Changes in Commvault Platform Release 2023E

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

Data Insights

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Commvault Platform Release 2023E

File Storage Optimization

The Trending Data dashboard now displays trend of data in the fast-growing directories at tag and directory levels. To view the trend for a specific directory, drill-down to the directory by clicking on tag name associated with the directory.

Trending Data Dashboard

Commvault Platform Release 2023E

File Storage Optimization (FSO)

Sensitive Data Governance (SDG)

When adding a data source in FSO or SDG, the system default inventory lists all the servers associated with your CommCell environment. You can also create and manage your own inventories for advanced scenarios.

Backup Agents

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CommCell Management

The dialogs for sending log files now support the inclusion of user application log files, for example for Oracle or SAP HANA.

Sending Log Files - CommCell Console

Sending Log Files - Command Center

Commvault Platform Release 2023E

Network Share - NFS Exports

In-place and out-of-place browse and restore operations are supported at the backupset level.

Out-of-place restore uses mount options, if any, from the source subclient. Overriding the mount options is supported.

Subclient Contents for NFS Exports

Commvault Platform Release 2023E

Oracle

You can use the Simple Oracle Database Creation CLI tool to create a simple Oracle database to use as the destination target database for an out-of-place database restore or a database duplication operation.

Using a CLI Tool to Create a Simple Oracle Database to Use as a Destination Database

Commvault Platform Release 2023E

Oracle

You can use a CLI tool to restore Oracle log files.

Restoring Oracle Archive Logs with a CLI Tool

Commvault Platform Release 2023E

SAP HANA

A new attribute, CvSrcClientName, allows you to specify the pseudoclient name where you want to run a cross-machine restore operation.

SAP HANA BACKINT Configuration Parameters

Commvault Platform Release 2024E (11.32)

MongoDB

If the master node for an instance is not available due to a network failure or any other reason and a backup is in progress, then the Commvault software picks another node as master node from the replica set for backup operation. This is applicable only for the replica set environments.

Performing a Full Backup of a MongoDB Cluster On Demand

Commvault Platform Release 2024E (11.32)

MongoDB

If an incremental backup fails for any reason like role change, then the Commvault converts the log backup to a full snapshot backup automatically.

To disable the automatic conversion of an incremental log backup to a full backup, configure the bMongoDbConvertToFullOnLogBkpFailure additional setting.

Performing an Incremental Backup for a MongoDB Cluster

CommCell Management

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  • CommServe Server

  • Web Server

  • Workflow

  • Private Metrics Reporting Server

Support for existing deployments of Microsoft Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2 is now discontinued.

You should plan to upgrade the operating system soon, to maintain supportability and to take advantage of the improvements offered with newer versions of Windows and Commvault.

For new installations of Commvault version 11.24 and later versions, Microsoft Windows Server 2012 is not supported. New installations of Commvault version 11.24 and later versions use MS SQL Server 2019, which requires a minimum of MS Windows Server 2016. Commvault upgrades are still supported.

Beginning with Commvault version 11.34 (Commvault Platform Release 2024), Microsoft Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2 will not be supported for Commvault upgrades because Microsoft has ended mainstream support for these Windows versions.

Windows 2012 and 2012 R2 clients will continue to be supported.

Commvault Platform Release 2023E

Command Center settings

Starting in Commvault Platform Release 2023E, all user settings are selected by default, and appear in the Command Center.

To hide a user settings on the Command Center, you must now remove the selection of the user setting.

Hiding User Settings on the Command Center

Commvault Platform Release 2023E

Regions

The Workload region and Backup destination region fields on any entity overview page on the Command Center, now list physical locations only or cloud locations only based on the type of entity:

  • For cloud entities such as hypervisors, virtual machines, and virtual machine groups, only cloud regions are listed.

  • For physical entities such as file servers and laptops, only physical locations are listed.

  • For logical entities such as on a company overview page, only physical locations are listed.

