Newsletter for New Features in Service Pack 17
Features and enhancements that we want to highlight in this service pack are listed here, with a link to full documentation for the feature.
For your convenience, the Newsletter for New Features in Service Pack 17 is also available in PDF format, New Features in Service Pack 17.
For a comprehensive list of all new features, see New Features.
Note: If you are upgrading from a previous release or service pack, also review the following pages:
Install Windows OS and Microsoft SQL Server Updates When You Install Commvault Service Pack or Hotfix Updates
You can install Windows OS and Microsoft SQL Server updates when you install Commvault service pack or hotfix updates on a backup appliance, CommServe server, Web Server, or MediaAgent client.
Configuring Cascading Network Gateway Connections Using Predefined Network Topologies
You can use predefined network topologies to configure cascading network gateway connections. In this topology, two groups of clients are each configured to communicate one-way to their own network gateway. Then each network gateway communicates one-way to each other, negotiating connections between the two groups of clients. This is a configuration often used in multi-tenant environments for service providers.
Configure Log File Settings for Modules in the CommCell Console
You can configure log file settings for individual Commvault software modules at the CommServe level, client computer group level, agent level, or MediaAgent level.
Configure Public Access for the Download Center
You can allow users to access the Download Center and to download files from the Download Center without logging on.
View Operating Instances (OIs) and Virtual Operating Instances (VOIs) in the License Summary Report
You can view usage information about both the OIs license and the VOIs (VMs) license in the License Summary Report. The Commvault Complete OI Licenses table displays the number of licenses that your organization purchased and used. You can view the Operating Instances view or the Virtual Operating Instances (VMs) view to see information about each client computer or VM.
In environments with both VOIs (VMs) and OIs, the software applies surplus OI licenses to VOI (VM) license overages before any license overage conditions occur.
Server and MediaAgent
Configuring a Syslog Server to Forward the System Logs
You can configure a Syslog server to forward the system logs for alerts, audit trails, and events to the server. You can also use a REST API to create a Syslog server and to view the Syslog server information.
Use Horizontal Scaling of Deduplication Databases to Improve Deduplication Performance
Use horizontal scaling of deduplication databases to create separate deduplication databases for three different data types (virtual machines, databases, and file system agents) when you create a storage policy copy.
Horizontal scaling improves deduplication efficiency because similar data types deduplicate more efficiently than dissimilar data types.
Also, the Commvault software automatically creates a new deduplication database when either the free space on a deduplication database partition disk reaches the threshold or the query and insertion (QI) time exceeds the threshold.
Use the Credentials Manager feature to Manage Credentials for Disk Storage Libraries and Cloud Storage Libraries
With Credentials Manager, you can store credentials, such as Windows and cloud credentials. Then, instead of manually entering the credentials every time you log on to the Command Center or set up disk libraries or cloud storage libraries, you can simply select the saved credentials.
The Credentials Manager offers the following benefits:
- You can store the credentials in one place and use them wherever they are needed.
- You can share the credentials with other users without revealing the credentials.
- The passwords are encrypted using a CommServe-specific encryption key, a passphrase, or a key provided via an external key management server.
Configure the Job Start Time at the Server Level
You can configure a job start time at the server level. The Commvault software honors the backup window configuration, regardless of the job start time, and runs the next job based on the RPO (recovery point objective) setting at the plan level and the most recent successful backup job for the associated subclient.
Back Up and Restore Hive Data Warehouse Application Data by Using Workflows
You can back up and restore Hive data warehouse application data by using workflows.
- Hadoop must be configured on data access nodes.
- The Beeline utility must be installed on the Hive node.
Protect Splunk Clusters in the Command Center
You can use the Command Center to back up and recover Splunk index files.
You can use the Command Center as a self-service portal to perform the following tasks:
- Quickly configure servers, storage, and subclients to back up
- Back up Splunk index files immediately or on a schedule
- Restore Splunk index files to the most recent time, or to a point in time
- Monitor jobs, events, and alerts
IAM Role-Based Authentication for Snapshot Copies of Encrypted Amazon EC2 and Amazon RDS Instances
You can use Amazon EC2 instances that have an IAM role configured to run snapshot replication of encrypted Amazon RDS instances.
Previously, you could run snapshot replication of encrypted Amazon RDS instances only by using the AWS secret key and access key.
