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New Features in Version 11

Features and enhancements in this release are listed here, with a link to full documentation for the feature.

To see the new features in the latest service packs, see Available Service Packs in Version 11.

If you are upgrading from a previous release or service pack, also review the following pages:
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Deployment

Application-Aware Installations

Configure the Commvault software to automatically detect the installed client applications in the following scenarios:

  • You plan to add additional applications after you install the  Commvault software.
  • You plan to refresh the hardware.
  • You have a managed service provider configuration.

You can set this feature for a client or a client group. When you enable this feature, the software periodically checks each client and client group member for newly installed applications.

The CommCell Console displays the applications as uninstalled clients. You can run a workflow that automates the following operations:

  • Installs the Commvault package for the application.
  • Configures the client on the CommServe.
  • Registers the client with the CommServe with the Product Status as "Auto Detect".

Key Features

  • Install applications before or after the Commvault software installation.
  • Receive automatic notification of new applications.

Applicable Agents

  • Active Directory
  • DB2
  • Microsoft Exchange Database
  • MySQL
  • Oracle
  • PostGreSQL
  • Sybase

Setup Requirements

You must install the core File System package on all clients that use application-aware installations.

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Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Standard Edition

Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Standard is the new SQL Server version that is used during the installation of Commvault server packages, such as the CommServe software.

Previously, Microsoft SQL Server 2012 SP2 Enterprise was the version used during installations.

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Support for HTTP and HTTPS Protocols to Download the Commvault Software - Early Release

You can use the HTTP protocol or the HTTPS protocol to download the Commvault software from the CommCell Console. By default, the software is downloaded using the FTP protocol.

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New Installer for Windows and UNIX Installation Packages

Enhancements to the software installer provide an improved user experience, with speedier and simpler installations of software packages. In addition, the installation documentation has been extensively reorganized to help you plan and streamline your software deployments.

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Use ObjectStore as a Software Repository for Download Center

You can now use the Commvault ObjectStore as a software repository for Download Center.

Managed Service Providers (MSPs) and enterprise-level companies can use the ObjectStore as a software repository to deliver software to end users through the Download Center in the Web Console, without relying on a third-party content delivery network (CDN).

Key Features

  • Avoid reliance on third-party content delivery networks (CDN) to host downloadable packages.
  • More easily change Web Servers without needing to move packages.

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Download Center

CommCell Management

System Monitoring

System monitoring gives administrators insight into their IT infrastructure. User activity and resource usage is collected and is stored in a database. The data can be used by administrators for troubleshooting, auditing and compliance purposes.

Key Features

  • Predefined templates
  • You can monitor user activity on a client
  • You can monitor resource usage on a server, for example, CPU and memory usage can be monitored

Setup Requirements

Supported platforms:

  • Windows and Macintosh support user monitoring
  • Windows and UNIX support resource monitoring

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Role-Based Security

To make the management of user security more flexible and granular, administrators can create three-way security associations by combining users, roles, and entities. The security associations determine the operations that users can perform in the CommCell environment. Security associations can include individual users or user groups, and users and user groups can be a part of multiple security associations.

The concept of roles makes security more consistent and easier to configure. The administrator builds each set of permissions one time and then uses the roles to create security associations.

Key Features

  • Create roles to define reusable sets of permissions
  • Create security associations directly from entities, external users and groups, and CommCell users and user groups
  • Assign users or user groups user management permissions on other external and CommCell users and user groups

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Linking a CommCell User with a Cloud Services Commvault ID

You can link a Cloud Services Commvault ID to a CommCell user. When the accounts are linked, users can log on to the CommCell environment with either the credentials from their Cloud Services account or from their local CommCell account.

During CommServe installation, you can link your Commvault ID to the new CommServe database. If you do not have a Commvault ID, you can create it during installation.

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Linking a User with a Commvault ID

Log Monitoring Supports Virtual Machines Hosted on a Microsoft Hyper-V Server

You can monitor the performance of each virtual machine that you host on a Microsoft Hyper-V Server.

Key Features

Build custom queries based on the data that is collected about the virtual machines. For example, identify usage patterns for your virtual machines and allocate resources accordingly.

Applicable Agents

Virtual Server Agent

Setup Requirements

Virtual Server Agent (VSA)

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Monitoring Policy Templates

Multi-CommCell Single Sign-On

Multi-CommCell Single Sign-On (SSO) enables users to log on with a single set of credentials and access multiple CommCells without requiring the user to log on again. Users can switch seamlessly between CommCells to access data, resources, or services available on other CommCells without needing to log on separately to individual CommCells.

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Simplified Firewall Setup with Predefined Network Topologies

Predefined firewall topologies are now provided to simplify the firewall configuration. You can configure firewall parameters for client groups by creating an instance of the required topology and assigning the client groups to it.

Key Features

  • Simplifies administration by establishing connectivity between groups of clients, as groups.
  • Enables you to create logical proxies consisting of multiple clients, known as proxy groups, to simplify defining the relationship between clients and proxies.
  • Provides a new Firewall Topologies node in the CommCell Browser that makes it easier to see the relationships between client groups that are separated by a firewall.

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Social Sign-In Authentication

The Web Console can now authenticate registered users through their social media identities. For example, a Web Console user can now log on by using credentials from a Google account. Users who log on to the Web Console with their CommCell credentials can click a link to register their social media account. After registration, they can log on to the Web Console by using their social media account credentials.

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Configure Administrative Jobs to Start When CommServe Activity Is Low

You can configure your administrative jobs to go into a queued state if more than 100 backup jobs are running or waiting on the CommServe. When fewer than 100 backup jobs are running or waiting, the queued administrative jobs automatically start. This option is an advanced job option and is located on the Startup tab.

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Enhanced Encryption Options for Auxiliary Copy

Backup data that is encrypted on the primary copy can be stored as plain text on the secondary copy with a new option that can be set during Auxiliary Copy operation. This is useful in specific cases where the secondary copy storage target requires data to be in plain text for better operational efficiency reasons such as hardware deduplication.

Additionally, there is a new option to encrypt data only during transmission over the network during Auxiliary Copy operations. This allows data to be stored as plain text on both the source and destination storage, but encrypted only during network transfer.

Licenses

  • Auxiliary Copy Encryption

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Server and MediaAgent

Network Storage Pool - Early Release Feature

You can now configure a Network Storage Pool that provides a scalable and easy to configure storage solution. Multiple cross-platform MediaAgents can access a Network Storage Pool that has the following benefits:

  • You can scale out the storage capacity on demand by adding more MediaAgents or mount paths.
  • The added MediaAgents or the mount paths are automatically shared using the DataServer-IP.

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Network Storage Pool

Media Management

Cloud Global Repository Cell - Early Release Feature

You can enable the Cloud Global Repository Cell feature in the Global Repository Cell and in the PodCell systems. When you enable this feature, you can export the metadata of the clients in the PodCell systems to the cloud library, and then import the metadata from the cloud library to the Global Repository Cell. You can configure the schedules for importing and exporting the metadata.

Key Features

The Global Repository Cell feature is ideal for the following tasks:

  • Disaster recovery as a service solution for clients
  • Data analytics as a service

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Cloud Global Repository Cell Overview

Tape to Tape Copy - Early Release Feature

You can move the contents of a tape to another tape in the same library.

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Move Contents of Media from One Tape to Another

Global Secondary Copy Policy

To optimize your tape media, you can now set up a global secondary copy policy to consolidate backups from multiple storage policy copies. If you have a global secondary copy policy configured in your CommCell environment, you can also run multiple auxiliary copy operations on the same media.

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Location-Based Backups and Restores

You can now enable the system to select MediaAgents for backup and restore operations based on their geographical location.

This is beneficial in a setup where laptop clients are not always present in the same location, as they go wherever the laptop user goes. The system selects the MediaAgent that is geographically closest to the backup or the restore location for faster backups or restores.

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Data Management

Ability to Set Licensing Limits for Tenants

You can limit the size of data that is backed up for a client computer group. A limit is set at the client computer group level and affects all of the clients in the group. If you have multiple CommCell environments, you can set a limit that is applied across the environments.

Key Features

  • Provides client group-level tracking of the limit you set
  • Simplifies the administration of multi-tenant environments

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Automated File System Replication with DASH - Early Release Feature

Create and manage a workflow-based file system replication with a DASH (Deduplication Accelerate Streaming Hash) copy from the Web Console.

Key Features

  • Achieve efficient network bandwidth and storage resource utilization by eliminating redundant data.
  • Optimize data transfers over the network by implementing chaining and forking mechanisms.

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Case Manager Support for Windows File System Agent

Case Manager is a feature in Compliance Search that enables compliance officers and legal teams to collect and retain electronically stored information (ESI) for electronic discovery based on individual persons. Case Manager now fully supports creating legal copies of Microsoft Windows file system data and collecting ESI from any client that has the Windows File System Agent.

Key Features

  • Collect file system data that resides on laptops, desktops, and file servers that meets the specified criteria for a case.
  • Copy ESI data to a legal hold with infinite retention.
  • Search ESI that is collected in the case.
  • Share the case data with other Compliance Search Users.

Applicable Agents

  • Windows File System Agent
  • Exchange Mailbox (Classic) Agent
  • Exchange Compliance Archiver Agent

Setup Requirements

You must have Compliance Search deployed in your CommCell environment. For more information, see Installing Compliance Search.

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Backup Agents

Backup support for Google Mail and Google Drive

You can back up Google mailboxes and drive data at regular intervals to a media for safekeeping using the Commvault software.

Key Features

The backup solution of Commvault for Google Mail and Google Drive has the following benefits:

  • You can back up the Google mailboxes and the drive data of all your user accounts.
  • You can schedule these backups to run automatically at regular intervals, so that you always have the latest backup copy.
  • If an accidental permanent deletion or a user account hack occurs, you can restore from the latest back up copy.

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Live Sync Replication of Oracle Databases - Early Release

The Live Sync feature enables incremental replication from a backup of an Oracle database to a synced copy of the Oracle database. The Live Sync operation continuously applies changes from the source database backups since the last sync point.

Key Features

  • Initiates the replication automatically after a backup is completed on the source database.
  • Minimizes the impact on production systems CPU and I/O by using the backup data for replications,which avoids the need to read the source database again for replication.
  • Copies the backup data to remote disaster recovery (DR) sites with deduplication to minimize the wide area network (WAN) traffic and then run Live Sync at the DR site.
  • Supports the destination database sync in standby mode so that users can schedule workloads on the destination server.
  • Initiates replication after the auxiliary copy completes, when you use a copy precedence for Live Sync.

Applicable Agents

Oracle

Setup Requirements

You can use Live Sync to replicate Oracle databases from a streaming backup, an auxiliary copy, or a backup copy. You cannot replicate Oracle databases from IntelliSnap backups.

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Distributed Backup Support for IBM General Parallel File System Data

IBM General Parallel File System (GPFS) is a high-performance clustered file system that allows parallel data access across multiple cluster nodes. It offers high availability, scalability, tiered storage management, and the performance to manage large quantities of data. Commvault software is designed to protect GPFS data, keeping in mind the complex and varied enterprise environment requirements with sufficient resiliency. 

Key Features

  • Distributed backups (and restores) that run in parallel on multiple data mover nodes for optimal load sharing.  
  • Faster LAN-free backup and restores.

Licenses

  • Server File System

Setup Requirements

  • Install the UNIX/Linux File System Agent

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Distributed Backup Support for Apache Hadoop Data

Apache Hadoop® software enables distributed processing and storage of large data sets across clusters of commodity servers through the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) component. It is robustly designed to handle failures at the application level and will continue to run even when individual servers (or clusters) fail.

The distributed nature of Hadoop, and the risk of local machine failures, presents challenges in protecting Hadoop data. Commvault software expressly meets the challenges of this architecture, with the flexibility to address real-world data protection and archiving use cases.

Key Features

  • Distributed data protection operations that run in parallel on multiple data access nodes for optimal load sharing
  • Fault tolerant model that redistributes task loads when data access node failure is detected
  • Support for full, incremental, and synthetic full backups
  • Support for data archiving
  • Faster LAN-free backup and restores
  • Support for restoring Hadoop data to a different Hadoop cluster or a non-Hadoop cluster (any other file system)

Licenses

  • Server File System

Setup Requirements

  • Install the UNIX/Linux File System Agent

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Oracle Database Application Migration - Early Release Feature

You can use the Commvault Application Migration feature to move your database, such as Oracle, to third-party cloud storage.

Use the Application Migration feature in the following scenarios:

  • When you move or retire your data center
  • When you want to create a test of a demonstration system for the production system
  • When you want to create a standby instance for Disaster Recovery

Key Features

The Commvault software automates the following processes:

  • Capturing the application server physical configuration
  • Protecting the application data
  • Provisioning the cloud instance and storage
  • Restoring the data
  • Validating the restore operation
  • Continuously applying changes from the production database backups to the migrated database by using the Live Sync feature

Applicable Agents

Oracle

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Oracle Application Migration

Table-Level Restore for DB2 Agents

You can restore DB2 tables that were logically corrupted or lost, or after the table structure was modified. When you restore database tables, an auxiliary instance is automatically created.

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Hyper-V Support for Virtualize Me (Linux)

Quickly and reliably convert a Linux computer into a Hyper-V virtual machine using Virtualize Me. Even if the physical computer is not available, you can use the backup data to create a virtual machine. The client computer configuration, such as network, disk configuration, or disk provisioning, can be customized before creating the virtual machine.

Applicable Agents

  • Virtual Server Agent
  • Linux File System

Licenses

  • Virtual Server
  • Server File System

Setup Requirements

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Ability to Create a SAP for Oracle Database Copy

You can perform a database copy of a SAP for Oracle database to:

  • Build a demonstration database from a production system
  • Build a test database that tests the production database without affecting the production database
  • Schedule a disaster recovery test

You can perform a SAP for Oracle database copy to the same or different host. When you copy to a new host, you can use the same or a different Oracle SID and SAPDATA_HOME path. When you copy to the same host, you must use a different Oracle SID and SAPDATA_HOME path from the source database.

