Unitrends Free 8.1 for Google Cloud Platform Release Notes

SUMMARY

Describes Unitrends Free for Google Cloud Platform features, requirements, and community resources.

DESCRIPTION

Unitrends Free for Google Cloud Platform is a virtual-only backup appliance that provides comprehensive data protection delivered through an intuitive user experience at no cost. We collaborated with Google Cloud Platform to provide low-cost, secure, and highly durable redundant storage of backup copies on Google Cloud Storage. With Unitrends Free for Google Cloud Platform, you can protect up to 1.5 TB of unique VM data, and there are no limits on retention, the number of VMs you can protect, or the number of sockets.

Unitrends Free for Google Cloud Platform deploys as a Linux-based VMware or Hyper-V virtual machine. The appliance performs hypervisor-level backups of the virtual machines you choose to protect.

This document describes Unitrends Free for Google Cloud Platform features, requirements, and community resources.

These features, requirements, and community resources are available for Unitrends Free for Google Cloud Platform:

  • Protect and recover for free.
You will never have to pay for Unitrends Free for Google Cloud Platform. If you decide to purchase a full version of our Unitrends Enterprise Backup virtual appliance, which offers a wide range of advanced data protection features for physical and virtual machines, you will be able to migrate your backups from the Unitrends Free for Google Cloud Platform appliance.
  • Quick and easy deployment.
At less than 1GB, downloading Unitrends Free for Google Cloud Platform is fast. Once downloaded, the Unitrends Free for Google Cloud Platform installer eliminates the guesswork by automating deployment.
  • Appliance setup in seconds.
Getting started is easy with our 3-step setup wizard.
  • Intuitive interface.
Unitrends Free for Google Cloud Platform introduces an intuitive interface that greatly simplifies the process of protecting and recovering your data. The new UI is a work in progress and we value your feedback. Please use the Unitrends Community button in the UI to let us know what you like and dislike, request features, and provide any feedback to help us improve your experience. We also encourage you to participate in the discussions in our Unitrends Free forums.
  • Protection and recovery made simple.
  • Protect up to 1.0 TB of unique VM data, with no limits on the number of VMs you can protect and no constraints on the number of sockets.
  • Schedule fast, incremental forever backups for daily recovery points. Changed-block tracking and incremental forever backups ensure your backups complete quickly and consume minimal storage space, since only changed data is processed after the first backup completes.
  • Recover files and VMs in just a few clicks. Use instant VM recovery to quickly run a virtual machine from a backup and minimize downtime.
  • Easily monitor backup, backup copy, and recovery jobs using a dashboard of interactive tiles.
  • Cloud integration.
Copy backups to Google Cloud Storage for longer-term data protection and disaster recovery.
  • Unitrends community integration.
Get Unitrending to stay in sync with the Unitrends Free community forums and Knowledge Base. The community forums are directly integrated into the user interface, allowing you to search the forum and work with our community easily. For details, see Support for Unitrends Free for Google Cloud Platform.
You can deploy Unitrends Free for Google Cloud Platform on an ESX or Hyper-V host. It is recommended that you run your appliance and the VMs it is protecting on different hosts to avoid losing your VMs and their backups if one of the hosts fails. See the following topics for requirements and considerations:
You can deploy Unitrends Free for Google Cloud Platform on a server running paid versions of ESXi 5.0, 5.1, 5.5, or 6.0. The appliance is deployed using an .EXE installer. You must run the installer from a Windows machine on which both .NET Framework 3.5 and 4 have been installed. For details, see the following Microsoft documents:
You can deploy Unitrends Free for Google Cloud Platform on:
  • Windows Server 2012 or 2012 R2 with the Hyper-V role enabled
  • Hyper-V Server 2012 or 2012 R2
The appliance is deployed using an .EXE installer that you must run from the Hyper-V host on which you will deploy the appliance. Both .NET Framework 3.5 and 4 must be installed on the server. For details, see the following Microsoft documents:
Once deployed, you must install the Unitrends Hyper-V agent on the host prior to adding the host to the appliance. You can access the agent from the Unitrends Free for Google Cloud Platform download page. The file name for the agent is Hyper-V Host Agent.msi.

Storage requirements
In addition to the hypervisor requirements, the following resources are required to deploy the Unitrends Free for Google Cloud Platform VM appliance:
  • A minimum of 2 virtual processors (CPUs)
  • A minimum of 4GB of RAM
  • 90GB of space for the VM's initial disk
  • At least 128GB of backup storage
Support for Unitrends Free for Google Cloud Platform
Support for Unitrends Free for Google Cloud Platform is provided through the following resources:
The forums are a key component of Unitrends Free for Google Cloud Platform. We encourage you to post questions in the forums and answer questions posted by other Unitrends Free users. Forums are moderated by Unitrends employees. You can access the forums here: https://unitrends-support.force.com/UnitrendsFree/s/.
The Unitrends Free for Google Cloud Platform Administrator's Guide provides complete instructions for deploying, setting up, and using Unitrends Free for Google Cloud Platform. If you have questions that are not covered in the guide, please search the forums or post your questions. For assistance with troubleshooting, see our Knowledge Base. In addition, if something seems incorrect or missing from the Administrator's Guide, please let us know by submitting feedback using the Unitrends Community button.

Unitrends Free for Google Cloud Platform tour
After you complete the Quick Setup dialog, a short tour guides you through the necessary steps to begin protecting your VMs.

Knowledge Base articles
Articles in our Knowledge Base provide assistance with troubleshooting. If you encounter a problem that is not covered in a Knowledge Base article, we encourage you to search the forums or post a question. You can access KB articles and forum discussions here:
https://unitrends-support.force.com/UnitrendsFree/s/

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