Release Notes 4.4.3 Tigon
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- 1 What's new in SEP sesam v. 4.4.3 Tigon
- 2 Known issues and limitations
- 3 Enhancements and changes
- 3.1 New supported systems
- 3.2 libvirt-based KVM virtualization
- 3.3 Automating backup of VMware virtual machines
- 3.4 SEP sesam BSR Pro 2.0 for Windows
- 3.5 SSL secured communication
- 3.6 Si3 encryption
- 3.7 Seeding Si3 deduplication store
- 3.8 NDMP single file restore
- 3.9 RHV VM reduction
- 3.10 GUI enhancements
- 3.11 MSP license
- 4 End of maintenance and support
- 5 Major fixes and changes
What's new in SEP sesam v. 4.4.3 Tigon
SEP sesam new release, a hybrid Tigon, brings a fistful of features that may help improve protecting data in your environment and ease the administration tasks.
SEP sesam supports automatic backup for newly added VMware virtual machines (VMs).
Windows Server 2016 is fully supported with a new version of the disaster recovery solution SEP sesam BSR Pro 2.0 for Windows.
RHV VM restore introduces VM reduction by creating a thin-provisioned disk file.
SEP sesam Server requirements
- Java 8
- SEP sesam Windows Server and GUI require Java 8 to work properly. Other operating systems require Java 7. For details, see Java Compatibility Matrix.
- JavaFX is required for the web dashboard and user-defined schedules features. The dashboard can also be viewed in GUI, but only if JavaFX is present on the respective GUI client. If JavaFX is not available, the web dashboard can only be accessed by browser (http://[servername]:11401/sep/ui).
Note: Oracle®'s Java 8 already includes JavaFX (e.g., on Windows). Oracle®'s OpenJFX Project provides JavaFX packages that can be installed separately if some other Java version is used, such as IBM Java, which is typically installed on SuSE. Depending on your system and Java version, manually install either OpenJFX package or Oracle®'s Java 8 on your SEP sesam GUI client to have all the latest features available.
- 64-bit OS required
- SEP sesam Server requires a 64-bit OS.
Installation and upgrades
SEP sesam 4.4.3 Tigon will be released in June 2017. Direct upgrade for versions 3.6/4.x to version 4.4.3 Tigon is supported.
SEP sesam Server and Client components should be upgraded to the latest version during the upgrade process. This ensures that SEP sesam Clients are fully protected. Customers with a valid license are eligible for a free upgrade of SEP sesam to any new release for the duration of the license. See also Automatic Updates and Automatic Installation on Windows.
Known issues and limitations
|Antivirus programs may disrupt network communication and cause SEP sesam processes, such as backup and replication, to fail. One program that is known to cause SEP sesam processes to terminate is Sophos Firewall with IPS (Intrusion Prevention System) enabled. Make sure that there are no antivirus, firewall, IDS or IPS programs preventing interaction with SEP sesam.|
|4.4.3 Tigon known issues:|
Enhancements and changes
New supported systems
SEP sesam Server 4.4.3 Tigon supports the following operating systems and applications:
Newly supported operating systems
- Windows Server 2016 now fully supported with SEP sesam BSR Pro for Windows.
Newly supported applications
- vSphere 6.5
- Hyper-V 2016
libvirt-based KVM virtualization
New backup extension provides efficient data protection for libvirt-based KVM virtualization. It performs online backups of KVM/QEMU virtual machines using snapshot technology and provides a complete or configuration restore to the same or another target. For details, see KVM/QEMU Backup.
Automating backup of VMware virtual machines
Whenever a new vCenter or ESXi host is added and there are a lot of new VMs present, it is possible to automate VMs backup by including VMs to task groups and using the option Create VM tasks. For details, see Automating Backup of Virtual Machines.
SEP sesam BSR Pro 2.0 for Windows
New version BSR Pro 2.0 for Windows – Windows Server 2016 now fully supported – has a new user interface with improved operability, introduces command line function and live update, and has enhanced backup and imaging speed. For more details, see BSR Pro – Disaster Recovery for Windows.
SSL secured communication
SEP sesam introduces SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) protocol to authenticate identities, encrypt and securely transfer data. SSL requires certificates to authenticate clients and establish a secure and trusted communication channel between SBC (sesam backup client) and STPD. For details on configuration, see Configuring SSL Secured Communication for SEP sesam Backup Network.
Seeding Si3 deduplication store
NDMP single file restore
RHV VM reduction
During RHV restore, SEP sesam uses the dd utility to create a thin-provisioned (sparse) disk file, thus restoring only the actual size of the VMs. This reduction can be configured in the last step of the restore wizard by clicking Expert Options -> tab Options: Restore options -> enter the option: -a use_dd. For details, see Restoring RHEV Virtual Machines.
Database-based authentication can be enabled from GUI by activating authentication under the Permission Management. This is the only way to set the password for the Administrator user. For details, see Configuring Database-Based Authentication.
GUI can be customized according to your needs – besides setting up different GUI layouts and filtering displayed contents, you can also change default data size units. For details, see Customizing GUI.
The new Managed Service Provider license model is available. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
End of maintenance and support
Obsolete SEP sesam Server version
The following versions of SEP sesam are no longer supported:
- SEP sesam v. 4.2.2
- SEP sesam v. 4.2.1
- SEP sesam v. 4.0
- SEP sesam v. 3.6
- SEP sesam v. 3.4
- SEP sesam v. 3.0
Unsupported SEP sesam Server OS
The following operating systems are no longer supported for SEP sesam Server:
- All 32-bit operating systems
- Windows Server 2003
- SLES 10
- SLES 11 SP1 (see Note!)
- RHEL 5
- Debian Lenny
- Debian Squeeze
|SLES 11 SP2/SP3 is still supported. The limitation applies only to SEP sesam Server systems and does not affect SEP sesam Clients. For a complete list of supported SEP sesam Clients, see SEP sesam support matrix.|
Major fixes and changes
- See changes at [SEP sesam download – changes].