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Future of Veeam MP

Post by D@ni » Jan 15, 2020 3:36 pm

Hi guys,

the last update of the Veeam MP (8.0 U6) was released more than one year ago (Aug. 30, 2018 to be exactly). We are wondering how the future of this product looks like?
There have been no improvements at all in more than one year. Even if MP8.0U6 is supported with the latest vSphere and SCOM version, we expect some new features, better speed and more security with this product.

Are there any news someone can share?
Are there other customers with more or less the same thoughts?

Many thanks in advance!

Cheers,
Daniel

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Re: Future of Veeam MP

Post by Alec King » Jan 15, 2020 4:10 pm 2 people like this post

We are currently building v9.0 of the Veeam MP for System Center. Planning to ship it later this year. Closer to the release we will confirm all the new fixes and features.
Hope that helps! :)

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Re: Future of Veeam MP

Post by wishr » Jan 15, 2020 4:51 pm 2 people like this post

Hi Daniel,

We would really appreciate it if you could share a bit more info on what features including those related to security you'd like to see in the next MP versions.

Thanks in advance!

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Re: Future of Veeam MP

Post by D@ni » Jan 17, 2020 12:55 pm 1 person likes this post

Hi guys,

Thank you very much for your quick answers! Following some points we discussed internally we would love to see in a future Veeam MP release:

- Security
o Collector Server now only work with NTLM as authentication protocol. Would be great to have Kerberos Support as we have disabled NTLM on all our Servers by default
o Collector UI (Web interface) works on custom Port 4430 instead of 80 or 443 (our security policies only allow "standard" ports for web applications by default)
o Collector UI (Web interface) works only with http instead of https (with custom certificate signed by our internal CA)

- Monitoring
o Basic Monitoring for other VMware Products like NSX Manager, vRNI, vRLI (would be enough to have just basic checks like http/s availability)
o The monitor “Datastore Unknown Files Analysis” should show the unknown files in the Alert Description. At the moment we have to search ourselves for the files or use other tools for that (like RVTools)
o Possibility of using multiple accounts for the Monitor “Run As Account for vCenter Failover functionality failed validation for one or more hosts” as we have one SCOM instance for three completely different vSphere environments
o More accuracy or Filter possibilities on the “Morning Coffee Dashboard” – now it shows all the different infrastructures as one infrastructure. However, we have much less load on our test environment than on the productive environment. So the numbers shown on the Dashboard are not really accurate/specific

- Performance
o Bit more speed for showing dashboards like “Morning Coffee”, “All Datastores” or “Cluster Capacity Forecast”

- Reporting
o A Report showing the load specific VMs (for example based by a vSphere Tag or a Folder within vCenter) generates in total -> This would help us showing our customers how much load their VM generates in total (for cost and support purposes)

I hope this helps a bit. I am looking forward to your feedback and the upcoming Veeam MP Version! :-)

Have a nice weekend,
Daniel

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Re: Future of Veeam MP

Post by wishr » Jan 17, 2020 1:10 pm

Hi Daniel,

Thanks a lot for sharing these. Great list. We've noted all of them and will discuss what can be done in the future.

I would like to specifically comment a few points/ask a few questions.
Collector Server now only work with NTLM as authentication protocol. Would be great to have Kerberos Support as we have disabled NTLM on all our Servers by default
- Could you please share the approach you have used to disable NTLM within your environment? Guides, configuration details, all the possible detailed information are welcome.
Collector UI (Web interface) works on custom Port 4430 instead of 80 or 443 (our security policies only allow "standard" ports for web applications by default)
- While this has not been tested by our QC team, currently, it should be possible to configure the ports on the Internet Information Services (IIS) end.
Collector UI (Web interface) works only with http instead of https (with custom certificate signed by our internal CA)
- While this has not been tested by our QC team, currently, it should be possible to upload a custom SSL certificate and then configure HTTPS and desired ports on the IIS end.
More accuracy or Filter possibilities on the “Morning Coffee Dashboard” – now it shows all the different infrastructures as one infrastructure. However, we have much less load on our test environment than on the productive environment. So the numbers shown on the Dashboard are not really accurate/specific.
- Have you tried to create a custom Morning Coffee Dashboard scoped down to each environment using our Infrastructure Summary widget and SCOM groups?
The monitor “Datastore Unknown Files Analysis” should show the unknown files in the Alert Description. At the moment we have to search ourselves for the files or use other tools for that (like RVTools)
- Have you tried using Scan Datastore for Unknown Files Task? If so, why it is not convenient for you?
Bit more speed for showing dashboards like “Morning Coffee”, “All Datastores” or “Cluster Capacity Forecast”
- Could you please clarify these a bit. If you had support requests opened regarding these difficulties, please let us know the corresponding case IDs so we could take a look at the details.

Thanks!

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