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Thursday, 6 August 2015

Data Protector 9.04 released with lots of new features and bugfixes

As usual, you need a support contract, and then you install these patches over a vanilla 9.0, 9.01, 9.02 or 9.03. All the links to fetch them are here http://www.ifost.org.au/Documents/dp-patch-list.html

Notable highlights:

  • There's a note that says that Automated Replication Synchronization is now supported. I think that probably means that my crazy mcfsend.pl and mcfreceive.pl scripts (to keep to cell managers in sync with each other's backup sessions) is now obsolete. In other words -- if I understand the feature correctly -- you can now have a cell manager sitting at the DR site and keep it in sync with the one in production.
  • Apparently you can now have more than 1200 concurrent CRS sessions. I'd like to know what site found that bug.
  • You can push out site-specific patches from the cell manager, as well as the normal HP-published ones.
  • MySQL support. Now how hard would it be to add Postgresql support?
VMware highlights:
  • Support for vSphere 6
  • If you have Windows virtual machines with GPT-formatted virtual disks you can now use the VMware GRE (Granular Recovery Extension) with these.
  • You can do snapshot backups of 3PAR LUNs; you can snapshot either end of a replicated 3PAR replication link.

Of course I'm available for consulting to implement these patches, or to help you upgrade from an older version so that you can take advantage of these new features.

Greg Baker is an independent consultant who happens to do a lot of work on HP DataProtector. He is the author of the only published books on HP Data Protector (http://www.ifost.org.au/books/#dp). He works with HP and HP partner companies to solve the hardest big-data problems (especially around backup). See more at IFOST's DataProtector pages at http://www.ifost.org.au/dataprotector