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Additional New Features

Table of Contents

Deployment

CommCell Management

Server and MediaAgent

Media Management

Data Management

Backup Agents

Archiving Agents

Deduplication

Virtualization

Snapshot Management

Edge Endpoint Solutions

Reports

Cloud Services

Disaster Recovery

Analytics

Tools and Utilities

The additional features and enhancements in this release, which are not listed on the New Features page are listed here, with a link to full documentation for the feature.

Deployment

Repair Client Installations

You can now repair Commvault installations on any Windows client from the CommCell Console, even when you cannot reach the client because of problems with the CVD service. Repair operations are useful when binary corruptions or service corruptions occur on the client.

Repairing Installations

Support for Key-Based Authentication Login Using SSH for Remote Installations

You can now use a Secure Shell (SSH) key file to log on to UNIX computers during remote installations from the CommCell Console.

Installer: Enter Account Information

CommCell Management

Cloud MediaAgent Power Management

You can enable power management for MediaAgents that are hosted in the cloud.

When you enable power management, the system automatically turns on the MediaAgent for various operations. After an operation is complete, the system turns off the MediaAgent.

Power management decreases costs, because the virtual machines are automatically turned off when they are not used.

More Information

Cloud MediaAgent Power Management

Support for Additional Settings at the User, User Groups, and Domain Levels

You can set CommServDB.Console additional settings at the user, user group, and domain levels. This gives administrators the ability to fine tune options such as a user's access to a feature. 

Add Action Tokens to Alert Email Notifications

You can add action tokens to your alert email notifications so that the emails include an action that users can take. The action is based on the workflow that you associate with the action token.

Adding Action Tokens to Alert Notifications

Support for RADIUS and JumpCloud

You can add a RADIUS server or a JumpCloud domain to authenticate users.

 Log Monitoring for the MiFID Logs

You can monitor Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) logs in your environment using a MiFID log monitoring policy. You associate the file system agent subclient that contains MiFID logs with the MiFID log monitoring policy. You use the Log Monitoring application to analyze the logs.

Configuring a Monitoring Policy for MiFID Logs

Support for Data Interface Pairs (DIPs) for Client Groups

Data Interface Pairs (DIPs) are now supported between a client group and individual client computers.

DIP support for client groups reduces the administrative effort required if, for example, you want a group of clients to all use a particular high-speed network interface on a MediaAgent to transmit data. In enterprise environments, you can set up one MediaAgent to transmit large Reference Copy jobs to other multiple MediaAgents simultaneously.

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Remote Client Access Using Commvault Tunnels

Configuring client-to-client connectivity is now easier and more flexible. With this feature, clients authenticate directly between themselves by using existing Commvault firewall tunnels.

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Enhanced Direct Client Authentication for End-to-End Connections

Direct client authentication has been enhanced to reduce the load on, and provide improved scalability for, Commvault proxy computers.

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Ability to Access Windows Endpoints Through Commvault Tunnels

Commvault software now includes VPN Router and VPN Client capabilities that can reduce both the footprint needed for remote access and your administrative burden. The software that you already use to securely protect and manage your data now controls network access services, too.

This release adds two new VPN features:

  • VPN Router: Assign one or more computers in your CommCell group as VPN routers. Computers configured this way operate as a VPN gateway, allowing external computers to access internal networked resources.
  • VPN Client: Use the CommCell Console to set up routing rules for a Windows client computer that control how that client connects to another client through a VPN Router. Additional software may be required on Windows clients.

Deploying Commvault VPN may also reduce your licensing costs by replacing your current third-party VPN solution.

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Server and MediaAgent

Sanitizing Disks Using CVDiskEraser Tool

You can use the CVDiskEraser tool to sanitize storage disks after the data aging process has pruned jobs.

The CVDiskEraser tool has the following benefits:

  • Enhances data security, and helps you to follow your organization's compliance policies.
  • Eliminates the risk of performing data recovery by using third-party tools.
  • Sanitizes the pruned backup data according to industry standards.

Disk Eraser Tool

Support for Vormetric Key Management Server

You can use the Vormetric key management server to protect Commvault software encryption keys before you store the keys in the CommServe database.

Third-party Key Management

Media Management

View Only MediaAgents that have Associated Libraries

You now have the option to view only a selected list of MediaAgents in your CommCell environment. The list will not display MediaAgents that have no associated libraries.

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Export Media to Specific IE Ports

The qcommands to export media are enhanced, and you can now export media to a specific IE port.

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Synchronous Copy to Selective Copy

You can now convert a synchronous copy to a selective copy if you want to make additional copies of only the full backups from a specific point in time.

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Validate Mount Path

You can validate a mount path to calculate the read and write throughput.

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Ability to Configure Tape Libraries from the Command Center

Direct-attached tape libraries can now be configured and managed from the Command Center.