The restore of the SAP summary and detail files is fully integrated when you perform a SAP for Oracle database copy from the CommCell Console.

Key Features

  • Run a database copy from the CommCell Console.
  • Configure schedules to run the database copy.

Applicable Agents

  • SAP for Oracle

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Restore a SAP on Oracle Database to Disk (Application-Free Restore)

You can restore databases directly to a disk from the CommCell Console without the use of the database application.

Key Features

You can restore multiplexed data on the same media. The data from different backup jobs is passed to the client so that all of the interleaved backup jobs are restored in parallel. Restore the data that is associated with a specific backup jobs such as full, incremental, or archive log in parallel streams.

Applicable Agents

  • SAP for Oracle

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Enhanced Scheduling for Database Log Backups

Automatically running database log backup operations can help you improve the efficiency of your data protection resources and safeguard your databases against downtimes caused by archiver stuck issues. You can schedule the backup jobs to run automatically when the following conditions are met:

  • The disk space that the log files use reaches a specified disk percentage
  • The number of log files on the disk reaches a specified threshold

Applicable Agents

  • Microsoft SQL
  • Oracle
  • SAP Oracle
  • Notes Database

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Usability Enhancement for the Automatic Discovery of SQL Databases

Newly discovered databases on the SQL Server are automatically assigned to the default subclient. To separate databases according to database type, you can now disable automatic detection, create the following subclient types, and assign the databases to them:

  • Default
  • Full Recovery Model
  • Simple Recovery Model
  • System Databases

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Support for Pivotal Greenplum 4.3 Backups and Restores - Early Release Feature

Pivotal Greenplum is a massive parallel processing (MPP) warehouse that analyzes and stores a large amount (terabytes and petabytes) of data. The data is stored on multiple hosts that efficiently process queries.

A Greenplum Database system consists of one master host and a group of segment hosts.

You can back up and restore the data on all the segment servers from the master host by using the UNIX File System Agent and configuring a pseudo-client for Greenplum.

When you provide the Greenplum connection details, the Commvault software uses that information to connect to the master host and retrieve the information (for example, the segment hosts) for the Greenplum Database system.

Key Features

  • Run distributed backups and restores in parallel on multiple hosts for optimal load sharing
  • Restore to the source or a new host
  • Restore to the same configuration or a configuration that has a different number of segment hosts
  • Perform all operations (configuration, backups and restores) from the master host
  • Perform LAN-free backups and restores

Applicable Agents

UNIX File System

Licenses

UNIX File System

Setup Requirements

You must install the UNIX File System Agent on the master and segment hosts.

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Greenplum Overview

Instant Application Recovery for Oracle

Create a clone of a production database from a snap backup or primary copy that you can use for unattended automated disaster recovery tests, testing or reporting purposes.

Perform a synthetic full backup of the database and optionally send the backup or a copy off-site. You can create the clone from the backup or the backup copy.

The clone comes up quickly and the Commvault software supplies the data to Oracle as needed.

Oracle Instant Application Recovery uses the IntelliSnap technology to take a block-level snapshot of the volume.

Key Features

  • Auto refresh of database clones
  • Native hardware support
  • Clone reservation period or lifetime

Applicable Agents

  • Oracle

Setup Requirements

  • You can use the Instant Application Recovery feature in a Linux or AIX environment on Oracle 10.2.x, 11G or 12c.
  • If you use Oracle 12c, you can only perform Instant Application Recovery on non-Container Databases (CDB).

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Block-Level Backup Support

Block-level backups integrate snapshot technology with a block-storage mechanism to speed up backups. As snapshots require just a few seconds to complete, you can run block-level backups frequently.

Also, block-level backups read data directly from the disk rather than from the database, resulting in faster backups.

Key Features

  • Quickly restore tables, schemas, or databases from your block-level backup data.

Applicable Agents

More Information

Incremental and differential backups of the SAP HANA Database can be performed from the CommCell Console

In addition to using the command line interface, you can perform incremental and differential backups of a SAP HANA database from the CommCell Console.

Key Features

  • Use fewer resources because incremental backups contain only the changes from the last backup that you performed.
  • Use schedules to ensure that your data are protected automatically.

Applicable Agents

  • SAP HANA

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Support for the DB2 Advanced Copy Services Interface for IntelliSnap

You can perform application-consistent IntelliSnap operations that use the DB2 Advanced Copy Services interface.

IntelliSnap backups are registered with in DB2 catalog.

Key Features

  • Database administrators can query and view the IntelliSnap backup history from the DB2 application.

Applicable Agents

  • DB2 IntelliSnap

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Admin Console Support for Google Mail and Google Drive Backup

The Admin Console is a web-based user interface that you can use to back up Google mailboxes.

Using the Admin Console, you can easily configure and manage backups for both the Google mail application and the Google drive application.

The Admin Console provides summary information about jobs, alerts, and events.

Key Features

  • Back up and restore Google mailboxes and the drive data of all your user accounts.
  • Schedule backups to run automatically at regular intervals.
  • If an accidental permanent deletion or a user account hack occurs, then you can restore from the latest backup copy.
  • You can easily configure and manage backups for both the Google mail application and the Google drive application.

Setup Requirements

For a new installation, you must install the following packages:

  • A CommCell Console
  • A MediaAgent
  • The Web Console
  • The Web Server

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Google Mail and Google Drive

Backup Support for Amazon S3

Backup support for Amazon S3 storage service.

Key Features

  • You can make a backup copy of the Amazon S3 data by backing up the data to local storage.
  • You can perform distributed restore operations to the cloud by using multiple streams for optimal load sharing.

Licenses

Server File System

Setup Requirements

On the proxy client computer, install the File System Core package, the File System package, and the Cloud Connector package.

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Admin Console Support for File System Agents

You can now create a file system plan in the Admin Console to back up data on Windows and UNIX computers.

A file system plan specifies the following information:

  • The content to back up
  • The storage pool that stores the backup data
  • The data retention period
  • Add or modify Predefined schedules
    • A daily incremental backup that is set for granular recovery
    • A monthly full backup
    • A weekly synthetic full backup

Key Features

  • Quickly configure storage pools and content to back up.
  • Use Service Level Agreement (SLA) as input for backup schedule
  • Restore file system data.
  • Restore the system state for Windows.
  • Monitor jobs, events, and alerts.

Applicable Agents

  • UNIX File System
  • Windows File System

Setup Requirements

For a new installation, you must install the following packages:

  • A CommCell Console
  • A MediaAgent
  • The Web Console
  • The Web Server

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File System Agents

Back Up and Restore Azure SQL Databases

Commvault provides a complete data protection solution for your Azure SQL databases by automating backup operations and by providing the following recovery methods:

  • From an Azure cloud to an Azure cloud
  • From an Azure cloud to an on-premise SQL server
  • From an on-premise SQL server to an Azure cloud

Licenses

Microsoft SQL Server

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Back Up and Restore Azure SQL Databases

Support for Apache Cassandra Backups and Restores - Early Release Feature

Apache Cassandra is a distributed database that can handle large amounts of data on multiple nodes.

You can back up the entire Cassandra cluster environment by using the Cassandra agent.

Key Features

  • Back up all the required data from all the nodes in the Cassandra cluster.
  • Perform all operations (configuration, backup operations, and restore operations) from the coordinator host.
  • Use granular-level restores to perform the following restore operations:
    • Keyspaces and ColumnFamily
    • A single node restore

Licenses

Distributed Applications

Setup Requirements

Install the Cassandra software package on all the cluster nodes.

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Apache Cassandra Database Protection

Support for SAP HANA Multitenant Database Container Backup Operations and Restore Operations from the CommCell Console

You can perform backup operations and restore operations on SAP HANA multitenant databases from the CommCell Console.

 

Key Features

  • The Commvault software discovers the tenant databases.
  • You can perform full, incremental, and differential backup operations on a SYSTEMDB, or on a tenant database from the CommCell Console.
  • You can restore SYSTEMDB and tenant databases from the CommCell Console.

Applicable Agents

SAP HANA

Setup Requirements

You must have SAP HANA SPS 10 or later.

More Information

SAP HANA Multitentant Database Container Overview

Support for Multistream Restore Operations on Multiple Nodes with the File System Agent

For File System Agents, the restore operation uses a single stream and a single node by default. You can use multiple streams on multiple nodes to perform faster restore operations.

We recommend using multi-node restores when you want to perform restores to distributed or network file systems such as NFS and CIFS mounted across multiple machines. 

Applicable Agents

  • Windows File System Agent
  • UNIX File System Agent

Setup Requirements

The destination volume must be shared across all the restore nodes and it must be accessible from all the nodes.

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Oracle E-Business Suite Migration - Early Release Feature

You can use the Commvault application migration feature to move your on-site Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) to Oracle cloud storage.

Use the application migration feature in the following scenarios:

  • When you want to clone your Oracle EBS
  • When you want to move your production Oracle EBS to the cloud

Oracle EBS Tiers

Oracle EBS has three tiers that can contain multiple servers (also called nodes):

  • Database Tier: The server set that runs the Oracle database application
  • Application Tier: The server set that runs the business logic applications such as form services
  • Desktop Tier: The server set that runs web browsers

How Commvault Software Moves Oracle EBS to the Cloud

The Commvault software moves Oracle EBS from the nodes to the cloud by automatically performing the following operations:

  • Provisioning the compute nodes (VMs) on the cloud for the Database Tier node and the Application Tier node.
  • Provisioning the compute node storage to accommodate the Oracle EBS data and the application.
  • Configuring the data protection software on the source and the destination to handle the application data movement to the cloud.
  • Replicating incremental changes when needed. For example, the software replicates any changes that were made after the start of migration.
  • Validating the data after migration.

Setup Requirements

The Commvault software supports the following configuration:

  • Oracle EBS version 12.2.2 or higher
  • A single-node Database Tier
  • A multi-node Application Tier

You must install the Commvault Oracle Agent software on the Database Tier node, and the Commvault File System Agent software on all Application Tier Nodes.

More Information

Oracle E-Business Suite Migration

Incremental System State Backup Operations

Incremental system state backup operations back up only the system-protected files that were modified after the most recent backup operation.

Key Features

Incremental system state backup operations have the following advantages because they back up only a few files:

  • System state backup operations are faster.
  • The backed-up data consumes less space on the media.

Applicable Agents

Windows File System Agent

More Information

Configuring System State Backups Using the Windows File System Agent

Oracle 12 Multitenant Support Through Pluggable Database Tracking

Oracle has introduced the Multitenant feature for Oracle 12c. There are 2 main databases that are part of the Multitenant feature:

  • The container database (CDB): This database contains the files that the database needs to run, such as the control file, the dictionary, and the redo logs. A CDB can contain one or more pluggable databases.
  • Pluggable databases (PDB): The PDBs contain datafiles and tablespaces. They do not contain any control file because they use the CDB control file. Each PDB has a unique database ID.

If you have Oracle 12c, then you can unplug a PDB from one CDB and plug it into a new CDB to simplify software patching and maintenance. When you move a PDB to a new CDB instance, Oracle prunes the database backup information from the original CDB instance and does not update the new CDB instance with the backup information. The Commvault Oracle Agent software tracks the PDB and its container database at a specific point in time so that you can identify the CDB for any point-in-time restore operation.

The Commvault software includes the PDB database ID in backups. You can run a script from the command line that displays the following PDB information:

  • The client name where you ran the backup
  • The Oracle instance name
  • The Oracle PDB name
  • The backup creation time
  • The backup end time
  • The PDB database ID

After you have this information, you can use RMAN scripts to plug the PDB into a new CDB, or to clone the PDB.

Applicable Agents

Oracle

Setup Requirements

You must have an Oracle 12c environment that has Container Databases and Pluggable Databases.

More Information

Viewing the Oracle PDB Database ID

SQL Database Application Migration to the Cloud

You can use the Commvault Application Migration feature to move your SQL database to an Amazon EC2 instance.

Use the Application Migration feature in the following scenarios:

  • When you move or retire your data center
  • When you want to create a clone of the production system in the cloud for development or testing
  • When you want to create a standby instance for disaster recovery

Key Features

The Commvault software automates the following processes:

  • Capturing the application server physical configuration
  • Protecting the application data
  • Provisioning the cloud instance and storage
  • Restoring the data
  • Validating the restore operation

Applicable Agents

SQL

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SQL Database Application Migration to the Cloud

Support for Linux PowerPC (Little Endian) Systems

The Commvault software supports configurations that have PowerPC processors for Linux (little endian) for the following backup agents:

  • DB2
  • Linux File System
  • SAP HANA

Applicable Agents

  • DB2
  • Linux File System
  • SAP HANA

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Backup Support for Salesforce Data

You can back up Salesforce data at regular intervals to media and to a local database for safekeeping by using the Commvault software.

You can use the local database for queries that do not require a connection to Salesforce.

Key Features

  • You can back up the Salesforce data to media and to a local database.
  • You can schedule these backups to run automatically at regular intervals so that you always have the latest backup copy.
  • If an accidental permanent deletion occurs, you can restore from the latest backup copy to a file system, to a local database, or to Salesforce.

More Information

Salesforce Data Protection

Infinishare for SharePoint

Infinishare allows users to access network file shares through SharePoint sites. You can apply SharePoint management options, such as versioning, to the content in the network file share. Users view the files as regular SharePoint content, even though the files reside on the network file share.

Key Features

  • Automatically sync any new content that is added to the network file share after the initial migration.
  • Move any documents that are uploaded to the SharePoint site to the network file share.

Applicable Agents

  • SharePoint Server Agent

Licenses

  • Microsoft SharePoint Server

Setup Requirements

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Back up Microsoft OneDrive for Business with Commvault Cloud Apps

Support for backing up Microsoft OneDrive for Business is available using Commvault Cloud Apps.

Key Features

  • You can make a copy of the OneDrive for Business data by backing up the data to any secondary storage.
  • If data loss occurs, then you can restore your data back to the cloud OneDrive folder.

Setup Requirements

  • On the proxy client computer, install the Cloud Connector package.
  • Register the application for Microsoft OneDrive for Business.

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Microsoft OneDrive for Business Data Protection

Support of Content Database Management Through SharePoint Storage Manager

SharePoint Storage Manager manages content database growth in SharePoint by storing Binary Large Objects (BLOBs), leaving only the corresponding metadata in the content database. SharePoint Storage Manager uses SQL Server Remote BLOB Storage (RBS) technology and hierarchical storage management (HSM) to migrate rarely used files to lower-cost storage devices.

Key Features

  • Improves SharePoint and backup performance
  • Reduces storage consumption through deduplication and archiving
  • Manages tiered storage

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Backup Support for Azure Blob Storage

Backup support for Azure Blob Storage service

Key Features

  • You can make a backup copy of the Azure Blob Storage data by backing up the data to local storage.
  • You can perform distributed restore operations to the cloud by using multiple streams for optimal load sharing.

Licenses

Server File System

Setup Requirements

On the proxy client computer, install the File System Core package, the File System package, and the Cloud Connector package.

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Back Up and Restore SharePoint Sites on Microsoft Office 365 Using the SharePoint Server Agent

Back up and restore Office 365 using the SharePoint agent. You can run backup and restore operations on a document backup set, with options to backup and restore SharePoint sites and granular content.

Key Features

Even though the files reside on Microsoft Office 365, backup and restore operations function similarly to how they function in SharePoint On Premise.

Applicable Agents

SharePoint Server Agent

Licenses

Microsoft SharePoint Server

Setup Requirements

Download SharePoint Online Management Shell

 

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Table-Level Restore from MSSQL Agent Backups

You can perform a granular recovery operation to restore one or more tables from SQL database backups.

Key Features

You can recover one or more tables from the following backup types without restoring the whole database:

  • IntelliSnap backups
  • Block-level backups
  • Application Aware backups

 

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Table-Level Restore from MSSQL Agent Backups

Support for ACL-Based Browse and Restore Using the SharePoint Server Agent

End-user browse (ACL-based) for the SharePoint Server Agent is now supported from both the Web Console and the CommCell Console.

When you enable access control on client data, the access control lists (ACLs) for the data are also included in the backup, which in turn, allow users to access only the files and folders for which they have access permissions. Other files and folders for which the user does not have permissions will be filtered and hidden during Find, Browse, Restore, and Erase Data operations.

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Block Level Incremental Backup Support for MySQL Agent

You can perform a block level incremental backup operation on MySQL Agent.

Key Features

Block level incremental backup operations have the following key benefits:

  • Only the blocks on the disk that have changed since the last full or incremental backup are backed up.
  • Block level incremental backups are faster than full backups.
  • Block level incremental backups consume less media and other resources, such as backup streams.

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IntelliSnap Support for Cross-Instance Restores Using the SQL Server Agent

Microsoft SQL databases backed up using IntelliSnap can be restored to a different instance. This can be useful in cases where the log needs to be applied, or where a point-in-time restore is required. A standard restore to disk is still recommended when only the database needs to be restored from an IntelliSnap backup.

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The SharePoint Agent Now Supports SharePoint Server 2016

You can now use the SharePoint Agent to backup and restore your data from SharePoint Server 2016.

Note: For the SharePoint Document backup set, we support only full backups. Incremental backups are not yet supported.

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Block Level Incremental Backup Support for PostgreSQL Agent

You can perform a block level incremental backup operation on PostgreSQL Agent.

Key Features

Block level incremental backup operations have the following key benefits:

  • Only the blocks on the disk that have changed since the last full or incremental backup are backed up.
  • Block level incremental backups are faster than full backups.
  • Block level incremental backups consume less media and other resources, such as backup streams.

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MySQL Agent Supports Block-Level Synthetic Full Backups

You can use the MySQL Agent to perform block-level synthetic full backup operations.

Key Features

Block-level synthetic full backup operations have the following key benefits:

  • Block-level synthetic full backups do not load the production environment because the backup is created on a backup repository.
  • Block-level synthetic full backups consume few resources because the backup is created from the backup files that are already on the disk.

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PostgreSQL Agent Supports Block-Level Synthetic Full Backups

You can use the PostgreSQL agent to perform block-level synthetic full backup operations.

Key Features

Block-level synthetic full backup operations have the following key benefits:

  • Block-level synthetic full backups do not load the production environment because the backup is created on a backup repository.
  • Block-level synthetic full backups consume few resources because the backup is created from the backup files that are already on the disk.

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Oracle Multitenant Databases

The Oracle Multitenant architecture allows you to create multiple pluggable databases (PDB) that are contained in a container database (CDB). Business needs may dictate that the pluggable databases be backed up and stored on different schedules. You can now create separate subclients for one or more pluggable databases from the CommCell Console. You can then perform backups for each subclient, either immediately, or on a schedule.

Applicable Agents

  • Oracle
  • Oracle RAC

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Disaster Recovery Using a Pseudo Client for SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint 2013

Use the farm-level disaster recovery solution to back up and recover Web Application, Content Databases and Web Front End data like SharePoint hive, IIS settings and SharePoint registry entries.

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Commvault Plug-in for SQL Management Studio

Use the Commvault plug-in to perform SQL backup and restore operations directly from the SQL Management Studio. After you configure the Commvault plug-in, the backup and restore command options are available within the SQL Management Studio.

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Archiving Agents

New Exchange Archiving Agent: Exchange Mailbox Agent - Early Release Feature

The Exchange Mailbox Agent is a comprehensive solution that incorporates separate archiving and cleanup operations. You can move mailbox messages to secondary storage and use these messages as an archive copy. Cleanup jobs create stubs on the production storage. The stubs point to the messages that were moved as part of the archiving and cleanup operations. The archived messages are available for quick and easy retrieval by administrators and end users.

With the Exchange Mailbox Agent, content is managed at the user level, rather than at the subclient level. Users are contained within a single subclient where you can assign discrete Exchange policies at the user, database, and user group levels. This eliminates the need to manage load balancing across multiple subclients.

Key Features

  • The Exchange Mailbox Agent is easy to configure because all data is associated with one virtual client, which makes it simple to scale your data protection system horizontally. As your business needs grow, you can add or remove physical clients at any time without any disruption.
  • Metadata (From, To, Subject, receive time, size, and so on) is indexed, which allows you to retrieve data quickly. Content indexing indexes entire messages.
  • Multistreaming means that archiving, cleanup, and restore jobs can run in parallel and this increases throughput. In addition, each job type can run in multiple streams.

Applicable Agents

  • Exchange Mailbox Agent

Licenses

  • Mailbox Archive Solution

Setup Requirements

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Exchange Mailbox Agents Names Are Changed

The name of the new archive agent, which was initially called the Exchange OnePass Agent in Service Pack 3, is renamed the Exchange Mailbox Agent.

The backup agent, which was previously called the Exchange Mailbox Agent, is renamed the Exchange Mailbox (Classic) Agent.

The archive feature, which was previously called OnePass for Exchange Mailbox, is renamed OnePass for Exchange Mailbox (Classic).

Applicable Agents

  • Exchange Mailbox Agent
  • OnePass for Exchange Mailbox (Classic)
  • Exchange Mailbox (Classic) Agent

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ContentStore Mailbox - Early Release Feature

The ContentStore Mailbox type has been added to the Exchange Mailbox Agent. The ContentStore Mailbox provides SMTP-based journaling. Journal messages are sent from the Exchange servers to an external recipient using the SMTP protocol. In this case, the external recipient is the Commvault ContentStore Mail Server (SMTP).

Key Features

  • The Exchange Mailbox Agent ContentStore Mailbox replaces the Exchange journal mailbox.
  • You can perform rules-based journaling without having the Exchange Enterprise Client Access License (CAL) on your Exchange server.
  • The ContentStore Mailbox configuration provides high availability.
  • Load balancing provides horizontal scaling.
  • Metadata (From, To, Subject, receive time, size, and so on) is indexed, which allows you to retrieve data quickly. Content indexing indexes entire messages.

Applicable Agents

Exchange Mailbox Agent

Licenses

Mailbox Archive Solution

Setup Requirements

See Configurations for the Exchange Mailbox Agent ContentStore Mailbox.

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Configurations for the Exchange Mailbox Agent ContentStore Mailbox

Integration of OnePass for Macintosh with File System Agent

OnePass for Macintosh File System is integrated with the File System Agent as a method to archive backup files. The archived data can be seamlessly recalled and opened within its native application.

Key Features

  • If the archived data is content indexed, ability to view the first few bytes of data by previewing the archived files
  • Simultaneously recall multiple files and folders
  • Recall a folder and its contents recursively

Applicable Agents

  • Macintosh File System Agent

Licenses

  • File System Archiving
  • Server File System

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Journal Mailbox - Early Release Feature

The Journal Mailbox type has been added to the Exchange Mailbox Agent. The Journal Mailbox works in conjunction with the message journaling feature of Microsoft Exchange Server software to archive all incoming and outgoing messages and attachments. A copy of all incoming messages and outgoing messages is captured in the Exchange Journal Mailbox.

Key Features

  • Content is managed at the user level, rather than at the subclient level. Users are contained within a single subclient where you can assign discrete Exchange policies. With all users contained in a single subclient, you do not have to manage load balancing across multiple subclients.
  • The Journal Mailbox is easy to configure.
  • Metadata (From, To, Subject, receive time, size, and so on) is indexed, which allows you to retrieve data quickly. Content indexing indexes entire messages.
  • Multistreaming means that archiving jobs, cleanup jobs, and restore jobs can run in parallel, which increases throughput. In addition, each job type can run in multiple streams.

Applicable Agents

Exchange Mailbox Agent

Licenses

Mailbox Archive Solution

Setup Requirements

See Getting Started with the Exchange Mailbox Agent.

More Information

Configurations for the Exchange Mailbox Agent Journal Mailbox

Subclient Retention Options Are Now Categorized as Archive and Backup

The labels for subclient retention options are now more accurate and easier to understand. While the labels for the options have changed, the functionality remains the same. To provide more granular support, retention options are now divided into Archiver Retention and Backup Retention and are labeled as follows:

  • Archiver Retention
    • Use storage policy copy retention after n days is now Extend retention for N years N months and N days.
    • Retain Indefinitely is now Extend retention indefinitely.
  • Backup Retention
    • Use storage policy copy retention after N days for deleted files is now After deletion keep items for N years N months N days.
    • Retain Indefinitely for deleted files is now After deletion keep items indefinitely.

 

Key Features

  • Retention time is now specified in years, months, and days.
  • Retention for archived files is the same whether the source file is deleted or replaced with a stub.
  • Retention for previous versions of a file is now based on the number of versions or a period of time.

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Migrating from the Exchange Mailbox (Classic) Agent to the Exchange Mailbox Agent - Early Release

You can import your archived or backed up messages from the Exchange Mailbox (Classic) Agent and OnePass for Exchange Mailbox (Classic) into the Exchange Mailbox Agent and continue to protect the messages using the Exchange Mailbox Agent.

Key Features

Some of the benefits of transitioning from the classic agent to the Exchange Mailbox Agent are:

  • Content is managed at the user level, rather than at the subclient level.
  • Using a single subclient and adding proxies dynamically eliminates the need to manage load balancing across multiple subclients.
  • All content is associated with one Exchange Mailbox client, which makes it simple to scale your data protection system horizontally when you add multiple proxies.

Applicable Agents

  • Exchange Mailbox Agent
  • Exchange Mailbox (Classic) Agent
  • OnePass for Exchange Mailbox (Classic)

Licenses

Mailbox Archive Solution

Setup Requirements

See Transitioning to the Exchange Mailbox Agent.

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Support for Office 365 with Exchange (Exchange Online)

Office 365 with Exchange (Exchange Online) is a hosted mail solution that is a part of Microsoft Office 365. Commvault Exchange mailbox agents can archive messages from Office 365 with Exchange servers as part of your overall data protection and recovery operations. This allows you to take advantage of the rich Commvault software feature set for all your email, such as deduplication, search, e-discovery, and much more, no matter where the mail is hosted.

Key Features

  • You can archive and restore Exchange messages in an hosted environment or a combination of an hosted and on-premise (hybrid) environment.

Applicable Agents

  • OnePass for Exchange Mailbox (Classic)
  • Exchange Mailbox (Classic) Agent

Setup Requirements

 

Before you install your Exchange mailbox agent, you must prepare your Exchange server environment. For more information, see:

After you install your Exchange mailbox agent, you must configure your Exchange mailbox agent environment. For more information, see:

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Content Indexing for the Exchange Mailbox Agent - Early Release Feature

You can enable content indexing for messages that are archived by the Exchange Mailbox Agent from within the agent's archiving policy (User Mailbox) or from within the journal policy (Journal Mailbox and ContentStore Mailbox). With content indexing, you can search the contents of archived messages in Commvault search environments such as Web Console, Compliance Search, and ContentStore Email Viewer.

Key Features

  • You can content index messages at the subclient level or by selecting individual mailboxes.
  • The same index server is used for both metadata and content indexing, which decreases the amount of hardware that is required to host the indices, and increases the throughput of the content indexing jobs.

Applicable Agents

Exchange Mailbox Agent

Setup Requirements

  • The Web Server and MediaAgent must be installed on each proxy computer where the Exchange Mailbox Agent is installed.
  • You must enable content indexing.
    • For the User Mailbox, enable content indexing in the agent's archiving policy.
    • For the Journal Mailbox and the ContentStore Mailbox, enable content indexing in the agent's journal policy.

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Migrating Domino Messages to a Microsoft Exchange Server

You can migrate messages from a Domino server to a Microsoft Exchange environment either as a PST file or to a mailbox.

Key Features

The following are the key benefits of this feature:

  • You can restore messages from a Domino server to mailboxes on a Microsoft Exchange server.
  • You can restore messages from a Domino server to PST files.

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Previewing an Archived Message from IBM iNotes and IBM Notes Traveler

You can preview archived messages from IBM iNotes and IBM Notes Traveler.

Key Features

To preview archived messages from IBM iNotes and IBM Notes Traveler, when you define the rules for archive messages, select the Add recall link to stub body check box.

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Searchable Review Sets for Compliance Search

You can now search the data within an individual review set. You can also filter, refine, and perform advanced searches of data within a review set to increase the efficiency of Compliance Search users.

Key Features

The following features are now supported for review sets:

  • Keyword Search
  • Advanced Search
  • Refinements

Setup Requirements

The Analytics Engine must be installed on the MediaAgent. See Compliance Search Review Sets.

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ContentStore Mail Server

You can provide end-user access to backed up or archived messages on mobile devices that support an IMAP client.

Applicable Agents

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

Setup Requirements

  • Before you install the ContentStore Mail Server:
    • Install and configure the Web Server.
    • Install and configure the Web Console.
    • Install and configure Search Engine.
    • To prepare your ContentStore Mail Server environment, refer to the preinstallation checklist.
    • Optional: The ContentStore Mail Server only allows end users to download messages. You must configure an SMTP server to allow end users to reply, reply all, and forward downloaded messages.
    • Assign the role security permissions for the agent or the backupset. Use the permissions that are defined for the End User role.
    • Configure component communications through firewalls.
  • Messages must be content indexed.
  • Install the SSL certificate on the client where ContentStore Mail server is installed. We recommend that you use a digital certificate signed by the Certificate Authority (CA), and not a self-signed certificate. Make sure that the SSL port 993 is open.

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Deduplication

Source-Side Deduplication Support for Macintosh File System Agent

Source-side deduplication is now supported for Macintosh File System Agent backups.

Licenses

  • De-Duplication Block Level

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Deduplication Database Growth Management

You can now manage the growth of the deduplication database by using either a DDBParam qscript or the DDBCompact tool.

Key Features

  • Limit the size of the DDB secondary files for faster space reclamation on the DDB disk by using the DDBParam qscript.
  • Prevent the DDB disk drives from running out of disk space by using the DDBCompact tool.

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Increased Number of Partitions for Partitioned Deduplication Database (DDB)

You can now configure up to four partitions by using a Partitioned DDB. Increasing the number of partitions has the following positive effects:

  • Increased system throughput and further enhanced scalability
  • The ability to deliver a highly resilient deduplication system for larger data sets

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Transactional Deduplication Database

Deduplication Database (DDB) now uses a transaction-based update scheme to store the data signatures.

In the event of disaster, the transactional DDB enables you to recover the DDB instantaneously.

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Virtualization

VMware vRealize Automation Integration for Virtual Server Agent

Service providers can configure a VMware vRealize Automation portal to provide support for virtual machine (VM) provisioning and data protection operations using Commvault software. Users of the vRealize Automation portal can create virtual machines, associate VMs with a data protection policy, back up VMs on a scheduled or on-demand basis, and recover virtual machines. 

Applicable Agents

  • Virtual Server Agent for VMware
  • IntelliSnap for VMware

Licenses

  • Virtual Server (for streaming backups)
  • Hardware Snapshot Enabler (for IntelliSnap)

Setup Requirements

See Configuring vRealize Automation Support.

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vRealize Automation Support

Virtual Machine Protection and Recovery for Nutanix Acropolis Hypervisor (AHV)

You can use Commvault to back up virtual machines (VMs) that are hosted in a cluster for the Nutanix Acropolis Hypervisor (AHV) and to recover full VMs or files and folders.

Key Features

  • You can perform full, incremental, differential, or synthetic full backups of virtual machines.
  • By default, backups are application consistent. If an application-consistent backup cannot be performed, a crash-consistent backup is performed instead.
  • You can restore full virtual machines or files and folders.

Applicable Agents

Virtual Server Agent for Nutanix Acropolis

Licenses

Virtual Server

Setup Requirements

  • Commvault software is supported with Nutanix Acropolis Hypervisor versions 4.6 and 4.7.
  • For Nutanix Controller VMs (CVMs), configure a Cluster Virtual IP.
  • To perform application consistent backups for user VMs, ensure that the following requirements are met:
    • Nutanix Guest Tools software is installed on each VM.
    • The CVM Virtual IP (port 2074) is accessible from user VMs.
    • The cluster is updated to Nutanix Acropolis 4.6 or later.
  • Install the Virtual Server Agent on one or more virtual machines in the Nutanix cluster. The following operating systems are supported for VSA proxies:
    • Windows Server 2008 R2
    • Windows Server 2012 R2
    • CentOS 6.6, 7.1
    • RHEL 6.6, 7.1
  • Create a virtualization client for the Nutanix cluster.
  • To provide UNIX file system support, deploy a File Recovery Enabler for Linux.

More Information

Virtual Machine Protection and Recovery for Nutanix Acropolis Hypervisor (AHV)

Linux File Recovery Enabler Support

You can enable browse and restore operations for UNIX file systems by converting a Linux MediaAgent to act as a File Recovery Enabler. A File Recovery Enabler can mount virtual machine backups for live browse operations and live recovery operations, without requiring that granular recovery metadata be collected during backups. For VMware and OpenStack, you can also use a template to deploy a new File Recovery Enabler that you can use to browse UNIX file systems.

In Service Pack 5, all Virtual Server Agent hypervisors support the File Recovery Enabler.

More Information

Converting a Linux MediaAgent to act as a File Recovery Enabler

Block-Level Browse for VM File Recovery

With block-level browse, users can browse and recover files without requiring metadata collection during backup. This feature uses a block-level driver to mount a pseudo disk for browse and restore operations. For Windows VMs, the pseudo disk is mounted on a MediaAgent. For Linux VMs, the pseudo disk is mounted on a File Recovery Enabler for Linux. The browse and restore is then performed from the pseudo disk. The pseudo disk provides file system information so that browse and restore operations can read directly from stored backup data, without relying on content indexing.

Block-level browse replaces 3DFS Live Browse as the underlying mechanism for Live Browse and Live File Recovery. Block-level browse is supported from streaming backups, auxiliary copies, and backup copies. It is not supported from IntelliSnap backups.

Service Pack 5 extends block-level browse support to all hypervisors that are supported by the Virtual Server Agent.

Applicable Agents

  • Virtual Server Agent (all supported hypervisors)

Licenses

  • Virtual Server (for streaming backups)
  • Hardware Snapshot Enabler (for IntelliSnap)

Setup Requirements

  • For Windows guest VMs, the Windows MediaAgent that is used for browse and restore operations must have the Virtual Server Agent installed.
  • For Linux guest VMs, deploy a File Recovery Enabler for Linux. For hypervisors that support Linux proxies, the Virtual Server Agent role can also be enabled on the MediaAgent.

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Cloud Protection and Recovery for Microsoft Azure

You can use Commvault to back up virtual machines in Microsoft Azure and to recover full virtual machines or files and folders. Azure VMs can reside in Azure Classic or Azure Resource Manager deployments.

Key Features

  • Only streaming backups are supported.
  • You can perform full, incremental, or synthetic full backups of virtual machines.
  • You can restore full virtual machines or files and folders.

Applicable Agents

Virtual Server Agent for Microsoft Azure

Licenses

Virtual Server

Setup Requirements

For Azure Classic deployments, you must provide the following information during client configuration:

  • An Azure subscription ID and thumbprint are required.

    Obtain your subscription ID and thumbprint from the Azure website under Settings.

  • You must create and upload an Azure management certificate. For instructions, see Setting Up an Azure Management Certificate.

For Azure Resource Manager deployments, you must provide the following information during client configuration:

  • Subscription ID
  • Tenant ID
  • Application ID and password

You can run a script to get the required information for your Azure Resource Manager environment as described in Setting Up an Application and Tenant for Azure Resource Manager.

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Overview - Virtual Server Agent for Microsoft Azure

Enhancements for Cloud Protection and Recovery for Amazon

You can use Commvault to back up and recover Amazon EC2 or VPC instances.

For Service Pack 4, IntelliSnap support was added, with the ability to back up and restore full instances.

Applicable Agents

  • Virtual Server Agent for Amazon
  • IntelliSnap for Amazon

Licenses

  • Virtual Server (for streaming backups)
  • Hardware Snapshot Enabler (for IntelliSnap)

Setup Requirements

  • Commvault software is supported with Amazon EC2 or VPC.
  • Set required permissions for non-admin users in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) user policy.
  • Install the Virtual Server Agent on a Windows instance that is hosted in Amazon, and that is located in the same region as the instances to be backed up.
  • To enable installation of the Virtual Server Agent to Amazon instances and to enable communication with the CommServe system, you must open tunnel ports (for example, 8400 and 8403) in the security group for the instance.
  • Define a virtualization client for each AWS user account and provide the access key and secret key that are associated with the AWS account.

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Overview - Virtual Server Agent for Amazon

VM Conversion to Azure Resource Manager - Early Release Feature

You can now use virtual machine backups from VMware or Microsoft Hyper-V to convert virtual machines and deploy them in Azure Resource Manager. Conversion to Azure Classic deployment is still supported. 

Applicable Agents

  • Virtual Server Agent for VMware
  • Virtual Server Agent for Microsoft Hyper-V

Licenses

  • Virtual Server

Setup Requirements

  • Set up an Azure management certificate.
  • Create a Microsoft Azure client.
  • Before performing backups of source VMs:
    • Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) must be enabled on the source VM and the user performing the conversion should be able to log in to the VM. 
    • For Linux VMs, integration services should be enabled on the source VMs if they will be powered on automatically after conversion. 

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Cloud Protection and Recovery for Amazon - Early Release Feature

You can use Commvault to back up and recover Amazon EC2 or VPC instances.

For Service Pack 4, IntelliSnap support is added, with the ability to back up and restore full instances. 

Key Features

  • You can perform full, incremental, differential, or synthetic full backups of EC2 or VPC instances.
  • You can restore full instances (virtual machines) from streaming or IntelliSnap backups, and guest files and folders from streaming backups.

Applicable Agents

  • Virtual Server Agent for Amazon
  • IntelliSnap for Amazon

Licenses

  • Virtual Server (for streaming backups)
  • Hardware Snapshot Enabler (for IntelliSnap)

Setup Requirements

  • Commvault software is supported with Amazon EC2 or VPC.
  • Set required permissions for non-admin users in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) user policy.
  • Install the Virtual Server Agent on a Windows instance hosted in Amazon, and located in the same region as the instances to be backed up.
  • Tunnel ports (for example, 8400 and 8403) must be opened in the security group for the instance to enable installation of the Virtual Server Agent to Amazon instances and to enable communication with the CommServe system.
  • Define a virtualization client for each AWS user account and provide the access key and secret key associated with the AWS account.

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Dynamic Load Balancing and Throttling for Virtual Machine Backups

The Virtual Server Agent (VSA) dynamically distributes virtual machines for backup across available VSA proxies, at the beginning of the backup job and while the backup is running.  When a backup operation starts, the first VSA proxy listed for the Virtual Server instance acts as a coordinator, controlling traffic for backups across all proxies. 

Key Features

Dynamic distribution improves performance, enhances scalability, and ensures fault tolerance for backup operations by providing the following functions:

  • Better coordination across multiple jobs or large numbers of subclients
  • Adaptive dispatch logic
  • Load balancing across the backup infrastructure
  • Throttling for proxies and datastores
  • Improved failover in the event that a proxy or coordinator becomes unavailable

Applicable Agents

  • Virtual Server Agent for VMware
  • Virtual Server Agent for Microsoft Hyper-V
  • Virtual Server Agent for Citrix Xen
  • Virtual Server Agent for Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization

Licenses

  • Virtual Server

Setup Requirements

  • None

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Web Console Support for Microsoft Hyper-V

End users can use the Web Console to manage their virtual machines running in a Microsoft Hyper-V environment. 

Key Features

  • Create virtual machines based on VM Provisioning policies.
  • Clone virtual machines.
  • Restore full VMs or virtual machine files from backup. 
  • Start, restart, power off, or suspend virtual machines.
  • Create and manage virtual machine snapshots.
  • Edit resource settings (disk space, memory, CPUs, and NICs) in accordance with VM Provisioning policy. 
  • Refresh virtual machine information (such as the IP address) from the host.
  • Access a virtual machine using Remote Desktop.
  • Share a virtual machine with another user.
  • Renew virtual machine subscriptions. 
  • Delete a virtual machine.

Applicable Agents

  • Virtual Server Agent for Microsoft Hyper-V

Licenses

  • Virtual Server

Setup Requirements

More Information

Multi-VM Restore Support for Hyper-V

You can now restore one or more virtual machines during a full machine restore operation.

Applicable Agents

  • Virtual Server Agent (Microsoft Hyper-V)

Licenses

  • Virtual Server

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Support for Microsoft Hyper-V Agentless File Recovery

The Virtual Server Agent for Microsoft Hyper-V supports agentless restores of small files and folders into a virtual machine, without requiring the installation of the File System Agent on the destination VM. Using this feature 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.

Applicable Agents

  • Virtual Server for Microsoft Hyper-V

Setup Requirements

  • The Hyper-V host must be running on Windows Server 2012 or later versions.
  • For Windows, the destination VM must be running on Windows 2008 R2 with Service Pack 1 or later.
  • The destination VM must be powered on and running the latest integration services.

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Customized Rules for Content Discovery

You can refine the selection of virtual machines for subclient content by defining rules that identify specific virtual machines based on their properties. These rules can be used in conjunction with other discovery rules that identify virtual machines based on operating system, server, and storage location. Custom virtual machine properties can include: 

  • Power on status of the virtual machine
  • Notes
  • Annotations (VMware only)
  • Custom attributes and values (VMware only)

Applicable Agents

  • Virtual Server Agent (VMware and Microsoft Hyper-V)

Licenses

  • Virtual Server

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Live Recovery for Virtual Machines

The Live Recovery feature enables virtual machines (VMs) to be recovered and powered on from a backup without waiting for a full restore of the VM. This feature can be used to recover a VM that has failed and needs to be placed back in production quickly, or to validate that a backup can be used in a disaster recovery scenario.

Applicable Agents

  • Virtual Server Agent for VMware
  • IntelliSnap for VMware

Licenses

  • Virtual Server (for streaming backups)
  • Hardware Snapshot Enabler (for IntelliSnap)

Setup Requirements

  • Live VM recovery is supported for recovery from:
    • Streaming backups and backup copies using magnetic disk libraries
    • IntelliSnap backups using NetApp snapshot engines
  • Live VM recovery is not supported for:
    • Backups to tape libraries
    • Archived VMs
    • Multiple VM restores
    • Simultaneous live recovery and live browse operations for the same virtual machine
  • The Live Recovery for Virtual Machines feature requires Version 5.x or 6.0 for vCenter and ESX.
  • The user performing the live recovery operation must be an owner of the virtualization client and VSA proxy used for the operation. For more information, see Ownership and Permissions Needed for Virtual Machine Recovery.
  • The vCenter user account must have permissions set as described in Permissions for Custom User Accounts.
  • The ESX server that is used to mount the NFS datastore for the browse and restore must be able to resolve the MediaAgent (which uses 3DFS components to perform the live recovery). To ensure connectivity, create a host file entry for the MediaAgent on the ESX server.

    If a File Recovery Enabler for Linux is configured as described in Deploy a Virtual Machine for UNIX-Based File Restores and the default File Recovery Enabler is configured for the instance, the restore will use the default File Recovery Enabler for Linux for the live recovery operation. Otherwise, the MediaAgent that performed the backup is used.

    The same requirements that apply to a MediaAgent also apply to a File Recovery Enabler when it is used for live recovery.

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Live Sync Replication of Virtual Machines for Microsoft Hyper-V

The Live Sync feature enables incremental replication from a backup of a virtual machine (source VM) to a synced copy of the virtual machine (destination VM). The Live Sync operation opens the destination VM and applies changes from the source VM backups since the last sync point.

 

Key Features

  • Initiate replication automatically after backups or on a scheduled basis (for example, daily or once a week), without requiring any additional action from users.
  • Minimize the impact on production systems by using backup data for replications, avoiding the need to read the source VM again for replication. 

Service Pack 4 includes the following enhancement:

  • Ability to fail over the virtual machines that are created and maintained by Live Sync operations to a disaster recovery site.

 

Applicable Agents

  • Virtual Server Agent for Microsoft Hyper-V

Licenses

  • Virtual Server

Setup Requirements

  • The destination server must run Windows Server 2012 or later.
  • To add virtual machines to the Live Sync schedule, the virtual machines must have been backed up at least once.

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Support for VMware Virtual Volume (VVol) - Early Release Feature

VMware Virtual Volumes (VVols) provide a logical view of virtual machine storage. The Virtual Server Agent (VSA) supports IntelliSnap backups with VVol for any hardware storage arrays that provide VVol support, as well as IntelliSnap backups for virtual machines that reside on Virtual SAN (VSAN) storage that includes VVols.

The VSA leverages VMware software snapshots to perform more efficient and granular IntelliSnap backups of VVols that are associated with a virtual machine. By using a software snapshot, the VSA reads data directly from storage and limits the data captured in the snapshot to the data for the targeted virtual machine. Backup, backup copy, retention, revert, browse, and VM recovery operations can address storage for each virtual machine, eliminating the need to create and manage snapshots for each datastore that contains virtual machine data.

Applicable Agents

  • IntelliSnap for VMware

Licenses

  • Hardware Snapshot Enabler (for IntelliSnap)

Setup Requirements

  • Enable IntelliSnap for the virtualization client instance.
  • On the IntelliSnap Operations tab of the subclient properties, select Virtual Server Agent Snap as the snapshot engine.

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Support for Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization

The Virtual Server Agent (VSA) provides unified protection and recovery for virtual machines that are running in a Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV) data center. You can create a Red Hat virtualization client, perform backups, restore full virtual machines, and monitor virtual machine protection operations.

Service Pack 4 adds the following enhancements:

  • Live Browse and guest file recovery can be performed using the block-level browse capability.
  • A File Recovery Enabler can be deployed to perform file recovery for UNIX VMs.

Key Features

  • Data protection and recovery for virtual machines running in Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV) data centers
  • Complete protection of full virtual machines for disaster recovery
  • Automatic discovery of virtual machines
  • Block-level deduplication to identify and eliminate backups of data that is unchanged since the last backup
  • Load distribution on each host
  • Reporting to ensure that virtual machine data is easily traceable and retrievable

Applicable Agents

  • Virtual Server Agent for Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization

Licenses

  • Virtual Server

Setup Requirements

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Live Sync Replication of Virtual Machines for VMware

The Live Sync feature enables incremental replication from a backup of a virtual machine (source VM) to a synced copy of the virtual machine (destination VM). The Live Sync operation opens the destination VM and applies changes from the source VM backups since the last sync point. If no new backups have been run since the last Live Sync, the scheduled Live Sync does not run.

Key Features

  • Initiate replication automatically after backups or on a scheduled basis (for example, daily or once a week), without requiring any additional action from users.
  • Minimize the impact on production systems by using backup data for replications, avoiding the need to read the source VM again for replication. 
  • Copy backup data to remote disaster recovery (DR) sites with deduplication to minimize wide area network (WAN) traffic, and run Live Sync at the DR site.
  • In cases where corruption on the source VM is replicated to the destination VM, users can still recover a point-in-time version of the source VM from older backups.

Service Pack 2 provided the following enhancements: 

  • Failover orchestration: Run automated workflows to test boot virtual machines, perform a planned failover, or perform an unplanned failover.
  • IP address configuration for destination virtual machines: 
    • For source virtual machines running Windows that use static IP addresses, you can configure destination network IP addresses using DHCP or static IP addresses. 
    • Run an immediate Live Sync operation for virtual machines that have unapplied changes from recent backups.
  • Enhanced reporting: Run a Job Summary Report with the Live Sync option to generate a report for replication jobs.
  • Improved error handling:
    • ​If the result of a Live Sync job cannot be validated, the destination virtual machine automatically reverts to the last valid state for the virtual machine.
    • Live Sync jobs are automatically failed after three attempts, enabling a new job to start after issues are resolved.
    • After three unsuccessful retries, Live Sync is disabled for virtual machines that cannot be successfully synced.

Service Pack 3 provided the following enhancements:

  • Failback capability for virtual machines that have been failed over to a secondary site. You can fail back to the original primary site or to a new site. This operation ensures that any incremental updates from the secondary site are replicated back to the primary site.
  • You can replicate virtual machines to vCloud as well as to a vCenter. When replicating to vCloud, you can specify the organization, virtual data center (vDC), vApp name, and vApp owner.
  • New reports for failover and failback operations.
  • New Status field to show failover and failback status in the Live Sync Monitor.
  • Live Sync information added to the Health Report. 

Service Pack 4 provides the following enhancement:

  • You can configure a schedule for backing up virtual machines that have failed over to a secondary site. Backups of destination VMs support failback operations. 

Applicable Agents

  • Virtual Server Agent for VMware

Licenses

  • Virtual Server

Setup Requirements

  • Live Sync is supported for virtual machines using hardware version 7 or later.
  • To add virtual machines to the Live Sync schedule, the virtual machines must have been backed up at least once.
  • Live Sync can be used to replicate virtual machines from a streaming backup, auxiliary copy, or backup copy. You cannot replicate virtual machines from IntelliSnap backups. 

To support failover and failback operations, perform the following tasks:

  • The  workflow engine must be installed with the CommServe system. 
  • Create the allowToolsToExecuteOnServerOrClient additional setting on the CommServe node with the value 7 (category EventManager and type Integer).
  • Virtual machines included in a failover operation must have been replicated at least once, and must have a status of In Sync, Needs Sync, or Failover Failed.
  • Virtual machines included in a failback operation must have a status of Failover Complete or Failback Failed.

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Virtual Server Licenses for Virtual Machines or Sockets

New Virtual Server licenses enable you to protect virtual machines on a per-VM basis or on a CPU socket basis. 

The Protected Virtual Machines and CPU Sockets on Hypervisor Hosts licenses provide alternative methods of virtual machine licensing.

  • With the Protected Virtual Machines license, licensing is enforced based on the number of VMs protected.
  • With the CPU Sockets on Hypervisor Hosts ​license, licensing is enforced based on the number of CPU sockets in use on physical hypervisor servers configured with the Virtual Server Agent.

If you apply either of these licenses on a CommCell environment monitored by capacity licenses, Virtual Server Agent jobs will not count towards capacity, causing the capacity usage to decrease.

Applicable Agents

  • Virtual Server Agent for VMware
  • Virtual Server Agent for Microsoft Hyper-V
  • Virtual Server Agent for Citrix Xen
  • Virtual Server Agent for Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization

Licenses

  • Virtual Server
  • One of the following licenses:
    • Data Protection Enterprise infrastructure
    • Protected Virtual Machines 
    • CPU Sockets on Hypervisor Hosts

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Live Mount of Virtual Machines

The Live Mount feature enables you to run a virtual machine directly from a stored backup. You can use this feature to validate that backups are usable for a disaster recovery scenario, to validate the content on the backup, or to access data from the virtual machine directly instead of restoring guest files. 

Virtual machines that are live mounted are intended for short-term usage and should not be used for production; changes to live mounted VMs or their data are not retained when the virtual machine expires. The VM expiration period is set through a VM Lifecycle Management policy.

Applicable Agents

  • Virtual Server Agent for VMware

Licenses

  • Virtual Server

Setup Requirements

  • Requires vCenter 5.x or 6.0.
  • Perform a Refresh Datacenters operation on the VMware instance: 

    Under Client Computers > virtualization_client > Virtual Server, right-click VMware, point to All Tasks, and then click Refresh Datacenters. In the Refresh Datacenters dialog box, the Refresh VM Status and Discover VMs check boxes are not required for Live Mount; ensure that those check boxes are cleared and click OK

  • Define a Live Mount provisioning policy to limit the impact that live mount operations can have on the operating environment. See Creating a Provisioning Policy for Live Mount.
  • The virtual machine owner or the user group associated with the VM owner (client computer) must have Browse and Live Browse permissions assigned. See User Administration and Security - Getting Started.
  • The vCenter user account must have permissions set as described in Permissions for Custom User Accounts, including Virtual Machine > Interaction > Device connection as well as all permissions for streaming backups and restores. 
  • If a firewall is used, provide settings as described in Entering Required Firewall Settings.

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Support for VM Discovery and Filtering Using VMware Tags

You can define rules to identify virtual machines based on vSphere tags. Tags can be applied to any VMware entity, such as a datacenter, host, datastore, folder, or individual VM. A tag rule for subclient content or filters uses tags to select all virtual machines under the tagged entity.

Key Features

The following tags are supported:

  • Cluster
  • Datacenter
  • Datastore
  • Datastore Cluster
  • Folder 
  • Host
  • Resource Pool
  • vApp
  • Virtual Machine

The following tags are not supported:

  • Distributed Port Group 
  • Distributed Switch  
  • Library 
  • Library Item 
  • Network 

Applicable Agents

  • Virtual Server Agent for VMware

Licenses

  • Virtual Server

Setup Requirements

  • This feature is available only for vSphere 5.5 and later.
  • Install PowerCLI 6.0 or later on the VSA proxy (the latest version that is compatible with your vSphere version).

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Windows Server 2016 Support

The Virtual Server Agent for Microsoft Hyper-V can run on Windows Server 2016.

Key Features

  • Supports backups, restores, VM filters, and disk filters
  • Uses native Microsoft changed block tracking
  • Supports SMB shares and CSV storage
  • By default, uses production checkpoints to perform application consistent backups
  • For guest VMs running Windows 2008 R2 or earlier, uses standard checkpoints to perform crash consistent backups
  • Supports backup of virtual machines that run in a nested cluster

Applicable Agents

Virtual Server Agent for Microsoft Hyper-V

Licenses

Virtual Server

More Information

Support for Windows Server 2016

IntelliSnap Support for Nutanix Acropolis

You can use Commvault IntelliSnap to back up and recover virtual machines (VMs) that are hosted in a cluster for the Nutanix Acropolis hypervisor.

Key Features

  • You can perform full, incremental, differential, or synthetic full backups of virtual machines.
  • By default, backups are application consistent. If an application-consistent backup cannot be performed, a crash-consistent backup is performed instead.
  • You can restore full virtual machines.
  • Streaming and IntelliSnap backups are supported.

Applicable Agents

  • Virtual Server Agent for Nutanix Acropolis
  • IntelliSnap for Nutanix Acropolis

Licenses

  • Virtual Server (for streaming backups)
  • Hardware Snapshot Enabler (for IntelliSnap)

Setup Requirements

  • Commvault software is supported with Nutanix Acropolis versions 4.6 and 4.7.
  • For Nutanix Controller VMs (CVMs), configure a Cluster Virtual IP.
  • To perform application consistent backups for User VMs, ensure that the following requirements are met:
    • Nutanix Guest Tools software is installed on each VM.
    • The CVM Virtual IP (port 2074) is accessible from user VMs.
    • The cluster is updated to Nutanix Acropolis 4.6 or later.
  • Install the Virtual Server Agent on one or more virtual machines in the Nutanix cluster. The following operating systems are supported for VSA proxies:
    • Windows Server 2008 R2
    • Windows Server 2012 R2
    • CentOS 6.6, 7.1
    • RHEL 6.6, 7.1
  • Create a virtualization client for the Nutanix cluster.

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Admin Console Support for Amazon - Early Release Feature

You can use the Admin Console to back up and recover Amazon instances. 

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Virtualization

Docker Backup and Recovery - Early Release Feature

You can back up and recover Docker containers and images.

Applicable Agents

Virtual Server Agent for Docker

Licenses

Virtual Server

Setup Requirements

  • Create the bEnableDocker additional setting on the CommCell node and set the value to true.
  • Create a virtualization client that identifies the Docker host and port.
  • Install the Virtual Server Agent on a 32-bit or 64-bit Linux machine.

More Information

Docker Backup and Recovery

Convert a VMware Virtual Machine to an OpenStack Instance

When restoring a VMware virtual machine from backup, you can restore the VM as an OpenStack instance. This option is available if you have configured a virtualization client for the KVM hypervisor in your Commvault environment. The conversion creates cinder volumes for all VM disks and launches an instance using the bootable cinder volume. 

