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Rapid Recovery 6.2 - Release Notes

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Rapid Recovery 6.2 Release Notes

Rapid Recovery 6.2 Release Notes

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April 2018

These release notes provide information about the Rapid Recovery release, build 6.2.0.17839.

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About this release

Rapid Recovery software delivers fast backups with verified recovery for your VMs and physical servers, on-premises or remote. Rapid Recovery is software built for IT professionals who need a powerful, affordable, and easy-to-use backup, replication, and recovery solution that provides protection for servers and business-critical applications like Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle Database 12c, Microsoft Exchange, and Microsoft SharePoint. Using Rapid Recovery, you can continuously back up and protect all your critical data and applications from a single web-based management console.

Rapid Recovery release 6.2 is a minor release, with new features and enhancements. Support for some features, items, or related components have changed; see deprecations. As a minor release, defect fixes and known issues listed in this document are cumulative.

For information specific to other releases, see the release notes edition specific to the relevant release.

NOTE: The default view of the technical documentation website shows documentation for the most recent generally available version of the Rapid Recovery software. Using the filters at the top of the page, you can view documentation for a different software release or for a Quest DL series backup and recovery appliance. You can also filter the view by guide category.

Repository upgrade advisory

Upgrading the Core software to release 6.2 from any earlier version (for example, Rapid Recovery 6.1.x, 6.0x, or AppAssure 5.x) changes the structure of your DVM repository. The updates let you use new features in the latest release, such as application support for Oracle Database 12c, agentless protection, and so on.

After you change the structure of your DVM repository through an upgrade, you cannot downgrade the version of Core. Should you determine in the future that you want to use an earlier version of Core after upgrade to this release, you will need to archive the data in your repository. You could then uninstall the new version, re-install the older version, and then re-import the information manually from the archive, which can be a substantial effort.

Automatic Update advisory

Due to parameters introduced as part of GDPR compliance changes, customers using previous versions of Rapid Recovery will not be able to use the Automatic Update feature to upgrade to Rapid Recovery release 6.2. Customers can still manually upgrade to Rapid Recovery release 6.2. Once you have upgraded Core to release 6.2, future automatic updates will be unaffected.

Linux Agent advisory for release 6.2

At this time, the Rapid Recovery Agent version for release 6.2 is not yet available for Linux. If protecting Linux machines using Rapid Recovery 6.2 Core, please use Rapid Recovery Agent release 6.1.3.

For more information, see knowledge base article 251154, "Quest Rapid Recovery 6.2 Linux Agent Delayed."

When the 6.2 release for Linux Agent is issued, release notes will be updated, and the software will be made available on the Support website, Data Protection Portal, and the Rapid Recovery License Portal. Check for the latest version of release notes.

New system requirements documentation

For each software release, we review and update the system requirements for Rapid Recovery software and components. As of release 6.2, this information is now exclusively accessible in the new Rapid Recovery System Requirements Guide. Always refer to this document for the most current system requirements.

New commands and scripting documentation

Rapid Recovery lets administrators automate the administration and management of certain resources through the execution of commands and scripts. Two command line tools are included when you install Rapid Recovery Core: the Rapid Recovery Command Line Management utility (cmdutil.exe), and the Rapid Recovery PowerShell Module.

Administrators can also use PowerShell, Bourne shell or Bash scripting to extend or automate Rapid Recovery functionality. Supporting this capability, a small collection of sample scripts is included when you install Rapid Recovery Core.

In Rapid Recovery release 6.0 and 6.1, information about command line management tools and scripting appeared as appendices in the Rapid Recovery User Guide. For release 6.2, this information has been moved to a separate document, the Rapid Recovery Commands and Scripting Reference Guide. This document is available in English only.

Content differences between context-sensitive help and technical documentation

Rapid Recovery Core includes in-product context-sensitive help. Help topics are derived from the Rapid Recovery User Guide. To view help topics in a web browser, from the Rapid Recovery Core Console, click [Help menu] or [Help button], and from the resulting drop-down menu, select [Help button] Help.

In Rapid Recovery release 6.2, the "REST APIs" appendix appears only in the HTML and PDF versions of the Rapid Recovery User Guide. This topic, which describes how to download and work with Rapid Recovery REST APIs, does not appear in context-sensitive help.

Likewise, as in previous releases, the help topic "Third-party contributions" appears only in context-sensitive help, or from the About menu. This topic does not appear in HTML or PDF versions of the Rapid Recovery User Guide.

Compatibility between Kaseya VSA and Rapid Recovery Core

Kaseya Virtual System Administrator (VSA) is remote monitoring and management software used by IT professionals, including managed service providers. Quest provides a plug-in for Kaseya VSA users to help manage Rapid Recovery Cores from the Kaseya interface.

This release includes a new Rapid Recovery Add-on for Kaseya. If using Kaseya to manage your release 6.2 Core, you should upgrade to the 6.2 version of the Add-on. The Add-on is backward compatible (you can run the 6.2 Add-on with older versions of Rapid Recovery Core). The reverse is not true. The version of Core must not be later than the Add-on for Kaseya version.

For instructions on installing the Add-on, see the Rapid Recovery Third-Party Integration Guide for release 6.1.3. Other than structural changes to reference system requirements in their new location, that guide has not been updated for release 6.2.

Rapid Recovery release designations

Rapid Recovery release designations consist of up to four parts. Each part consists of a set of numerals separated by a decimal point.

Major releases are specified by the first numeral. These releases include dramatic changes to UI, the repository, or application behavior.
Minor releases are specified by the numeral following the first decimal point. If this number is greater than 0, it is part of a minor release. Minor releases introduce new functionality that is smaller in scope than the types of changes included in major releases.
Maintenance releases are specified by the numeral following the second decimal point. If this number is greater than 0, it is a maintenance release. Maintenance releases correct previously identified defects or behaviors.
Build numbers (typically between 3 and 5 digits) are specified by the fourth set of numerals. This part is used to differentiate versions of the software program generated during the development process.
For the Rapid Recovery Agent software, build numbers may differ between Windows and Linux versions. If the first three parts of the release number are identical, interoperability between the Core and Agent with different build numbers is not affected.
Updated builds of the same software release may be made available on to the Rapid Recovery License Portal within a release cycle. Therefore, if your Core is set to automatically update the Agent version on protected machines, you may see differences in build numbers for a single release. These differences will not negatively influence functionality.

For release 6.2.0.17839, the first digit (6) is the major release. The second digit, if greater than 0, represents a minor release. The third digit, if greater than 0, indicates a maintenance release. The build number (17839) is last and is generally only referenced in release notes. The build number for this release is identical between Core and Windows Agents, and components such as the Local Mount Utility.

The Linux Agent for 6.2, when released, will have a higher build number. For more information, see Linux Agent advisory for release 6.2.

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