Use 1-Touch for Linux to Perform Bare Metal Recovery of Computers That Contain Software RAID Devices
On supported Red Hat Enterprise Linux, SuSE Linux, and Ubuntu operating system versions, you can use 1-Touch for Linux to perform a bare metal recovery of computers that contain software RAID devices.
Live Sync Replication for Oracle Databases in the Command Center
You can use the Live Sync feature to enable 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 most recent sync point.
The Live Sync feature includes the following capabilities:
- It initiates a replication operation automatically after a Live Sync schedule is created.
- It initiates a replication operation automatically after an auxiliary copy job is completed, when you use a copy precedence for Live Sync.
- It copies the backup data to remote disaster recovery (DR) sites with deduplication to minimize wide area network (WAN) traffic. Live Sync then runs at the DR site.
- It minimizes the impact on production systems' CPU and I/O by using the backup data, instead of the source database, for replications.
ContentStore Mail Server (IMAP) For Exchange Mailbox Agent
You can configure the ContentStore Mail Server (IMAP) for the Exchange Mailbox Agent, and can give end users access to their backed up or archived mailbox messages on their mobile devices that support an IMAP client.
Optimized Scan and Multi-Node Backup for Nutanix Files Shares
You can back up Nutanix Files shares, either CIFS or NFS, using distributed backups that run on multiple data access nodes. Depending on your needs, you can recover Nutanix Files data either in-place or out-of-place.
We have integrated the Nutanix Files Change File Tracking (CFT) API to optimize scan times, which can help reduce incremental backup windows.
- Windows File System
- UNIX File Systems
Server File System
Back Up and Restore an Azure SQL Database Managed Instance
You can migrate a SQL database from an on-premises SQL server to an Azure SQL database managed instance. The migration is accomplished by backing up the on-premises SQL database, and then restoring it to the Azure SQL database managed instance. After the database is migrated, you can run a full backup operation to back up the Azure SQL database managed instance in the Azure cloud. You can restore an Azure SQL database managed instance from an Azure cloud to either the same Azure cloud instance or to another Azure cloud instance.
Cross-Platform Migration of Oracle Databases Using a Workflow
You can use the Unix to Linux Oracle Migration Workflow workflow to migrate Oracle databases from an AIX or Solaris operating system to a Linux operating system, with minimal impact on production applications.
- You can use the workflow for Oracle 11 and more recent versions
- The source and destination hosts must have the same directory structure
Stage-Free Recovery of Cassandra Databases
You can recover Cassandra databases without restoring the data to a staging location. The stage-free recovery process uses the Commvault 3DFS solution to export the backup data as a network share, and then recovers the data from the share to the Cassandra cluster.
The stage-free recovery process includes the following key features:
- Because the data does not need to be staged, the recovery process is faster.
- The recovery process can automatically invoke the Cassandra bulk loader (also called sstableloader) to load the data into the database.
The stage-free recovery process uses a Linux MediaAgent. If you used a Windows MediaAgent for the backup, then use a Linux MediaAgent as a proxy for the recovery.
Use Salesforce Sandbox Data Masking to Protect Sensitive Data
Use Salesforce data masking to change sensitive information when restoring production data to a sandbox. This is useful when populating or refreshing a sandbox for development or test purposes. Data masking allows realistic production data to be used without exposing sensitive information.
The Commvault software applies data-masking policies when you run a restore operation. Restore operations with data masking must be cross-instance restores.
For Google Cloud Platform, You Can Configure a Linux Instance as a Virtual Server Agent Proxy
You can configure a Linux instance to act as a Virtual Server Agent (VSA) proxy for Google Cloud Platform. You can use the Linux proxy for backups and restores of Google Cloud Platform instances.
With a Linux instance as a VSA proxy, you can perform the following operations:
- Streaming backups
- Full virtual machine restores
- Guest file and folder restores
For Microsoft Azure, You Can Configure a Linux Instance as a Virtual Server Agent Proxy
You can configure a Linux instance to act as a Virtual Server Agent (VSA) proxy for Microsoft Azure. You can use the Linux proxy for backups and restores of Microsoft Azure virtual machines.
