The VBO365 v3 Upgrade Journey

In case you missed it, v3 of Veeam Backup for Office 365 is released!

How exciting! So naturally, as soon as I got in to work this morning. I started on the Change Request document before we upgraded our demo lab.

Before you plan on upgrading, please make sure you comply with the System Requirements.

Nothing fancy but I like to cover all bases and old habits die hard (Thank you MSP days):

PS: Despite the colours, this is not an official document. It is a me thing and I use this to plan.

Backups, VeeamZIP and snapshot done for safety measure! That 3-2-1 feeling. Missing the offsite? SIKE! I have a copy of the VeeamZIP from the VBR server technically to a different network within our work environment.

Gotta warn those users still logged in even though you sent an email.

The Upgrade:

The install package on its own is pretty small. Only 26.5MB! Inside this lovely zip package is 3 components:

  • Veeam.Backup365_3.0.0.422
  • VeeamExplorerForExchange_3.0.0.422
  • VeeamExplorerForSharePoint_3.0.0.422

Program features that get installed/upgraded are are:

  • Veeam backup for Microsoft Office 365 Server
  • Veeam backup for Microsoft Office 365 Console
  • Veeam backup for Microsoft Office 365 Powershell

Friendly reminder

Little friendly reminder.

Very quick upgrade! I did have to reboot and make a minor change but it probably took 5 minutes if not less to complete this upgrade.

Oooo shiny and new!

Now to upgrade the components! In this instance, I only have repositories to upgrade so let’s just go ahead and upgrade it.

Please note, you may need to upgrade the below objects depending on your setup. Guide is HERE.:

  • Backup Repositories
  • Backup Proxies
  • Backup Jobs

The testing:

Security: You  can now add 2FA accounts! What’s good about this is that if you look at the second screenshot, you’ll notice that you can setup your credentials so they do not propagate to the Sharepoint and OneDrive. Which is good if you have a strictly monitored environment and the Sharepoint admins have locked down this environment.

Speed: So prior to the upgrade, my INCREMENTAL backup job took almost 20 minutes. After the upgrade, the full took only 9 minutes and the incremental only took 5! I’d test the restores but they were already pretty quick in the lab environment.

Reports: How cool is this? Some epic pre-configured reports for your perusal. They aren’t basic either. In fact, the License Usage even provides the users utilizing the licenses.

But wait, there is more!  Check out the new Powershell commands! This includes a new Repository Size Estimation cmdlet.

Commands used:

$organization = Get-VBOOrganization -Name “NameofOrganisationonVBR”
Measure-VBOOrganizationFullBackupSize -organization $organization

Other features include: Renaming organization, revoke licenses consumed by unnecessary users instantly instead of waiting for the 31 day period. For more details, check out the What’s new document HERE.