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Storage Foundation and High Availability 6.0.4 is now available to download from Symantec FileConnect.

[ 2014-04-23 ] New SORT release!

On April 16, 2014, Symantec completed another release of SORT.  With this release, we added the following features and enhancements: 


General:

·         Improved search functionality

·         Improved naming consistencies across the site and data collectors including generic product name references


Storage Foundation Solutions:

·         Support for Storage Foundation for Windows (SFW) release 6.1**

·         Support for SFHA patch release 6.0.5

**SFW 6.1 data collector support will be available on April 24th  


NetBackup Solutions:

·         Enhanced NetBackup Future Platform and Feature Plans widget https://sort.symantec.com/nbufutureplans 

 

·         Enhanced Data Collectors to filter out checks that are not relevant to the platform, role of the host, or version of NBU so there is an easier consumable custom report https://sort.symantec.com/data_collectors

·         Inclusion of the latest NetBackup, NetBackup Appliance and OpsCenter hot fix information in the Installation and Upgrade Checklist

 

See related SORT news item for more details on the NetBackup features

[ 2014-04-18 ] Updates and New SORT features for NetBackup

General Summary

  • Enhancements to NetBackup Future Platform and Feature Plans widget https://sort.symantec.com/nbufutureplans
    • Addition of a new date column on the left
    • Initial Display will always show the most current data at the top
    • Tabs at the top of the table to filter NetBackup and OpsCenter data
    • Sorting on all columns in the table (except the Notes column) by clicking on the title of a column
  • Incorporate updates from changes to all NetBackup compatibility lists (Operating System (SCL) and associated features, Hardware (HCL), etc.)
  • Data collectors/custom reports and Installation & Upgrade Checklist
  • Inclusion of the latest NetBackup, NetBackup Appliance and OpsCenter hot fix information.

 

Installation and Upgrade Custom Report

  • Enhanced Data Collectors (DCs) to filter out checks that are not relevant to the platform, role (master server, media server, client) of the host or version of NBU so there is an easier consumable custom report https://sort.symantec.com/data_collectors
  • Inclusion of the latest NetBackup, NetBackup Appliance and OpsCenter hot fix information.

 

Installation and Upgrade Checklist

  • Inclusion of the latest NetBackup, NetBackup Appliance and OpsCenter hot fix information.
[ 2014-04-09 ] Storage Foundation for Windows 6.1 and ApplicationHA 6.1 released

Symantec announces the release of Symantec Storage Foundation High Availability for Windows 6.1 and Symantec ApplicationHA 6.1 for Windows environments.

The latest release of Storage Foundation High Availability for Windows and Symantec ApplicationHA is a key step in supporting our customers that run the Microsoft Hyper-V virtualization stack. This release enables organizations to adopt Flash/SSD for mission-critical workloads for increased and reliable performance without compromising on availability. This release also further enhances the high availability and disaster recovery capabilities which our customers already use.

New features for Hyper-V in this release include:

  • SmartIO - Granular, online caching at the application level. With SmartIO, application architects, server administrators, and database administrators can move reads and writes inside the server. In lab tests replicating real-world use-cases, SmartIO delivers up to 3x performance improvement while reducing storage costs by 70%.
  • Storage Pooling - Storage services on a per virtual machine (VM) basis for Hyper-V virtual machines protects VM data from single LUN/Array failures, helping maintain availability of critical VM data.
  • Virtual Business Service support for Microsoft Failover Cluster - Comprehensive and automated disaster recovery for critical multi-tier applications that have components running on Microsoft Failover Cluster. Benefits include quick and smooth application recovery with automated start/stop and recovery algorithm between the multi-tier application components.
  • Application High availability and Disaster recovery for Hyper-V virtual machines – Symantec Cluster Server now supports local, metro and wide-area failover for applications running in Hyper-V virtual machines and Symantec ApplicationHA now provides application monitoring and restart for applications in Hyper-V virtual machines.

For more information, visit http://www.symantec.com/storage-software and http://www.symantec.com/application-ha

[ 2013-12-13 ] New release of SORT!