Configuring a Tape Library as a Storage Target

Selective Copy to Synchronous Copy

You can now convert a selective copy to a synchronous copy if you want to make additional copies of all the backup jobs.

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Control Data Pruning Operations

Prevent data pruning operations during peak hours. You can enable or disable physical data pruning operations at either the Mount Path level or the MediaAgent level.

Support for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Object Storage

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Object Storage is now supported as a target for cloud storage solutions.

Cloud Storage - Support

Telefonica Open Cloud Object Storage Support

Telefonica Open Cloud Object Storage is now supported as a target for Cloud Storage solutions.

Cloud Storage - Support

Spare Media Selection Based on Storage Capacity

To use media based on the storage capacity, you can select either to use the lower capacity media first or higher capacity media first.

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Ability to Hide MediaAgents That Have No Libraries in the CommCell Console

You can hide MediaAgents that have no libraries and that are under the Storage Resources node in the CommCell Browser.

This ability is useful for hiding MediaAgents that have only MediaAgent binaries, such as clients that are configured for block-level backup operations or IntelliSnap backup operations.

When you hide a MediaAgent, you cannot select the MediaAgent for CommCell operations, such as backup operations, browse operations, restore operations, and auxiliary copy operations. 

Show / Hide MediaAgents with No Libraries

Import Media from Specific I/E Ports

With the enhanced import media feature, for libraries with an import/export (I/E) port, you can now import media from a specific I/E port.

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Ability to Allow or Disallow Changes to Data Encryption Settings on Storage Policy Copies

With the new Media Management Configuration parameter, you can allow or disallow changes to data encryption settings on all storage policy copies in the CommCell environment. You can use the new parameter to prevent users from accidentally altering the data encryption settings.

Media Management Configuration: Service Configuration

Ability to Hide Libraries in the CommCell Console

You can hide libraries that are under the Storage Resources node in the CommCell Browser. When you hide a library, you cannot select the library during other operations, such as when you create a storage policy or when you select a data path. This option is useful for hiding libraries that are waiting for data to be aged-off after being disabled for write.

Shared SAN Data Server Through SAN-Supported Interconnects

You can configure the SAN data server (Linux-based file server) to export mount points through SAN-supported interconnect components, such as Fibre Channel and iSCSI, to multiple MediaAgents.

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Ability to Configure Data Domain Boost (DD Boost) as Disk Libraries

You can now use Dell EMC Data Domain to configure EMC Data Domain Boost (DD Boost) as disk libraries.

Configuring Data Domain Boost

Support for Specifying the Recall Period and the Recall Mode in the Cloud Storage Archive Recall Workflow

You can specify the following information in the Cloud Storage Archive Recall workflow:

  • The number of days to keep the restored data in Amazon S3 after a recall. (The default value is 3 days.)
  • The recall mode that must be used to recall data. (The default value is the Standard mode.)

Restoring Data from Archive Cloud Storage Platforms

Support for Displaying Automatic Containers in Vault Tracker Policies

You can display automatically generated containers as a destination for media in Vault Tracker policies by selecting the Allow user to select automatically created containers for Vault Tracker Policy parameter in the Media Management Configuration: Vault Tracker dialog box.

Media Management Configuration: Vault Tracker

Micropruning on Cloud Storage

You can now prune deduplicated data from cloud storage without requiring the sealing of the deduplicated database (DDB). Data is pruned on the cloud storage as soon as the backup jobs meet their retention criteria.

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Exclude Retired Media from the Vault Tracking Report

You can now include or exclude retired media that has been marked as Deprecated from the Vault Tracking Report.

Vault Tracking Report - Customizations That You Can Perform With This Report

Ability to Allow Media in Standalone Tape Library to be Ejected When Exported by a Vault Tracker Policy

If the media is exported using Vault Tracker, you can now use the Media Management Configuration parameter to automatically eject media from a standalone library after a backup.

Media Management Configuration: Vault Tracker

Ability to Include Backup Types as an Export Filter Criteria

With the Export Media Wizard, you can now include or exclude media based on backup types, such as Full, Incremental, or Differential.

Exporting Media Based on Criteria

Protection for Disk Library Mount Paths Against Ransomware Attacks

You can write-protect mount paths and UNC paths to protect them against ransomware.

Protecting Mount Paths From Ransomware

View MediaAgent Properties from the Client Level

You can now view MediaAgent properties from the client level in the CommCell Browser.

Viewing Information About a MediaAgent

Data Management

Cross CommCell Restore

You can now restore data from a client computer that belongs to one CommCell to a client computer of another CommCell. The data restored continues to be backed up to the CommCell that the remote client belongs to.

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Backup Agents

Authentication of Third-Party Command Line Operations

To ensure that a user has the correct credentials and has included a valid token file in a backup or restore job request, you can now enable the CommCell Console to authenticate third-party database (for example, RMAN, DB2, ONBar and BR*Tools) backup and restore jobs.

