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{{note|SEP AG is pleased to announce the beta release of SEP sesam 4.4.3 ''Beefalo V2''. If you are interested in testing the beta version, please register as a beta tester by email to [mailto:beta@sep.de beta@sep.de]. Before installing the beta version, make sure that you '''''understand the beta release version status and conditions''''', available at [[Hints for beta testing]].}}
  
 
== {{anchor|new}}What's new in SEP sesam 4.4.3 ''Beefalo V2''==
 
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SEP sesam new release, strong and reliable ''Beefalo V2'', brings new remarkable features that may help improve managing and protecting data in your SEP sesam environment.
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SEP sesam ''Beefalo V2'' brings new remarkable features that help improve managing and protecting data in your SEP sesam environment.
  
 
Now you can use flexible and scalable [[Release_Notes_4.4.3_Beefalo_V2#cloud_bank|''HPE Cloud Bank Storage'']] as a Catalyst copy target where you can replicate or restore your data.
 
Now you can use flexible and scalable [[Release_Notes_4.4.3_Beefalo_V2#cloud_bank|''HPE Cloud Bank Storage'']] as a Catalyst copy target where you can replicate or restore your data.
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Support for the database modules is extended with [[Release_Notes_4.4.3_Beefalo_V2#AOAG|''MS SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Groups (AOAG)'']] and [[Release_Notes_4.4.3_Beefalo_V2#housekeeping|''SAP HANA housekeeping'']] features.
 
Support for the database modules is extended with [[Release_Notes_4.4.3_Beefalo_V2#AOAG|''MS SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Groups (AOAG)'']] and [[Release_Notes_4.4.3_Beefalo_V2#housekeeping|''SAP HANA housekeeping'']] features.
  
[[Release_Notes_4.4.3_Beefalo_V2#GUI_enhancements|''GUI enhancements'']] enable you to update the clients and set device block size for LTO Ultrium tape drives.  
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SEP sesam 4.4.3 ''Beefalo V2'' introduces support for the [[Release_Notes_4.4.3_Beefalo_V2#sandbox|''VMware sandbox restore'']] via its enhanced (web) ''Restore Assistant''. Additionally, [[Release_Notes_4.4.3_Beefalo_V2#dashboard|SEP sesam web ''Dashboard'' and ''Restore Assistant'']] have been completely redesigned to provide an intuitive detailed overview of the SEP sesam environment and a simple wizard that walks you through the restore process, where the availability of restore options depends on the used UI mode (basic or advanced).
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[[Release_Notes_4.4.3_Beefalo_V2#GUI_enhancements|''GUI enhancements'']] include a new ''Install/Update'' tab (in the ''Configuration'' -> ''Defaults'') that ease the update process and simplifies the deployment of clients. ''Schedules'' provide a more intuitive and responsive calendar. It is now possible to set the device block size for LTO Ultrium tape drives.
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SEP sesam RHV module also provides support for oVirt-based platforms within Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager (OLVM) in the same way as for RHV environments.  
  
 
The [[Release_Notes_4.4.3_Beefalo_V2#exclude_pattern|''exclude pattern range'']] has been increased for SEP internal exclude patterns.
 
The [[Release_Notes_4.4.3_Beefalo_V2#exclude_pattern|''exclude pattern range'']] has been increased for SEP internal exclude patterns.
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{{note|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.}}
 
{{note|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.}}
 
{{Box Hint Y|4.4.3 ''Beefalo V2'' known issues|
 
{{Box Hint Y|4.4.3 ''Beefalo V2'' known issues|
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;SEP sesam v. 4.4.3.74 – Windows Client installation and update may lead to problems:
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:* Installing ''BSR Pro'' for Windows together wit SEP sesam during a major update requires a chained installation, which may lead to problems as a reboot is required, but the chained installation does not support it. In this case, a rollback to a prior version is done automatically thus it is not possible to perform a major update when ''BSR Pro'' for Windows is being installed at the same time. 
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:::'''Resolution:''' SEP is working on this issue and will provide a fix in the next Beefalo V2 release.
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;SEP sesam v. 4.4.3.74 – Hyper-V restore with relocation and restore to original VM fails:
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:* When performing a Hyper-V restore either with relocation or to the default location (original VM), the restore fails. 
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:::'''Resolution:''' Will be fixed with a service pack (SP1 for Beefalo V2), available under http://download.sep.de/servicepacks/4.4.3/.
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;SEP sesam v. 4.4.3.74 – LDAP user authentication does not work when no group search base is specified:
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:* SEP sesam can be configured to use LDAP authentication, however, LDAP user authentication does not work when the group base is not defined. 
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:::'''Resolution:''' Will be fixed with a service pack (SP1 for Beefalo V2), available under http://download.sep.de/servicepacks/4.4.3/.
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;SEP sesam v. 4.4.3.74 – Some minor GUI issues exist:
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:* There are some minor known issues in the GUI, including problems with VM task generator.
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:::'''Resolution:''' Will be fixed with a service pack (SP1 for Beefalo V2), available under http://download.sep.de/servicepacks/4.4.3/.
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;SEP sesam v. 4.4.3.72 – It is not possible to mount a saveset if RDS has version 4.4.3.72 installed:
 