On December 3, 2013, Symantec completed another release of SORT.  With this release we added the following features and enhancements:

 

Storage Foundation and Availability Solution

  • Support for the SFHA release 6.1
  • Support for the SFHA release 5.1SP1RP3 (HP_UX)
  • Support for the SF 6.0.4 (Linux)
  • Support for the VOM release 6.0 with links to download VOM product bits (http://sort.symantec.com)
  • A new section in the SF checklists that provide links to important next steps for installations and upgrades
  • The ability to collect data from the VMware ESX server for offline license deployment reporting
  • A set of new risk assessment checks for the Windows data collector
    • Check for disk errors
    • Check for visibility of disks to all cluster nodes
    • Check for DMP path state
    • Check for VCS sysname consistency
  • Response file support to automatically run risk assessment reports on vxexplorer files
  • A new facility for users to send update requests from the SPVU calculator regarding missing server/processor models
  • An updated feature matrix to support 6.0 through 6.1 product releases (http://sort.symantec.com/product_features)
  • Download support for the SymHelp application (http://sort.symantec.com/data_collectors)

NetBackUp Solutions:

  • Support for NetBackup 7.6 GA release (versioned as 7.6.0.1)
  • Enhanced email notifications for when the Future Platform and Feature Plans information is updated
  • New and updated system checks in the Custom Report to achieve parity with the latest NetBackup product changes
  • See separate NetBackup SORT news announcement for additional details
[ 2013-12-03 ] New SORT Features for NetBackup

General Summary

  • Added support for the 7.6 GA release – versioned as 7.6.0.1!
  • Enhanced email notifications for when the Future Platform and Feature Plans information is updated.
  • New and updated system checks in the Custom Report to achieve parity with the latest NetBackup product changes.
  • Incorporate updates from changes to all NetBackup compatibility lists (Operating System (SCL) and associated features, Hardware (HCL), etc.)
  • Data collectors/custom reports and Installation & Upgrade Checklist
  • Inclusion of the latest NetBackup, NetBackup Appliance and OpsCenter hot fix information.

 

Installation and Upgrade Custom Report

  • Added support for the 7.6 GA release – versioned as 7.6.0.1.
  • Enhanced the port usage check to accommodate pre-7.0 systems.
  • Enhanced the port usage check to use the host’s role in determining the state of the check.
  • Added a check specific to 7.6 upgrades for enough disk space for the MSDP database conversion.
  • Enhanced the UNIX/Linux semaphore check making it applicable to media servers.
  • Enhanced the UNIX/Linux file descriptor check making it applicable to media servers.
  • Added a Windows check reporting on whether symlinks exist in certain folders in the NetBackup install location.
  • Enhanced the usability of the on-system custom report by separating out the checks that were consolidated (rather hidden) under the Operating System Version check
  • Enhanced the reporting of the OpsCenter Operating Systems requirements to match changes in the SCL.
  • Inclusion of the latest NetBackup, NetBackup Appliance and OpsCenter hot fix information.

 

Installation and Upgrade Checklist

  • Added support for the 7.6 GA release – versioned as 7.6.0.1.
  • Enhanced the reporting of the OpsCenter Operating Systems requirements to match changes in the SCL.
  • Inclusion of the latest NetBackup, NetBackup Appliance and OpsCenter hot fix information.
[ 2013-10-01 ] OpsCenter 7.6 Upgrades on Windows

On 64-bit Windows systems, if OpsCenter language packs or maintenance (triple-dot) releases are installed on top of an installation of version 7.5, an upgrade to OpsCenter 7.6 may fail. For example, if you upgrade OpsCenter 7.5 to 7.5.0.6, an upgrade to OpsCenter 7.6 may fail. See TECH211070 for details.

[ 2013-09-18 ] New SORT release!

On September 16, 2013, Symantec completed another release of SORT.  With this release we added the following features and enhancements:


General:


Storage Foundation and Availability Solution:

  • Support for Storage Foundation and High Availability (SFHA) release 5.1SP1RP4 
  • Comparison between two Unix based Risk Assessment configurations
  • Windows VxExplorer integrated with the SORT Windows Data Collector
  • UNIX Data Collector license support for VMware ESX environments
  • Patches listed in installation order (https://sort.symantec.com/patch/finder
    • Must select the third radio button in Patch Finder to use this feature
  • Additional Windows Risk Assessment Checks
    • Availability and verification of Low Latency Transport (LLT) high-priority links
    • LLT links configuration
    • VCS resource disabled status
    • Duplicate disk group configuration
  • Feedback mechanism in the UNIX data collector
  • Solaris zones reporting in License reports
  • Veritas Volume Replicator inclusion in License reports