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Create an Oracle Duplicate Database Without Connecting to the Target Database (Targetless Clone)

For Oracle database version 11gr2 or later, you can now create a duplicate database from a backup without connecting to the target database.

You can create a duplicate database without connecting to the target database if any of the following conditions is true:

  • The target database is on a different network than the destination database.
  • The target database is unreachable (for example, in a disaster recovery scenario).

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Oracle RAC Policy-Based Management

In an Oracle RAC policy-based configuration, the resources run in a shared infrastructure. The infrastructure consists of a server stack that is logically split into groups that are referred to as server pools. Each pool can contain one or more servers.  In this configuration, instances run a respective node. The policy-based Oracle RAC Cluster configuration detects when an instance cannot be restarted on the same node due to a fault or failure and automatically relocates the instance to another node in the same server pool. The Oracle Agent seamlessly handles the failover.

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Deduplication Support for ContinuousDataReplicator Agent

Deduplication for the ContinuousDataReplicator Agent optimizes data transfer over networks by excluding redundant data.

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New Resource Control Groups Option to Control Commvault CPU and Resources

Resource Control Groups to control CPU and other resources for Commvault processes so that they operate within the set constraints.

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Isilon Multi-Streaming Backups

With Isilon file servers running OneFS 8.0 or higher, you can use as many streams as are available to back up individual data paths and increase the speed of backup operations.

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1-Touch for Linux Supports Red Hat Enterprise Linux/CentOS 7.1 and 7.2, Debian 7.3 and 8.0, and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

1-Touch for Linux now supports Red Hat Enterprise Linux/CentOS 7.1 and 7.2, Debian 7.3 and 8.0, and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS operating system versions.

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1-Touch for Solaris Supports Solaris 11 on x64 Processor

1-Touch for Solaris now supports the Solaris operating system version 11 on x64-bit processors.

System Requirements - 1-Touch for Solaris 11

Mac OS X v10.12 Support

Mac OS X v10.12 is supported for the following Commvault software:

Restore Backed Up Data to Any Compatible Machine

Support for restoring backed up data to any compatible machine, even if the machine does not have Commvault software installed on it.

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Perform a Full Backup of the SAP HANA Database from the CommCell Console

In addition to the command line interface, you can perform a full backup of a SAP HANA database from the CommCell Console.

A SAP HANA full backup includes all of the database files on each node.

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Command Line Support for Informix Configuration

Use XML to create and modify Informix instances and subclients. Run the operations from the command line, or automate configuration by combining command line operations in a script.

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Live Sync Replication of PostgreSQL Databases

The Live Sync feature synchronizes the master PostgreSQL server to a standby PostgreSQL server by replicating log files from the backup of the master server to a synced standby server. The Live Sync operation continuously applies log files from the master database backups since the last sync point.

Live Sync Replication

Recovering Messages from an Exchange Database (Live Browse)

You can recover individual messages from an Exchange database backup.

Messages are recovered as PST files.

Block-Level Backup Support for 1-Touch and Virtualize Me

You can perform 1-Touch recovery operations and Virtualize Me operations from block-level backups of Windows clients and Linux clients.

Direct Database Access for SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint 2013

Configure the user-defined subclients to directly copy the backed up documents from the SQL Server to the attached media. This increases the performance of the SharePoint backup job.

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SAP Archive Link Uses Commvault ObjectStore

The SAP Archive Link agent now uses the Commvault ObjectStore repository to store and manage the data that is sent through the SAP Content Server HTTP interface.

SAP Archive Link Overview

Redirect Restore for PostgreSQL

You can perform a redirect restore operation to redirect all PostgreSQL tablespaces and databases to a different path in the destination client.

You can run a redirect restore operation when the current path has run out of space and you want to redirect the data directory to a different location, or for troubleshooting. You can redirect an entire PostgreSQL database (all tablespaces) to a new client.

Note: Redirect restore feature is available only from SP7.

Performing a Redirect Restore

Archiving SQL Server Database Tables

Use the SQL server database archiving feature to archive a SQL table based on specific archival criteria. The archive process exports data from the source database to a staging database on another SQL server. The exported data is then backed up to complete the archive process.

Archive SQL Server Database Tables

Content Indexing Support for Google Mail and Google Drive

You can search the contents of backed-up Gmail data and Google drive data.

Running a Content Indexing Job on Gmail and Google Drive Data

PostgreSQL IntelliSnap and block level support for creating a clone server

You can duplicate a source server by cloning the snapshots created during IntelliSnap or block level full backup.

Instant Clone Recovery for PostgreSQL Server

Command Line Support for DB2 MultiNode Configuration

Use XML to create and modify DB2 MultiNode pseudo clients, backup sets and subclients. Run the operations from the command line, or automate configuration by combining command line operations in a script.