;SEP sesam v. 4.4.3.72 – It is not possible to mount a saveset if RDS has version 4.4.3.72 installed:
 
:* If RDS has version 4.4.3.72 installed, mounting a saveset results in error even if the mount operation succeeded.
 
:* If RDS has version 4.4.3.72 installed, mounting a saveset results in error even if the mount operation succeeded.
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==={{anchor|cloud_bank}}HPE Cloud Bank Storage===
 
==={{anchor|cloud_bank}}HPE Cloud Bank Storage===
  
As of v. 4.4.3 ''Beefalo V2'', it is recommended to set up ''HPE Cloud Bank Storage'' as a Catalyst copy target for replicating your data. It stores the data to public or private cloud storage and is especially suitable for long-term retention and archive of backups and offsite backup copies intended for disaster recovery. For details, see [[Special:MyLanguage/4_4_3_Beefalo:HPE_StoreOnce_Replication|HPE StoreOnce Replication]].  
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As of v. 4.4.3 ''Beefalo V2'', it is recommended to set up ''HPE Cloud Bank Storage'' as a Catalyst copy target for replicating your data. ''HPE Cloud Bank Storage'' stores data to public or private cloud storage and is ideal for long-term retention and archiving of backups and offsite backup copies for disaster recovery. For details, see [[Special:MyLanguage/4_4_3_Beefalo:HPE_StoreOnce_Replication|HPE StoreOnce Replication]].  
  
 
==={{anchor|AOAG}}MS SQL AlwaysOn Availability Groups===
 
==={{anchor|AOAG}}MS SQL AlwaysOn Availability Groups===
  
SEP sesam currently supports backups of the MS SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Groups (AOAG) on the primary replica via the listener. AOAG provide various options for better database availability. For details, see [[Special:MyLanguage/4_4_3_Beefalo:Support_for_MS_SQL_AlwaysOn_Availability_Groups|Support for MS SQL AlwaysOn Availability Groups]].   
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SEP sesam currently supports backups of MS SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Groups (AOAG) on the primary replica via the listener. AOAG provide various options for better database availability. For details, see [[Special:MyLanguage/4_4_3_Beefalo:Support_for_MS_SQL_AlwaysOn_Availability_Groups|Support for MS SQL AlwaysOn Availability Groups]].   
  
 
==={{anchor|housekeeping}}SAP HANA housekeeping===
 
==={{anchor|housekeeping}}SAP HANA housekeeping===
  
Now you can use SAP HANA housekeeping to delete (purge) SEP sesam backups that are no longer needed or can no longer be used for recovery. To perform SAP HANA housekeeping the relevant commands should be run on the SAP HANA server. For details, see [[Special:MyLanguage/4_4_3_Tigon:SAP_HANA_Backup#housekeeping|SAP HANA housekeeping]].  
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Now you can use SAP HANA housekeeping to delete (purge) SEP sesam backups that are no longer needed or can no longer be used for recovery. To perform SAP HANA housekeeping, the relevant commands should be executed on the SAP HANA server. For details, see [[Special:MyLanguage/4_4_3_Tigon:SAP_HANA_Backup#housekeeping|SAP HANA housekeeping]].
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==={{anchor|sandbox}}VMware sandbox restore===
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SEP sesam introduces an online VMware sandbox restore which can be performed via a Restore Assistant. SEP sesam sandbox restore for VMware is performed in an isolated environment where you can recover and start one or more virtual machines (VMs). It is useful for checking the VM environment, testing backups, and troubleshooting issues. For details, see [[Special:MyLanguage/4_4_3_Beefalo:VMware_Sandbox_Restore|VMware Sandbox Restore]].
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==={{anchor|dashboard}}Redesigned SEP sesam Dashboard and Restore Assistant===
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SEP sesam web Dashboard and Restore Assistant have been completely redesigned to provide a detailed overview and improved monitoring of the SEP sesam environment. Restore Assistant is structured as a simple wizard that guides you through the restore process. It also offers some additional options when compared to GUI, such as VMware sandbox restore (see above). The availability of restore options in the Restore Assistant depends on the used UI mode (basic or advanced). Switching between Restore Assistant, Monitor and Dashboard is easy. For details, see [[Special:MyLanguage/SEP sesam Dashboard|SEP sesam Dashboard]] and [[Special:MyLanguage/4_4_3_Beefalo:Restore_Assistant|Restore Assistant]].
  
