New Features for Virtualization in 11.25

Common Virtual Server Agent Framework

Use Multiple Access Nodes for Restores of Virtualization Instances or Virtual Machines

When you restore multiple instances, you can use the Automatic option to distribute the instances or VMs in the restore job across the access nodes (VSA proxies) that are configured for the hypervisor. Instances or VMs are assigned to the access nodes first by performing a zone or a host match. If the access nodes are not available in the same zone or host, then a region or a datacenter match is performed.

Distributing the workload across all of the available access nodes improves the speed and efficiency of the restores.

This option is available for full instance restores from streaming backups and IntelliSnap backup copies, and for replication.

For more information, see the following:

Amazon

Google Cloud Platform

Azure

VMware

VMware Continuous Replication Using VAIO

All Vendors

Select the MediaAgent for Restore Operations

When configuring a restore for the following hypervisors, you can select the MediaAgent and source copy that should be used to execute the operation.

This option is available when configuring restore operations from the Command Center.

For more information, refer to the following:

Amazon Web Services

Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) Direct API Restores for Amazon

Amazon EBS Direct APIs allow restoring Amazon EBS volumes and Amazon EC2 instances across regions, availability zones (AZ), and accounts. You can write data to the EBS snapshots directly without the need to create and attach volumes to an Amazon-based access node. This enhancement accelerates recovery and reduces the cost of multi-region restore operations.

For more information, see EBS Direct API Restores for Amazon.

Skipping Page Files or Swap Partitions During Amazon Backups

When backing up a virtual disk for an instance, you can choose to skip the backup of the Windows page file or Linux swap partition. Use this option to reduce the size of backups for the virtual disk on storage media.

For more information, see Skipping Page Files or Swap Partitions During Backups.

Use AWS Graviton2 Instances for Amazon Access Nodes

Commvault access nodes can use AWS Graviton2 (64-bit ARM) images that run Amazon Linux 2 via AWS Marketplace.

When you configure an Amazon access node, a 64-bit ARM Amazon Machine Image (AMI) is used with Commvault preinstalled. If you use automatic scaling for access nodes, an ARM instance will automatically be selected. If an ARM AMI is not available in the region, then a 64-bit x86 image will be selected.

AWS Graviton2 64-bit Arm Neoverse cores can provide better price performance over comparable current generation x86-based instances.

For more information, see Deploying a Commvault Linux MediaAgent from AWS.

Disaster Recovery and Replication

Continuous Replication on vSphere 7.0

Continuous replication plug-ins are certified for and supported on VMware vSphere 7.0.

For more information, see System Requirements for Continuous Replication.

Perform Failover and Failback Operations Using Continuous Replication Groups

You can perform failover, failback, test failover, and clone operations using continuous replication groups. The Replication Monitor provides easy access to VM replication pairs where you can perform these operations.

For more information, see Continuous Replication Monitoring.

Perform Test Failover Operations for Amazon Replication

To validate failover operations for Amazon replication groups, replication pairs, and failover groups, you can perform test failover operations. To further control failover testing, configure the test failover options on Amazon recovery targets. A test failover operation clones replicated Amazon VMs to the DR (destination) site. This operation is helpful to maintain successful disaster recovery for your environment.

For more information, see Testing Failover.

Replicate VMware VMs to Google Cloud Platform Destination Sites

Replicate VMware VMs to Google Cloud Platform (GCP) destinations using replication groups. Use the Replication Monitor to track replication, failover, and failback operations.

For more information, see Creating a Replication Group Using the Replication Group Wizard.

Google Cloud Platform

Deploy a GCP Virtual Appliance

You can deploy a Google Cloud Platform (GCP) virtual appliance that is preconfigured to run Commvault software.

For more information, see Deploying Virtual Appliances for Commvault Software.

Skipping Page Files or Swap Partitions During GCP Backups

When backing up a virtual disk for an instance, you can choose to skip the backup of the Windows page file or Linux swap partition. Use this option to reduce the size of backups for the virtual disk on storage media.

For more information, see Skipping Page Files or Swap Partitions During Backups.

Azure Stack Hub

Azure Stack Hub Support for Indexing Version 2

Virtual Server Agent (VSA) for Azure Stack Hub supports VM-centric backup and restore operations using Indexing Version 2.

For a new Commvault deployment with Feature Release 25 or a more recent feature release, Indexing Version 2 is enabled by default, and a new Azure Stack Hub hypervisor automatically uses Indexing Version 2. For an existing Commvault deployment that does not include any Azure Stack Hub hypervisors, a new Azure Stack Hub hypervisor automatically uses Indexing Version 2. For an existing deployment that includes existing Azure Stack Hub hypervisors, a new Azure Stack Hub hypervisor uses Indexing Version 1 only.

For more information, see VM-Centric Operations in Command Center.

Specify the Disk Type for the Azure Stack Hub Restored VM

For Azure Stack Hub managed disks, you can specify a disk type (Standard HDD or Premium SSD) for the Azure Stack Hub restored VM in full virtual machine restore, conversion and replication operations.

This is especially useful in managing storage and associated costs in your environment.

For more information, see the following topics:

Hyper-V

Hyper-V Support for Indexing Version 2

Virtual Server Agent (VSA) for Hyper-V supports VM-centric backup and restore operations using Indexing Version 2.

For a new Commvault deployment with Feature Release 25 or a more recent feature release, Indexing Version 2 is enabled by default, and a new Hyper-V hypervisor automatically uses Indexing Version 2. For an existing Commvault deployment that does not include any Hyper-V hypervisors, a new Hyper-V hypervisor automatically uses Indexing Version 2. For an existing deployment that includes existing Hyper-V hypervisors, a new Hyper-V hypervisor uses Indexing Version 1 only.

For more information, see VM-Centric Operations in Command Center.

Use Multiple Access Nodes for Restores of Virtual Machines

When you restore multiple instances, you can use the Automatic option to distribute the VMs in the restore job across the access nodes (VSA proxies) that are configured for the hypervisor.

Distributing the workload across all of the available access nodes improves the speed and efficiency of the restores.

This option is available for full virtual machine restores from streaming backups and IntelliSnap backup copies, live recovery and for conversion.

For more information, see the following:

Nutanix Acropolis Hypervisor (AHV)

Agentless Restores for Nutanix AHV

You can use agentless restores to restore small files and folders into a virtual machine (VM) without installing an agent on the destination VM.

For more information, see Agentless Restores for Nutanix AHV.

VMware Cloud Director

Define a Rule using VMware Cloud Director VM Metadata Tag with Date and Time Value

When you define a rule to discover virtual machines automatically, you can use a VM Metadata tag with a date and time value.

VMware

VM Custom Attributes and VM vApp Options Included in Backups

When you configure VM custom attributes and VM vApp options in the vSphere web client for the VMware vCenter, the information, by default, is included in your backups, and can be included in your full VM restores.

For more information, see VM Custom Attributes and VM vApp Options Support.

Run a Test Backup to Confirm Configuration is Successful

From the Command Center, when you create a VM group or manage content for an existing VM group, you can run a test backup to ensure that your configuration is successful.

For more information, see the following topics:

Virtual Machine Conversion (Cross-Hypervisor Restores)

Convert Virtual Machines from VMware to Oracle VM

When restoring a VMware virtual machine from backup, you can restore it as an Oracle VM.

For more information, see Converting to Oracle VM from VMware (Command Center).

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