Adding DB2 MultiNode Pseudo Clients Using the Commvault Command Line Interface

Changing the staging location in the CommCell Console when you restore from a secondary copy

When you perform a restore operation from a secondary copy that has the Combined Stream option enabled, the restored data is temporarily staged at the Job Results folder before it is restored to a SQL server.

To change the staging location, from the SQL Server Properties dialog box, select the Staging Location for Restores check box, and then type or browse to the new staging location path.

Verify that you have enough space at the staging location for the data that you are restoring.

Configuring Data Streams for Backups Using the SQL Server Agent

Improved NAS Client Configuration Using a MediaAgent

In version 11, you can now configure a NAS client using a MediaAgent from the client configuration settings in the CommCell console. With this setting, you can configure NAS clients with the CommServe computer even if the CommServe does not have direct connectivity to the NAS client computer.

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Enhanced Support for NAS Agent Backups of Isilon File Servers

In version 11, the NAS agent software supports point-of-failure restartable backups for Isilon file servers running OneFS version 7.1 or later.

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Upgrade Support for SAP Archive Link Clients

You can now upgrade SAP Archive Link clients with V10 or V11 SP6 and earlier versions to the most recent service pack.

To upgrade your client, contact Customer Support.

Prior to the upgrade, the Customer Support team migrates the backup contents and the index information from the old SAP Archive repository that uses PostgreSQL database, to the new Commvault ObjectStore repository.

Upgrading SAP Archive Link Clients from Previous Versions

Disabling the Tracking of Deleted Items During Incremental Backups

By default, deleted items are tracked during an incremental backup job. This tracking might increase the time that it takes to run an incremental backup or increase the amount of disk space that is required.

To reduce the time it takes to perform the incremental backup job or decrease the amount of disk space that is required, you can disable the tracking of deleted items by ensuring that the new Do not track deleted items subclient property is enabled.

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Improved Performance of NAS Agent Deduplication for Isilon File Servers

The deduplication rate for Isilon file server with the NAS agent software has been improved.

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Back Up Domino System Files

Use the Notes Database Agent to back up the Domino system files, like NLO files, server ID and notes.ini files.

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Isilon Fast Incremental Support to NAS Agent Backups

The NAS agent software now supports Isilon Fast Incremental technology to increase the performance of incremental backups. Isilon Fast Incremental backups are supported for Isilon file servers with OneFS versions between .

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MySQL IntelliSnap and block level support for creating a clone server

You can duplicate a source server by cloning the snapshots created during IntelliSnap or block level full backup.

Instant Clone Recovery for MySQL Server

Microsoft Exchange 2016 Support

Microsoft Exchange 2016 is supported for the following:

  • Exchange Database Agent
  • Exchange Compliance Archiver Agent
  • Exchange Mailbox (Classic) Agent
  • OnePass for Exchange Mailbox (Classic)

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MySQL Enterprise Backup Using SBT (System Backup to Tape)

Use MySQL Enterprise Backup version 3.6 (and later) to perform enterprise-grade backup and recovery for MySQL database.

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Command Line Interface Support for Documentum Repository with Oracle Database

Use the command line interface to back up and restore the Documentum Oracle database instances and subclients.

Configuring Documentum Databases Using the Command Line Interface

Multistreaming Backups for Exchange Databases

By default, each database in the subclient is backed up one at a time. You can configure Commvault to back up each database concurrently (in parallel). To back up Exchange databases using multistreaming, you configure the maximum number of streams.

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Support for backup and restore of SQL Analysis Services databases

Backup and restore of Analysis Services databases using the SQL Agent is now supported.

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Domino Notes Database browse and restore support for transaction logs

You can browse and restore Domino Notes Database transaction logs both from the instance level and the subclient level.

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NAS Agent Support for Regular Expressions in Subclient Content

The NAS agent software now supports the use of regular expressions in the subclient content of NAS volumes.

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NAS Agent Cluster Drive Pool Support for NetApp File Servers

The NAS agent software now supports cluster drive pool for NetApp Cluster-Mode file servers. Backup and restore operations for NetApp Cluster-Mode NAS clients are also improved.

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Migration Assistant for Laptops

Migration Assistant migrates backed up data from one Windows computer to another. You can migrate user files such as My Documents, My Videos, My Music, My Pictures and Desktop. This feature can be useful, for example, when upgrading to a new laptop or a new operating system.

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Documentum Agent Support for SQL Databases

You can now use the Documentum Agent to protect and manage an EMC Documentum repository that contains SQL databases. The repository consists of databases, Storage Areas, and Full-Text Indexes (FTI).

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Archiving Agents

Restore an Oracle Archive Backup to the Production Schema

You can restore an Oracle archive backup to the original production schema.

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Back Up and Restore the Exchange Mailbox Agent Index

You can perform full backups of the Exchange Mailbox Agent index.

