Release Notes 4.4.2
- 1 What's New in SEP sesam v4.4.2
- 2 Known Issues and Limitations
- 2.1 Known Issues SEP sesam Version 184.108.40.206/.88 Windows x86 (32 Bit)
- 2.2 Known Issues SEP sesam Version 220.127.116.11
- 2.3 Known Issues SEP sesam Version older than 18.104.22.168
- 2.4 Known Issues SEP sesam Version 22.214.171.124
- 2.5 Known Issues SEP sesam Version 126.96.36.199
- 2.6 Known Issues SEP sesam Version 188.8.131.52-184.108.40.206
- 2.7 Known Issues SEP sesam Version 220.127.116.11
- 2.8 Known Issues SEP sesam Version 18.104.22.168-72
- 2.9 Known Issues SEP sesam Version 22.214.171.124-70
- 2.10 Known Issues SEP sesam Version 126.96.36.199
- 3 Enhancements and Changes
- 3.1 SEP sesam Server Requirements
- 3.2 New supported systems
- 3.3 New Debian Repository
- 3.4 Accelerated Backup & Restore for Windows
- 3.5 GUI Enhancements
- 3.6 Si3 Replication
- 3.7 Deduplication for Windows
- 3.8 Single File Restore/Cross Platform Recovery File System Layer (XPRFS)
- 3.9 Hyper-V 3.0
- 3.10 Hardware Encryption using LTO
- 3.11 SEP sesam BSR Pro for Windows
- 3.12 SEP sesam Exchange Recovery Pro
- 3.13 SEP sesam SharePoint Recovery Pro
- 3.14 ReFS (Resilient File System) for Windows
- 3.15 Included VDDK 5.5.3 for Windows
- 4 End of Maintenance and Support
- 5 Major fixes and changes
What's New in SEP sesam v4.4.2
SEP sesam provides Si3 replication functionality to consistently replicate data between the SEP sesam Server and the Remote Device Server (RDS). Si3 target deduplication for Windows is also now available. The SEP sesam GUI has been enhanced to provide a complete overview of all backup results in a single table as well as the option to import the license via the GUI. For details, see Enhancements and changes.
Upgrades and Licensing Updates
Direct upgrade for SEP sesam v3.6/v4.x to v4.4.2 is supported.
SEP sesam version 4.4.2 was released on August 26th, 2015.
Latest released versions are:
- SEP sesam 188.8.131.52 Linux - Released: April 11th, 2016.
- SEP sesam 184.108.40.206 Windows x64 - Released: April 11th, 2016.
- SEP sesam 220.127.116.11 Windows x86 - Released: April 27th, 2016.
SEP sesam Server and Client components should be upgraded to the latest version during the upgrade process. This ensures the 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 Update.
Known Issues and Limitations
Known Issues SEP sesam Version 18.104.22.168/.88 Windows x86 (32 Bit)
Known Issues SEP sesam Version 22.214.171.124
Known Issues SEP sesam Version older than 126.96.36.199
Known Issues SEP sesam Version 188.8.131.52
Known Issues SEP sesam Version 184.108.40.206
Known Issues SEP sesam Version 220.127.116.11-18.104.22.168
Known Issues SEP sesam Version 22.214.171.124
Known Issues SEP sesam Version 126.96.36.199-72
Known Issues SEP sesam Version 188.8.131.52-70
Known Issues SEP sesam Version 184.108.40.206
Enhancements and Changes
SEP sesam Server Requirements
- Java 7 or higher required
- SEP sesam Server and GUI require Java 7 or higher to work properly. Java 6 is not supported.
- 64-bit OS required
- SEP sesam Server requires a 64-bit OS.
New supported systems
SEP sesam Server 4.4.2 now also supports the following operating systems and applications:
Newly supported operating systems
- Debian 8 Jessie
- RHEL 7 (dedicated RPM packages)
Newly supported applications
- Hyper-V 3.0
New Debian Repository
New in SEP sesam version 220.127.116.11 SEP offers signed Debian repositories for easier package installation, verification, and update of the SEP sesam software. See Debian Repositories for further details.
New SEP sesam 4.4.2 version for Windows has been enhanced to increase performance and complete backups and restores faster. Backup and restore time can now be significantly reduced, with its throughput being up to 3 times higher than the throughput in SEP sesam version 18.104.22.168 (depending on the SEP sesam Device Server environment).
All Results Overview In the Job State view, a new item Results is available. It provides an overview of all results including backups, restores, migrations, and media actions. See Results for further details.
Import New License The SEP sesam license can be imported via the GUI. In the menu bar go to Help->License Info. In the SEP sesam License Info Dialog select Import new license. In the Import new license dialog either paste the license text in the box or use the file manager to select a valid SEP sesam license. By clicking Apply the new license is imported and checked for validity. See Import new license for further details.
Changed Command Events All configured commands for potential command events can now be displayed and edited as well as newly created from the main menu Configuration->Command. These commands can then be added to a schedule. See Command Event for further details concerning command events.