You can use the Linux proxy for the following operations:
- Streaming backups
- IntelliSnap backups
- Full virtual machine restores
- Guest files and folders restores (for streaming backups and backup copy jobs only)
- Attach disk restores
Replicate Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Instances
Use Live Sync to replicate instances running in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. You can replicate instances from a primary site to a destination site, which can be in the same region or a different region. Both the primary site and the destination site must be Oracle Cloud Infrastructure regions.
You can perform replication using the Command Center.
- Replication from streaming backups
- Planned or unplanned failover
- Undo failover
Virtual Server Agent
Deploy at least one VSA proxy in the destination region and in each availability domain where an instance is replicated.
Convert Virtual Machines from Azure to VMware
When restoring an Azure Resource Manager virtual machine from backup, you can choose to restore the VM as a VMware VM. You can perform conversion from streaming backups or IntelliSnap backup copies.
This feature is available from the Command Center and from the Commcell Console.
Virtual Server Agent
Back Up and Restore Applications in OpenShift
You can use the Virtual Server Agent to back up and restore OpenShift applications that run as containerized workloads in the Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform. Organizations that use OpenShift as a platform for rapid development and deployment can use Commvault to protect application-specific data that works with objects that are provided by the OpenShift platform.
This solution protects application metadata and related objects, such as secrets, configuration maps, and persistent volumes. Restoring an application combines that application-specific information with platform-provided objects such as containers.
From the Command Center, you can configure an OpenShift hypervisor and perform backups and restores.
Virtual Server Agent
Filter Backups of CIFS Shares and NFS Exports Using Wildcards
You can use wildcards to back up CIFS shares and NFS exports with the IntelliSnap feature.
- You can browse for CIFS shares when you add content to a subclient.
- You can browse for NFS exports when you add content to a subclient.
- You can back up the default subclient.
- For CIFS shares, you can add \\fileserver\ as the path to the default subclient so that all CIFS shares from a file server are automatically discovered.
- For NFS exports, you can add fileserver:/ as the path to the default subclient so that all NFS exports from a file server are automatically discovered.
Configure a Remote Snap MediaAgent for the Dell EMC TimeFinder SnapVX Engine
A remote snap MediaAgent is a remote MediaAgent computer that runs snapshot operations on the storage array instead of running snapshot operations on the MediaAgent computer in the local host.
You can configure a remote snap MediaAgent for Dell EMC TimeFinder SnapVX engine.
Create Snapshots in SRDF/Metro Configuration Using the Dell EMC TimeFinder SnapVX Engine
With the SRDF/Metro configuration, the TimeFinder SnapVX engine backs up both the local copy and the synchronous remote copy of data. The engine creates snapshots on both sides of the SRDF pair of storage arrays, so if one array is not available, you can use snapshots from the other side of the pair.
The primary snapshot and the secondary snapshot are independent, but have the same retention rule as the primary snapshot copy.
Install the SRDF/Metro licenses on both storage arrays of the SRDF/Metro pair.
Manage Snapshots During Dell EMC VPLEX Migration
When migrating storage within the same cluster of Dell EMC VPLEX storage array, you can select a backend array to create snapshots.
Back Up and Restore MS SQL Server Databases in the Commvault ServiceNow Application
You can back up and restore MS SQL Server databases in the ServiceNow application.
Back Up and Restore Object Storage for Amazon S3, Azure Blob, Azure File, and Google Cloud Using the Command Center
Using Object Storage in the Command Center console, you can back up Amazon S3, Azure Blob, Azure File, and Google Cloud data.
You can restore from an object storage to its original location, to any other object storage, or to disk.
Protect the Index Server Cloud
You can back up and recover the Index Server Cloud. The data collection is backed up for each node in the cloud.
Tools and Utilities
Onboard and Offboard Tenants and Users with Backup Subscriptions Using REST APIs
You can now onboard and offboard users to manage the data on clients using REST APIs.
The onboard operation assigns a role to the specific user and adds the user as an owner to the client. The API also assigns a server plan that matches the specified Recovery Point Objectives (RPO) and storage pool settings to the subclient. This operation prepares the subclients and VM clients for data management based on the service level subscription.
The offboard operation removes the user as an owner of the client and disables further data management operations on the subclient or VM client. You can also offboard a user completely and stop data management operations on all the onboarded subclients or VM clients.
- File System
Last modified: 10/30/2019 6:42:41 PM