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RELEASE NOTES

EMC

Data Domain Boost


Release number 2.6.3.0-436725
EMC Data Domain Boost for Symantec
OpenStorage Release Notes
302-001-166
REV. 01
June, 2014
This document contains the release notes for the EMC Data Domain Boost (DD Boost) for
OpenStorage version 2.6.3.0-436725. The sections listed here describe the release in
detail and provide late-breaking or other information that supplements the main user
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DD Boost for OpenStorage Software........................................................................... 2
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New Features in Release 2.6.......................................................................................2
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Fixed in Release 2.6.3.0-436725................................................................................2
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Fixed in Release 2.6.2.4-428136................................................................................3
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Fixed in Release 2.6.2.1-416269................................................................................3
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Fixed in Release 2.6.2.0-410681................................................................................4
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Fixed in Release 2.6.1.0-396586................................................................................4
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Fixed in Release 2.6.0.2-365315................................................................................4
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Fixed in Release 2.6.0.1-357624................................................................................4
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Fixed in Release 2.6.0.0-348730................................................................................5
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Known Issues and Workarounds................................................................................ 5
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DD Boost for Symantec OpenStorage Configuration Recommendations...................... 8
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DD Boost for Symantec OpenStorage Commands....................................................... 8
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DD Boost for OpenStorage Documentation................................................................. 8
DD Boost for OpenStorage Software
The DD Boost for OpenStorage software is a licensed option that allows a Data Domain
system to act as an OpenStorage storage server for Symantec's NetBackup and Backup
Exec products. The DD Boost for OpenStorage software includes a plug-in (referred to as
the Data Domain OST plug-in) that runs on the supported NetBackup and Backup Exec
media servers defined in the DD Boost Compatibility Guide. For specific software and
hardware configurations tested and supported by Data Domain, log in to the EMC Online
Support site http://support.emc.com to see the compatibility lists.
Note
For detailed information on installing DD Boost for OpenStorage, see the Data Domain
Boost for OpenStorage Administration Guide and the Data Domain Boost Compatibility Guide
for upgrade information.
Note
For information about accessing DD Boost documents on the EMC Online Support site,
see DD Boost for OpenStorage Documentation on page 8.
New Features in Release 2.6
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DD Boost Release 2.6 and DD OS 5.4 introduce DD Boost-over-Fibre Channel (DD
Boost-over-FC), an alternative transport mechanism for communication between the
DD Boost Library and the Data Domain system. Prior to DD OS Release 5.4, all
communication between the DD Boost Library and any Data Domain system was
performed using IP networking. Certain installations prefer or require the use of Fibre
Channel as the media for data transfer between media servers and storage systems.
DD Boost-over-FC allows such installations to access the features provided by the DD
Boost technology.
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DD Boost Release 2.6 and DD OS 5.4 introduce Auto Image Replication (AIR). AIR
works by duplicating images to a remote master server domain. The AIR feature,
supported in NetBackup 7.6, addresses the site-to-site replication challenge by
allowing Storage Lifecycle Policies (SLP) to duplicate selected images between
NetBackup Master domains. The AIR application job count is displayed under Src-repl
in the output of the ddboost show connections command.
Fixed in Release 2.6.3.0-436725
The following important fixes and changes were made in DD Boost for Symantec
OpenStorage Version 2.6.3.0-436725.
Table 1 DD Boost 2.6.3.0-436725: Fixed
Bug # Description
87934 Fixed the issue in which Solaris SPARC plug-ins would fail if they tried to connect to
Data Domain systems that had DD Boost disabled.
107292 Fixed an issue in which a DD Boost virtual synthetics backup could fail during the
ingest phase with error 5048 (indicating that the limit on t0 segment references in a
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Bug # Description
t1 segment has been met). This fix is dependent on a DD OS version of 5.4.1.2 or
later.
107995 Fixed the issue in which the Data Domain file system would sometimes fail due to a
corrupted ddp_send_refs RPC.
108386 Fixed the issue in which opt-dup failures were seen when Backup Exec attempted to
have two active jobs using the same file on a single server connection.
