Rapid Recovery 6.2.1 - Release Notes

Introduction to Rapid Recovery 6.2.1 Release Notes

Rapid Recovery 6.2.1 Release Notes

Revision A, September 2018

These release notes provide information about the Rapid Recovery release, build 6.2.1.99 (for Linux) and build 6.2.1.100 (for Windows). This Revision A edition of these release notes includes updates related to resolved defect 107946.

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About this release

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 6.2.1 is a maintenance release, with some enhancements (see Enhancements for details). Some features, previously integrated software tools, or platforms are no longer supported. For more information, see Deprecated features. This maintenance release primarily contains defect fixes. For more information on defect fixes and known issues, see Resolved issues and Known issues, respectively.

For information relevant for any other release, please see the edition of release notes specific to that release on the Quest technical documentation website.

Repository upgrade advisory

Upgrading the Core software to release 6.2.1 from any version earlier than 6.2 (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 features introduced in release 6.2.x, 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

If upgrading from Rapid Recovery release 6.2, you can use the Automatic Update feature to upgrade to this release, if it is enabled in your Core.

Due to parameters introduced as part of GDPR compliance in Rapid Recovery release 6.2 , customers using Rapid Recovery versions prior to 6.2 will not be able to use the Automatic Update feature to upgrade. You must manually upgrade instead. Once you have upgraded to Rapid Recovery Core release 6.2 or later, you can resume using the Automatic Upgrade feature.

Linux Agent advisory for release 6.2

As described in knowledge base article 251154, "Quest Rapid Recovery 6.2 Linux Agent Delayed," the Rapid Recovery 6.2.0 release did not ship with an updated Rapid Recovery Agent. This maintenance release includes release 6.2.1 of the Rapid Recovery Linux Agent software.

For more information, see Updated Rapid Recovery Agent for Linux.

If using Rapid Recovery Agent release 6.1.3 or earlier on your protected Linux machines, upgrade to release 6.2.1 to take advantage of the enhanced Agent features. If upgrading your Core to release 6.2.1, Quest recommends upgrading Rapid Recovery Agent on your protected Linux machines, to take advantage of recent improvements to consume less RAM and to support more Linux distributions.

For more information, see Updated Rapid Recovery Agent for Linux and Additional Linux Agent operating systems supported, respectively.

Context-sensitive help advisory

Rapid Recovery Core includes in-product context-sensitive help for each major release. The most recent version of in-product help was release 6.2.0. Help topics are derived from the Rapid Recovery 6.2.1 User Guide. To view help topics in a web browser, from the Rapid Recovery Core Console, click [Help menu] or [Help], and from the resulting drop-down menu, select [Help] Help.

Since Rapid Recovery release 6.2, the "REST APIs" appendix appears only in the HTML and PDF versions of the 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] About menu. This topic does not appear in HTML or PDF versions of the User Guide.

6.2.1: DL Appliance users upgrade using standard installers

As a reminder, the Recovery and Update Utility (RUU) is discontinued as of Rapid Recovery release 6.2.0. Users of a DL appliance who want to upgrade the Rapid Recovery software on their Core appliance to release 6.2.0 or release 6.2.1 are advised to use the standard Rapid Recovery Core installers. You can use either the Full Installer or the Web Installer.

Rapid Recovery release designations

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. Maintenance releases may also reflect changes (additions and deprecations) in supported operating system or application platforms.
  • 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   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   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.
    • Build numbers will differ between the Core and the Add-on for Kaseya component.
    • Difference in build numbers does not affect replication when the Core has the same or a more recent build installed than the replicated target machine.

Note that updates are sometimes made available after initial release that results in a different build number. Such is the case with this release.

For release 6.2.1.100, 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 (100) is last and is generally only referenced in release notes. The build number for this release is different for the Linux Agent (99) and remaining components (build 100 for the Core, Windows Agent, and components such as the Local Mount Utility).

Support policy

Support policy

The Rapid Recovery support policy is to provide technical support to customers with an active Support agreement for specific software versions under the following terms:

  • Rapid Recovery software versions supported follow the N-2 policy.
    • N represents the major and minor release numbers (for example, 6.2, 6.1, 6.0, 5.4) of the most recent generally available software release. For more information about parsing a Rapid Recovery release number, see Rapid Recovery release designations.
    • N - 1 refers to the most recent prior release, considering major and minor versions only. For example, in release 6.2, N-1 refers to release 6.1.
    • N - 2 refers to the penultimate major/minor release. For example, in release 6.2, N-2 refers to release 6.0.
  • For each release, some versions are eligible for full support; some for limited support; and for some versions, support is discontinued.
    • The current version (N) and the most recent maintenance release (N-1) are fully supported.
    • For N-2 (6.0), the latest maintenance release (6.0.2) is in limited support. Patches or fixes are not written for releases in limited support; however, once identified and confirmed, software defects can be expected to be corrected in the most recent version of the software.
    • Support for all other versions is discontinued.

      Quest Software Inc. strives to put resources behind the most recent product releases in order to continually improve and enhance the value of our products. Support for earlier maintenance releases is discontinued because viable, easy-to-upgrade alternatives are available. For example, users of release 6.2.0 can upgrade directly to release 6.2.1, which is fully supported. Users of release 6.1.0 can upgrade directly to release 6.1.3, which is fully supported. Users of 6.0.1 can upgrade to 6.0.2 (in limited support) or to 6.1.3 (in full support).

  • Limited support can be offered to other versions by exception. As of the date of publication, no releases currently are supported by exception.

NOTE: To see definitions of full, limited and discontinued support, see our Product Life Cycle (PLC) page on the Support website as follows:

  1. Navigate to https://support.quest.com/rapid-recovery/
  2. Click Product Life Cycle & Policies.
  3. Scroll down to Product Support Policies and expand the link Software Product Support Life Cycle Policy.
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