NetBackUp Solutions:

  • CentOS support for the UNIX Data Collector
  • See separate NetBackup SORT news announcement for additional details 
[ 2013-09-17 ] New SORT Features for NetBackup

 

General

  • Standardize OS and CPU architecture names across SORT for integration into the new Product and Platform Lookup widget.
  • Incorporate updates from changes to all NetBackup compatibility lists (Operating System (SCL) and associated features, Hardware (HCL), etc.)
  • Incorporate updates for the Hot Fix / EEB Release Auditor

 

Installation and Upgrade Custom Report

  • Support for NetBackup 7.6
  • New check and reporting of semaphore requirements on UNIX and Linux platforms
  • New check and reporting of minimum file descriptors on UNIX and Linux platforms
  • New check and reporting of minimum disk space for the NetBackup database rebuild that will occur during the upgrade to 7.6
  • New check and reporting of a remote/shared EMM server environment which is no longer supported in 7.6
  • Inclusion of the latest NetBackup & OpsCenter hot fix information
  • Incorporates updates for the Hot Fix / EEB Release Auditor

 

Installation and Upgrade Checklist

  • Support for NetBackup 7.6
  • Created separate System Requirements section for Master and Media servers for better utilization of differing requirements.
  • Update to the Master and Media Server System Requirements sections for semaphore requirements on UNX and Linux platforms.
  • Update to the Master and Media Server System Requirements section for minimum file descriptors on UNIX and Linux platforms.
  • Update to the Master Server System Requirements section for minimum disk space for the NetBackup database rebuild that will occur during the upgrade to 7.6
  • Provided a link to the tech note describing the 7.6 upgrade failure when detecting a remote/shared EMM Server which is not supported at 7.6
  • Update to the Media Server System Requirements section documenting the needed disk space for the MSDP metadata conversion during the upgrade to 7.6
  • Inclusion of the latest NetBackup, NetBackup Appliance and OpsCenter hot fix information.
  • Support for the Windows Server 2012 platform as a Master Server
  • Support for the Ubuntu 13.04 platform
  • Support for Oracle Linux 5 and 6 as an OpsCenter Server platform

 

[ 2013-06-20 ] New SORT release!

On June 17, 2013, Symantec completed another release of SORT.  With this release we added the following features and enhancements:                                                                              

General: 

·         Revamped top level menu structure to ensure navigation to all SORT features

·         Added un-subscribe notification function

·         Improved report upload times

·         Enabled platform filters in preference settings for logged in users

 

Storage Foundation High Availability Solutions: 

·         Added a landing page link to Apple AppStore for easy access to SORT mobile download (http://sort.symantec.com)

·         Added a vxexplorer summary section option to the SORT data collector (http://sort.symantec.com/data/gadgets/VRTSexplorer_sample_summary_report.txt)

·         Highlighted license inventory features of VOM and SORT on the SORT landing page

·         Install Base Reporting aligned reporting added into License/Deployment reports

·         Updated the platform and product lookup features (http://sort.symantec.com/productmatrix/platform)

·         Integrated Risk Assessment reporting functionality in the vxexplorer flow of data collector

·         Enabled the SORT data collector to run across the Operations Manager (VOM) infrastructure

·         Updated the SPVU calculator (http://sort.symantec.com/spvu_calc)

·         Updated EOSL page and terminology (http://sort.symantec.com/eosl)

 

NetBackup Solutions:

·         Incorporated updates for the Hot Fix / EEB Release Auditor

·         Added a new widget on the My SORT and SORT for NetBackup pages titled “NetBackup Future Platform and Feature Plans” which includes email notification capability when the information is updated

·         Added minimum memory requirements for media servers, clients and OpsCenter servers in the installation and upgrade checklist and custom reports

·         Incorporated updates from changes to all NetBackup compatibility lists (Operating System (SCL), Hardware (HCL), etc.)

