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Most of you have notice that there was a page on Veeam site (Something Awesome is coming) with a countdown: on June 4th they have announcing *something*.

It’s the new version of Veeam Backup & Replication 6.1 that add several enhancements from the v6.0:

  • VeeamZIP: a new capability for performing ad-hoc backups. In many ways, it functions like a zip utility for VMs. For this reason, it’s called VeeamZIP™.
  • New console with a “Ribbon Design”: while wizards and dialogs (which account for 90% of the user interface) haven’t changed, it’s now easier to get to them.
  • vPower for Hyper-V: v6.1 extends Veeam’s patent-pending vPower® technology—as well as Instant VM Recovery—to Hyper-V. vPower runs a VM directly from a compressed and deduplicated backup file on regular backup storage. You can run a VM from any restore point (full or incremental), without changing the backup. vPower enables Instant VM Recovery, which lets you restart a failed VM from a regular backup in as little as 2 minutes.
  • Additional enhancements: in Intelligent load balancing, Engine, Backup, Replication, VM copy, VM migration, File-level restore, User interface…

But probably the most interesting point is the Veeam Backup Free Edition, that replace the “old” FastSCP free tool. The free mode provides a subset of the functionality in the full (paid) editions of Veeam Backup & Replication, including VM and file recovery. So if you ever need to perform a restore but don’t have access to a Veeam backup server, you can simply download and install Veeam Backup Free Edition. You don’t need a license key, and you can recover VMs, VM files and guest files. The new VeeamZIP capability is the backup method of this edition.
Veeam Backup Free Edition also includes file management capabilities. For this reason, it is sometimes referred to as “the New FastSCP™.


Virtualization, Cloud and Storage Architect. Tech Field delegate. VMUG IT Co-Founder and board member. VMware VMTN Moderator and vExpert 2010-24. Dell TechCenter Rockstar 2014-15. Microsoft MVP 2014-16. Veeam Vanguard 2015-23. Nutanix NTC 2014-20. Several certifications including: VCDX-DCV, VCP-DCV/DT/Cloud, VCAP-DCA/DCD/CIA/CID/DTA/DTD, MCSA, MCSE, MCITP, CCA, NPP.