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LiteSpeed for SQL Server 8.9 - Release Notes

Release Notes

LiteSpeed® for SQL Server® 8.9

Release Notes

December 2019

These release notes provide information about the LiteSpeed for SQL Server release.


About this release

LiteSpeed for SQL Server, or LiteSpeed, is a fast and flexible backup and recovery solution that allows DBAs to easily maintain complete control over the backup and recovery process. Its low-impact, high-performance compression and encryption technology enables users to reduce storage costs and protect data, while improving both backup and disaster recovery times. With the improved compression and LiteSpeed's Fast Compression technology, LiteSpeed for SQL Server can further reduce disk space and backup time up to another 85% over traditional, compressed full backup solutions. The result is a unique backup and recovery approach, unmatched in flexibility, that greatly reduces backup times, creates a significantly smaller storage footprint, and maintains a high level of recoverability.

  • LiteSpeed 8.9 is a minor release,

Key Benefits

  • Store database backups directly into the following cloud platforms: Microsoft Azure Blob storage, Amazon S3 and Google Storage.

  • Reduce storage requirements to save valuable disk space with Fast Compression (reduce storage and improve backup times up to 85% over traditional full backup solutions)
  • Optimize use of available server resources with LiteSpeed's Adaptive Compression
  • Reduce backup times to improve maintenance windows
  • Reduce restore times to avoid excessive downtime
  • Automate backup testing and running database consistency checks using Automated Restore
  • Easily configure backup jobs and maintenance plans on multiple instances by deploying LiteSpeed Backup Templates
  • Easily configure and monitor Log Shipping using the Create LiteSpeed Log Shipping Plan Wizard and Monitoring tab in the LiteSpeed UI Console
  • Recover data and schema from backups using LiteSpeed's Object Level Recovery
  • Undo critical transactions using LiteSpeed's Transaction Log Reader
  • View backup performance across the enterprise using LiteSpeed's centralized reporting repository
  • Easily manage SQL Agent jobs across multiple servers using LiteSpeed's Job Manager
  • Easily configure maintenance plans across the enterprise using LiteSpeed's Maintenance Plan Designer
  • Easily configure backups cleanup rules with Smart Cleanup Policies
  • Leverage LiteSpeed's advanced engine tuning, including CPU Affinity, CPU Throttling, and Threading options
  • Analyze your environment for best backup performance and identify bottlenecks using LiteSpeed's Backup Analyzer
  • Eight highly optimized levels of compression
  • Secure data using backup encryption up to AES-256

New Features

New features in LiteSpeed 8.9:

  • LiteSpeed now has a Compliance report at Server and Group levels [LS-1164]
  • Smart Cleanup Policies [LS-1110]
  • Smart Cleanup is available as a new maintenance plan task [LS-1268]

See also:


The following is a list of enhancements implemented in LiteSpeed 8.9.

Table 1: General enhancements

Enhancement Issue ID
Always On Availability Groups related improvements. LS-841
Automated Restore now supports move data and log files option. LS-175
Databases now can be added / excluded with AlwaysOn Availability Group name wildcard in Backup Templates. LS-1298
Now backups may run concurrently in a maintenance plan backup task. LS-1155
Object Level Recovery now able to drop existing table before the table recovery. LS-1251
LiteSpeed now supports KMS SSE with Amazon S3 services. LS-1594
LiteSpeed Core now supports temporary credentials for Amazon Web Services. LS-1524
LiteSpeed now able take into account local Sql Server time zone. LS-126
Backup templates now can skip databases in a restoring state. LS-1515
Log Shipping now correctly indicates status for the first t-log backup. LS-1401
Log Reader now may export all data from reading logs with PowerShell. LS-1711
Log Reader now allows setting custom temporary folder in UI options. LS-1454
LiteSpeed now warns when illegal characters used in a maintenance plan name. LS-177
LiteSpeed console UI and documentation improvements. LS-1060, LS-1076, LS-1434, LS-1065
Amazon S3 EU (Stockholm) region has been added to supported regions. LS-1330

Deprecated features

The following is a list of features that are no longer supported starting with LiteSpeed 8.9.

Table 2: Features that are no longer supported

Features Issue ID
Extended stored procedure xp_memory_size marked as deprecated. It will be removed from the product with version 9.0. LS-1406, LS-1762
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