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Veeam has introduced Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 in November 2016, and it became a great success because it’s simple, light, fast to deploy and the restore process remain quite the same of Veeam Backup & Replication with the powerful granular restore.

Version 2.0 was a huge milestone with the support both for SharePoint and OneDrive (Business).

Version 3.0 (April 2019) improves the backup speed of SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business incremental backups by integrating with the native Change API for Microsoft Office 365.

Now it’s the the turn of the new Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 v4.0 that adds new options in the backup target adding native object storage support.

Any object storage system compatible with the requirements of the Veeam Ready Object program is supported.

Backup can be performed to the following storage systems accessible from a Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 management server or a backup proxy:

  • Local folder on a backup proxy.
  • Direct Attached Storage (DAS) connected to the management server or backup proxy, including external USB/eSATA drives and raw device mapping (RDM) volumes.
  • Storage Area Network (SAN). Management server or backup proxy must be connected to the SAN fabric via hardware or virtual HBA, or software iSCSI initiator.
  • SMB 3.0 share (experimental support). Management server’s or backup proxy’s computer account must have Read/Write permissions to work with the network share.
  • Amazon S3 object storage (new)
  • Microsoft Azure Blob storage (new)
  • IBM Cloud Object Storage (new)
  • S3 compatible object storage systems, including Cloudian, MinIO, SwiftStack Storage and Wasabi S3. (new)

A backup repository will be extended with the specific object storage and backups will be off-loaded directly to object storage!

Once you configure a backup repository to offload data, it will consist of two parts:

  • Local folder, which contains metadata (JET DB)
  • Object storage, which contains the metadata and backups

For more information see: Object storage in NEW Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 v4

Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 v4.0 can be installed on one of those 64-bit version of the following operating systems:

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2019
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2016
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
  • Microsoft Windows 10
  • Microsoft Windows 8.x
  • Microsoft Windows 7 SP1

Also, Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 server can be deployed on the following core editions:

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2019
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2016 LTSC, 1709
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2

Note that Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 mail backup is supported not only for Microsoft Office 365 Exchange Online but also for on-prem Microsoft Exchange 2019, 2016 or 2013.

And SharePoint backup is supported for Microsoft Office 365 SharePoint Online and Microsoft SharePoint 2019 or 2016.

For more information see the release notes.

The release version of Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 4.0 is available for download at: https://www.veeam.com/backup-microsoft-office-365-download.html starting from November 26, 2019.

Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 application upgrade to version 4.0 is supported for the following versions:

  • Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 2.0 (product builds 2.0.0.567, 2.0.0.594 and 2.0.0.814).
  • Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 3.0 (product builds 3.0.0.422).

Before any upgrade, consider the following:

  • All modifications made to the Config.xml file manually will be lost.
  • Upgrade of backup jobs created with version 2.0 is only required if these jobs contain Microsoft SharePoint sites.
  • Backup jobs that have not been upgraded to Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 version 2.0 will be removed.

For example, if you are still using Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 version 1.5 or 1.0 and have not upgraded to version 2.0 prior to upgrading to version 4.0.

To upgrade Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365, install Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 version 4.0, as described in the following sections:

Then upgrade all the outdated components.

Andrea MauroAbout Andrea Mauro (3104 Posts)

Virtualization, Cloud and Storage Architect. Tech Field delegate. VMUG IT Co-Founder and board member. VMware VMTN Moderator and vExpert 2010-18. Dell TechCenter Rockstar 2014-15. Microsoft MVP 2014-16. Veeam Vanguard 2015-18. Nutanix NTC 2014-18. PernixPro 2014-16. Several certifications including: VCDX-DCV, VCP-DCV/DT/Cloud, VCAP-DCA/DCD/CIA/CID/DTA/DTD, MCSA, MCSE, MCITP, CCA, NPP.


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