Customizing the Display Name of the Outlook Add-In ContentStore Email Viewer

You can change the display name of the ContentStore Email Viewer. The display name is the name that users see in the folder navigation pane in Microsoft Outlook. To change the display name, you can use either the Search Admin page or the CVPConfigurationTool.

Store Oracle Archive Backups in an XML Format

You can store Oracle Archive backups in an XML format.

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Content Analyzer and Entity Extraction

With Content Analyzer and entity extraction, you can identify the data in your environment that contains one or more specific types of information. You can then use that knowledge to create more targeted strategies and increase the efficiency of your data management operations.

The Content Analyzer adds semantic identifiers to the content indexing data in your Search Engine. You can also use entity extraction with Data Cube file system data sources to visualize the types of information in your files.

ContentStore Mail Server Supports Exchange Compliance Archiver Agent

Typically, you provide end users access to messages that are backed up or archived using the OnePass for Exchange Mailbox (Classic). You now have the option to provide access to journaled messages that are archived by the Exchange Compliance Archiver Agent.

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Exchange Mailbox Agent Enhancements

The following enhancements have been made to the Exchange Mailbox Agent:

  • Content indexing
    • Content indexing is enabled and configured in the Exchange archiving policy. This allows you control content indexing at the user level.
    • The server that is used for indexing is also used for content indexing.
  • End-user access using Web Console is supported.

Exchange Mailbox Agent

Deduplication

Control Data Pruning Operations for the Deduplication Database

Prevent data pruning operations during peak hours. You can enable or disable physical data pruning operations at the Deduplication Database level.

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Ability to Validate and Prune Aged Data from DDB

You can synchronize the data in a deduplication database (DDB) against the CommServe database and prune the data in the DDB, without setting the DDB in maintenance mode.

Validating and Pruning Aged Data

Virtualization

Changed Block Tracking (CBT) Support for Microsoft Azure

The Virtual Server Agent for Microsoft Azure now supports Changed Block Tracking (CBT). When you enable CBT, the Azure API detects the changed blocks (changed page range information) on Azure virtual disks by comparing snapshots. CBT provides better backup performance than traditional cyclic redundancy check (CRC) backups.

Changed Block Tracking (Microsoft Azure)

Support for Red Hat Virtualization 4.0.2

Commvault supports Red Hat Virtualization 4.0.2.

System Requirements

File Recovery for OpenStack Virtual Machines

You can use the Virtual Server Agent for OpenStack to recover files and folders from backups of instances or images.

File Recovery for OpenStack

vCloud External Login Authentication

vCloud users can log on to the Web Console using vCloud authentication APIs. When you enable this option, users can use the Web Console to view vCloud and non-vCloud virtual machines that are assigned to them.

Enabling vCloud Authentication for Web Console

Multi-Node Backup Copy

Backup copy operations for IntelliSnap backups can now use any Virtual Server Agent (VSA) proxy to mount a snapshot datastore on a proxy ESX server and create a backup copy. If SAN transport is available, any VSA proxy can use SAN transport mode to copy backup data and create the backup copy.

This feature is supported for NetApp, HDS, IBM SVC, and EMC VNX CLARiiON engines.

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Cross-vCenter Mounts for VMware Backups

You can now choose an ESX server in a different vCenter from the source VM to mount snapshots for VMware backups. With this option, you can complete backups sucessfully when an ESX server is not available (for example, when the server is undergoing maintenance).

Modifying a Subclient

SP5 Enhancements for Virtualization in Command Center

Service Pack 5 provides the following enhancements for Virtualization using the Command Center:

  • Support for the Nutanix Acropolis hypervisor
  • (VMware only) Support for vCloud configuration, backups, and restores
  • VM conversion from VMware to Hyper-V
  • Selection of a File Recovery Enabler for Linux

Virtualization

Virtual Machine Conversion to Microsoft Azure

When restoring a VMware or Hyper-V virtual machine from backup, the virtual machine can be restored as an Azure VM in the Azure management portal.

Conversion of virtual machines to Azure is not supported for IntelliSnap backups.

Ability to Rename the Virtual Machine Disk When Attaching to an Existing VM (VMware and IntelliSnap)

When restoring a virtual machine disk and attaching it to an existing virtual machine, you can rename the disk. If no disk name is specified, the disk is automatically renamed to match the name of the target VM. If necessary, a numeric suffix is added to ensure that the disk name is unique.

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Agentless Restores Using the Web Console

End users can restore small guest files and folders from virtual machine backups to a virtual machine owned by the same user without having the Virtual Server Agent installed on the destination machine. Using this option simplifies deployment and reduces the impact of backup and restore operations for virtual machines that do not have high transaction rates and large data requirements. This option is preferred in cases where the CommServe system or MediaAgent is not able to communicate with the VM (for example, in a restricted network). 

This feature is enabled by default. 