110464 Fixed the issue in which Backup Exec inventories failed due to missing media
errors.
114671 Fixed the issue in which mounting failures were seen on systems using the
Extended Retention feature with more than seven archive units.
Fixed in Release 2.6.2.4-428136
The following important fixes and changes were made in DD Boost for Symantec
OpenStorage Version 2.6.2.4-428136.
Table 2 DD Boost 2.6.2.4-428136: Fixed
Bug # Description
111889 This fix changes the way the fully qualified domain names are discovered for the
Linux, Windows, and AIX clients. Customers who currently have short names
configured for their client on the Data Domain system using the ddboost access
or ddboost ifgroup commands may need to correct these client entries to
include the domain name. With this change, customers will be able to leverage
partial name checks for fully qualified domain names, for example, *.domain-name
when using both the ddboost access and ddboost ifgroup commands.
Fixed in Release 2.6.2.1-416269
The following important fixes and changes were made in DD Boost for Symantec
OpenStorage Version 2.6.2.1-416269.
Table 3 DD Boost 2.6.2.1-416269: Fixed
Bug # Description
105938 Addresses the issue where the plug-in iterates a storage unit because NetBackup
did not provide a complete image definition that included img_saveas.
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Fixed in Release 2.6.2.0-410681
The following important fixes and changes were made in DD Boost for Symantec
OpenStorage Version 2.6.2.0-410681.
Table 4 DD Boost 2.6.2.0-410681: Fixed
Bug # Description
95869 Fixed the issue with Linux, Windows and AIX clients not providing a Fully Qualified
Domain Name (FQDN) to the Data Domain system. All clients report FQDNs when
reporting the host name to the Data Domain system. Therefore, the individual client
names must be modified to include the FQDN of the clients when configuring
ddboost access or ddboost ifgroup.
102160 Fixed the issue in which a user could not restore from a DD Boost-created backup or
found that applications were unable to use a restored file without clear symptoms
or reasons for the failure. Although there have been no reported field instances of
this issue, systems exceeding the maximum number of device stream count limits
during a DD Boost writes + Managed File Replication could create this condition. If
the Data Domain system did not experience stream exhaustion, there is no impact.
Fixed in Release 2.6.1.0-396586
The following important fixes and changes were made in DD Boost for Symantec
OpenStorage Version 2.6.1.0-396586.
Table 5 DD Boost 2.6.1.0-396586: Fixed
Bug # Description
83525 Added support for the new commit RPC to work around issues related to the Cisco
WAAS NFS optimizer. (See also Table 7 on page 5.)
Fixed in Release 2.6.0.2-365315
The following important fixes and changes were made in DD Boost for Symantec
OpenStorage Version 2.6.0.2-365315.
Table 6 DD Boost 2.6.0.2-365315: Fixed
Bug # Description
88675 Resolved an issue to disable Oracle marker handling for Oracle archive log streams.
Fixed in Release 2.6.0.1-357624
The following important fixes and changes were made in DD Boost for Symantec
OpenStorage Version 2.6.0.1-357624.
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Table 7 DD Boost 2.6.0.1-357624: Fixed
Bug # Description
83525 Fixed an issue that caused backup jobs to occasionally fail with an error
DD_ERR_IO (code 5009) and a status detail of writeverf mismatch.
Fixed in Release 2.6.0.0-348730
The following important fixes and changes were made in DD Boost for Symantec
OpenStorage Version 2.6.0.0-348730.
Table 8 DD Boost 2.6.0.0-348730: Fixed
Bug # Description
44235 For Backup Exec, the new plug-in supports both Single Node and GDA with 64
connections, an increase from 16 connections in the previous release. On a Single
Node, the 64 connections can be used in conjunction with the multipath load
balancing feature to distribute the jobs on multiple links.
46247 Fixed the issue in which a silent installation of the plug-in could stall and display a
pop-up message (and cease to be silent) if services were not stopped prior to the
silent installation.
69658 Enhanced plug-in error logging to the Data Domain system.
71071 Fixed the issue in which some Solaris plug-ins were being delivered without their
symbols being stripped. Stripping symbols is done to save memory.