·         Additional details in the NetBackup news

 

Additional Product Solutions:

·         Added Disaster Recovery Advisor (DRA) patches into the Patch Table and Patch Finder (http://sort.symantec.com/patch/finder)

·         Added new Volume Replicator (VVR) Risk Assessment checks

[ 2013-06-20 ] New SORT Features for NetBackup

General

  • Addition of a new widget on the My SORT and SORT for NetBackup pages titled “NetBackup Future Platform and Feature Plans” which includes email notification capability when the information is updated
  • Support for NetBackup and OpsCenter 7.5.0.6 maintenance release in the installation and upgrade checklist and custom reports.  It will be available on the day the release goes GA
  • Support for Windows 8 and Windows 2012 in the installation and upgrade checklist and custom reports.  It will be available on the day the 7.5.0.6 release goes GA
  • Support for NetBackup Appliance 2.5.3 release in the installation and upgrade checklist reports.  It will be available on the day the release goes GA
  • Support for NetBackup Appliance 5230 product in the installation and upgrade checklist reports.  It will be available on the day the 2.5.3 release goes GA
  • Addition of minimum memory requirements for media servers, clients and OpsCenter servers in the installation and upgrade checklist and custom reports
  • Incorporate updates from changes to all NetBackup compatibility lists (Operating System (SCL) and associated features, Hardware (HCL), etc.)
  • Incorporate updates for the Hot Fix / EEB Release Auditor

Installation and Upgrade Custom Report

  • Support for NetBackup & OpsCenter 7.5.0.6 maintenance release
  • Support for the Windows 8 and Windows 2012 platforms as clients (in 7.5.0.6)
  • New check and reporting of minimum memory requirements for media servers, clients and OpsCenter servers
  • Inclusion of the latest NetBackup & OpsCenter hot fix information
  • Incorporate updates for the Hot Fix / EEB Release Auditor

Installation and Upgrade Checklist

  • A new sub-section to the Encryption and Security Solutions section of the installation and upgrade checklist report for the Symantec Security Information Manager
  • Addition of minimum memory requirements for media server, clients and OpsCenter servers
  • Enhanced usability of ‘notes’ from the various sections of the HCL matching what is seen in the PDF version of the HCL
  • Inclusion of the latest NetBackup, PureDisk, NetBackup Appliance, PureDisk Appliance and OpsCenter hot fix information
  • Support for NetBackup & OpsCenter 7.5.0.6 maintenance release
  • Support for Windows 8 and Windows 2012
  • Support for NetBackup Appliance 2.5.3 release
  • Support for the Ubuntu 12.10 platform
[ 2013-02-27 ] New SORT release - SFHA and NBU product release support

On February 20, 2013, Symantec completed another release of Symantec Operations Readiness Tool (SORT)

 

This release was an extension to our December 2012 release and was specifically focused on aligning with product releases from Storage Foundation and NetBackup. 

 

Storage Foundation High Availability Solutions

·         Support of the Storage Foundation for Windows 6.0.2 release 

 

NetBackup Solutions:

·         Support of the NetBackup 7.5.0.5 release
- See separate news item for more details

  

[ 2013-02-20 ] New SORT Features for NetBackup

 

General

  • Support for NetBackup and OpsCenter 7.5.0.5 maintenance release in the installation and upgrade checklist and custom reports
  • Incorporate updates from changes to all NetBackup compatibility lists (Operating System (SCL) and associated features, Hardware (HCL), etc.)
  • Incorporate updates for the Hot Fix / EEB Release Auditor

Installation and Upgrade Custom Report

  • Support for NetBackup & OpsCenter 7.5.0.5 maintenance release
  • Inclusion of the latest NetBackup & OpsCenter hot fix information
  • Incorporate updates for the Hot Fix / EEB Release Auditor

Installation and Upgrade Checklist

  • A new section available only in the SORT I&U Checklist report titled, 'NetBackup Planned Future OS/Platform Feature/Functionality Technology Improvement and Discontinuation Notification'. This section will alert our customers to future proliferation and platform end of life information.
  • Inclusion of the latest NetBackup, PureDisk, NetBackup Appliance, PureDisk Appliance and OpsCenter hot fix information
  • Support for NetBackup & OpsCenter 7.5.0.5 maintenance release

 

[ 2013-02-04 ] SORT mobile available on Apple App Store!

SORT functionality is now available as a mobile application on the Apple App Store!

The SORT mobile app supports five key features from the SORT website:

  • SPVU Calculator (includes Server Tier mapping)
  • Error Code LookupPatch Lookup
  • Installation and Upgrade Checklist (Storage Foundation and NetBackup)
  • News and Alerts (Storage Foundation and NetBackup)

 

Go to https://sort.symantec.com/mobile  to get more information and to download the app to your iPhone or iPad.

