New features and changes for the Avamar 7.4 Service Pack 1 release

Below is a list of the new features in the release of Avamar 7.4 Service Pack 1 (7.4.1-58) that can be found in the release notes.

 Common Access Card and Personal Identity Verification support

Avamar 7.4 Service Pack 1 supports user authentication by using a Common Access Card (CAC) for United States Department of Defense (DoD) personnel or a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) smart card for US federal government employees and contractors. Avamar implements CAC/PIV authentication by presenting alternative login prompts for Avamar Installation Manager and Avamar Administrator.

 Client currency on Avamar 7.4 Service Pack 1

  • BMR support on Windows Server 2016
  • AIX 7.2
  • SLES 12 SP1
  • RHEL 7.2

 Avamar Virtual Edition support for Hyper-V 2016

Avamar Virtual Edition (AVE) for Hyper-V now includes support for Hyper-V 2016.

 Table Level Recovery now supported from SQL transactional Log backups

With Avamar 7.4 Service Pack 1, Table Level Recovery is now supported from SQL transactional Log backups.

 New features and changes for the Avamar NDMP Accelerator with 7.4 Service Pack 1

  • Support for Isilon 8.0.1
  • Support for NetApp Ontap 9.0
  • Support for NetApp Ontap 9.1
  • Support for Oracle ZFS 8.5.2

 Oracle ZFS Cluster support

Avamar 7.4 Service Pack 1 now provides protection for data stored on Oracle ZFS Cluster devices.

 Microsoft SharePoint new features with 7.4 Service Pack 1

  • Microsoft SharePoint 2016 support
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Support

 Updated Data Domain migration procedure with 7.4 Service Pack 1

Migration of source backups to Data Domain storage systems has been enhanced to allow for migration of data when the source Avamar system has already been connected to a Data Domain system. Previously, migration to Data Domain storage systems was supported only when all data on the source Avamar system used GSAN based storage.

 Usage Intelligence

Usage Intelligence is enables your Avamar server to automatically collect and transfer reporting information to EMC support. This feature is enabled by selecting Tools > Manage ESRS from the Avamar Administrator.

New Features and Changes in NetWorker 9.1

The following topics provide details on the new features and changes that are available starting with the release of Networker 9.1 that is covered in the Release Notes

NetWorker VMware Protection with the vProxy appliance

NetWorker 9.1 provides you with the ability to perform virtual machine protection and recovery by using NetWorker VMware Protection with the vProxy appliance, also known as NVP. With NVP, NetWorker directly manages the vProxy appliances without the use of an external node for proxy management.

NVP has the following benefits:

  • Uses standalone data mover proxy appliances, or vProxy appliances to backup and restore virtual machines that run in a virtualized infrastructure.
  • NetWorker directly manages the vProxy appliances without the use of an external node for proxy management and load balancing.
  • Stores the virtual machine backups as raw VMDKs on the Data Domain device, which reduces overhead. NetWorker does not convert the backup to any backup streaming formats.
  • Provides the ability to clone virtual machine backups. When you use streaming devices such as tape, NetWorker converts the save set directories format (SSDF) to Common Data Storage Format (CDSF) during a clone operation, and converts back to SSDF on Data Domain for recovery from streaming devices.
  • Provides user interfaces to perform image-level recovery by using the NMC Recovery wizard or the VM Backup and Recovery plug-in in the vSphere Web Client, and file-level recovery by using the NMC Recovery wizard or the EMC Data Protection Restore Client.

SmartSnap for centralized snapshot management

NetWorker 9.1 allows you to backup and restore VMAX devices using a device worldwide name (WWN).

The SmartSnap feature enables centralized snapshot management and snapshot support for operating system platforms where traditional NetWorker Snapshot Management (NSM) is not supported. The backup component of this feature is supported by the NMC Client Configuration wizard when you select the SmartSnap option from the Available applications and select the Snapshot checkbox. Restore is supported at the array device level.

Rollback to an alternate location

NetWorker 9.1 allows you to perform an array level restore (rollback) of a snapshot to an alternate set of devices.

You can pre-select the device. The devices should be of the same size or larger than the original source devices and should be visible to an alternate host. You must create the same file systems that were on the source devices.

 

Highly Available Data Domain system support

NetWorker 9.1 supports highly available Data Domain systems. You can add a highly available Data Domain system by creating a new host in NMC.

Data Domain Cloud Tier device support

NetWorker 9.1 provides the ability to clone save sets to a Data Domain Cloud Tier device. Data from the Cloud Tier devices are cloned to a supported Public Cloud provider.

NetWorker support in the vRealize Data Protection Extension

The EMC vRealize Data Protection Extension version 4.0 features support for data protection (backup and recovery operations) on NetWorker 9.1. In previous releases, data protection was only available for Avamar systems.

vRealize data protection for NetWorker consists of the following:

  • Image level data protection, which backups virtual machines at the disk level.
  • Image level recovery, to recover virtual machines to the original location or a new location.
  • File level restore using the EMC Data Protection Restore Client.

The following limitations apply to NetWorker data protection support:

  • Restore from a deleted virtual machine is not supported.
  • Networker does not support multi-tenancy for VMware data protection. Multitenancy can be supported with vRA by assigning/dedicating one Networker instance per tenant.

Direct update from NetWorker 8.1 to NetWorker 9.1

A direct update to NetWorker 9.1 from the NetWorker 8.1 release is now supported.

Avamar 7.4 New Features and Changes

The following topics provide details on the new features and changes that are available starting with the release of Avamar 7.4 that is covered in the Release Notes

Avamar server features and changes

Data Domain integration

  • Cloud Tier support
  • Instant Access: The maximum number of VMware Instant Access restores allowed is increased to 32.
  • Replication with Data Domain systems:
    • Range Replication is now supported to improve replication performance between Data Domain systems.
    • Recipe Replication is now utilized to improve replication performance between Data Domain systems.
  • Support for Data Domain Virtual Edition 3.0

Avamar Virtual Edition

  • Support for AVE on OpenStack KVM

Backup clients features and changes

New client support in Avamar 7.4:

  • Windows Server 2016
    • BMR is not supported with Windows Server 2016.

New features and changes for the Avamar NDMP Accelerator

  • Support for EMC Unity.
  • Improved installation and upgrade procedures.

New features and changes for Microsoft application plug-ins

  • Microsoft Exchange new features:
    • Support for IP-less DAG
  • Microsoft SQL new features:
    • Windows Server 2016 support
    • Support for database consistency check before recovery
    • Support for Copy-only backups
    • Support for verification of backups
    • Table-level recoveries
  • Hyper-V new features:
    • Windows Server 2016 support
    • Incremental backups supported for Virtual Machine(s) on SMB shares
    • Incremental backups supported with Granular Level Recovery (GLR)

New features and changes for cross-platform application plug-ins

  • Sybase:
    • Support for Sybase Cumulative Backups.
    • Support for SAP ASE 16.0 SP02.
  • DB2:
    • Support for DB2 High Availability Disaster Recovery (HADR) backup and recovery
    • Protection of existing databases against accidental overwriting:

New features for VMware plug-ins

  • Image backup with database log truncation for Microsoft SQL and Exchange.
  • Automatic on-boarding of newly discovered Virtual Machines into pre-defined backup groups and rules.
  • File Level Recovery performance and scalability improvements.
  • Integration with Log Insight, providing central access to VM and proxy system logs.
  • Support for Windows Access Control List (ACL) recovery for VMware image backups