Vembu has released BDRSuite version 5.3 packed with many improvements that will make backup administrators’ job faster and easier. Vembu is releasing regular updates, and they have the intention to become a leader in the backup industry.
BDRSuite is a complete Backup & Disaster Recovery Solution. It covers all aspects of protecting modern IT environments. It supports VMware, Hyper-V Windows Disk-Image, AWS, Microsoft 365, and Google Workspace. BDRSuite v5.3 features centralized backup and recovery through a unified web console. It is designed in a way that you don’t need a manual and will become a backup master in no time.
Vembu BDRSuite 5.3 new features
The latest release, is packed with many features. Let’s dive in.
Centralized File Server and Endpoint Backups
One of the best features of the latest release is the Centralized File Server and Endpoint Backups. In past releases, Vembu used a separate standalone application that had to be installed on each client device so that backup could be configured and managed. In the latest release, Vembu revisited the way it handles agents and streamlined the complete experience. Now a lightweight agent is installed on the target client rather than a separate application. But that is not all. Now you can install an agent via the tab in the BDRSuite. That way, you make the process much faster and more elegant. Plus, you will save some space on the client.
Let’s take a look at how the process looks in the latest edition. In BDRSuite go to Tab – Endpoints, and continue to the Data Sources menu. There you have options Add Microsoft Windows (Files and Folders Backup), Add Linux (Files and Folders Backup), and Manage BDRSuite Agents.
When you add Windows or Linux Endpoints to the BDRSuite Server, you can add them in two ways. You can add them manually, or you can import them from CSV File if you have many clients.
You also have to specify credentials so that the lightweight backup agent can be pushed. Furthermore, you also have an option to choose to install the agent manually if you require to do so.
If you were used to protecting Windows Servers and Windows workstations by capturing an entire server/workstation/file server, you can now protect only file shares that are important to you.
Azure Blob as Backup Repository
In case you use or consider using Azure Blob, you will be glad to know that primary backup data and backup copy data can now be stored in Azure Blob storage directly and can in turn save you some time. One of the benefits of cheap Azure Blob is not only the price but the ability to use that storage as an immutable backup repository – just in case you are impacted by the ransomware and can’t restore from the local storage.
Active Directory Integration
BDRSuite Server now integrates with Active Directory for user management. You can import and add AD/LDAP users to the BDRSuite Backup Server and grant them different levels of access to the BDRSuite for easier user management and increased security of the Backup Server. Depending on the industry, your company may have to be in compliance with different industry regulations and AD integration is great for that purpose.
Integrity Check on VMware ESXi Server
You can now run the automated boot test on VMware ESXi hosts to confirm the recoverability of the backup machines. That feature will make recovery much more reliable.
Vembu BDRSuite v5.3 is not just a minor release, fixing a couple of bugs. It is packed with many enhancements, refinements, and improvements. It even has a couple of performance improvements like in the server rebuild process, and parallel processing of Microsoft 365 and Google Workspace users. You will also be able to download Microsoft 365 data in EML and MBOX format. If you are a Microsoft 365 user, you will also have an option to exclude Microsoft 365 mailbox folders from backup. I think that M365 and Google Workspace support is now almost bulletproof and has become great backup protection. There are also enhanced reports and enhanced backup progress.
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