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Virtual Machine Conversion (VMware or Microsoft Hyper-V to Amazon)

When restoring a VMware or Hyper-V virtual machine from backup, the virtual machine can be restored as a virtual machine in Amazon EC2.

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VM Lifecycle Management for Oracle Cloud

VM Lifecycle Management for Oracle Cloud provides virtual machine users with the ability to create and manage their own virtual machines from a user-friendly interface. Administrators set up pre-defined templates to control configuration settings, such as disk space, and to effectively manage resources. After a template is created, end users can build and customize their own Oracle Cloud virtual machines in the Virtual Machines application on the Web Console.

Skipping Page or Swap File Sectors During VMware or Microsoft Hyper-V Backups

When backing up a virtual disk for a virtual machine, you can skip backing up the Windows page file or Linux swap file. You can enable this option to reduce the size of backups for the virtual disk on storage media. This feature is supported for streaming backups for VMware and Microsoft Hyper-V and is enabled by default. To disable it, configure the bSkipPageFileExtent additional setting. Note: Skipping page file sectors during backup is not supported if the page or swap file resides on RAID 5 or striped volumes.

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Rule-Based VM Network Reconfiguration

When you restore a full VM to vSphere, or when you configure Live Sync to replicate a VM, you can create a network mapping that enables you to connect to an appropriate network at the destination site. 

For each of the network adapters on the source VM, you can map a source network to a destination network that will be used when the VM is restored or replicated. 

VM Owner Identification for vCloud

In addition to identifying virtual machine owners based on vCenter roles and privileges, Commvault now identifies vCloud users and groups as VM owners. If the Auto Detect VM Owner option is selected in the Advanced Options tab of the subclient properties, the following users and groups are automatically assigned as VM owners:

  • Owner of the vApp or catalog that contains the VM
  • All users who have Full Control permissions to the vApp or catalog that contains the VM
  • All users and groups that are assigned the Organization Administrator role

vCloud users are mapped with Commvault users if a user entry with the same name is defined in Commvault. Groups imported from an LDAP source are mapped to external groups defined for a domain in Commvault.

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Application-Aware Backups for Oracle VM

You can use Commvault software to perform application-aware backup operations for virtual machines that run under Oracle VM and that host the following applications:

  • Oracle database for Windows or Linux (standalone databases only)
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • Microsoft Exchange
  • Microsoft SharePoint

Application-aware backup operations capture the state of application data at the time of the backup, including data in memory and pending transactions, which makes restoring the application for continued use easier. An application-aware backup operation for an instance quiesces the application, flushes its memory, completes pending write operations, and then creates a snapshot of application data. After the snapshot is created, the application resumes.

This feature is supported only for streaming backups.

Application Aware Backups

Using a Remote VSA Proxy for Backups on SMB Shares (Microsoft Hyper-V)

You can now use a remote Virtual Server Agent (VSA) proxy to back up virtual machines hosted on SMB shares.

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Amazon IntelliSnap Replication

Use Amazon IntelliSnap Replication for disaster recovery.

Replicating Snapshots

SP5 Enhancements for Application Aware Backups

Service Pack 5 provides the following enhancements for application aware backups:

  • (VMware only) Granular recovery from Microsoft Exchange databases.
  • (VMware only) Granular recovery from Microsoft SharePoint.
  • (VMware IntelliSnap only) You can specify the copy precedence for restores from Snap, Vault, or Mirror copies (no backup copy support).
  • If all nodes share data and log storage, you can perform application aware backups of an Oracle RAC for Windows node.

Application Aware Backups

Renaming Hyper-V Virtual Machine Disks During Restore Operations

You can now rename virtual machine disk files when restoring Hyper-V virtual machines to a different location.

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Synthetic Full Backup Support for IntelliSnap

Synthetic full backups can now be performed on IntelliSnap-enabled subclients for VMware and Microsoft Hyper-V. A synthetic full backup is a synthesized full backup that is created from the most recent full backup and subsequent incremental or differential backups. The resulting synthetic full backup is identical to a full backup for the subclient. Unlike full, incremental, and differential backups, a synthetic full backup does not actually transfer data from a client computer to the backup media and does not use any resources on the client computer.

Live Mount Support for VMware IntelliSnap

Live Mount is used to validate backups to determine whether they are suitable for disaster recovery operations, to verify the content of backups, or to access data from the virtual machine directly instead of restoring guest files. 

You can perform Live Mount operations from streaming, IntelliSnap, and backup copy jobs.

Notes:

  • Virtual machines that are live mounted are intended for short term usage and should not be used for production.
  • Changes to live mounted virtual machines or their data are not retained.
  • Live Mount is currently supported with a non-persistent snap engine (NetApp).