Assigning a Workload Region to an Entity

Commvault Platform Release 2023E

Server plans

Starting in Commvault Platform Release 2023E, subclient policies are not created when you define backup content for a server plan. This is because the backup content is now stored as a plan property and not as a subclient policy.

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This does not affect the existing server plan behavior.

When you upgrade to Commvault Platform Release 2023E, subclient policies that were created because of server plans before the upgrade and which do not have any backup set associations, are deleted. However, subclient policies that were manually mapped to a backup set in the CommCell Console, are not deleted and are retained.

During Server plan creation or modification, the Database and Transaction log backup frequency options are available within the RPO settings.

Server Plans

Commvault Platform Release 2023E

Link to the CommCell Console from the Web Console

The CommCell Console link from Web Console does not work even after adding the ShowGuiConsoleSSO and showGuiConsoleOnSamlLogin settings. As an alternative, use the netx.jar file to access the CommCell Console. If your company uses SAML authentication, then click Login with Command Center.

Opening the CommCell Console with a JAR File

Commvault Platform Release 2023E

Log Files

Starting in Commvault Platform Release 2023E, you cannot send the log files as an email attachment.

Sending Log Files

Commvault Platform Release 2023E

Linux CommServe Server

Starting in Commvault Platform Release 2023E, implicit upgrades to a Linux CommServe server using CommCell migration, hardware refresh, and CommServe failover are supported.

Getting Started with CommServe Server in a Linux Environment

Data Management

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Deduplication

Disk Read Optimized Copy and Network Optimized Copy options are no longer available in the UI. Instead, the software automatically determines and uses the best option (Disk Read Optimized or Network Optimized) for the job.

Deduplication - Advanced

Commvault Platform Release 2023E

Follow Mount Point

The Follow Mount Points field is moved to the subclient Content section. Prior to the release, the Follow Mount Points field was available in the Advanced Backup Options and at the schedule policy level.

Commvault Platform Release 2023E

Storage Device

In the Command Center, if a subclient is associated to a server plan and its storage policy has been modified from the CommCell Console, then the software will auto reset the storage policy of the subclient back to the storage policy of the server plan.

Storage Device - Storage Policy

Disaster Recovery

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Disaster Recovery (DR)

The Commvault Disaster Recovery (DR) feature is renamed Commvault Auto Recovery. Along with this change, Replication Groups are renamed Recovery Groups and the Replication Monitor is renamed Recovery Monitor.

Installations

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Python

Python, which is used for by Metrics Server for metrics processing, is now managed and updated by the Commvault installer. Customers are free to uninstall other existing Python versions from their Windows CommServe server and Metrics Server if they are not being used elsewhere.

Commvault Platform Release 2023E

Web Server

The Commvault web server installer automatically installs Microsoft .NET Framework 4.8.

Previously, the Commvault installer installed .NET Framework 4.6.2.

System Requirements - Web Server

Network

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Network

Due to security enhancements made in CPR 2023E, communication from a Commvault Version 11 MediaAgent to Commvault Version 10 clients will not work without first adding the bPre11Clients additional setting to the Version 11 MediaAgent.

For more information, see "Add the bPre11Clients Additional Setting if You Have V10 Clients in Your CommCell Environment" in Network - Troubleshooting.

Reports

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Commvault Store Reports

The Company Usage report is no longer available in the Commvault Store. This report is now available by default in the Command Center.

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Commvault Platform Release 2023E

Tiered Metrics Reporting

To access Tiered Metrics Reporting feature, the secondary metrics Tomcat server must have the CA-signed certificates configured.

Tiered Metrics Reporting

Security

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Users

The Credential Manager option is renamed to Credential Vault.

Users can add a credential vault through the newly added Vault Configuration tab.

Snapshot

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Synthetic Full Backups

Synthetic full backups for IntelliSnap at the CommCell level are available by default.

Synthetic Full Backups for IntelliSnap

Commvault Platform Release 2023E

Backup Copy

Backup copy from snapshots is made easier by running backup copy of only the latest snap job or snaps jobs within retention.

