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Vembu BDRSuite v5.5.0 is GA! All You Should Know #Vembu #BCDR

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Organizations today have their data spread across a wide range of environments. This includes on-premises, public cloud, hybrid cloud, multi-cloud, and software as a service.

Having your data spread across so many different environments can lead to challenges when it comes to protecting that data. What’s more, traditional data protection solutions were never meant to protect business-critical data outside of the private data center. This leads to challenges not only in protecting and recovering your business-critical data but also meeting compliance objectives as well as security initiatives.

Vembu recently announced the general availability of BDRSuite v5.5.0, which offers manifold features and enhancements to meet the different needs of Diverse IT environments.

Introduction

Vembu BDRSuite is a comprehensive Backup and Disaster Recovery solution for virtual, physical, cloud, and SaaS applications. It’s designed to meet all the backup requirements of small, medium, and enterprise businesses. BDRSuite encompasses in it the required features to set up a complete backup and disaster recovery infrastructure in any organization.

Be it virtual environment back-ups like VMware Backup, Microsoft Hyper-V Backup, or legacy environment backups like Windows Server Backup, or Workstation backup, Vembu BDRSuite has been offering Backup & Recovery with their own file-system, VembuHIVE thereby easing the backup process, storage management since many years.

Recently Vembu released their latest BDRSuite v5.5.0 which includes many new features such as:

  • Support for VMware vSphere v8.x.
  • Google Cloud as Backup Repository.
  • ConnectWise Integration.
  • Backup and Recovery of VMware VM Templates.
  • Backup and Recovery of Google Workspace Shared Drive.
  • Backup and Recovery of Microsoft 365 Archive Mailbox.
  • Deduplication for Microsoft 365 User Mails.

Besides additional enhancements and improvements for their latest BDRSuite flagship product. For more information about these improvements, please check Vembu BDRSuite v5.5.0 – Release Notes.

Upgrade Vembu BDRSuite v5.5.0

If you want to upgrade to Vembu BDRSuite v5.5.0 from an older version, you need to make sure to upgrade first to v5.0 before upgrading to v5.5.0 GA.

Please refer to the following steps on how to upgrade from v5.0.0.3/v5.1.0/v5.2.0/v5.3.0/v5.3.0.1 to v5.5.0:

Step 1 – Upgrading BDRSuite Offsite DR Server

First, you need to download BDRSuite v5.5.0 Offsite DR Server for Windows or download BDRSuite v5.5.0 Offsite DR Server for Linux.

Once you download the latest version of the Windows Offsite DR Server. Right-click on the downloaded .exe build and select “Run as administrator”.

The Offsite DR Server installation wizard will be opened, then navigate through the installation wizard by clicking ‘Next‘, and clicking on ‘Yes’ to start the upgrade process.

Once the installation is completed click on ‘Finish‘ to close the wizard.

> Refer to the BDRSuite Offsite DR Server Windows installation guide for more information.

> Refer to the BDRSuite Offsite DR Server Linux installation guide for more information.

Step 2 – Upgrading BDRSuite Backup Server

The next step is to upgrade BDRSuite Backup Server.

You need to download BDRSuite v5.5.0 Backup Server for Windows or download BDRSuite v5.5.0 Backup Server for Linux.

Once you download the latest version of the Windows Backup Server. Right-click on the downloaded .exe build and select “Run as administrator”.

The BDRSuite Backup Server installation wizard will be opened, then navigate through the installation wizard by clicking ‘Next‘, and clicking on ‘Yes’ to start the upgrade process.

Upgrading BDRSuite Backup Server
Upgrading BDRSuite Backup Server

Once the installation is completed click on ‘Finish‘ to close the wizard and start the BDRSuite Backup Server application.

Completing the BDRSuite Backup Server v5.5.0 Setup
Completing the BDRSuite Backup Server v5.5.0 Setup

> Refer to the BDRSuite Backup Server Windows installation guide for more information.

> Refer to the BDRSuite Backup Server Linux installation guide for more information.

Step 3 – Upgrading BDRSuite Clients

The last step is to upgrade BDRSuite clients, this includes BDRSuite for VMware/Hyper-V/Windows and BDRSuite Client for Files & Applications.

In order to automatically upgrade the BDRSuite Clients, you have to download the necessary BDRSuite Client builds to the Backup Server and add them for automatic update.

With every version release of the BDRSuite, the BDRSuite client builds and an XML file is provided.

Follow the below steps to add the BDRSuite client builds and XML files for automatic updates.

Login into the BDR Backup Server web console, navigate to the “Data Sources > Manage BDR Clients > Software Updates” page, and click on “Add builds” as shown in the figure below.

BDRSuite Software Updates
BDRSuite Software Updates

Browse for the folder where you added the Client builds & their XML, and click on the “List Build File(s)”.

All the builds available in the selected folders will be listed. Select the required builds by selecting the checkbox alongside the respective build you wish to update, and click on “Add Build Files”.

Vembu BDRSuite Upgrade Overview

The BDRSuite of Vembu provides software updates as follows:

● Manual upgrade for BDRSuite Servers – BDRSuite Backup Server and Offsite DR Servers have to be manually upgraded when a new version is released. You can upgrade servers by downloading the latest build and performing the on-top installation.

● Automatic upgrade of BDRSuite Clients – BDRSuite Clients like BDRSuite Client for VMware/Hyper-V/Windows/Linux, and BDRSuite Client for Files & Application can be upgraded automatically by adding the latest client builds to the BDRSuite Backup server. All the clients will be automatically updated when it connects to the backup server for the next backup schedule.

Summary

In this article, we discussed what are the latest features announced in Vembu BDRSuite v5.5.0.

It is highly important that data needs to be backed up and there should be an effective Disaster Recovery plan in case of data threat or a catastrophe.

While data continues to grow and there is a number of technology providers who offer better and more comprehensive storage techniques to businesses, there has not been an alternative to the concept of backup.

While costs are a major factor for businesses, having a steady backup plan to counter data threats and compliance with strict regulatory standards such as the EU’s GDPR is necessary.

> learn more on how to protect backup data in Azure Blob using Vembu BDRSuite.

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Charbel Nemnom
Charbel Nemnom is a Senior Cloud Architect, Swiss Certified ICT Security Expert, Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP), and Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT). He has over 20 years of broad IT experience serving on and guiding technical teams to optimize the performance of mission-critical enterprise systems with extensive practical knowledge of complex systems build, network design, business continuity, and cloud security.

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