I have to say thank you to the guys over at Veeam Software for giving me a pre-release copy of Veeam’s new version of FastSCP, Veeam FastSCP 3.0. They have decided to make this pre-release copy available to a select few VMware virtualization professionals to play with before the final release is made available for download.
So what is FastSCP? Anyone who is familiar with SSH file copies, know that it can take some time to transfer files via SSH between Windows and Linux / ESX when using programs like WINSCP. The typical rate for a normal WINSCP file copy in my experience is about 4 -5 MB/s. Veeam FastSCP allows you to copy files using SSH at more like 30MB/s!
So, I’ve been using FastSCP 3.0 for a couple of days now and I have to say I like it. Not only does FastSCP now support ESX as well as ESXi servers, but it’s a lot more neatly presented. It seems to be a lot easier to use than previous versions. I remember about a year ago, I used one of the previous versions of FastSCP to copy a 105GB file from the SAN to a Windows Server. I clicked the file and dragged it to its new location, like you would do in Windows Explorer, but this time only to find that I’ve actually moved the whole file and not copied it. This is one of the silly little annoying things that have been sorted out in version 3.0.
Also, when adding a new server in Veeam FastSCP 3.0, the wizard asks you to provide web credentials to the ESX server. These credentials, I found, can be the root user as it accesses the server through port 443. This is new in version 3.0. Then only will it ask you for SSH access credentials. By default ESX 3 does not allow root access via SSH. As with previous versions of FastSCP, you may specify a non-root user and then elect to elevate to root privileges.
Veeam FastSCP 3.0 now also includes email notifications. You can elect to be notified on successful jobs, warnings and/or errors.
I am still waiting for my sources at Veeam to confirm the official public release date. I will post this info as soon as I get it.
For now, be on the lookout for Veeam FastSCP 3.0 release date. It’s free (as always) and it’s worth downloading.