Live Mount Support for VMware IntelliSnap

Live Browse Support for Amazon IntelliSnap

To browse and recover files, you must have information about the files and folders included in a backup. This file metadata can be provided in the following ways:

  • Discovering metadata dynamically during the browse operation. This capability is known as Live Browse. Live Browse is used when file and folder metadata is not available for a backup.
  • Collecting metadata during the backup. File browse and recovery operations can be performed without requiring metadata collection during backups.

Note: The MediaAgent used during Live Browse operations must be a part of the Amazon Cloud.

 Restoring Guest Files

 VMware Live Sync Replication Support for IntelliSnap

Live Sync enables incremental replication from a snap backup of a virtual machine (VMware source VM) to a synced copy of the virtual machine (VMware destination VM).

Live Sync Replication

Live Browse Support for Nutanix Acropolis Hypervisor (AHV) IntelliSnap

To browse and recover files, you must have information about the files and folders included in a backup. This file metadata can be provided in the following ways:

  • Discovering metadata dynamically during the browse operation. This capability is known as Live Browse. Live Browse is used when file and folder metadata is not available for a backup.
  • Collecting metadata during the backup. File browse and recovery operations can be performed without requiring metadata collection during backups.

Restoring Guest Files and Folders

Enhancements for Full Virtual Machine Restores (VMware, Microsoft Hyper-V, and IntelliSnap)

The Virtual Server Agent provides enhanced control when restoring full virtual machines:

  • Rename virtual machine disks manually, or (for VMware only) automatically when renaming a virtual machine.
  • (VMware only) Apply changes to host and datastore information to multiple virtual machines.
  • Modify network configuration as part of the restore. 

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Dev-Test Groups

Create virtual labs from backup jobs or replication jobs, and then use the virtual labs to validate job content. You can create a dev-test group by using either a Live Mount policy or a Virtual Labs policy to define the mount location and other settings. You can access the virtual labs from Web Console.

Dev-Test Groups Overview

Live Browse Support for Microsoft Hyper-V

You can browse and restore files and folders on Windows virtual machines (VMs) from backup data without collecting granular metadata during backups. The Live Browse feature uses the block level browse mechanism to collect the metadata for the files and folders during the browse and restore operation.

Metadata Collection, Granular Recovery, and Live Browse - Microsoft Hyper-V

System Discovery Tool for Microsoft Azure

You can now use the System Discovery tool to collect information about Microsoft Azure virtual machines that use a Classic model or a Resource Manager model. You can then use the information that you collect to create an infrastructure report for the Microsoft Azure virtual machines.

System Discovery Tool for Virtual Machines

Snapshot Management

Support for Third-Party Data Masking for Oracle Database Clones

After you clone an Oracle database, you can have the Commvault software run any data-masking vendor plug-in. A data-masking vendor plug-in masks sensitive data in the cloned database before the data is available for development and quality assurance.

Creating an Oracle Clone Environment

Cleanup Of OCUM Datasets and Dataset Members Corresponding To Commvault Subclients and Subclient Members

After a subclient or the subclient’s content is deleted and all its jobs are pruned, the cleanup of OCUM datasets and dataset members that correspond with Commvault subclients and subclient members feature deletes the OnCommand Unified Manager (OCUM) dataset or dataset members, and the subscription context or subscription context members.

Previously, you could not delete members from a dataset or a subscription context using the Commvault software. These items were deleted when the storage policy copy was deleted. However, unused secondary volumes were still retained until the storage service cleanup, which could cause unexpected space consumption on the secondary copy and conformance errors during the auxiliary copy operation.

To use this feature, you must configure certain Media Management parameters.

The Cleanup of OCUM feature is supported for new installations of Commvault software starting with version 11 SP3. There is no support for upgraded clients.

Cleaning Up OCUM Datasets and Dataset Members for Commvault Subclients and Subclient Members

HP 3PAR Replication

With the HP 3PAR Replication feature, the primary snapshot that is created on the local array is replicated to the target array.

HP 3PAR Replication

SAP Oracle IntelliSnap Optimization Changes

Beginning in Service Pack 8, the SAP Oracle IntelliSnap Optimization feature takes fewer snapshots.

By default, the software now take a total of 3 snapshots of the following volumes and locations:

  • The data volume
  • The log volume
  • The location of the control file

You can also customize the optimization to further reduce snapshots by configuring the software to perform a traditional log backup after the data snapshot completes.

Separate Data Path for Primary Classic Copy

You can now assign a separate MediaAgent and library as a data path for Primary Classic Copy when creating a storage policy with OnCommand Unified Manager Server.

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Command Center Support of Snap Plans

The is a web-based user interface that you can use to configure, back up, and restore snapshots of Nutanix storage arrays and Pure Storage storage arrays.

Snap Plans

IntelliSnap Support for PostgreSQL Agent

Back up and restore PostgreSQL data on Windows and UNIX using IntelliSnap backup and restore operations.