72585 Fixed plug-in crash (NULL pointer dereference) with Backup Exec 2012 on Windows
2008 R2, if the connection to the Data Domain system was lost during an active
backup job.
75186 Fixed the issue that caused TIR (True Image Restore) file truncation for all
NetBackup 7.x TIR backups using DD Boost 2.5.0.2 or 2.5.0.1 with distributed
segment processing enabled, to a DD OS 5.1 single-node Data Domain system.
75783 Fixed the issue that caused a Data Domain system panic due to a
OSTRESOLVEFILENAME timeout.
Known Issues and Workarounds
General Issues
In some circumstances the Open Storage application does not send complete image
information (img_policy, img_saveas, and img_flags) to the plug-in. This is not a
violation of the Open Storage API specification. In most of these cases, the plug-in
algorithmically determines the missing information (img_flags and img_saveas) and
uses DDP_LOOKUP to find the file. In the rare case that img_policy is missing, the
plug-in performs an iterative search of the storage unit by using a number of
DDP_READDIR RPCs. This situation can occur during an Automatic Image Replication
import with some versions of NetBackup. This situation also occurs with Backup Exec at
the end of each backup job.
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On larger Data Domain systems with over 100,000 files in a given storage unit, the
DDP_READDIR RPCs are a burden on the Data Domain system and will cause
performance to deteriorate. The Open Storage plug-in has been updated to minimize the
use of DDP_READDIR, but there is no complete fix at this time. You can use the
commands ddboost show stats and ddboost show histograms to monitor for
DDP_READDIR.
While running a full system accelerator backup with forced rescan and change journal
options, NetBackup may fail with error 27 (child process killed by signal). This is a known
problem (ETrack 34211834). There is an EEB for 7.5.0.7 and 7.6.0.2. It will be fixed in
7.6.0.3.
Solaris 10
On a Sparc T4-1 running Solaris 10, a problem has been reported with a plug-in crash
while using distributed segment processing. By default for Sparc, distributed segment
processing is disabled, so this problem only occurs if distributed segment processing has
been enabled. The crash is instigated by the intermittent failure of Solaris to load a
pkcs11 module required. The Solaris system log will show messages as below:
...[ID 169204 user.error]libpkcs11:
/usr/lib/security/64/pkcs11_softtoken_extra.so
signature verification failed. See cryptoadm(1M).
Skipping this plug-in.
...[ID 925218 user.error]
libpkcs11: /usr/lib/security/64/pkcs11_kernel.so signature
verification failed.
See cryptoadm(1M). Skipping this plug-in.
Note
This issue is resolved by Oracle patch 150531-01 for Oracle Solaris on SPARC (32-bit).
Starting with the DD Boost 3.0 plug-ins, a plug-in code change is being made to avoid the
crash by reverting to a much lower performance software only method. The system log
will still show the messages as above and the backup performance will be seriously (2x)
degraded in performance.
Known Workarounds:
1. Disable distributed segment processing for Sparc.
2. An upgrade to Solaris 11 may correct the problem.
NetBackup
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NetBackup 7.x accelerator requires an external types file to enable accelerator. The
external types file requires a Data Domain specific entry to enable accelerator on a
Data Domain system.
The resolution for this issue is to apply the updated external types file available from
Symantec:
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UNIX/Linux: http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH203427
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Windows: http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH203428
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In versions of NetBackup prior to 7.5.0.4, jobs may fail with a message such as:
11/07/2012 11:58:35 - Critical bptm (pid=9739) A portion of data to be included
from a previous backup (backupid = ostqa-linux2_1351870224, offset = 661288960,
length = 36352) has incorrect checksum (calculated checksum from backup image
faf2aff1392269d36db7dbcc211f3d97b3f526ed, expected checksum
2345ea1603b4cb4ae2c29e5f6a9353e7832faee6)
The workaround for this issue is to upgrade to 7.5.0.4 or later.
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Automatic Image Replication (AIR) jobs may fail in the case where the target Data
Domain system has insufficient inbound opt-dupe streams.
