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Changes in Service Pack 18

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Analytics

Backup Agents

Command Center Navigation Pane

CommCell Management

Data Management

Developer Tools

Disaster Recovery (DR) Backups

Reports

Storage Management

Virtualization

Web Console

If you upgrade from a previous version, you will see that some products, features, and options are updated and enhanced. To read more about the features in this version, click the links in the Learn more column.

Analytics

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SP18

Web Analytics

Analytics data older than six months (183 days) is automatically pruned from the system.

Viewing Reports

Backup Agents

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SP18

Salesforce

You can enable mutual authentication from the CommCell Console for Salesforce backup and restores.

Previously, you needed an additional setting to connect to Salesforce using mutual authentication.

Connecting to Salesforce Using Mutual Authentication

SP18

SAP HANA

You can set operation window rules for SAP HANA clients at the client, instance, and subclient levels on the CommCell Console.

Previously, you could set operation window rules only from the instance and subclient levels.

Agents That Support the Blackout Window

SP18

  • Oracle
  • Oracle RAC
  • SAP for Oracle

After you upgrade to Service Pack SP18, by default, selective online full backups are enabled on the Default subclient for newly created or discovered instances. You can disable the selective online full backups on your Default subclient manually.

Command Center Navigation Pane

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Command Center

The navigation pane has been restructured.

The Solution navigation item is renamed to Protect.

The following navigation items are now at the top level of the navigation pane:

  • Jobs
  • The new Activate navigation item

    The new Orchestration navigation item groups the following navigation items:

  • The Live Sync I/O Monitor
  • Replication Monitor
  • Replication
  • Recovery targets

    The new Infrastructure navigation item under the Manage navigation item groups the following tiles:

  • Arrays
  • MediaAgents
  • Network stores

    The Manage navigation item now contains the functionality of the following navigation items:

  • Administration
  • Configuration

    The System navigation item now contains the functionality of the following navigation items:

  • System
  • Operation

Configuring Solutions in the Command Center

CommCell Management

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Job Controller

The Job Controller window displays the job progress for the active jobs dynamically, based on the job progress patterns of the recent successful jobs for a specific subclient.

Managing the Job Controller Display

SP18

User Preferences

The Short Time setting affects the times in the Operation Window feature.

Modifying the Look and Feel of the <CommCell Console>

SP18

Virtual machines, hypervisors, file servers, laptops, cloud apps, and servers.

The Deconfigure option has been replaced with a new Retire option.

Data Management

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Cyclic redundancy check

The Cyclic Redundancy Check (CRC) Validation feature is enabled by default, and the option to enable the feature is removed from the MediaAgent's Properties dialog box.

Previously, you had to enable the Cyclic Redundancy Check (CRC) Validation feature by selecting the check boxes on the MediaAgent's Properties dialog box.

Cyclic Redundancy Check

SP18

Recovery of a sealed deduplication database

You can recover sealed deduplication databases from the CommCell Console.

Previously, you could not recover deduplication databases that were sealed.

Manually Recovering the Deduplication Database

SP18

Manual recovery of a deduplication database

When you manually recover the DDB, the Use Scalable Resource Allocation option is selected by default to ensure that, if the DDB reconstruction job fails and needs to be restarted, then it restarts from the point of failure.

Previously, you had to manually select the Use Scalable Resource Allocation option.

Manually Recovering the Deduplication Database

Developer Tools

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Commvault PowerShell module

The Commvault PowerShell module is refactored with new and modified cmdlets for SP18.

Additionally, Microsoft SQL Server is supported.

Commvault PowerShell Module Reference

Disaster Recovery (DR) Backups

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DR backups to the Commvault Cloud Services Portal

When DR backups are configured to automatically upload a copy to the Commvault Cloud Service Portal, the data is stored in Microsoft Azure.

Previously, DR backups were stored in the Commvault datacenter.

Uploading DR Backups to Commvault Cloud Services Portal

Reports

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REST API Reports

If you use a REST API request to run the RptMonthStorageUsage stored procedure, after upgrading to SP18, you must update your REST API to remove the Tag Notes<HIDDEN> column.

In the RptMonthStorageUsage stored procedure, the Tag Notes<HIDDEN> column does not appear when the Aggregate Limit parameter is equal to the Subclient Copy parameter and billing tags are not configured in the CommServe server.

Previously, REST API requests that ran in the RptMonthStorageUsage stored procedure included the Tag Notes<HIDDEN> column in the response.

Not applicable

SP18

REST API Reports

For the GET Report REST API, in the License Summary response, the column title MaiboxName is changed to SMTP because SMTP is a more appropriate title for the data in this column.

Not applicable

SP18

Metrics Reporting in the Command Center

The options for Metrics Reporting in the Command Center are now at Manage > System.

Previously, the Metrics Reporting options were atAdministration > Operations.

SP18

Reports on the Web Console

You can open the Health Report and the SLA Report on the local Web Console using buttons on the CommCell Console Reports ribbon. The button for the CommCell Dashboard has been removed. The reports do not open in the Cloud Services Portal anymore.

Previously, the Dashboard View, Health Status, and SLA Status buttons were visible only if a Private Metrics Reporting Server was installed in the CommCell environment or if the Cloud Metrics Reporting feature was enabled.

Opening Reports on the Web Console from the CommCell Console

SP18

Reports on the Web Console

You can embed scheduled reports in the body of an email.

Previously, you could attach scheduled reports to an email only as a separate CSV, HTML, or PDF file.

Scheduling Reports

Storage Management

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Storage in theCommand Center

The Storage Target node and the Storage Pool node are removed from the Command Center. The new Storage node displays only the global deduplication policies, the global storage policies, and the storage (cloud, disk, and tape) that are associated with these policies.

Note: The following are not visible in the Command Center: blind tape libraries, IP libraries, plug and play (PnP) libraries, tapes, and removable magnetic standalone drives (such as RDX drives).

Previously, the storage targets and the storage pools were available as separate nodes in the Command Center and displayed all the storage pools, including the standalone storage policies and the storage targets.

Storage

SP18

Storage policy copies in the Command Center

When you create a storage policy copy, it is automatically associated with the System Created Autocopy schedule policy. You cannot edit this schedule policy.

Previously, when you created a storage policy copy, it was associated with an auxiliary copy schedule that was created for each individual plan.

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Virtualization

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Virtual Server Agent (all hypervisors)

For SP18 and more recent service packs, backups for a default subclient complete successfully if the subclient does not include any virtual machines.

Default Subclient Coverage for Unprotected Virtual Machines

SP18

Virtual Server Agent (all hypervisors)

For application-aware backups, you can restore from a secondary copy that was created using a selective copy operation. After you upgrade to SP18, if a selective copy is configured for a VM, the first application-aware backup of the VM is always a full backup, even if you requested a different backup type.

SP18

Google Cloud Platform (GCP)

For Service Pack 18, when you create a new GCP hypervisor, by default, the client uses Indexing Version 2 for VM-centric operations. You can continue to use GCP hypervisors that were configured before Service Pack 18 for backup and restore operations. However, these clients will continue to use Indexing Version 1.

VM-Centric Operations in Command Center

Web Console

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Download Center

Additional security was added to the Download Center. If the repository is a Web Server, uploading files and browsing for files is restricted to the software_installation_path/packages folder.

Last modified: 3/11/2021 7:40:58 PM