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Changes in Service Pack 12

Table of Contents

Deployment

CommCell Management

Media Management

Data Management

Backup Agents

Backup Agents - Windows File System and UNIX File System

Backup Agents - Windows File System

Backup Agents - UNIX File System

Distributed Apps

Virtualization

Edge Backup and Access

Solutions

Tools & Utilities

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

Deployment

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SP9 to SP13

Apache Tomcat server

When you install a Commvault software package that automatically installs the Apache Tomcat server, Tomcat version 8.5.16 is installed.

Previously, version 8.5.5 or 8.5.9 was installed.

 

SP12

CommServe software

The following databases are installed with the CommServe software to support the newest features:

  • AuditDB
  • CacheDB
  • ResourceMgrDB
  • TemplateDB

CommServe Recovery - Frequently Asked Questions

SP12

Decoupled client registrations

Previously, you could register a decoupled client installed with a lower service pack than the CommServe software. Starting in Service Pack 12, registering a decoupled client that is installed with a lower service pack than the CommServe software, is not supported.

Client Registrations

SP12

Service pack installation

Exchange agent installation packages are merged into one installation package

Previously, you installed each Exchange agent separately and configured them during the installation process. Starting with Service Pack 12, you install only one Exchange package on a client, and then add and configure only the agents that you want to use. In addition to the Exchange agents, the Exchange installation package includes the ContentStore Mail Server.

Preinstallation Checklist for Exchange Agents

SP12

systemd Linux support

Commvault software utilizes systemd for initialization

Commvault software uses systemd for initialization for the following distributions:

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux and CentOS if systemctl is installed.
  • SuSE and OpenSuSE if systemctl is installed.
  • Debian 8.8 and higher.
  • Ubuntu 16.04  and higher.

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CommCell Management

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SP12

Alerts

A <JOB OPERATION> token is available for data protection and data recovery alerts. The value for the token is the type of job, such as Snap Backup or Backup Copy.

Available Alert Tokens

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Scheduling

Schedule policies

The user interface labels have changed for Automatic Database Log Backup.

 

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Services

A new service, called GxFWD (Commvault Network Daemon), is now responsible for tunneling Commvault connections across firewalls.

Description of Services

Media Management

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SP12

Cloud Storage - Amazon Glacier

Input Format for Service Host Name for Amazon Glacier

The input format for Service Host Name for Amazon Glacier is now changed to glacier.[region].amazonaws.com.

Previously, the input format for Service Host Name was glacier.amazonaws.com.

Online Help - Add / Edit Cloud Storage (General)

(Locate Amazon Glacier.)

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Cloud Storage - Amazon S3

Input Format for Service Host Name for Amazon S3

The input format for Service Host Name for Amazon S3 is now changed to s3.[region].amazonaws.com.

Previously, the input format for Service Host Name was s3.amazonaws.com.

Online Help - Add / Edit Cloud Storage (General)

(Locate Amazon S3.)

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Data Encryption

The configuration Disallow changes to encryption settings on storage policy is removed from the Service Configuration tab in the Media Management Configuration dialog box. You can configure the Prevent changes to copy software encryption settings setting at the global level.

SP12

Media Management

Do not create dependent storage policy when creating a disk/cloud storage pool or a global deduplication policy

The Do not create dependent storage policy when creating a disk/cloud storage pool or a global deduplication policy option in Media Management: Service configuration, is now enabled by default, to disable the automatic creation of storage policy associated with the Global Deduplication Policy.

Previously, this option was disabled by default.

Media Management Configuration: Service Configuration

Data Management

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SP12

Deduplication

DDB Backups Fail if Snapshot Creation Fails

If VSS (Windows) or LVM (Linux) snapshot fails, then by default, the DDB backup fails.

Previously, if VSS (Windows) or LVM (Linux) snapshot failed, then by default, the DDB backup used the live volume to back up the DDB.

Deduplication Database Backup

SP12

Search Engine and Content Indexing

Preview Generation Is Off By Default for New Search Engine Installations

For new installations of the Search Engine, previews are not generated during content indexing jobs by default. Instead, previews are generated on-demand during end-user search and Compliance Search operations.

To export items from Compliance Search in HTML format, the items must have been content indexed by a Search Engine with preview generation enabled.

You can configure how previews are generated from the CommCell Console.

Configuring Preview Settings for Search Engines

Backup Agents

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SP12

DB2

Operation Time Reduction for DB2 Load Copy Operations

A DB2 load copy operation takes between 20-25 seconds. This time becomes significant when you have thousands of operations that need to occur.

You can configure the software to registers the job ID and set up the pipeline, and then use the job ID and pipeline for 10 minutes. This additional setting reduces the operation time.

SP12

DB2

Change to DB2 Restore Option Defaults

The following DB2 restore option defaults have changed values for both traditional and IntelliSnap restores:

  • The backup image (the software uses the latest backup image by default).
  • The recover database option (the software does not recover the database by default).
  • The option to restore log files (the software does not restore the logs by default).