 
==={{anchor|GUI_enhancements}}GUI enhancements===  
 
==={{anchor|GUI_enhancements}}GUI enhancements===  
*The <tt>sm_update_client</tt> command has been extended. Now you can check in the SEP sesam GUI if an update for your clients is available. You can update all clients within the location at once or update only the selected client. You can also exclude a particular client from being updated or install SEP sesam component(s) on new Windows clients. For details, see [[Special:MyLanguage/4_4_3_Beefalo:Topology#client_update|Updating client(s)]].
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*The <tt>sm_update_client</tt> command has been extended. Now you can check in the SEP sesam GUI whether an update is available for your clients and select to update automatically or manually. You can update all clients within the location at once or update only the selected client. You can also exclude a specific client from the update or install SEP sesam component(s) on new Windows clients. For details, see [[Special:MyLanguage/4_4_3_Beefalo:Topology#client_update|Updating client(s)]].
*It is possible to change the default write density for tapes to achieve better tape performance by using new ''Device Block Size'' option in the drive properties. You can increase the tape block size if you are using LTO Ultrium tape drives and your backup environment supports larger tape blocks; see [[Special:MyLanguage/4_4_3_Beefalo:Drives#block_size|Setting device block size]].
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*It is possible to change the default write density for tapes to achieve better tape performance by using a new ''Device Block Size'' option in the drive properties. You can increase the tape block size if you are using LTO Ultrium tape drives and your backup environment supports larger tape blocks; see [[Special:MyLanguage/4_4_3_Beefalo:Drives#block_size|Setting device block size]].
  
 
==={{anchor|exclude_pattern}}Increased exclude pattern range===
 
==={{anchor|exclude_pattern}}Increased exclude pattern range===

Revision as of 13:29, 3 December 2019

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Information sign.png Note
SEP AG is pleased to announce the beta release of SEP sesam 4.4.3 Beefalo V2. If you are interested in testing the beta version, please register as a beta tester by email to beta@sep.de. Before installing the beta version, make sure that you understand the beta release version status and conditions, available at Hints for beta testing.

What's new in SEP sesam 4.4.3 Beefalo V2

SEP sesam Beefalo V2 brings new remarkable features that help improve managing and protecting data in your SEP sesam environment.

Now you can use flexible and scalable HPE Cloud Bank Storage as a Catalyst copy target where you can replicate or restore your data.

Support for the database modules is extended with MS SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Groups (AOAG) and SAP HANA housekeeping features.

SEP sesam 4.4.3 Beefalo V2 introduces support for the VMware sandbox restore via its enhanced (web) Restore Assistant. Additionally, SEP sesam web Dashboard and Restore Assistant have been completely redesigned to provide an intuitive detailed overview of the SEP sesam environment and a simple wizard that walks you through the restore process, where the availability of restore options depends on the used UI mode (basic or advanced).

GUI enhancements include a new Install/Update tab (in the Configuration -> Defaults) that ease the update process and simplifies the deployment of clients. Schedules provide a more intuitive and responsive calendar. It is now possible to set the device block size for LTO Ultrium tape drives.

SEP sesam RHV module also provides support for oVirt-based platforms within Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager (OLVM) in the same way as for RHV environments.

The exclude pattern range has been increased for SEP internal exclude patterns.

New supported systems

SEP sesam Server 4.4.3 Beefalo V2 now also supports the following systems:

For a complete list of supported OS and databases, see SEP sesam Support Matrix.

Discontinued systems

As of v. 4.4.3 Beefalo V2, the following operating systems are no longer supported for update:

See also Unsupported OS. For a complete list of supported SEP sesam Clients, see SEP sesam Support Matrix.

