Avamar 7.5 is GA!!

Avamar 7.5 is now GA and I wanted to share the New Features.  Below is a list of exciting new things like AWS support and Data Domain Cloud Disaster Recovery.

Data Domain Cloud Disaster Recovery

Avamar 7.5 includes support for Data Domain Cloud Disaster Recovery. The Data Domain Cloud Disaster Recovery (DD Cloud DR) solution facilitates the disaster recovery of on-premises virtual machines by providing the capability to recover VMs in the cloud. DD Cloud DR integrates with existing on-premises backup software and Data Domain to copy backups of virtual machine data to the public cloud. It can then perform DR tests or failover of production environments by orchestrating a complete conversion of the VM to an Amazon Web Services Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instance, and by running this instance in the cloud.

Avamar Virtual Edition for Amazon Web Services

The Avamar Virtual Edition (AVE) is now available for Amazon Web Services (AWS). Support for AVE with Data Domain Virtual Edition (DDVE) is also supported for the AWS and Azure versions of AVE.

Data Domain integration

  • DDOS 6.1
  • Data Domain Cloud Tier DR support

ESRS integration

Usage Intelligence collects and transfers reporting information to Avamar Support via the ESRS gateway.

Security enhancements

  • Security
  • 775 certificates
  • LDAP-S Support
  • Default to SHA-2 certificates
  • Disable TLS 1.0/1.1

Data Protection Central

Avamar support from the Data Protection Central

Migration enhancements

We now have the option when doing migration to select a range of dates to determine what backups should be migrated.

Backup clients features and changes

New client support in Avamar 7.5:

  • Ubuntu 16.04

New features and changes for the Avamar NDMP Accelerator

Support for the following product releases:

  • Unity OE 4.2
  • Isilon OneFS 8.1.0.0
  • Oracle ZFS 8.6.5

New features and changes for Microsoft application plug-ins

  • Data Domain token-based authentication now supported for Microsoft application plug-ins. This requires that both the server and clients be at release 7.5. Clients prior to release 7.5 will fail if token-based authentication is enabled on the Data Domain system.
  • Hyper-V—Granular Level Recovery for Microsoft Applications.
  • SQL—-Promotion to full is indicated in the Activity Window of the Avamar Administrator with the status Completed with Promotion.
  • Exchange— Improved Exchange backup and restore performance. The Exchange plug-in has been enhanced to intelligently discover relevant log files, and back up only those logs. This results in:
    • Improved Backup time.
    • Less storage space for each backup.
    • Improved GLR Browsing and restore time.

For backups that were made by a version of the Exchange plug-in prior to release 7.5, use the use_restore_logs_range=true backup option in the avexchglr.cmd file to restore only the relevant log files. Setting this option to true will enhance GLR Browse and restore times for these backups.

New features for VMware plug-in and the vSphere Web Client

  • Improvements to File Level Recovery
    • Support for XFS file systems
    • Support XFS on linear LVM logical volume
    • Support XFS on partition disk (XFS on-disk format version 5 is not supported in this release.)
    • End user recovery enabled from the FLR Web UI
    • Restore ACLs from the FLR Web UI
    • Scale improvements to the FLR Web UI
  • Most recent backup and most recent successful backup information now displayed in vSphere.
  • Ability to exclude the Windows page file (pagefile.sys) from the backup

Openstack DPE

  • Support for CBT.

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.

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