Q: What are some of the benefits of parallel processing being enabled in Veeam v7?
Prior to version 7, Veeam would backup in a serial manner. This means, in order to process VMDK 2 you need to finish processing VMDK 1 also in order to process VM 2 you had to finish VM 1. Waiting for VMDK 1 or VM 1 to complete the backup process can delay the ability to finish the job quickly. So Veeam introduced parallel processing in version 7 which allows for multiple VMDK’s and VM’s to be processed and backed up at the same time (resources willing). No longer will Veeam have to wait for a task to finish on one VMDK\VM in order to begin processing the next. So, by now, I can only assume that you see where this can help Veeam’s backup process become more efficient!
Q: How do I enable parallel processing?
The answer to enabling parallel processing is quite simple. One thing to keep in mind is that this change is a global setting. Parallel processing will be used across the board and on every job which isn’t necessarily a bad thing but you will want to keep this in mind. If you happen to be a new Veeam v7 customer, then this feature is enabled by default. The need to enable this capability is strictly limited to users who has upgraded from previous versions.
To use this capability, on the Advanced tab of Veeam Backup & Replication Options, select the Enable parallel VM and virtual disk processing check box: