Changes in Feature Release 11.25

If you upgrade from a previous feature release, you will find that some features and options have been updated and enhanced. To read more about the features in this feature release, click the link listed in the Learn more column.

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Activate

Applies to: New installations of the Index Server

To content index files for eDiscovery and Compliance or to content index data for the Exchange Mailbox Agent, create the Index Server using the Command Center.

Previously, an Index Server Cloud created from the CommCell Console was supported.

Index Server

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Index Server

In the Command Center, you can delete the Index Server.

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Sensitive Data Governance

Adding Gmail and Google Drive data sources is not supported. Support will continue for existing Gmail and Google Drive data sources.

Deprecation Notice for Gmail and Google Drive Data Sources

Backup Agents

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Exchange Mailbox (Classic) Agent

Creation of Exchange Mailbox (Classic) Agent clients is not supported for the following agents.

  • Exchange Mailbox (Classic)

  • Exchange Compliance archiver

  • Exchange Public Folder

  • Exchange Public Folder Archiver

    To create an Exchange Mailbox client, use the Exchange solution in the Command Center.

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File System, Microsoft Exchange, and SharePoint

The Restore by Job feature is not supported for file system, Microsoft Exchange, and SharePoint agents.

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Google Mail and Google Drive

You cannot create a virtual client for Google Mail and Google Drive.

Deprecation Notice for Google Mail and Google Drive

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Microsoft Office 365 with SharePoint Server

You cannot create a backup set for SharePoint Server.

You can use Office 365 SharePoint Online in the Command Center.

SharePoint Online

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NDMP

Backing up a snapshot is supported for Dell EMC Isilon/PowerScale and the Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance.

Backing Up a Snapshot

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NDMP

The Isilon file server supports restarting multi-stream backups starting with OneFS version 9.2.1.

NDMP Agent: Supported Vendors

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Office 365

An MSP administrator can use a resource pool to map all the infrastructure details that are needed for the Office 365 apps to the storage pool. Then the tenant administrator can create the Office 365 apps using minimum details.

Resource Pools for Managing Infrastructure

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Office 365

To protect Exchange Online mailboxes, use of service account is optional with limited considerations.

Modern Authentication Environment

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OneDrive for Business (Classic)

You cannot create a virtual client for OneDrive for Business (Classic).

You can use Office 365 OneDrive for Business in the Command Center.

OneDrive for Business

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Oracle Archiving

The Oracle database archiving feature is not supported.

Oracle Database Archiving

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SQL Server Archiving

The SQL Server database archiving feature is not supported.

Archive SQL Server Database Tables

Command Center Interface

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Command Center login page

The Command Center URL was changed to https://Commserver_hostname or domain_name.com/commandcenter.

Previously, the URL was https://Commserver_hostname or domain_name.com/adminconsole.

If you are using the old URL, the system automatically redirects you to the login page using the new URL.

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Google Mail and Google Drive

You cannot create an app for Google Mail and Google Drive.

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OneDrive for Business (Classic)

You cannot create an app for OneDrive for Business (Classic).

You can use Office 365 OneDrive for Business in the Command Center.

OneDrive for Business

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SharePoint Online (Classic)

You cannot create a backup set for SharePoint Online (Classic).

You can use Office 365 SharePoint Online in the Command Center.

SharePoint Online

CommCell Management

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DR Backup

To prevent accidental deletion of DR data that is not qualified for aging, the Primary copy for a DR storage policy is converted to a WORM copy.

In addition, when you create a new DR storage policy, the default retention period is set to 15 days and 15 cycles. (The retention period for existing DR storage policies continues to use the existing settings and is not affected by this change.)

Configuring the Storage Policy for Disaster Recovery

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Network Zoning

Network zoning adds security checks for connections that are attempted via network gateways.

By default, the network zoning check is enabled, and it will not allow any cross-tenant communication.

Network Zoning

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Server Backup Plan Schedules

  • The Add full backup toggle key was replaced with an Add option, which you can use to add additional full, differential, and incremental backup jobs.

  • When a server plan has multiple backup frequencies the most frequent backup frequency is considered as the RPO of the server plan.

  • You can delete all backup job schedules from server plans, including the default incremental backup job schedule.

  • A server plan does not need to have an RPO associated with it. Such plans can be associated with any server and backups can be initiated when required rather than according to a server plan schedule or RPO.

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Smart server groups

You can create a smart server group for servers that have one or more infrastructure packages by using the new Clients with infrastructure roles rule.

Automatic Association Rules for Server Groups

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User Administration and Security

When a user installs or upgrades the Commvault software, certain default permissions associated with the tenant administrator and tenant operator roles have been removed.

The following are some of the default permissions that are no longer associated with the tenant administrator and tenant operator roles:

  • Analytics permissions

  • Content Director permissions

  • Developer Tools permissions

  • Run Command permissions

  • VM Operations permissions

  • Workflow permissions

Data Management

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Synthetic Full Backups

Synthetic full backups depend on incremental backups. The Run Incremental Backup > Before Synthetic Full/After Synthetic Full option has been added to the Backup Options window for new schedules and schedule policies.

Synthetic Full Backups

Disaster Recovery

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CommServe LiveSync For High Availability Disaster Recovery

Applies to: New installations of the CommServe server

When setting up CommServe LiveSync for high availability disaster recovery, the SQL client (Instance002) is automatically configured as the default remote cache.

Synchronizing Software Cache on the Standby CommServe Host

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DR Backups Uploaded to the Cloud Services Portal

The upload URL for Commvault's Azure site has changed to https://cvdrservices.metallic.io and *.blob.core.windows.net. To ensure that DR backups upload to the Cloud Services Portal, you must add this new URL to the allowlist.

Previously, the upload URL was https://cvcloudservicesdr1.azurewebsites.net.

Uploading DR Backups to Commvault Cloud Services Portal

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DR Backup

Applies to: CommServe server upgrade to 11.25.

To prevent accidental deletion of DR data that is not qualified for aging, the following changes are implemented:

  • The primary copy of DR storage policies, is converted to a WORM copy, for both the default DR storage policy as well as any user-defined DR storage policies.

  • Any non-DR storage policy used for DR backup will be cloned to create a DR policy with WORM and the DR subclient will be re-associated with this cloned DR storage policy.

  • Secondary copies in the DR storage policy is not affected by this change. However if a secondary copy is promoted as the primary copy, then it will be converted to a WORM copy.

Configuring the Storage Policy for Disaster Recovery

Laptop

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Laptop

You can create an end-user laptop package from the Command Center.

Creating an End-User Laptop Package

Reports

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Audit Trial Report

The Audit Trial Report includes restore operations by default.

Previously, the bEnableRestoreAudit additional setting had to be set to 1.

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License Summary Report

In the License Summary Report under Virtualization Licenses, the Protected VMs license is renamed to Protected Virtual Instances.

Protected Virtual Instances in the License Summary Report

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License Summary Report

Kubernetes license usage appears in the License Summary Report under the Protected Virtual Instances license.

Protected Virtual Instances in the License Summary Report

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REST API Reports

If you use a REST API request to display the Billing Details Report, many of the column names are improved and are now easier to read.

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REST API Reports

If you use a REST API request to display the Billing Details Report, the PlanName and BasePlanName columns are removed.

You can use the Subclient Peak Usage Report (SPUR) to collect the plan names instead.

Subclient Peak Usage - Worldwide Report

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Reports on Command Center and Web Console

The Long Running Backup Jobs for Last 1 Day tile was removed from the Health Report, and its information was merged into the Anomaly Jobs tile.

Health Report: Anomaly Jobs Tile

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Stored Procedures

The rptGetSubClientsWithNoSchedule.sp stored procedure is now deprecated. To view similar information, you can download and view the Subclients Without Backup Schedules report.

Subclients Without Backup Schedules

Schedules

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Schedules

When the Daily or Weekly schedule is associated with a custom calendar, then the days that appear for the selection while creating an exception will match the days of the month selected in the custom calendar.

Scheduling Online Help

Security

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SAML

If SAML authentication is configured for a domain in the CommCell environment, then domain users cannot authenticate themselves using a password to log on to the Web Console.

The users are automatically redirected to the identity provider (IdP) for authentication.

To allow a user to cancel the redirection and use their password for authentication, change the value of the forceSAMLLogin additional setting to false.

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SAML

The following changes were made to SAML identity servers:

  • You can identify users who can log on using SAML by entering email suffixes, companies, domains, and user groups. Previously, only SMTP address was used to identify users.

  • To create a SAML app for a specific company, select that company from the main Select a company list, and then go to Manage > Security > Identity server. Previously, the company selection was included on the SAML app page.

  • On the SAML app properties page, you must select what the IdP sends in the NameID attribute.

  • You can map full name and User Principal Name (UPN) to custom attributes.

Solutions

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Edge Endpoint Solutions for End Users

The Sync Folders or Laptop Sync feature is no longer supported.

For similar functionality, use the Edge Drive for End Users feature.

Deprecation Notice for Sync Folders or Laptop Sync

Storage

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Cloud Storage

Combined storage classes are now available under a separate Combined storage class option, when an archive or deep archive storage class is selected for Alibaba Cloud object Storage Service, Amazon S3 and Microsoft Azure Storage types.

Command Center

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Cloud Storage

For Amazon S3, versioned objects are now deleted when a pruning request is sent to delete the objects.

Amazon S3

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Indexing

The File Search Report now allows you to search for files that are on one or more clients, backup sets, and subclients.

File Search Report

Tools

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GxTail

You can open remote log files in GxTail, or download them to a local computer.

Opening Remote Log Files in GxTail

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Workflow

The ImpersonateCreator activity will impersonate the user who created the workflow instead of the user who last deployed the workflow.

Control Flow

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REST API

The REST API performance is enhanced, the UseSessionPool additional setting is no longer required.

Previously, additional configuration is required for better performance of REST API by enabling Web Server to create a session pool to communicate with the QSDK server.

REST API

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