Be sure to mention the availability of this app to your coworkers!

[ 2013-01-22 ] Storage Foundation for Windows DDI CQ4 2012 available

This release adds support for the following:

  • A new DSM driver for VIOLIN Memory 3000/6000 series array
  • Bug fixes in DSMs, and all DSMs in DDI_Q4_2012  are qualified with Microsoft WHQL.
  • New supported arrays:

o   Hitachi HUS VM array

o   VIOLIN Memory 3000/6000 series array

o   HP 3PAR StoreServ P7000 Systems

 

The latest HCL is available at http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH152806 or check out HCL Central on SORT (https://sort.symantec.com/hclcentral/diskarray)

Product documentation is available on SORT

Product evaluations are available on Trialware

[ 2013-01-02 ] New SORT features and enhancements

On December 18, 2012, Symantec completed another release of Symantec Operations Readiness Tool (SORT)

 

With SORT’s focus of improving the total customer experience, we’ve added the following features and improvements to the website:


Storage Foundation High Availability Solutions

·         Example calculations and clarifying text added to the SPVU calculator http://sort.symantec.com/spvu_calc

·         New platform and product lookup feature (https://sort.symantec.com/productmatrix/platform) widget located on the mysort page

·         New Documentation widget located on the mysort page

·         New HA Agent widget located on the mysort page

·         Ability to send notifications upon every SORT release

·         Extended notification retention on SORT to 6 months

·         Added End of Support dates to license inventory Custom Reports (https://sort.symantec.com/sample/pdr/6)

·         Added VOM to products and platform matrix (https://sort.symantec.com/productmatrix/show/VOM)

·         Refined HP-UX and AIX Risk Assessment checks

·         Added 5 Risk Assessment checks for Veritas Volume Replicator (VVR)

o   View checks in Custom Report sample (https://sort.symantec.com/sample/risk_assessment)

o   View checks in Risk Assessment Checklist (https://sort.symantec.com/checklist/ra#report)

[ 2012-12-18 ] New SORT Features for NetBackup
As of December 17, 2012, SORT includes the following features and enhancements for NetBackup:

General
  • New capability to create email notifications when hot fixes/EEBs are fixed in a GA release.  This can be done via use of the SORT Notification widget or from within the Hot Fix / EEB Release Auditor widget.
  • Improved navigation capability for the NetBackup family of products in the Symantec Product and Platform Support Matrix
  • Support for NetBackup and OpsCenter 7.5.0.4 maintenance release in the installation and upgrade checklist and custom reports (originally made available the same day it was released via an asynchronous update)
  • Support for the NetBackup 52xx 2.5.1 Appliance (DeLorean) release in the installation and upgrade checklist (originally made available the same day it was released via an asynchronous update)
  • Incorporate updates from changes to all NetBackup compatibility lists (Operating System (SCL) and associated features, Hardware (HCL), etc.)
  • Incorporate updates for the Hot Fix / EEB Release Auditor
Installation and Upgrade Custom Report
  • Support for NetBackup & OpsCenter 7.5.0.4
  • Inclusion of the latest NetBackup & OpsCenter hot fix information
  • Linux version name changes for all Red Hat based Operating Systems
  • Enhanced the upgrade instructions to include use of NBCC to check the integrity of the catalog
Installation and Upgrade Checklist
  • Additonal filtering capability in the report based on the remaining index groups; Appliances, Indexing Server, User Interfaces and Platform Support
  • The addition of a new content in the Cluster Compatibility section in the report
  • Inclusion of the latest NetBackup, PureDisk, NetBackup Appliance, PureDisk Appliance and OpsCenter hot fix information
  • Support for NetBackup & OpsCenter 7.5.0.4
  • Support for the NetBackup 52xx 2.5.1 Appliance (DeLorean)
  • Linux version name changes for all Red Hat based Operating Systems
  • Additional content in the System Requirements section listing the minimum physical memory requirements for a master server
  • Additional content in the System Documentation section listing relevant tech note articles derived from the Backup Planning and Performance Tuning Guide
  • Enhanced the upgrade instructions to include use of NBCC to check the integrity of the catalog
  • Support for Oracle Linux 6 as a master server
[ 2012-10-25 ] New SORT release - SFHA product releases supported

On October 23, 2012, Symantec added the following features to the SORT website:


Storage Foundation High Availability Solutions

  • Support for Storage Foundation Windows 6.0.1 and Storage Foundation Linux 6.0.2 releases within the following areas of SORT:

o   Installation and Upgrade Checklist (https://sort.symantec.com/checklist/install#report)

o   Product and Platform Support Matrix (https://sort.symantec.com/productmatrix)

o   Documentation (https://sort.symantec.com/documents)

o   Patches (https://sort.symantec.com/patch/finder)

o   Array Support Libraries (https://sort.symantec.com/asl)

o   Error codes

o   Searches

o   SORT’s feature support matrix (https://sort.symantec.com/featurematrix)

[ 2012-09-27 ] HCL Central feature now available on SORT

On September 27, 2012, Symantec added the following features and improvements to the SORT website:


Storage Foundation High Availability Solutions 

o    HCL Central can be accessed via the Quick Links section on the main SORT website

 

HCL Central is an on-line version of our HCL previously only released as a PDF document.  It can be used to quickly view supported hardware and associated features based on the hardware component, the Storage Foundation release, and/or the Operating System platform. 

 

[ 2012-09-05 ] New SORT features and enhancements

On September 5, 2012, Symantec added the following features and improvements to the SORT website:

 

General SORT

  • Performance improvements across the site


Storage Foundation High Availability Solutions

  • Support for 6.0.1 Storage Foundation release:

o   Installation and Upgrade Checklist (https://sort.symantec.com/checklist/install#report)

o   Product and Platform Support Matrix (https://sort.symantec.com/productmatrix)

o   Documentation (https://sort.symantec.com/documents)

o   Patches (https://sort.symantec.com/patch/finder)

o   Array Support Libraries (https://sort.symantec.com/asl)

o   Error codes

o   Searches

o   SORT’s feature support matrix (https://sort.symantec.com/featurematrix)

  • Support for 6.0.1 in the data collector to create server specific installation/upgrade custom reports
  • Support for the new versioning policy (Maintenance Release patches)

o   https://sort.symantec.com/public/help/wwhelp/wwhimpl/js/html/wwhelp.htm?context=SORT_&topic=sort_patch_types)

  • Added more solutions to existing error codes
[ 2012-09-05 ] New SORT Features for NetBackup

As of September 5, 2012, SORT includes the following features and enhancements for NetBackup:

General

  • Support for additional NetBackup family products (all Appliances and PureDisk) in the Hot Fix / EEB Release Auditor widget.  Thank you to the Customer Focus Team for their collaboration on this effort.
  • Support for NetBackup and OpsCenter 7.5.0.3 maintenance release in the installation and upgrade checklist and custom reports
  • Support for the NetBackup 52xx 2.5 Appliance (DeLorean) release in the installation and upgrade checklist
  • Incorporate updates from changes to all NetBackup compatibility lists (Operating System (SCL) and associated features, Hardware (HCL), etc.)

 

Installation and Upgrade Custom Report

  • Support for NetBackup & OpsCenter 7.5.0.3
  • Inclusion of the latest NetBackup & OpsCenter hot fix information
  • Oracle Linux name changes
  • Support for the Solaris 11 SPARC and x86-64 platform as a master server

 

Installation and Upgrade Checklist

  • The addition of the capability to release new, timely important information in a special Important Notes section at the beginning of the installation and upgrade checklist.
  • The addition of a new section in the report containing the contents of the "Operating Systems No Longer Supported by NetBackup" section of the SCL
  • Inclusion of the latest NetBackup, PureDisk, NetBackup Appliance, PureDisk Appliance and OpsCenter hot fix information
  • Support for NetBackup & OpsCenter 7.5.0.3
  • Support for the NetBackup 52xx 2.5 Appliance (DeLorean)
  • Oracle Linux name changes
  • Support for the Solaris 11 SPARC and x86-64 platform as a master server
  • Support for FreeBSD 8.2, 8.3 & 9.0 x86-32 and x86-64 platforms
  • Support for the Ubuntu 12.04 x86-64 platform
  • Support for the most current device mappings tech note information
[ 2012-08-07 ] New SORT features and enhancements

On July 26, 2012, Symantec added the following features and improvements to the website:


Storage Foundation High Availability Solutions:

·         Enhanced patch lookup functionality (https://sort.symantec.com/patch/patch_lookup)

o   Users can now enter a patch name in addition to a patch id

·         New patch lookup widget on MySORT (https://mysort.symantec.com)