VSS writer Exclude VSS requestor and writers coordinate to provide a stable system image from which to back up data. In processing a backup with VSS, requestor and writers coordinate to provide a stable system image from which to back up data (the shadow copied volume). A snapshot is created from where the data is being backed up. In addition VSS writers are used to accomplish whichever task is needed for data quiescence of each writer. If several different backups which use VSS writers are configured at the same time it might be useful to exclude one or more writers from a backup. This is now possible using the browse option in the backup task. See Backup with VSS (Volume Shadow Service) on Windows for further details.
Notification Center To emphasize the notification center and new important messages in the notification center the icon was moved from the lower right corner to the upper right corner. See Notification Center for further details.
SEP sesam's Si3 Replication is designed to consistently replicate data between the SEP sesam Server and the Remote Device Server (RDS). This is advantageous in terms of redundancy for disaster recovery as well as in providing an additional source for a data restore. SEP sesam replication is used in conjunction with Si3 Deduplication, an inline block-level data deduplication solution. This method writes data directly from the SEP sesam Server or the Remote Device Server (RDS) to the backup media. See Si3 Replication for further details.
Originally introduced in SEP sesam v22.214.171.124, Si3 Target (Si3T) deduplication for Windows dramatically improves storage efficiency. This deduplication method can only configure one SEP sesam Si3 Deduplication data store per SEP sesam Server or SEP sesam RDS. See Configuring SEP Si3 Deduplication Store for further details or SEP Si3 Deduplication Store for specialized information.
Single File Restore/Cross Platform Recovery File System Layer (XPRFS)
The new single file restore option in the restore wizard mounts the given save set. The target save set is mounted to the disk and made accessible as if it was a separate volume on the disk. The mounted save set is basically a virtual read-only file system, therefore it cannot be altered or otherwise damaged but files can be copied using general copy and paste functionality. You can mount any non-compressed and non-encrypted file-based save set stored to default data store Path or to Si3 data store. Mounting is not possible if the save sets are stored to tapes. See Standard Restore Procedure and Mount save set for further details.
SEP sesam provides granular backup and restore for Hyper-V single servers and Hyper-V clusters. It allows the backup of multiple VMs running on Hyper-V single server and individual VMs running on multiple hosts in a Hyper-V cluster. See Hyper-V Backup and Hyper-V Restore for further details.
Hardware Encryption using LTO
LTO generation 4 and higher includes the ability for data to be encrypted by the tape drive hardware. SEP sesam provides native support for managing the LTO hardware based encryption by enabling the LTO encryption of tape drives on a media pool level. See Hardware Encryption using LTO for further details.
SEP sesam introduces SEP sesam BSR Pro for Windows, a powerful recovery solution for entire Windows systems. See SEP sesam BSR Pro for Windows for further details.
SEP sesam Exchange Recovery Pro
SEP sesam introduces Exchange Recovery Pro, a powerful recovery solution for Exchange that allows you to browse or search through backed up mailboxes and emails, and restore single emails, calendars, journals, notes, contacts as well as mailboxes using a simple drag-and-drop functionality. In order to use the entire new functionality of SEP sesam Exchange Recovery Pro all SEP clients using Exchange backup functionality have to be updated to SEP sesam version 4.4.2. See SEP sesam Exchange Recovery Pro for further details.
SEP sesam provides SharePoint extension to backup and restore a SharePoint Server. This extension supports FULL/COPY backup and restore of the SharePoint Server in a single-server environment with SQL Server and SharePoint. See SEP sesam Sharepoint Backup and SEP sesam Sharepoint Restore for further details on SharePoint backup and restore with SEP sesam.
SEP sesam supports ReFS (Resilient File System) on Windows in addition to the well known file systems NTFS, FAT, and FAT32. When Microsoft released Windows Server 2012, they introduced the Resilient File System (ReFS). It maximizes data availability, despite errors that would historically cause data loss or downtime. All available backup and restore types (FULL, DIFF, INC, COPY) are supported by SEP sesam. The new file system can be used as basis for a SEP sesam Path data store as well as SEP sesam Si3 Deduplication data store. For further details concerning ReFS (Resilient File System) see Microsoft ReFS.
The new SEP sesam installation package already includes the Virtual Disk Development Kit (VDDK) version 5.5.3 for Windows. The VDDK 5.5.3 is packaged as a compressed archive (.zip) for Windows 64-bit OS. If a VDDK is already present on the system to which the SEP sesam software will be installed, the previous VDDK version will be uninstalled and the VDDK 5.5.3, included in the SEP sesam package, will be unpacked. See VDDK 5.5.3 for further details.
End of Maintenance and Support
Obsolete SEP sesam Server Versions
The following versions of SEP sesam are no longer supported:
- SEP sesam v4.2.1
- SEP sesam v4.0
- SEP sesam v3.6
- SEP sesam v3.4
- SEP sesam v3.0
Unsupported SEP sesam Server OS
The following operating systems are no longer supported for SEP sesam Server:
- All 32-bit operating systems
- Windows 2003
- SLES 10
- SLES 11 SP1 (see Note!)
- RHEL 5
- Debian Lenny
- Debian Squeeze
NOTE: 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 4.4.2