VM Explorer is a well-known product to my readers, and I had a pleasure to cover VM Explorer's features during a number of occasions. The product has evolved from small, very simple and easy to deploy, into something which is now more robust, more “enterprise” class product. The latest release was VM Explorer 6.6 adds tighter integration with HPE StoreOnce Catalyst, adds support for Microsoft Exchange Server 2016 CU5 and also increases size limit for backups to Microsoft Azure.
The Recent acquisition by Microfocus software does not change much on the fact that the product continues its development by packing more features in. That's the goal of every software vendor. Probably every backup software is now compatible with VMware vSphere 6.5 (VM Explorer is since 6.3 release), and with a slower pace, features are brought in with every new release. Let's have a look what's new in VM Explorer 6.6.
Most of the enhancements are targetting HPE StoreOnce Catalyst, where you are now able to perform:
- A FileLevel Restore – now with StoreOnce Catalyst backup you have a possibility to do a file level restore.
- Microsoft ExchangeServer Granular Recovery – via Extension – now you have a possibility to recover individual e-mails from a backup of VM which contains Exchange Server backup stored on HPE StoreOnce Catalyst store.
- Instant VM Recovery (IVMR) – StoreOnce now supported. The feature is identical to the instant recovery of a VM from other storage targets.
Other features and enhancements:
- Increased size limit for backups to Microsoft Azure – You can now perform backup & restore operations of up to 4.7 terabytes per file when using Microsoft Azure.
- Microsoft ExchangeServer 2016 CU5 support –
- New Troubleshooting section in the HPE VMExplorer within the user guide.
Note that VM Explorer has 3 different licensing options and is licensed by physical CPU sockets within hypervisor hosts. There are few different licensing packs available:
- HPE VM Explorer Professional Edition Starter Pack includes the license to use (LTU) for 4 (four) CPU sockets.
- HPE VM Explorer Enterprise Edition Starter Pack includes the license to use (LTU) for 6 (six) CPU sockets.
Either HPE VM Explorer Professional Edition Starter Pack or HPE VM Explorer Enterprise Edition Starter Pack is obligatory. Individual CPU Socket additions are applied on top of Starter Packs.
VM Explorer works for mixed environments, VMware and Hyper-V. VM Explorer is now part of Micro Focus Software. You can have a look at the different licensing options and (or) download the trial at the VM Explorer product page.
A few months back we explored the different product settings and configuration options with our post called HPE VM Explorer Product Settings. You might be interested to know that you can, for example, export a configuration file (with a possibility to encrypt the config as well). You might want to store in a secure location in case you’ll need to reinstall the server. This simply avoids doing the whole config once again. Good option IMHO.
Or you might be looking at the new reporting API. To enable reporting API and also keys management, there is a single checkbox. You’re prompted to configure your client with the information present through the screen, as you won’t be able to see it again.
Microsoft Active Directory (AD) integration allows multi-level administration where you can assign existing users from your AD to a different group within VM Explorer. For example, you have a choice between Administrator, Scheduled Task Operator, Restore Task Operator, Tasks Viewer or Guest. This gives enough flexibility for IT teams where you have no reason to give everyone the “administrator” privilege.
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Worth to note that the product allows generating debug report or access the VM explorer program log.
VM Explorer can backup to the cloud as well. You can set up your backup target any of the provided cloud options. As a choice, you have Amazon S3, Rackspace, Microsoft Azure and OpenStack. The integration is direct, native, without an intermediary gateway. Support of single item recovery.
More posts about HPE VM Explorer on ESX Virtualization:
- Web-Based Interface Only for HPE VM Explorer 6.2
- HPE/Trilead VM Explorer – Backup your first VM
- HPE VM Explorer with StoreOnce – Get 1TB of Deduplicated Storage for Free
- HPE VM Explorer 6.3 now compatible with vSphere 6.5
- HPE VM Explorer Product Settings
- HPE VM Explorer Free version for VMware and Hyper-V
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