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NDMP Agent

NAS Agent Renamed to NDMP Agent

The NAS agent has been renamed to NDMP agent. When you install a new client or configure a NAS agent installed in a previous service pack, look for NDMP agent.

Overview: NDMP File System Agent

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Oracle Agent

Oracle RAC

The Commvault software Turns off Oracle Optimization

If you have configured RMAN backup optimization for an Oracle instance, then the Commvault software permanently turns off optimization the first time that you perform a full backup or selective online full backup from the CommCell Console. This behavior ensures that the backups contain all the Oracle data files and that you can success fully restore the backups.

SP12

Salesforce

Salesforce Browse Pane Only Shows Modified Records

When you perform a browse operation on a Salesforce backup the Browse pane only displays the modified records.

Salesforce Restores

SP12

SAP HANA

SAP HANA 2.0 MDC IntelliSnap or Traditional Database Copy Source and Target SID Changes

If you have a SAP HANA 2.0 configuration and you are performing an IntelliSnap or traditional database copy operation, then the source SID and target SID must match for the SYSTEMDB.

SP12

SAP HANA

Restore the SAP HANA Catalog to a Point in Time

Beginning in Service Pack 12, you can restore the SAP HANA catalog to a point-in-time by specifying a time that is relative to the system date. Use this option only for special circumstances, for example database corruption.

SP12

SAP HANA

SAP HANA Command Line Report for Archive Log Backup Details

You can run a command line report that provides detailed information on SAP HANA archive log backups.

SAP HANA Archive Log Backup Report

Backup Agents - Windows File System and UNIX File System

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SP12

Retention Options Are Now Categorized Based on Job-Based Retention and Object Based Retention

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 Job Based Retention and Object Based Retention and are labeled as follows:

Backup Retention is now Object Based Retention

  • After deletion keep items for N years N months N days is now Retain objects for n years in the Deleted item retention area.
  • After deletion keep items indefinitely is now Retain objects indefinitely in the Deleted item retention area.

Backup Agents - Windows File System

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SP12

Synchronizing Data On the Disk and the Index

For the synchronization operation, you must specify a minimum value of 7 days else the value is automatically set to a default value of 30 days.

Previously, you could specify a value less than 7 days.

Synchronizing Data on the Disk and the Index

Backup Agents - UNIX File System

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SP12

Synchronizing Data On the Disk and the Index

For the synchronization operation, you must specify a minimum value of 7 days else the value is automatically set to a default value of 30 days.

Previously, you could specify a value less than 7 days.

Synchronizing Data on the Disk and the Index

Distributed Apps

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SP12

  • Cassandra
  • GPFS
  • Greenplum
  • Hadoop

Distributed Apps Renamed to Big Data Apps

The CommCell Console now uses the term Big Data Apps instead of Distributed Apps.

The IBM Spectrum Scale (GPFS) and Hadoop client administration are now under File System.

Virtualization

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SP12

Virtual Server Agent (Oracle VM)

Backups skip physical disks that are attached to a guest VM.

Backups for Oracle VM

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Virtual Server Agent (VMware)

Prior to Service Pack 12, for backups of VMs from vCenter Server 6.5 or later, the Virtual Machine Status tab of the Job Details dialog box showed that VM backups were successful, even when applications could not be quiesced and a VM backup reverted to a crash-consistent backup. With Service Pack 12 and later, the VM backup status is shown as Partial Success if applications could not be quiesced. You can resolve the issue by ensuring that VMware Tools are installed and running on the guest VM, and then running a new backup.

Backups with Quiescing of the Operating System and Applications

Edge Backup and Access

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SP12

Laptop Backups (Windows, Macintosh, and UNIX)

Retention Options Are Now Categorized Based on Job-Based Retention and Object Based Retention

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 Job Based Retention and Object Based Retention and are labeled as follows:

Backup Retention is now Object Based Retention

  • After deletion keep items for N years N months N days is now Retain objects for n years in the Deleted item retention area.
  • After deletion keep items indefinitely is now Retain objects indefinitely in the Deleted item retention area.

Retention for Laptop Backup

Solutions

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SP12

NFS ObjectStore

New Option for the create, create_snap and update_snap Command Line Operations

You can create or update a point-in-time share by specifying a secondary backup copy.

You can specify a copy precedence when you create a NFS ObjectStore.

create

create snap

update snap

Tools & Utilities

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Command line:

  • Deleting a user
  • Deleting a user group

The XML template includes the elements required to transfer the ownership of entities. Transferring the ownership of entities is now required.

SP12

Acquirelock Workflow Activity

The Acquirelock activity now blocks workflows running on multiple workflow engines.

Control Flow

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REST API: DELETE User Group

The syntax for the DELETE User Group API has changed. Transferring the ownership of entities is now required.

REST API - DELETE User Group

Last modified: 5/22/2019 8:13:46 PM