Announcing Micro Focus Data Protector 10.04

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We are proud to announce Micro Focus Data Protector 10.04, the latest update to our enterprise-class backup and recovery software for diverse, dynamic and distributed enterprises. Data Protector is the core component of our Data Protection Suite which also includes Backup Navigator, an analytics, monitoring and reporting tool which allows customers to optimize their backup and recovery environment and backup strategy. Backup Navigator 9.90 has been certified for Data Protector 10.04.  All product documentation is available from the Micro Focus Documentation Portal which was introduced with Data Protector 10.03.  

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Catch up on the previous Data Protector release in this blog about Data Protector 10.03. A full, direct install, Data Protector 10.03 allows you to upgrade directly from Data Protector 8.0x, 9.0x or 10.0x to the 10.03 release in a single step. This capability simplifies the installation process and saves valuable time. Note: upgrading to Data Protector 10.04 is an additional step from Data Protector 10.03.

Here are some highlights of the key features and their benefits of Data Protector 10.04:  

1. Enterprise scale and security features enhance the ability to support a diverse, mixed hybrid IT environment, and scale it as it grows. New features include:

  • Disk Agent which can be installed on PowerPC systems, allows data to be backed up and restored to these systems.
  • Enhanced user management-LDAP groups support Active Directory allowing the users within an LDAP_GROUP to access Data Protector entities and making it easier to setup and make changes quickly.

 

2. Enhancements for virtual environments include the following management simplification features:

  • While performing Granular Recovery from VMware vSphere Web Client, Data Protector Cell Manager authentication prompts the user only once to enter the user credentials while connecting to a particular Cell Manager from VMware environments. There is no need to authenticate again for the same Cell Manager in that vSphere session.
  • Mount proxy selection allows users to select a mount proxy host when connecting to the Data Protector GRE plugin within the VMware vSphere Web Client.

 

3. Integrations with third-party storage systems allow to simplify management and streamline integrations with the existing storage infrastructure. Features include:

  • 3-way NDMP support for Dell EMC Isilon enables backups to be done via a standard media/backup server to HPE StoreOnce or Data Protector File Library. It simplifies NDMP backup configuration and management by using Data Protector NDMP media agent to manage backup data transfer

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  • Read more here about how Data Protector 10.03 introduced NetApp 3-way NDMP enabling backups to be done via a standard media/backup server to HPE StoreOnce or Data Protector File Library. The feature also allows for replication of data to another HPE StoreOnce partner or via Cloud Bank into a Cloud Store.

4. Orchestration, automation and monitoring features simplify backup administration by providing customizable dashboards, advanced monitoring capabilities and operations orchestration and automation of backup processes. Data Protector 10.04 introduces:

  • Integration with Operations Orchestration (OO), a Micro Focus enterprise-scale IT process automation solution, allows the creation of user actions in structured sequences called workflows. Data Protector workflows can be added via content packs to enable the automation of backup, restore, health check, session and cell management tasks. Data Protector 10.04 introduces some basic workflows, with additional workflows to be added in the future releases. OO Content Packs can be downloaded from the ITOM Marketplace.

 

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5. Data Protector Disaster Recovery is built-in at no additional cost. Data Protector 10.04 includes:

  • Windows 2016 EADR support provides backup and recovery of Windows 2016 application data and system data including operating system files, drivers, and files required for the initial boot process.

 

To find technical documentation on the Data Protection Suite, please visit the new Micro Focus Documentation Portal

For more on Micro Focus Data Protection, visit www.microfocus.com/dataprotector

 

2 Comments
Jenni_S Outstanding Contributor.
Outstanding Contributor.

Dear MF Data Protector team,

Do you know what would be absolutely great for the current user base out here? If along with all the "new" functionality you keep introducing you could also focus on the basics - e.g. ensure that the existing functionality continues to work post upgrade.....

I have been working with DP10 since the intial 10.00 release and every single time I upgrade the product to fix issues there are more and more issues introduced against stuff that worked seamlessly before.

For example: upgraded to DP10.01, had horrendous issues with scheduling, sorting the monitor tab by size crashed the GUI constantly. Then upgraded to DP10.02, previous issues fixed but then find that exchange GRE doesn't work anymore and any vss aware backups crash in such a way that I need complete downtime on the cell to run a free_cell_resources. Then upgraded to DP10.03 and lost certificates meaning no access to scheduler view and also no users. Also the GUI crashes every time I try to edit an object copy spec or a Virtual Environment Vmware spec. Now I've upgraded to DP10.04 on request of support to fix the GUI crash issue and when I set a filter on the clients tab I then lose the ability to see any of the client in the clients list and cannot get them back again in the GUI view even though they are still there in the cell_info file. In additon to this since upgrading to DP10.03 the application server log files are MASSIVE (no joke, the run.log grew to 96GB in the space of a week and the daily server.log files are between 4GB and 20GB, my customers are running out of space on their cell managers constanly due to this)

I feel like I'm spending my whole life logging cases and debugging stuff right now and I am an experienced DP user that focuses purely on data protector - I cannot even imagine how the average DP user is coping with DP10 right now.

Backup is an insurance - it is supposed to run in the background with minimal admin time and hopefully will never be needed for restore purposes. The majority of your customers do not have a dedicated backup resource, they need to take care of this as well as supporting the entire IT infrastructure. They cannot afford to have a product in place that is so costly in terms of man-hours to get/keep it working.

You guys have got to get a handle on this, I cannot be the only DP consultant out there who is extremely loathe to recommend DP10 and sees the DP9 out of support date looming closer and closer WITHOUT a stable upgrade version to go to.

DP_User Super Contributor.
Super Contributor.

Do we need licenses to use Operations Orchestrations with DP 10.0X

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