SEP sesam Server requirements

Java xx
For details, see Java Compatibility Matrix.

Installation and upgrades

SEP sesam 4.4.3 Beefalo V2 was released on xxth of xx, 2019. Direct upgrade for versions 4.4.3.X to version 4.4.3 Beefalo V2 is supported.

Latest released versions are:

  • SEP sesam 4.4.3.xx Linux Tux.gif – released: xxth of xx, 2019.
  • SEP sesam 4.4.3.xx Windows Win7.gif – released: xxth of xx, 2019.
Win7.gif Windows specific

The 4.4.3 Beefalo V2 installation package on Windows also includes:

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.

Previous release

Known issues and limitations

Information sign.png Note
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 Beefalo V2 known issues:
SEP sesam v. 4.4.3.74 – Windows Client installation and update may lead to problems
  • Installing BSR Pro for Windows together wit SEP sesam during a major update requires a chained installation, which may lead to problems as a reboot is required, but the chained installation does not support it. In this case, a rollback to a prior version is done automatically thus it is not possible to perform a major update when BSR Pro for Windows is being installed at the same time.
Resolution: SEP is working on this issue and will provide a fix in the next Beefalo V2 release.
SEP sesam v. 4.4.3.74 – Hyper-V restore with relocation and restore to original VM fails
  • When performing a Hyper-V restore either with relocation or to the default location (original VM), the restore fails.
Resolution: Will be fixed with a service pack (SP1 for Beefalo V2), available under http://download.sep.de/servicepacks/4.4.3/.
SEP sesam v. 4.4.3.74 – LDAP user authentication does not work when no group search base is specified
  • SEP sesam can be configured to use LDAP authentication, however, LDAP user authentication does not work when the group base is not defined.
Resolution: Will be fixed with a service pack (SP1 for Beefalo V2), available under http://download.sep.de/servicepacks/4.4.3/.
SEP sesam v. 4.4.3.74 – Some minor GUI issues exist
  • There are some minor known issues in the GUI, including problems with VM task generator.
Resolution: Will be fixed with a service pack (SP1 for Beefalo V2), available under http://download.sep.de/servicepacks/4.4.3/.
SEP sesam v. 4.4.3.72 – It is not possible to mount a saveset if RDS has version 4.4.3.72 installed
  • If RDS has version 4.4.3.72 installed, mounting a saveset results in error even if the mount operation succeeded.
Workaround: To mount a saveset on RDS 4.4.3.72, you have to update it to v. 4.4.3.74.
SEP sesam v. 4.4.3.70–71 – User-defined calendar configuration is not working
  • With the Beefalo release support for Java 11 was introduced in SEP sesam. Both Oracle Java 11 or OpenJDK 11 no longer include JavaFX. As the user-defined calendar is JavaFX-based, it is no longer working.
Workaround: Use List All Calendars instead. SEP support is working on this issue and will provide a solution with the next version of SEP sesam Beefalo. When using Java 8 the user-defined calendar still works.
SEP sesam v. 4.4.3.70 – Hyper-V restore from a powered-on VM fails with VSS API error
  • The restore of a Hyper-V backup from a powered-on VM to another Hyper-V server fails with: VSS API error: NHyperV::FindSingleObject: Failed to enumerate objectsClass name is "Msvm_ComputerSystem"
Workaround: You can only restore a Hyper-V VM to another server if the VM is powered off. SEP support is working on this issue and will provide a solution as soon as possible.
SEP sesam v. ≥ 4.4.3.xx – NDMP selective restore fails to restore empty directories
  • When performing a selective NDMP restore to restore a directory and its contents and there are also empty directories on the restore list together with normal directories and files, no empty directories are restored (created) on the target.
Known issue: Closed as a known issue as it is too minor to warrant fixing. Will not be fixed in this release.

Enhancements and changes

HPE Cloud Bank Storage

As of v. 4.4.3 Beefalo V2, it is recommended to set up HPE Cloud Bank Storage as a Catalyst copy target for replicating your data. HPE Cloud Bank Storage stores data to public or private cloud storage and is ideal for long-term retention and archiving of backups and offsite backup copies for disaster recovery. For details, see HPE StoreOnce Replication.

MS SQL AlwaysOn Availability Groups

SEP sesam currently supports backups of MS SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Groups (AOAG) on the primary replica via the listener. AOAG provide various options for better database availability. For details, see Support for MS SQL AlwaysOn Availability Groups.