NetBackup starts the AIR process for each file of an image set in parallel. The plug-in
has no control or visibility into how many. In the case where the source Data Domain
system has insufficient outbound opt-dupe streams, the plug-in is able to retry each
file as resources become available. However, in the case that the target Data Domain
system has insufficient inbound opt-dupe streams, the opt-dupe job fails with no
retry. This problem can happen in two general cases:
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In the case of 1 source Data Domain system to 1 target Data Domain system,
the target opt-dupe target stream count is less than source opt-dupe source
stream count. This can happen when a large Data Domain system (e.g., DD890) is
the source a small Data Domain system (e.g., DD640) is the target.
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In the case of 2 or more source Data Domain systems to 1 target Data Domain
system, the target opt-dupe target stream count is less than the sum of all of
source opt-dupe source stream counts. This can happen in the case of multiple
Data Domain systems (e.g., 3 DD670s) opt-duping to a single Data Domain system
(e.g. DD670).
The workaround is to plan the number of AIR jobs.
To plan the number of AIR jobs, you must know the number of total files for an AIR
backup/opt-dupe. AIR backup will create three meta files for each backup path in a
policy plus any number of file fragments for the data. The number of file fragments
can be determined by dividing the size of each backup selection path by the
NetBackup storage unit fragment size.
Example:
The Netbackup policy backup selection lists five (5) 1GB directories and the storage
unit max fragment size is 500GB. This will generate 5 files for each of the 5
directories listed in the policy backup selection totaling 25 files AIR will need to opt-
dup. 3 meta files + 2 data file fragments (1GB /500GB) = 5 files x 5 backup selections
= 25 total files
In the above example to ensure the duplication is successful you need a minimum of
25 streams available on the destination Data Domain system.
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If the number of concurrent jobs exceeds the maximum stream count on the Global
De-duplication Array (GDA), a PANIC will occur due to lack of file descriptors.
Published stream counts include backup, restore and file-replication against all
storage units on a Data Domain system.
Backup Exec
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Backup Exec can only initiate managed file replication from a Single Node Data
Domain system. It cannot initiate managed file replication from an Extended
Retention Data Domain system or GDA due to a problem with the fast-copy to make
the phantom file.
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If the number of concurrent jobs exceeds the maximum stream count on the GDA, a
panic will occur due to a lack of file descriptors.
Published stream counts include backup, restore and file-replication against all
storage units on a Data Domain system.
DD Boost Stream History
In case the data is missing for a certain timestamp, all the counter values will be filled
automatically by the system with 0 or with the counter value of the previous timestamp.
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DD Boost for Symantec OpenStorage Configuration
Recommendations
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NetBackup accelerator activation requires:
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An enterprise NetBackup license with the Accelerator feature. This license is
obtained from Symantec.
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An updated external_types file from Symantec. Please see: http://
www.symantec.com/business/support/index?page=content&id=TECH55064 for
details. EMC Data Domain will be enabled in the latest external_types file
upon the completion of our qualification with the Symantec HCL.
DD Boost for Symantec OpenStorage Commands
On the Data Domain system, enter the command help ddboost for a list and
description of all Boost for Symantec OpenStorage commands. Also see the Data Domain
Boost for OpenStorage Administration Guide for information about the DD Boost for
Symantec OpenStorage commands.
DD Boost for OpenStorage Documentation
Documentation for DD Boost for OpenStorage is available on the EMC Online Support site
http://support.emc.com
To view documentation:
Procedure
1. Connect to the EMC Online Support site http://support.emc.com.
2. If you are a registered user, log in and skip to the next step. Otherwise, perform the
following:
a. Select Register Here.
b. Follow the online registration steps, filling in all required fields.
c. Once your registration is processed, you will receive an email confirmation.
3. Click the Support by Product option.
4. Enter Data Domain Boost - Open Storage in the Find a Product field.
5. On the next screen, select Documentation.
6. On the right side of the screen, all documents are displayed that fit the criteria. A
menu on the left side of the screen automatically populates with various categories of
the displayed documents, for example, Release Notes, Manual and Guides, and so on.
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