February 9, 2020
x360Recover 10.6.1 is a feature release. The primary focus of this release is to improve Direct-to-Cloud usability, (including support for Private Cloud vaults), provide the conversion of protected systems between appliance mode and Direct-to-Cloud mode, and introduce our new Smart Recovery feature.
We are also implementing bug fixes to resolve operational issues and reduce support escalations.
New features and enhancements
- Convert an existing appliance-based protected system to Direct-to-Cloud mode
- Recover a Direct-to-Cloud protected system to an appliance and convert to appliance mode
- Enable support for Direct-to-Cloud backups on Private Cloud-hosted vaults
- Introduce the Smart Recovery mode for virtualization and system recovery
- Display the RMC Service ID as well as GMP System ID values on appliances and vaults
- Hide invalid protected systems options on Axcient-hosted vaults
- Allow the sorting of protected systems by client and location on vaults
Summary of bug fixes
- Removed unwanted repository targets from sources.list on Nano’s installed from ISO
- Resolved issues with downloading large files via the File Browser
- Fixed issues with firewall configuration
- Fixed issues with some Direct-to-Cloud protected systems not being registered on GMP
- Fixed crash in ReportEngine if empty strings are encountered on some object types
- Fixed edge-case issue when virtualizing Dell protected systems missing the ‘boot’ folder
- Fixed an issue triggering unwanted full backup if Scale-Out Cloud storage is unavailable
- Fixed the flickering Progress spinner display in UI
- Fixed an issue with cloud-only protected systems present on multiple vaults shown only once
- Fixed ReportEngine ticketing sending invalid alerts for cloud-only and Direct-to-Cloud endpoints
- Fixed some minor UI issues with inconsistent display of items and controls
Auto Update Best Practices
We recommend that Enable Auto Update is enabled on the Settings -> Update Manager page on each of your x360Recover devices.
We also recommend that you enable Auto-Enable Remote Assist When Upgrading so that remote access will be available to our development team should something go wrong with your upgrade.
Convert between appliance mode and Direct-to-Cloud mode
x360Recover 10.6.1 and Agent 2.27 now allow the conversion of existing protected systems between appliance / BDR mode and Direct-to-Cloud mode.
- To convert an existing appliance-based protected system to Direct-to-Cloud mode, you may uninstall the current agent (without deleting the agent folder or configuration files) and then reinstall the agent in Direct-to-Cloud mode.
- To convert an existing Direct-to-Cloud protected system to appliance mode, deploy an appliance at your customer location, perform a ‘Recovery’ of the system from the vault (via network or USB) and update the agent settings to target the appliance.
Please see this KB article for detailed instructions on converting a protected system between backup modes.
IMPORTANT: Follow the above KB article and complete all steps to avoid double billing or other issues.
Direct-to-Cloud support for Private Cloud vaults
Previously, x360Recover release 10.4.0 introduced support for Direct-to-Cloud backups to Axcient-hosted cloud vaults. With this release, we are extending this functionality to self-hosted Private Cloud vaults as well.
Support for Direct-to-Cloud has specific requirements for public accessibility via FQDN name and firewall ports. Consult this knowledgebase article for detailed instructions on prerequisites and steps needed to enable Direct-to-Cloud support on your Private Cloud vaults.
Smart Recovery is an enhancement to the way protected systems are virtualized or otherwise recovered from an x360Recover appliance or vault. x360Recover 10.6.1 introduces Smart Recovery for virtualization, iSCSI, and bare metal restores. (x360Recover10.7.0 will extend Smart Recovery support for virtual disk exports.)
Traditionally, when performing the recovery of an x360Recover protected system, only simple disks are returned by the system. Each volume is returned on its own individual virtual disk, regardless of the original topology of the source protected system. This causes difficulties in recovering to a physical machine when multiple volumes were originally stored on a single physical disk.
With Smart Recovery, the original protected system physical disk topology is reconstructed, making it possible to restore protected systems with complex disk layouts simply and easily. This also resolves multiple issues preventing such systems from booting correctly as virtual machines.
For more details on using Smart Recovery, see this knowledgebase article.