and Support for VMware vSphere 5.5, Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2, and Windows 8.1

To the edge, the supported edge that is.

The Microsoft update cycle is really ramping up to annual releases of Windows and Windows Server. With that comes upgrades to other core infrastructure components such as for most of my clients VMware vSphere and Veeam Backup and Replication. As of today we begin ordering Windows Server 2012 R2 for clients production environments and that means they also need to upgrade their VMware vSphere infrastructure to 5.5. However, this cannot happen just yet and I will tell you why.

Veeam Backup and Replication version 7 has received its first patch, but take note it is not the compatibility patch we’ve been ready for. It is essentially a minor patch that address some of the issues with a new release.

Currently Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8.1, and vSphere 5.5 are not compatible with Veeam Backup and Replication v7 Patch 1. According to the data sheets below published on their web site the “compatibility” patch will be released in Q4 2013. On their web site it can be found to say late Q4 2013. I have heard some say it will be out toward the end of December. Today however I received a response on Twitter from @veeam where they said they will be delivering the update in November.

Here’s the data sheet on Veeam Backup and Replication 7 support for VMware vSphere 5.5.

Here’s the data sheet on Veeam Backup and Replication 7 support for Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1.

So, before you Veeam lovers go and roll out VMware vSphere 5.5, Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2, and Microsoft Windows 8.1 in your production environments be sure to make sure the next “compatibility” patch is released first so you can protect those precious VMs with the best protection around.


IT Pro Camp – Hyper-V Session Slides and Notes

Hyper-V_Session_Slides (PDF)


Above you can download the slides from my presentation this morning at the IT Pro Camp at Northwest Florida State College. I will be following up on this blog with some more information on the lab environment I demonstrated today, and some links that will supplement the content. Thank you for those of you that were able to attend.

Please feel free to request any specific content even video demonstrations in the lab via the comment section below. I am going to try to contribute some how-to videos before I destroy my lab environment. 

Resource Links

Comparison between Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 and VMware vSphere 5.5 Free, Essentials Plus, and Enterprise Plus:

Download Hyper-V Server for Free (2012 until October 18 and then 2012 R2:

Download Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT):
Windows 8.1
Windows 8
Windows 7

What is new with Failover Clustering in Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2:

Presenting on “Hyper-V Innovations for the SMB” next weekend. Featuring Hyper-V Server 2012 R2.


I am getting my presentation finished up for my session at the IT Pro Camp event at Northwest Florida State College next weekend and I am pretty stoked.

I will be looking at a virtualization solution from a cost, HA/DR/BC, and management standpoint. I will be showcasing how innovations to Hyper-V with Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 are changing the game for the SMB. Looking at VMware ESXi 5.5 free hypervisor and Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 free offering to see what value you can get out of them as an SMB. I will have a live lab demonstration with a Hyper-V 2012 R2 host cluster and will go over so many exciting features.

I will be posting my slide deck, possibly videos from the presentation, and a PDF with the details after the presentation. So check back after the October 5th!

If you are in the Northwest Florida area I hope you can make it to this free event at IT Pro Camp on October 5th.

IT Pro Camp Information and Registration