PostgreSQL

Edge Endpoint Solutions

Selectively Sync Edge Drive Content

You can now choose to sync only selective folders within the Edge Drive folder on your Windows client computers to your Edge Drive.

Also, Edge Drive administrators can define a default sync folder that is automatically selected for sync when end-user's configure offline Edge Drive on their client computers.

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Setting the Selective Sync Content for Edge Drive

Selectively Sync Edge Drive Content to Your Laptop

Support for the Backup Job Commit for Laptop Backups

You can commit backup jobs that are running beyond a scheduled time. When a backup job is committed, all the data backed up to that point is preserved such that the backed up data can be browsed for restore operations. The remaining uncommitted data will be backed up when a subsequent incremental backup is performed.

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File and Folder Sharing Enhancements from Explorer Plug-in

Sharing data from Explorer Plug-in now includes the following enhancements:

  • Ability to reshare a file or folder. When this ability is enabled, a share user can reshare the file or folder to other users.
  • Ability to request access to a privately shared file or folder. The share owner can approve or deny the request. When the share owner approves a request, a share invitation email is sent to the user who requested the access.

Sharing a File or Folder

Restore Support from the Web Console

You can now restore your backup, Edge Drive, and shared data from the Web Console.

Restoring Files and Folders from the Web Console

Migrating OneDrive Files to Edge Drive

Using the Migration to Edge Drive tool, you can now migrate files from your OneDrive accounts to your Edge Drive. After migration, users can access and manage the files from the Edge Drive and can take advantage of Edge Drive features, like versioning and restores.

Migrating Files from OneDrive to Edge Drive

Securely Delete Files From Within Explorer Plug-In

The new option Secure Delete available from the Windows Explorer Plug-In enables users to securely delete data from the local disk. The operation overwrites the deleted data with random 1s and 0s that render the data unrecoverable.

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Exclude File Types for Upload to Edge Drive

You can now configure your Edge Drive to exclude specific file types for upload from the Web Console, mobile devices, or the local virtual drive on your laptops.

 

Enhanced Encryption and Compression to Optimize Data Transfer

Support for transferring data in encrypted form has been enhanced to provide greater data throughput efficiency while maintaining the same level of security.

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Ability to Exclude Laptop Administrators as Client Owners

You can now exclude laptop administrators as client owners on the laptops that are deployed with the laptop installation package.

This ability is useful when administrators need to deploy the package on multiple laptops, and do not require complete access to the user's data on the laptops.

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Reports

Support for Running Check Readiness Reports for Database Clients from the CommCell Console

The Check Readiness report for database clients can now be run from the CommCell Console.

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CommCell Console Access to the Metrics Reports Dashboard and Health Report

For easy access to both the Dashboard and the Health Report in Web Console, use the new Metrics button on the CommCell Console ribbon.

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Cloud Services

Automatic Upload for System Discovery and Archive Analyzer Tool

If you have a Cloud Services user account, you can configure the System Discovery and Archive Analyzer Tool to automatically upload the discovery results to our Cloud Services website.

Running the System Discovery and Archive Analyzer Tool for File Systems

Disaster Recovery

Ability to Setup Cloud Storage as the Destination for Disaster Recovery (DR) Export Location

You can setup a cloud library as the export destination for Disaster Recovery (DR) backups.

Setup a Cloud Library as the Export Destination for Disaster Recovery (DR) Backups

Ability to Upload Disaster Recovery (DR) Backups to Commvault Cloud

You can automatically upload a copy of disaster recovery (DR) backups to Commvault Cloud Services, whenever a DR backup is performed. DR backups in the cloud can be used to rebuild the CommServe in disaster recovery scenarios, such as a Ransomware attack, as the cloud data will not be affected by on-site issues.

Upload Disaster Recovery (DR) Backups to Commvault Cloud

Qscript to Change User Name and Password for a Network Share That Is Used by Disaster Recovery Backup

You can use the new qscript, UpdateUserForDR, to change the access credentials (user name and password) for a network share that is designated as the export location for disaster recovery backups.

QScript: UpdateUserForDR

Configuring the Export Destination for Disaster Recovery (DR) Backups

Analytics

Data Cube Enhancements

The following enhancements are now availble for Data Cube:

  • Additional Data Connectors: With the latest service pack you can connect to data from Salesforce and file system data.
  • Data Formatting: You can apply formatting to the columns in your connection to enhance the usability of the information in the data source. Formats include dates, numbers, sizing, and more.
  • REST APIs: Each supported type of data source now has GET and POST APIs to better integrate the functionality of Data Cube with your own projects.

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Tools and Utilities

Events Organizer Survey

The Events Organizer collaboration suite includes a new tool for sending surveys to members of an organization. The survey tool is a simple, intuitive, and powerful interface for creating questionaires, distributing them to collegues, and managing responses. 

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Last modified: 9/7/2018 9:17:19 PM