Applicable Agents

  • Virtual Server Agent for VMware
  • Virtual Server Agent for OpenStack

Licenses

Virtual Server

More Information

Converting a VMware Virtual Machine to an OpenStack Instance

Admin Console Support for Microsoft Azure - Early Release Feature

You can use the Admin Console to back up and recover virtual machines for Azure Classic or Azure Resource Manager.  

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Virtualization

Plug-in for VMware vSphere Web Client

The Commvault plug-in provides recovery of virtual machines and files from within the vSphere Web Client. vSphere users can manage and restore virtual machines or files using the Commvault Web Console inside the vSphere Web Client, without launching the CommCell Console.

Key Features

  • Recovery of virtual machines or guest files and folders
  • Single sign-on through the vSphere Web Client
  • Registration and configuration of the plug-in through Admin Console
  • Access to the Commvault plug-in is through the Monitor tab or the VM details page in vSphere Web Client

Applicable Agents

Virtual Server Agent for VMware

Licenses

Virtual Server

Setup Requirements

  • vCenter
  • Web Client for vSphere 6.0.x
  • Admin Console with vCenter server configured
  • Web Console

For more information, see Requirements.

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IntelliSnap Support for Microsoft Azure - Early Release Feature

You can use Commvault IntelliSnap to back up and recover Azure virtual machines using either the Azure Classic or the Azure Resource Manager deployment model. You can quickly back up large numbers of virtual machines, perform multiple backups daily, and recover full instances without actual transfer of data.

Key Features

  • Perform full and incremental snap backups of virtual machines.
  • Perform backup copy jobs from snap backups.
  • Perform backup copy jobs with Changed Block Tracking (CBT).
  • Perform full VM restores from snap backups, and full VM and file level restores (using Live Browse) from backup copy jobs.

Applicable Agents

  • Virtual Server Agent for Microsoft Azure
  • IntelliSnap for Microsoft Azure

Licenses

  • Virtual Server (for streaming backups)
  • Hardware Snapshot Enabler (for IntelliSnap)
  • MediaAgent for Microsoft Windows

Setup Requirements

  • A VSA package (on the client computer) is required as a proxy to run a backup job.
  • MA and VSA packages are required (on the client computer) to run a snap backup job.

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Application Aware Backups for Microsoft Hyper-V

You can use Commvault software to perform application aware backups for Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machines that run the following applications:

  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • Microsoft Exchange
  • Oracle for Windows

Application aware backups 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 for a virtual machine 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.

Note: Only standalone deployments of Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft SQL Server applications are supported.

For Service Pack 5, the following enhancements are included for the Virtual Server Agent with Hyper-V:

  • Oracle RAC for Windows can be supported if data and log file storage are shared, by backing up one of the nodes.

Key Features

  • Application plug-ins automatically enable application access on Windows VMs that run SQL Server, Exchange, and Oracle for Windows database applications.
  • Restore fully consistent application data from the application client.

Applicable Agents

  • Virtual Server Agent for Microsoft Hyper-V
  • Microsoft SQL Server Agent
  • Exchange Database Agent
  • Oracle Agent

Licenses

  • Virtual Server
  • Hardware Snapshot Enabler(for IntelliSnap application backups)
  • Application Class Virtual license for each protected VM
  • One of the following licenses:
    • CPU Sockets on Hypervisor Hosts
    • Protected Virtual Machines license

Note: Application aware backups of virtual machines are counted against the Application Class Virtual license but do not count toward capacity usage or traditional application agent licenses.

Setup Requirements

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Conversion of Amazon Instances to Azure Virtual Machines - Early Release Feature

When restoring from an Amazon backup, you can restore an Amazon instance as an Azure virtual machine. You can convert Windows and Linux instances and deploy them to Azure Classic or  Azure Resource Manager. Conversion is supported from streaming backups or IntelliSnap backup copies, but not from IntelliSnap backups.

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Converting Amazon Images to Azure Virtual Machines

Live Sync Replication of Virtual Machines from VMware to Microsoft Azure - Early Release Feature

The Live Sync feature enables incremental replication from a backup of a virtual machine (VMware source VM) to a synced copy of the virtual machine (Azure destination VM). After Live Sync applies the incremental changes, it reconfigures the VM.

This feature supports streaming operations, auxiliary copy operations, and backup copy operations.

Notes

  • After each Live Sync operation, an Integrity snapshot is created on the destination VM. During Live Sync operations, the VM is reverted to the Integrity snapshot level and writes the new incremental data to the blobs (snapshots).
  • Support is available for replication from VMware only.

Key Features

  • You can configure Live Sync to initiate replication automatically after backups or on a scheduled basis (for example, daily or once a week), without requiring any additional action from users.
  • Using backup data for replications minimizes the impact on the production workload by avoiding the need to read the source VM again for replication.

Applicable Agents

Virtual Server Agent for Microsoft Azure

Licenses

Virtual Server

Setup Requirements

  • To add virtual machines to the Live Sync schedule, you must back up the virtual machines at least one time.
  • An Azure virtualization client is required to support the Live Sync of virtual machines to Azure Classic or Azure Resource Manager.

More Information

Live Sync Replication for Microsoft Azure

Data Protection for Oracle VM

Use the Virtual Server Agent to perform crash-consistent backups for virtual machines that run in Oracle VM Manager and to restore full virtual machines or files and folders.

Key Features

  • You can perform full, incremental, differential, or synthetic full backups of virtual machines. 
  • You can restore full virtual machines or guest files and folders.
  • Only streaming backups are supported.

Applicable Agents

Virtual Server Agent for Oracle VM

Licenses

Virtual Server

More Information

Data Protection for Oracle VM

OpenStack Backup and Recovery

Use the Virtual Server Agent (VSA) to perform crash consistent backups of Windows and Linux instances and images that run in OpenStack, and to restore full instances and images.

The Commvault solution works with Red Hat and Mirantis distributions of OpenStack, including Kilo, Liberty, and Mitaka versions, with support for the Kilo feature set.

Key Features

  • Only streaming backups are supported.
  • You can perform full, incremental, differential, and synthetic full backups of instances and images.
  • You can recover full instances and images.

Applicable Agents

Virtual Server Agent for OpenStack

Licenses

Virtual Server

Setup Requirements

System Requirements

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Instance Protection for Openstack

Support for oVirt on KVM

The Virtual Server Agent (VSA) provides unified protection and recovery for virtual machines that are managed by oVirt and running on KVM. You can create a virtualization client, perform backups, restore full virtual machines or files and folders, and monitor virtual machine protection operations.

You can deploy a File Recovery Enabler to perform file recovery for UNIX VMs.

Key Features

  • Data protection and recovery for virtual machines 
  • Complete protection of full virtual machines for disaster recovery
  • Recovery of full VMs or files and folders
  • Automatic discovery of virtual machines
  • Block-level deduplication to identify and eliminate backups of data that is unchanged since the last backup
  • Load distribution on each host
  • Reporting to ensure that virtual machine data is easily traceable and retrievable

Applicable Agents

  • Virtual Server Agent for Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization

Licenses

  • Virtual Server

Setup Requirements

 

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Admin Console Support for Virtualization - Early Release Feature

The Admin Console is a web-based user interface for administration tasks, including streamlined data protection for virtual machines in VMware, Microsoft Hyper-V, and Nutanix Acropolis.

Administrators can use the Admin Console to quickly configure servers, storage, and content to be backed up, to run backups, and to restore files or full virtual machines.

You can deploy the Admin Console as an all-in-one data protection and recovery solution, or as a new interface for an existing Commvault deployment.

Service Pack 5 provides the following enhancements for Virtualization using the Admin Console:

  • 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

Key Features

The Admin Console includes the following features:

  • Protect virtual machines in a VMware vCenter, ESX server, Hyper-V server, or Acropolis cluster.
  • Quickly configure servers, storage, and collections of virtual machines to back up.
  • Back up collections of virtual machines immediately or by a schedule.
  • Restore full virtual machines, disks, and guest files with granular backup and recovery options.
  • Monitor jobs, events, and alerts.

For Service Pack 4, the following enhancements have been made:

  • Live Browse support
  • Option to enable or disable Changed Block Tracking
  • Multi-VM restores for Hyper-V
  • Agentless restores for Hyper-V
  • Support for multiple tenants
  • Enhanced proxy configuration
  • Rules for automatic discovery and filtering of virtual machines
  • Support for VMware transport modes
  • Options for application consistent or crash consistent backups
  • Additional controls and options for restores

Applicable Agents

  • Virtual Server Agent for VMware
  • Virtual Server Agent for Microsoft Hyper-V
  • Virtual Server Agent for Nutanix Acropolis

Licenses

  • CommCell
  • Virtual Server

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Application Aware Backups for VMware

You can use Commvault software to perform application aware backups for VMware Windows virtual machines that run the following applications:

  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • Microsoft Exchange
  • Oracle for Windows
  • Microsoft SharePoint Server

Application aware backups 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 for a virtual machine quiesces the application, flushes its memory, and completes pending writes, then creates a snapshot of application data. After the snapshot is created, the application resumes.

This feature is supported for streaming backups and IntelliSnap backups.

Note: Only standalone deployments of Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SQL Server, and Oracle for Windows applications are supported.

For Service Pack 5, the following enhancements are included for the Virtual Server Agent with VMware:

  • Granular recovery from Microsoft Exchange databases.
  • Granular recovery from Microsoft SharePoint.
  • (IntelliSnap only) Ability to specify the copy precedence for restores from Snap, Vault, or Mirror copies (no backup copy support).
  • Application aware backups of an Oracle RAC for Windows node can be performed if all nodes share data and log storage.

Key Features

  • Application plug-ins automatically enable application access on Windows VMs that run SQL Server, Exchange, SharePoint, or Oracle for Windows database applications.
  • You can restore fully consistent application data from the application client.
  • Granular recovery for Microsoft Exchange or Microsoft SharePoint.

Applicable Agents

  • Virtual Server Agent for VMware
  • IntelliSnap for VMware
  • Microsoft SQL Server Agent
  • Exchange Database Agent
  • Oracle Agent for Windows
  • SharePoint Server Agent

Licenses

  • Virtual Server (for streaming backups)
  • Hardware Snapshot Enabler (for IntelliSnap application backups
  • Application Class Virtual license for each protected VM
  • One of the following licenses:
    • CPU Sockets on Hypervisor Hosts
    • Protected Virtual Machines license

Note: Application aware backups of virtual machines are counted against the Application Class Virtual license but do not count toward capacity usage or traditional application agent licenses.

Setup Requirements

More Information

Live Sync Replication of Virtual Machines from VMware to Amazon - Early Release Feature

With the Live Sync feature, you can perform incremental replication from a backup of a virtual machine (source VM) to a synced copy of the virtual machine (destination VM). The Live Sync operation opens the destination VM and applies changes from the source VM backups since the last sync point.

This feature supports streaming, auxiliary copy jobs, and backup copy jobs.

Notes

  • Support is available for replication from VMware only.
  • Similar to conversion operations, a live sync job can be run only to one specific region at any point of time. Within the job, the VM can be replicated to different zones in the same region.

Key Features

  • Initiate replication automatically after backups or on a schedule (for example, daily or once a week), without requiring any action from users.
  • Minimize the impact on production systems by using backup data for replications, which avoids the need to read the source VM again for replication.

Applicable Agents

Virtual Server Agent for Amazon

Licenses

Virtual Server

Setup Requirements

To add virtual machines to the Live Sync schedule, you must back up the virtual machines at least one time.

More Information

Live Sync Replication for Amazon

VMware vSphere 6.5 Support

With Service Pack 7, vSphere 6.5 is fully supported for streaming and IntelliSnap backups and restores. 

The Virtual Server Agent (VSA) package includes VDDK 6.5 and VDDK 6.0.2, and automatically loads the appropriate VDDK based on the VMware deployment. This approach means a VSA proxy can support vSphere 6.5 or a legacy deployment that includes older ESX versions. 

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Application Aware Backups for Amazon - Early Release Feature

You can use the Virtual Server Agent to perform application aware backups for Amazon Windows instances that run the following applications:

  • Microsoft Exchange
  • Microsoft SharePoint
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • Oracle database (for Windows)

Application aware backups 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 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.

Key Features

  • For all supported applications, you can use an application client to perform full database restores. 

  • For Microsoft Exchange, you can use the Exchange Database Agent to restore a database or to perform mining to recover granular mail data from an application aware backup.

  • For Microsoft SharePoint, you can perform application aware backups from a VSA subclient, then perform mining from a SQL Server database client associated with the SharePoint application to recover granular data.

Applicable Agents

  • Virtual Server Agent for Amazon

Licenses

  • Virtual Server for streaming VSA backups
  • Hardware Snapshot Enabler for application backups

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Application Aware Backups

Support for Crash-Consistent Backups for Microsoft Hyper-V IntelliSnap

You can now enable crash-consistent IntelliSnap backups for Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machines residing on SMB or CSV storage. By using crash-consistent backups, you can back up the stored data in the virtual machines quickly while the virtual machine remains online.

Key Features

  • Backups are quick and do not interrupt the virtual machines.
  • Backups are successful even when VSS cannot be engaged successfully or when application consistency is not required.

Applicable Agents

  • Microsoft Hyper-V IntelliSnap

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Changed Block Tracking (CBT) Support for Microsoft Hyper-V

The Virtual Server Agent for Microsoft Hyper-V now supports Changed Block Tracking (CBT) to identify changed blocks on VHDX disks for Hyper-V virtual machines running on Windows 2012 R2 editions. When CBT is enabled, incremental backups read the tracked changes and back up only the changed data blocks, providing improved backup performance.

Applicable Agents

  • Microsoft Hyper-V  
  • Microsoft Hyper-V IntelliSnap

Setup Requirements

  • The Hyper-V host must be running on Windows Server 2012 R2 (Hyper-V Core, Standard, or Datacenter) edition.
  • The Virtual Server Agent must be installed on all nodes in a Hyper-V cluster.

More Information

Changed Block Tracking (Microsoft Hyper-V)

Failover Groups for Disaster Recovery

Set up and monitor disaster recovery operations based on Live Sync jobs for a group of virtual machines. You can perform either failover operations or failback operations, depending on the status of the Live Sync operation.

Key Features

  • Test failover operations and failback operations for disaster recovery.
  • Schedule planned failover operations.
  • Perform unplanned, emergency failover operations.

Applicable Agents

Virtual Server Agent for VMware

Licenses

Virtual Server

More Information

Failover Groups Overview

Snapshot Management

IntelliSnap Support for HDS VSM Storage Arrays

Commvault software is one of the pioneers in creating and managing snapshots of HDS Virtual Storage Machine (VSM) devices. This support enables users to back up and protect data stored in HDS virtual arrays using IntelliSnap Thin Image or Shadow Image engines. The backed up data can then be moved to disks, tapes, or restored. The HDS VSM support is leveraged by the existing IntelliSnap HDS CCI engines.

Applicable Agents

Windows File System

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Support for Offline Replication of Snapshots for the Isilon Storage Array

With the new feature Offline Replication of Snapshots for the Isilon Storage Array, you can replicate snapshots that are created by Commvault software on Isilon arrays.

Key Features

  • The feature uses Isilon SyncIQ technology to replicate snapshots from an Isilon OneFS cluster to another Isilon array.
  • You can have different retention rules on the replica copy than on the primary snapshot.
  • You can use snapshots on the replica copy for restore and backup operations.

Applicable Agents

NAS

Windows File System (CIFS)

UNIX File System (NFS)

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Optimized Replication for OSDP C-Mode

Optimized Replication for OSDP C-Mode delivers a much more efficient and less time consuming method of replication than reading the entire source volume. The feature achieves this efficiency by using a driver that monitors the source volume continuously to determine which blocks have changed. Then, only the changed blocks are replicated.

Optimized Replication for OSDP C-Mode applies to UNIX and Windows file system volumes that are replicated to a NetApp C-Mode filer.

Applicable Agents

UNIX File System - Linux only

Windows File System

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Clone a DB2 or SAP HANA Database

You can duplicate the source database by cloning the snapshots that were created during the backup. The cloning feature uses the storage array hardware capability.

You can use the cloning feature to do the following:

  • Duplicate large databases in a short amount of time
  • Create test environments

You can create a clone from an existing data and log volume full backup. When you create a clone, you must specify the reservation period. When the reservation period expires, the system automatically frees up the staging path and the clone database.

Schedule clones to run periodically so that the clones are refreshed regularly.

Key Features

  • Retrieve data quickly without using resources on the production environment
  • Alleviate the load on production servers

Applicable Agents

  • DB2
  • SAP HANA

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Skip Cataloging for File System IntelliSnap - Early Release Feature

You can now skip snapshot cataloging for Windows and UNIX file system IntelliSnap backups to complete the jobs faster. You can optionally run cataloging during off-peak times as a separate job.

Key Features

  • Supports skip catalog
  • Supports live browse
  • Supports deferred catalog

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Skip Cataloging for File System IntelliSnap

IntelliSnap Support for the EMC VPLEX Storage Array - Early Release Feature

The Commvault software provides the IntelliSnap technology to manage snapshot operations, without the need for custom scripting, for many applications and storage platforms.

In this service pack, support was added for the EMC VPLEX software storage array. EMC VPLEX supports storage volumes from the backend storage array.

Commvault supports creating snapshots of both local and distributed virtual volumes. Support is available for simple devices only -- that is, one storage volume, with one extent, one device (local or distributed), and one virtual volume (local or distributed).

Applicable Agents

  • DB2
  • DB2 MultiNode
  • Exchange Database
  • Microsoft Hyper-V
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • MySQL
  • Notes Database
  • Oracle
  • Oracle RAC
  • PostgreSQL
  • SAP for Oracle
  • SAP HANA
  • Sybase
  • UNIX File System
  • VMware
  • Windows File System

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Global-Active Devices for Hitachi Storage Arrays - Early Release Feature

The Global-Active Device (GAD) is a virtual volume that spans across physical storage systems that are separated by up to metro distances. The GAD provides non-disruptive, highly available data, and continuous I/O, even when one of the members of the GAD fails.

With Commvault software, you can configure virtual storage machine (VSM) array details in Array Management and enable GAD pair snapshot backup. After your configuration is finished, you can use IntelliSnap backups to create snapshots of GAD pairs on Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform G1000 (VSP G1000) storage systems. The GAD configurations are supported through existing IntelliSnap features such as Array Controllers and Remote Snap MediaAgent.

The following GAD configurations are supported by IntelliSnap:

  • To protect data in MetroCluster environments by creating snapshots at both ends of a GAD pair
  • To protect data in a single server where data resides on a GAD pair along with a Microsoft Multipath I/O (MPIO) solution or a Hitachi Dynamic Link Manager (HDLM) solution
  • To protect data in a clustered server, where data resides on a GAD pair with or without a cross-path configuration

Applicable Agents

  • VMware
  • Windows File System

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Support for Network Shares, Virtual Server Agent for Microsoft Hyper-V, and Virtual Server Agent for VMware on the EMC Unity Storage Array

The Commvault software provides the IntelliSnap technology to manage snapshot operations, without the need for custom scripting, for many applications and storage platforms.

IntelliSnap already supports snapshot operations on LUNs on the EMC Unity storage array. With this service pack, IntelliSnap also supports CIFS- and NFS-based file-system shares on the Unity storage array.

In addition, IntelliSnap now supports both the Virtual Server Agent for Microsoft Hyper-V and the Virtual Server Agent for VMware on the Unity storage array.

Applicable Agents

  • All file system agents that are under NAS clients in the EMC Unity storage array
  • Virtual Server Agent for Microsoft Hyper-V
  • Virtual Server Agent for VMware

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EMC Unity Storage Array

Network Share IntelliSnap Backup

IntelliSnap Support for Oracle Databases Hosted by an Amazon EC2 Account

The Commvault software protects Oracle databases that are hosted by an Amazon EC2 account and reside on Amazon Elastic Block Storage (EBS) volumes.

You can perform full IntelliSnap backups of the Oracle databases from the CommCell Console.

The Commvault software auto discovers the EBS data volumes that are associated with the instance, so there is no additional user configuration when the volumes change.

You can restore the snapshot to the same EC2 instance or to a new EC2 instance.

Key Features

  • Scheduled backups ensure that your data are protected automatically
  • Automatic pruning of snapshots is based on the retention criteria.

Applicable Agents

  • Oracle IntelliSnap

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Creating Snapshots for Amazon EBS Volumes

You can protect the data stored in Amazon EBS volumes by scheduling IntelliSnap backups from the CommCell Console. With the new support for the Amazon storage array, you can take EBS volume snapshots and manage retention with the IntelliSnap capabilities provided by Commvault.

Applicable Agents

  • Oracle
  • UNIX File System

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Pure Storage Replication

With the Pure Storage Replication feature, the primary snapshot that is created on the local array is replicated to the target array.

Key Features

The primary snapshot copy and the replica copy are independent of each other and can have separate retention policies.

Applicable Agents

All agents supported by the Pure Storage array

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Pure Storage Replication

NetApp Open Replication - Early Release

With the NetApp Open Replication feature, you can replicate NetApp snapshots without using the OnCommand Unified Manager (OCUM) server.

The NetApp Open Replication feature leverages the existing Commvault offline snapshot replication framework to replicate snapshots from a source NetApp array to a pre-configured target NetApp array.

The NetApp Open Replication feature is supported only for NetApp cluster mode (C-Mode) storage arrays and only for the Primary-Vault configuration. This feature does not deprecate the existing OCUM snapshot replication support. 

Key Features

  • Replication of NetApp snapshots without the OCUM server
  • No need to import relationships to the OCUM server

Applicable Agents

All agents supported by the NetApp storage array

Setup Requirements

Both the source storage arrays and the destination storage arrays must have an array controller in Array Management.

You must create SnapVault relationships on all volumes that are going to be replicated.

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NetApp Open Replication 

IntelliSnap Support for the Tegile Storage Array

Commvault software provides the IntelliSnap technology so that you can manage snapshot operations for many applications and storage platforms, without custom scripting.

In this service pack, we added support for the Tegile storage array.

Applicable Agents

  • DB2
  • DB2 DPF
  • DB2 pureScale
  • Exchange Database
  • Microsoft Hyper-V
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • MySQL
  • Notes Database
  • Oracle
  • Oracle RAC
  • PostgreSQL
  • SAP for Oracle
  • SAP HANA
  • Sybase
  • UNIX File System
  • VMware
  • Windows File System

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Tegile Storage Array

IntelliSnap Backup Support Page

SolidFire Storage Array Support for IntelliSnap

IntelliSnap technology normalizes and standardizes snapshot management operations regardless of the applications or storage platform. Snapshots are automated across a wide selection of storage arrays without the need for custom scripting.

Support has been added for the following arrays:

  • SolidFire

Applicable Agents

  • DB2
  • DB2 DPF, DB2 pureScale
  • Exchange Database
  • Notes Database
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • Sybase
  • Windows File System

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VMAX Test Clone

Use a test clone as a testing environment for quick data retrieval, for running reports, or when you do not want to put additional load on the production database.

Key Features

  • When you create a test clone, a new writable snap is created, mounted, and is ready for testing without affecting the original snap.
  • When the test clone is unmounted, it is deleted.

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IntelliSnap Support for SAP HANA

IntelliSnap backups have the following benefits:

  • Back up large databases (in tera and peta bytes) in a few minutes.
  • Provide consistent backups by quiescing the database for a few seconds.
  • Use multiple point-in-time snapshots to recover the database to any point in time.
  • Use the revert feature for fast recovery.
  • Perform multistream restore operations from snapshots.

Applicable Agents

  • SAP HANA

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IntelliSnap Support for Sybase and PostgreSQL

Minimize downtime with application-aware, point-in-time recovery of Sybase and PostgreSQL databases.

You can use an IntelliSnap backup in conjunction with storage arrays to create a point-in-time data snapshot. The IntelliSnap backup effectively backs up live data by temporarily quiescing the database, taking a snapshot and then resuming operations.

IntelliSnap backups have the following benefits:

  • Back up large databases (in tera and peta bytes) in a few minutes.
  • Provide consistent backups by quiescing the database for a few seconds.
  • Use multiple point-in-time snapshots to recover the database to any point-in-time.
  • Use the revert feature for fast recovery.
  • Use Snap Optimization to simultaneously take snapshot on multiple databases (with the same LUNs).
  • Open or mount the database on other clients by using the snapshots without having to perform a restore.
  • Perform multistream restore operations from snapshots

Applicable Agents

  • Sybase
  • PostgreSQL

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Isilon NAS Snap Support

IntelliSnap now supports NAS Agents and a Network share backup (NAS client containing a File System Agent) configuration.

Licenses

  • SnapshotIQ

Setup Requirements

  • Isilon file server version OneFS 7.1

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Ability to Specify Rules for Catalog and Backup Copy on the Same Storage Policy

You can now configure both Deferred Cataloging and Backup Copy on the same Storage Policy and you can also configure different selection rules for each of them.

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New Storage Array Support for IntelliSnap

IntelliSnap technology normalizes and standardizes snapshot management operations regardless of the applications or storage platform. Snapshots are automated across a wide selection of storage arrays without the need for custom scripting.

Support has been added for the following arrays:

  • NEC
  • Nutanix

Applicable Agents

NEC

  • Windows File System
  • Microsoft Hyper-V

Nutanix

  • Microsoft Hyper-V
  • VMware

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VMAX Replication

You can now create a replica copy of a VMAX snapshot on a remote array, in addition to the primary snapshot on the local array. The replica copy is inline and both synchronous and asynchronous SRDF (Symmetrix Remote Data Facility) link modes are supported.

Key Features

  • For synchronous replica copies, both the local and remote copies keep operations synchronized, even considering network delays.
  • For asynchronous copies, the remote copy is updated every 1-60 seconds with the latest state of the local array.

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Edge Endpoint Solutions

WebDAV Support for Edge Drive

End users can now access their Edge Drive from client applications that support the WebDAV protocol.

For example, you can use the Windows Explorer Web client program to access your Edge Drive as a mapped network drive without installing any Commvault components.

Setup Requirements

The user must have access to Edge Drive.
 

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Edge Attachment Store

Edge Attachment Store is an Outlook add-in that automatically uploads attachments in an email message to the ObjectStore of Commvault. After the file attachments are uploaded, the add-in removes the attachment from the email message and inserts links to preview or download the file from the ObjectStore.

Key Features

  • The file attachments do not occupy space on the Exchange server.
  • Large files can be sent as attachments through email.
  • The files are protected in the ObjectStore and can be retained for a long period of time.

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Enhancements to File and Folder Sharing in Web Console

File and folder sharing from Web Console was enhanced to include the following new features:

  • Password protection for a public share link. Users must enter the password to view the shared link.
  • Expiry date for a shared file or folder. You can define a specific number of days or set the expiry to infinite.
  • Ability to reshare a file or folder. If 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 approved, a share invitation email is sent to the user who requested access.

Key Features


 

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Sharing Files or Folders

Creating a Public Share Link

Requesting Access to a Shared File or Folder

Edge Drive Enhancements in the Web Console

The Commvault Edge Drive is now further enhanced with the following new capabilities from the Web Console interface:

  • Label or tag your Edge Drive files and folders and data shared from an Edge Drive.
  • Post comments and replies on Edge Drive files and folders and data shared from an Edge Drive.

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Edge Drive Quota - Early Release Feature

Using Edge Drive Quota, administrators can define the amount of space users can use on their Edge Drive repository.

Key Features

  • Organizations can save on storage cost and effectively manage the space in the repository.
  • Users can view the amount of space used and the maximum storage limit for their Edge Drive from the Web Console.
  • The user and administrator get a notification when the amount of used space is nearing the maximum storage limit.
  • When the amount of used space reaches the maximum limit, you can no longer upload new files to the Edge Drive.
  • Deleting files will free up the storage space in the repository.

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Edge Drive Quota

Reports

Indexing Reports

The Index Backup Report, the Index State Report, and the Indexing and Search section of the Health Report help you monitor the status of the indexes in your CommCell environment. Using these reports, you can determine whether indexes are backed up in a timely manner and identify whether the indexing database contains errors.

Key Features

  • Monitor the state of your index backups.
  • Determine which indexes require corrective action.

Setup Requirements

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VM Backup Coverage Report

The VM Backup Coverage Report displays information about the SLA (service level agreement) percentage for virtual machine backups, including the number of VMs that meet SLA, miss SLA, or are excluded from the SLA calculation. This report is available as a download from the Software Store. After you have downloaded the report, you can view it on the Private Metrics Reporting Server.

Licenses

  • Reporting Server

Setup Requirements

  • Private Metrics Reporting Server

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Build Your Own Reports Version 2

With an improved interface and new options, you can build reports based on your organizations unique needs. View reports that include the information you most want to see and share your reports with other users in your organization.

Key Features

  • Collect information from multiple databases to build reports.
  • Use the simplified interface with drag-and-drop functionality to create tables and charts.
  • Insert custom code and configure custom colors for charts.
  • Incorporate custom controls, such as drop-down lists and check boxes, so users can filter data in the report.
  • Publish reports in multiple languages with localization settings.
  • Secure your data by limiting user access to reports.
  • Publish your custom-built reports to Download Center.

Licenses

  • Operations Management Service Plan

Setup Requirements

  • Private Metrics Reporting Server

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Analyze and Fix CommCell Issues Using the Health Report

The Health Report includes new tiles that you can use to troubleshoot CommCell issues and to resolve the issues by running workflows directly from the report. You can use the Version and Service Pack tile to identify whether your CommCell software is current and to install the latest updates. You can use the Disaster Recovery Backup tile to evaluate your disaster recovery configuration and to update Disaster Recovery settings for the CommCell environment.

Key Features

  • The Health Report is now available on Web Console with all CommCell installations.
  • Use links inside the Health Report to run workflows that fix CommCell issues.
  • View the status of the software that is installed on your CommServe computer and update to the latest version.
  • Verify whether disaster recovery backups have recently run and resolve any configuration problems.

Setup Requirements

Web Console

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CommCell Alerts on the Cloud

Monitor CommCell alerts from anywhere using the Cloud Services website. Alerts from the past week appear in the Worldwide Dashboard, the CommCell Group Dashboard, and the CommCell Dashboard, as well as in the CommCell Alerts Report. The number and severity of alerts appear in the dashboards, and detailed information, such as the associated job ID and alert criteria, appear in the report.

Licenses

Operations Management Service Plan

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Automatic Updates for Reports on Web Console

Get the latest version of reports automatically. When you turn on automatic updates, the newest versions of your reports are downloaded and installed on Web Console as soon as they are available. Any report that you download from Software Store is eligible for automatic updates.

Key Features

  • Always have the latest version of your reports.
  • Avoid multiple, manual updates.
  • No need to log on to Software Store.

Setup Requirements

  • Private Metrics Reporting Server
  • Cloud Services Account

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Monitor Your Disaster Recovery Plan With Our RPO/RTO Report

The Recovery Point and Time Report helps you monitor the effectiveness of your disaster recovery operations by measuring the time period for data loss and recovery during a service disruption. This report displays the Actual Recovery Point (RPA) and the estimated Actual Recovery Time (RTA) for each client and compares it to the Recovery Point Objective (RPO) and Recovery Time Objective (RTO) that you specify.

Key Features

  • Determine whether to adjust your backup infrastructure to meet your RPO/RTO requirements.
  • Verify that the RPA for each client is within your expected RPO.
  • Verify that the RTA for each client is within your expected RTO.

Licenses

  • Reporting Server

Setup Requirements

  • Private Metrics Reporting Server
  • Cloud Services Account

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Executive Summary Presentation

The Executive Summary Presentation can be generated in PowerPoint format from the Activity Report. This graphical presentation provides information about the overall activity and performance of your CommCell environment over the last 12 months. You can use the automatically generated slides to present critical information to the executives in your organization.

Key Features

  • View data about strikes, data retention, and backup trends in a series of detailed graphs.
  • Generate the PowerPoint presentation on-demand or schedule it.
  • Customize the information on the slides to match your needs.

Licenses

  • Reporting Server

Setup Requirements

  • Private Metrics Reporting Server
  • Cloud Metrics Reporting Server

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Profile Dashboard

Profile Dashboard helps customers and Technical Account Managers (TAMs) communicate with each other to monitor the customer's CommCell environment.

Key Features

  • View Service Level Agreement (SLA) statistics for all CommCells in your environment over the last year
  • Create tasks for Commvault employees to resolve problems
  • Share documents with Commvault employees
  • Report your level of satisfaction with Commvault

Setup Requirements

  • Obtain a user account from the Cloud Services website
  • Enable data collection for Cloud Metrics Reporting on each CommServe computer

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Solutions

Commvault ObjectStore for Salesforce - Early Release Feature

You can use the Commvault ObjectStore to manage and store Salesforce files that are associated with the Salesforce records. You install the ObjectStore from the Salesforce App Exchange and then upload files to the ObjectStore from Salesforce.

Salesforce can directly access the uploaded files.

Key Features

  • The ObjectStore provides a native Salesforce interface to manage documents.
  • You can upload, preview, download, or delete the record-specific files in the ObjectStore from the Salesforce interface.
  • You can share record-specific files on Salesforce Chatter.
  • ObjectStore for Salesforce provides access to Commvault software features, including deduplication, multiple copies, and schedules.
  • Other applications can access Salesforce data that is held in Commvault storage.

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NFS ObjectStore - Early Release Feature

NFS Object Store provides an NFS interface to the Commvault Content Store so that users can protect and recover their data by using native NFS client software.

NFS ObjectStore does not require a dedicated Commvault Data Agent package on clients. NFS shares are mounted on clients and then become part of the file system namespace and are accessible to applications through the native file system interface. Applications can seamlessly access their data directly from the backup media.

NFS ObjectStore can support powerful use cases, for example running SQL queries on database backups without actually recovering entire database.

Key Features

  • Provides a native NFS interface for users.
  • No additional software required on the NFS clients.
  • Supports multiple versions of files.

Setup Requirements

The following components comprise an NFS ObjectStore system:

  • A CommServe server.
  • A Linux MediaAgent with the NFS ObjectStore software. The NFS ObjectStore software runs the service that provides an NFS server that interfaces with the ContentStore. A configured disk cache provides quick access to recently used data.
  • An Analytics Engine. This can be located on the same machine as the CommServe, or on a different machine. This is automatically installed with the MediaAgent on Windows machines.
  • A backup MediaAgent. You can install the MediaAgent on the same machine as NFS ObjectStore, or a different machine.
  • NFS Clients. NFS Clients are any machines that can mount an NFSv3 or NFSv4 share.

Note: A minimal server installation requires one Windows computer for the CommServe software and for the Index Server, and another computer for the NFS ObjectStore software.

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NFS ObjectStore

Recall Log Monitoring

Use the Commvault Recall Log Monitoring solution to monitor the CommCell environment for recall patterns and recall auditing, and to reassess archiving rules for recall optimization. For example, if you notice that a file is being recalled too frequently, you can change the archiving rules for the file so that that the file is not stubbed immediately.

Key Features

  • Search and analyze recall log files that have been content indexed by monitoring policies.
  • Quickly view the system-generated recall log data from clients in your CommCell environment, using the predefined Operation Dashboard.
  • Have one-click access to file recall statistics and trends, using the prebuilt Recall Summary Report.
  • Fully integrated with the Commvault Build Your Own Reports tool for creating visual representations of your data.

Applicable Agents

  • OnePass for Windows File System
  • OnePass for UNIX File Systems

 

Setup Requirements

  • Web Console
  • Analytics Package

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Recall Log Monitoring Overview

 

File-Level Extended Retention with Tiered Cloud Storage

With the tiered cloud storage solution, you can move infrequently accessed data from primary storage media, such as a disk library, to a more inexpensive cloud library. Using the reference copy subclient feature, you can move individual files within a subclient to tiered cloud storage and set retention rules to prune data that has been moved to the cloud from primary storage. Both the data in primary storage and the data in cloud storage are managed from the same backup set, so managing the data is easier for administrators.

Key Features

  • Control tiered storage at the file-level as opposed to the dataset level.
  • Increase available space on expensive primary storage media.
  • Decrease costs by moving infrequently accessed data to more inexpensive cloud storage.
  • Restoring data from either primary storage or cloud storage is seamless for end users.
  • Managing tiered storage from the CommCell Console is easier for administrators.

Setup Requirements

  • Clients must be using Indexing Version 2.

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Migration of Third-Party Data to ObjectStore - Early Release Feature

Migration of Third-Party Data to ObjectStore is a data migration solution that you can use to migrate files that are protected by third-party software to Commvault ObjectStore. For example, you can use the solution to migrate data from other backup vendors, like NetBackup and Avamar.

After migration, the user can manage the files from the Web Console, and can have access to all Web Console features.

Key Features

  • The solution enables the migration of large amounts of data managed by third-party backup software to Commvault software.
  • To facilitate the migration of data, you can copy the data to a staging location and schedule backups of the data to the ObjectStore. When the backups are complete, the solution removes the data from the staging location automatically.
  • To facilitate searching the data from the Web Console, you will create and import a metadata file (.mdata) that includes the custom properties of the data in the staging location.

Setup Requirements

  • A Windows proxy client with the file system agent to run the backup operations
  • A Web Server and a Web Console
  • An Analytics Engine

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ObjectStore for Jive - Early Release Feature

You can now use Commvault ObjectStore as an External Storage Provider (ESP) for Jive software. The Objectstore provides secure storage for files that are uploaded from Jive.

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 ObjectStore for Jive

Records Management

Commvault provides a record management solution that allows you to secure data records from different network locations to the ObjectStore. Users can manage the records from the Web Console, and have access to a selection of Web Console features.

Key Features

  • Identify and classify records based on their network location.
  • Protect the records by scheduling backups to the Commvault ObjectStore.
  • Configure a retention period for the records and, when the retention period is reached, delete the records from the ObjectStore and from the original location of the records.
  • Access the protected records from the Web Console and share the records with other users.

Setup Requirements

  • A proxy client with the file system agent to run the backup operations.

The user associated with the proxy client must have full access to all of the network locations defined in the records.

  • A Web Server and a Web Console
  • An Analytics Engine

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Disaster Recovery

Recovery Using CommServe Recovery Assistant

The CommServe Recovery Assistant is a revised version of the CommServe Disaster Recovery tool. The CommServe Recovery Assistant enables you to stage or restore your CommServe database from a CommServe disaster recovery backup file. The tool is useful in the following situations:

  • Rebuild the CommServe system on the same computer or a different computer.
  • Stage the CommServe database for troubleshooting purposes.
  • Upgrade the CommServe system to a new hardware.
  • Migrate the CommServe database from either a clustered environment to a non-clustered environment, or from a non-clustered environment to a clustered environment.
  • Reapply the CommServe license file.

Key Features

  • Has an easy-to-use interface with minimum user inputs
  • Supports graphical user interface and command line interface
  • Operates in both recovery and troubleshooting modes

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Analytics

Web Analytics

Commvault Web Analytics helps optimize your organizations web development and maintenance strategy by converting the user interactions with a website into actionable insights. Web Analytics provides qualitative and quantitative data about the web usage that helps your organization to progressively improve the online experience of website visitors.

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Duplicate Files Report

The Duplicate Files report identifies duplicate files on clients in your CommCell environment. With the information provided in the Duplicate Files report, you can take appropriate action to reclaim storage space and mitigate compliance risks.

The Duplicate Files report is available from the Data Analytics dashboard in the Web Console.

Key Features

With the Duplicate Files report, you can identify duplicate files based on the following criteria:

  • File name
  • Size
  • Modified time
  • Contents

Setup Requirements

  • You must have Data Analytics configured in your CommCell environment.

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Data Analytics Discovery View

The Data Analytics Discovery view provides you with more options to refine, filter, and search the information in file and email analytics reports. With the Discovery view, you can create a custom view of the data in your environment to see analytics information the way you want and take action to reclaim storage space.

The Discovery view is available from the Data Analytics dashboard on the Web Console.

Key Features

With the Discovery view, you can filter the information in Data Analytics reports by the following criteria:

  • Job number
  • Client name
  • Size
  • File types
  • Archived status
  • Modified time
  • Mailbox ownership
  • Attachment information
  • Received time

Setup Requirements

  • You must have Data Analytics configured in your CommCell environment.

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Data Cube

With Data Cube, you can connect the disparate sets of information in various data repositories across your enterprise. You can connect to data that is structured, such as Microsoft SQL and Oracle databases, or unstructured data in files and websites. The Data Cube interface enables you to reorganize your unstructured data to a more logical structure. Data Cube also provides tools to mine your connected data for further analysis and insights. You can even use RESTful APIs that use your data connections to power your own custom applications.

Key Features

  • Connect to structured data sources, such as Microsoft SQL or Oracle databases.
  • Organize the information in unstructured data, such as websites and files.
  • Mine your connected data sources to discover useful insights.
  • Use RESTful APIs to create your own dashboard or application with your data connections.

Setup Requirements

  • Data Cube is available from the Web Console.
  • You must configure at least one Analytics Engine in your CommCell environment.

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Tools and Utilities

Developer SDK - Python

A Python SDK (software development kit) is available for use with Commvault software. Developer SDK - Python includes classes for users, entities, libraries, schedule and storage policies, alerts, jobs, and workflows.

Setup Requirements

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Developer SDK - Python

CDMI API Support for ObjectStore

Commvault provides APIs that enable applications to seamlessly use their existing Cloud Data Management Interface (CDMI) interface to access the ObjectStore repository.

CDMI is an industry standard that defines the interface for applications to access and manage data objects in cloud storage.

Key Features

  • The CDMI APIs are implemented as a REST service that is hosted on the Web Console.
  • Applications can access the ObjectStore using the existing infrastructure for CDMI servers.

Setup Requirements

  • Configure an ObjectStore.
  • Give the CDMI user edit access to the ObjectStore repository.

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Using CDMI APIs for ObjectStore

More Features in This Release

For information on other new features, see Additional New Features.