Managing Backup Copy Based on Snapshot Retention

Solutions and Use Cases

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MEDITECH

Starting in Commvault Platform Release 2023E, you do not need an authorization code to enable MEDITECH.

Previously, to enable MEDITECH, you had to enter the authorization code using an additional setting.

MEDITECH Configuration

Storage

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Cloud Storage

You can setup Storage Accelerator on a soruce MediaAgent to directly send the backup data to an auxiliary copy (cloud copy).

Without the Storage Accelerator, source MediaAgent send the client data to the destination MediaAgent first, and then the destination MediaAgent stores the data in the auxiliary copy.

Unlike backups where Storage Accelerator package should be installed on client, Storage Accelerator for auxiliary copy is enabled by default and does not require any special package to be installed.

Accelerating Auxiliary Copies

Commvault Platform Release 2023E

Cloud Storage

In MediaAgent lists, the MediaAgents are classified as Active and Inactive. Active MediaAgents are MediaAgents having license. Inactive MediaAgents are MediaAgents having MediaAgent package installed, but license not consumed.

The license is auto consumed if you select an inactive MediaAgent while adding a storage pool, cloud storage, or cloud library.

Configuring Cloud Storage

Commvault Platform Release 2023E

Disk Library

In MediaAgent lists, the MediaAgents are classified as Active and Inactive. Active MediaAgents are MediaAgents having license. Inactive MediaAgents are MediaAgents having MediaAgent package installed, but license not consumed.

The license is auto consumed if you select an inactive MediaAgent while adding a storage pool, disk storage, or disk library.

Commvault Platform Release 2023E

HyperScale X

You can install operating system and storage updates on the HyperScale X nodes only from the smart server group created for the HyperScale X storage pool.

Previously, you can install the updates from the server or server group level.

Commvault Platform Release 2023E

HyperScale X

After you upgrade to Commvault Platform Release 2023E, to use the new HyperScale Hardware Alert, you must first disable the Dial home for Hyperscale and Appliance hardware alert and then enable the new alert.

Previously, you can only use the Dial home for Hyperscale and Appliance hardware alert to monitor the hardware on the HyperScale nodes.

Commvault Platform Release 2023E

Indexing Version 2

User intervention is not needed when an index becomes corrupted or if there is an index playback error.

Troubleshooting (Indexing Version 2)

Commvault Platform Release 2023E

Media Management Configuration

The Process volume size updates for cloud mount paths parameter is enabled by default when you upgrade CommServe server from an older service pack to Commvault Platform Release 2023E (or later).

Media Management Configuration: Service Configuration

Commvault Platform Release 2023E

Media Management Configuration

The Select Source MediaAgent option is no longer available in the CommCell Console for the following jobs:

  • Auxiliary Copy

  • Space Reclamation on Deduplicated data

  • Data Verification on deduplicated data

  • Deduplication database recovery (DDB reconstruction)

    Instead, you can assign one or more MediaAgents for these jobs from the Reader MediaAgents tab in the Advanced Options dialog box.

Advanced Options - Reader MediaAgent(s)

Commvault Platform Release 2023E

Storage Management

By default, the software uses scalable resource allocation when you perform an auxiliary copy operation, a data verification operation, a space reclamation operation or a DDB reconstruction operation. The option to enable or disable scalable resource allocation is removed from the software.

Virtualization

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  • Azure

  • Azure Stack

The Restore as Managed VM setting for new replication groups and new replication targets will be removed in Commvault Platform Release 2024 because the setting will be the default restore mode.

Commvault Platform Release 2023E

File Indexing Version 1

File indexing virtual machines using File Indexing Version 1 is no longer supported.

File Indexing Version 1

Commvault Platform Release 2023E

File Indexing Version 2

Using File Indexing Version 2, you can index guest files and folders of Windows and Linux virtual machines on Amazon Web Services streaming and IntelliSnap snap copies.

File Indexing Version 2

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