SAP HANA housekeeping

Now you can use SAP HANA housekeeping to delete (purge) SEP sesam backups that are no longer needed or can no longer be used for recovery. To perform SAP HANA housekeeping, the relevant commands should be executed on the SAP HANA server. For details, see SAP HANA housekeeping.

VMware sandbox restore

SEP sesam introduces an online VMware sandbox restore which can be performed via a Restore Assistant. SEP sesam sandbox restore for VMware is performed in an isolated environment where you can recover and start one or more virtual machines (VMs). It is useful for checking the VM environment, testing backups, and troubleshooting issues. For details, see VMware Sandbox Restore.

Redesigned SEP sesam Dashboard and Restore Assistant

SEP sesam web Dashboard and Restore Assistant have been completely redesigned to provide a detailed overview and improved monitoring of the SEP sesam environment. Restore Assistant is structured as a simple wizard that guides you through the restore process. It also offers some additional options when compared to GUI, such as VMware sandbox restore (see above). The availability of restore options in the Restore Assistant depends on the used UI mode (basic or advanced). Switching between Restore Assistant, Monitor and Dashboard is easy. For details, see SEP sesam Dashboard and Restore Assistant.

GUI enhancements

  • The sm_update_client command has been extended. Now you can check in the SEP sesam GUI whether an update is available for your clients and select to update automatically or manually. You can update all clients within the location at once or update only the selected client. You can also exclude a specific client from the update or install SEP sesam component(s) on new Windows clients. For details, see Updating client(s).
  • It is possible to change the default write density for tapes to achieve better tape performance by using a new Device Block Size option in the drive properties. You can increase the tape block size if you are using LTO Ultrium tape drives and your backup environment supports larger tape blocks; see Setting device block size.

Increased exclude pattern range

With Beefalo V2 the exclude pattern range ExcludePattern900 and higher is used for SEP internal exclude patterns. Now the lower numbers should be used in order to define specific exclude patterns. For details, see section Using sm.ini to completely exclude files from backups on the client.

End of maintenance and support

Obsolete SEP sesam Server version

No changes since SEP sesam version 4.4.3 Beefalo.

Discontinued SEP sesam Server OS

The following table lists the last supported version of SEP sesam for specified operating systems. You can continue using the last supported version of SEP sesam on these operating systems, but SEP AG no longer provides updates or fixes for the specified versions.

Operating system Last supported version Release Notes
RHEL 6 4.4.3.64 Grolar 4.4.3 Grolar
SLES 11 SP2, SP3, SP4 4.4.3.x Beefalo V2, see notes 4.4.3 Beefalo V2 SEP announced that it would no longer support SLES 11 SP2, SP3, SP4 with SEP sesam Beefalo, but has re-established support for Beefalo V2, where all SEP sesam Beefalo V2 packages (Server, Client, etc.) can be used. However, Beefalo V2 is the last supported SEP sesam version for SLES 11 SP2, SP3, SP4 .
Debian 8 »Jessie« 4.4.3.64 Grolar 4.4.3 Grolar
Debian 7 »Wheezy« 4.4.3.64 Grolar 4.4.3 Grolar Version 4.4.3.64 only available for sesam-cli on amd64
Windows Server 2008 R2 4.4.3.x Beefalo V2, see notes 4.4.3 Beefalo V2 SEP announced that it would no longer support SEP sesam Server on Windows Server 2008 R2 with SEP sesam Beefalo, but has re-established this support already in Beefalo. This actually means that the last supported SEP sesam Server version for Windows Server 2008 R2 is Beefalo V2.
Windows Server 2008 4.4.3.64 Grolar 4.4.3 Grolar
Windows 7 4.4.3.64 Grolar 4.4.3 Grolar
Ubuntu 14.04 4.4.3.48 Tigon V2 4.4.3 Tigon V2
All 32-bit operating systems 4.2.2.40 4.2.2
SLES 10 4.2.2.40 4.2.2
RHEL 5 4.2.2.40 4.2.2
Debian 6 »Squeeze« 4.2.2.40 4.2.2 sesam-cli also available in version 4.4.1.22
Windows Server 2003 4.2.2.40 4.2.2
Debian 5 »Lenny« 4.2.1.34 4.2.1
SLES 11, SLES 11 SP1 4.2.1.34 4.2.1


For a complete list of supported SEP sesam clients, see SEP sesam Support Matrix.

Major fixes and changes

See also

SEP sesam Release Versions