Feature Request - couple of new ideas

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Feature Request - couple of new ideas

Veeam Logoby CharlieKPoland » Sun Dec 28, 2014 2:15 pm

Hi

I installed your software and I have new ideas and concerns :)

1. There is setting at configuration: show time or show size of made backups at welcome scree. But why not to add these two informations together ? Divide every column into two: Left column - time, right - size. And we have everything important in one view :)

I attach my idea screen preview to better show what I exactly mean 8) Image

2. During first creation of Recovery Media System is not asking us where to plasce image file when whe choose creation to image. I looked at then found where it was saved (=>Documents). I would prefer to have possibility where to place that file. At least - show clickable path to the file at the end. Just to open this folder containing that .iso file.

3. ISO Recovery file should be secured with password for opening that file, because it contains sensitive data. Actually it is not, because I could open .ISO file archive without any problems and password asking.

4. When backup job is axctually making - I would appreciate for additional info like:

"Aproximated end of job at 2h 35 min"

5. I was dissappointed I could not add as my target of backup - mapped with letter network share. Only UNC path and local hardware drives letter. Why not N: drive (my letter of mapped network share of virtualize host PC) for instance ?

6. Block deduplication needed for big and frequent backups... :?


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In general I like your tool, I find it easy and efficient. Good job guys ! :)
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Re: Feature Request - couple of new ideas

Veeam Logoby Gostev » Sun Dec 28, 2014 11:03 pm

Hello, and thank you for your feedback!

1. Good idea.

2. Second step of the Recovery Media wizard does ask you to specify both name and location of the ISO.

3. I don't understand what are you saying here. Can you please explain?

4. Yes, this one is already in the pipeline.

5. Mapped drives are user-specific setting (stored in HKCU), and they are only available when a user is actually logged on to the computer. I guess what we could do is resolve mapped drive to UNC path at the time when you specify it. However, in the configuration we still have to store UNC path and username/password, as opposed to a mapped drive.

6. You will not get any dedupe within the same desktop. And especially with forever-incremental backups, because they grab changes only.

Thanks again.
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Re: Feature Request - couple of new ideas

Veeam Logoby Dima P. » Sun Dec 28, 2014 11:23 pm

CharlieKPoland,
3. ISO Recovery file should be secured with password for opening that file, because it contains sensitive data. Actually it is not, because I could open .ISO file archive without any problems and password asking.

Recovery ISO does not contain any sensitive information - it only collects hardware drivers from the OS.
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Re: Feature Request - couple of new ideas

Veeam Logoby CharlieKPoland » Mon Dec 29, 2014 9:14 am

As I good remember your youtube training - this .ISO contains functionality to reset Admin password. And detailes about partitions - used to recovery data in any case. So access to this data should be secured with password in my opinion to avoid stealing (it can be only copy) of such ISO file to enter my PC when I don't want anybody access it.
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Re: Feature Request - couple of new ideas

Veeam Logoby Dima P. » Mon Dec 29, 2014 1:48 pm

detailes about partitions - used to recovery data in any case

It’s collected from the backup file, which is not a part of the recovery media. From the top of my head backup and recovery media could be located within the same USB drive (on separate partitions), but in such case windows built-in Bitlocker can be used
functionality to reset Admin password

It does not store or use the existing admin password
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Re: Feature Request - couple of new ideas

Veeam Logoby Gostev » Mon Dec 29, 2014 11:42 pm

And yes, you can enter any PC with this ISO (which is why physical security is so important).
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Re: Feature Request - couple of new ideas

Veeam Logoby CharlieKPoland » Tue Dec 30, 2014 8:57 am

Refering to first, welcome screen - is possibility that user will see older values, than last 7 positions visible on welcome screen ? Maybe via any logs or something ?
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Re: Feature Request - couple of new ideas

Veeam Logoby Dima P. » Tue Dec 30, 2014 12:00 pm

older values, than last 7 positions visible on welcome screen ? Maybe via any logs or something ?

Not within the UI, but I guess you can use logs (C:\ProgramData\Veeam).
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Re: Feature Request - couple of new ideas

Veeam Logoby Vitaliy S. » Tue Dec 30, 2014 1:30 pm

CharlieKPoland wrote:is possibility that user will see older values, than last 7 positions visible on welcome screen ? Maybe via any logs or something ?

Can you please clarify how would you like to use this data later? Probably you need some kind of reporting functionality, just trying to understand the scenario.
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Re: Feature Request - couple of new ideas

Veeam Logoby CharlieKPoland » Wed Dec 31, 2014 3:16 am

Just simply. I need to check how ma backup is making. To see if I have clear and safe sittuation with previous backups or my backups are preparing incidentally correctly, but in general - for example not. So usual checking older backup logs... Visual format suites me best, but text log, if it is in understandable form - is will be also ok as for me.
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Re: Feature Request - couple of new ideas

Veeam Logoby Dima P. » Fri Jan 02, 2015 5:56 pm

By the way - you can see all existing valid restore points listed if you open any recovery wizard.
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Re: Feature Request - couple of new ideas

Veeam Logoby CharlieKPoland » Sat Jan 03, 2015 12:47 pm

Are we talking about application whoch can be only manually found in Veeam catalog: C:\Program Files\Veeam\EndPoint Backup\Veeam.EndPoint.Recovery.exe ? In fact - they are :)
BTW - I would appreciate if you add link to that application from welcome screen (next to "backup now - add restore now ?).
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Re: Feature Request - couple of new ideas

Veeam Logoby CharlieKPoland » Sat Jan 03, 2015 12:54 pm

BTW, what will happen if at configuration I will have for example keeping only 3 days recovery points history, but during these days Veeam was not able to make full backup ? If previous full backup was for example 7 days old - will be then deleted or not ?
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Re: Feature Request - couple of new ideas

Veeam Logoby Dima P. » Mon Jan 05, 2015 1:32 am

Hello CharlieKPoland,
I would appreciate if you add link to that application from welcome screen (next to "backup now - add restore now ?).

You can click any column on the chart in the Status tab of the Control Panel and launch File or Volume restore from there.
3 days recovery points history, but during these days Veeam was not able to make full backup ? If previous full backup was for example 7 days old - will be then deleted or not ?

Good question - all the restore points should be retired then, that’s why it is important to set the retention policy and backup schedule carefully or to keep the set default. However, in your scenario I can think of only two reasons why backup is failing so frequently: either the user cancels it or target repository (NAS/USB drive) is disconnected (if second then restore points are safe from the retention mechanism).

Side note - full backup is taken only during first job run, all the further restore points are increments. When the first full backup is retired - it is merged into increment and become a new full. Thank you.
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Re: Feature Request - couple of new ideas

Veeam Logoby CharlieKPoland » Fri Jan 09, 2015 3:12 am

What do you mean "full backup is retired" - deleting .vbk file is retiring or are we talking about other procedure ?
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