·         Inclusion of problem remediation commands in Risk Assessment reports

·         Ability to run Risk Assessment reports against vxexplorer data using a new SORT data collector option (VxReplay)

·         Display Oracle Linux in Product/Platform matrix (https://sort.symantec.com/productmatrix)

·         Added more solutions to existing error codes

·         Display data collector versions within the Custom Reports widget (https://mysort.symantec.com)

[ 2012-05-07 ] New SORT Features for NetBackup

As of May 3, 2012, SORT includes the following features and enhancements for NetBackup:

 

General NetBackup Features

  • Support for NetBackup 7.5.0.1 maintenance release in the installation and upgrade checklist and custom reports
  • Support for the NetBackup 52xx 2.0.3 Appliance release in the installation and upgrade checklist
  • Support for the NetBackup 7.1.0.4 maintenance release in the installation and upgrade checklist and custom reports
  • Incorporate updates from changes to all NetBackup compatibility lists (Operating System (SCL) and associated features, Hardware (HCL), etc.)

 

Installation and Upgrade Checklist

  • Enhancements and/or new content for the following sections of the Installation & Upgrade Checklist.
  • NetBackup Version Compatibility – reference to NeBackup Product Family Fibre Channel Compatibility list
  • Improved the upgrade instructions with more specific references to which upgrade documents to review and in what order for 7.5 reports
  • Made certain sections applicable to only the versions of NetBackup in which appropriate, e.g., NetBackup Search only in 7.5 (and beyond) reports
  • Dynamically set the title of the ‘Installation/Upgrade Information’ section depending on the user selecting an ‘upgrading from’ value  - ‘Installation Information’ when no value provided and ‘Upgrade Information’ when a value provided


Installation and Upgrade Custom Report

  • Enhanced upgrade instructions recommending doing a catalog backup prior to the upgrade and incorporating references to the upgrade portal and upgrade guide (for 7.5 reports) as well as ‘upgrade order’ of NetBackup products

[ 2012-05-03 ] New SORT features and enhancements

As of May 3, 2012, SORT includes the following features and enhancements:

 

Storage Foundation High Availability Solutions:

  • Ability to automatically create product notifications in a general checklist and in a custom report
  • Direct links from the SORT home page to MySORT that are based on System Administrator use cases
  • Addition of remediation commands in risk assessment checks
  • Ability to enter an etrack incident number to view the corresponding patches(https://sort.symantec.com/patch/patch_lookup) 
  • Support for Storage Foundation 6.0PR1 and the Solaris 11 platform
  • Addition of two new Windows risk assessment checks (mirror volume without DRL, volume logging locations and mirrors)
  • Updated process flow through the GUI data collector
  • Notifications to users regarding new SORT releases

SORT Common:

  • Updated SORT landing page and navigation
  • Updated online help
[ 2012-03-06 ] New SORT release - New features and enhancements

As of March 6, 2012, SORT includes the following features and enhancements:

 

Storage Foundation High Availability Solutions:

·         A platform perspective approach to obtaining product information in SORT

·         Enter an Operating System, version (and sub-version) in the product matrix for Storage Foundation products to see the corresponding supported product versions

·         A platform filter on the documentation page (https://sort.symantec.com/documents)

·         A platform filter on the VOM page (https://sort.symantec.com/vom)

·         Ability to navigate to key SORT resources from the product matrix page (https://sort.symantec.com/productmatrix)

·         Support for DMP on VMWare in the SPVU calculator (https://sort.symantec.com/spvu_calc)

·         Set Patch Finder as the default page for Patch information (https://sort.symantec.com/patch/finder)

·         A new risk assessment checks for marking full fsck, for checking tmp space, and for detecting CPS upgrade issues

·         New sortable platform column in the End of Support Life (EOSL) table (https://sort.symantec.com/eosl/show_matrix)

·         Ability to view most downloaded patches in the past 30, 60, and 90 days (https://sort.symantec.com/patch/most_downloaded)

·         Ability to view the most recent patches in the past 30, 60, and 90 days (https://sort.symantec.com/patch/latest)

·         Check latest DDI support in Windows data collector

·         Allow single run of the Windows data collector to produce multiple reports

·         Add communication method (HACLI) for the data collector

 

NetBackup Solutions:

·         See news item posted to the NetBackup landing page (http://sort.symantec.com/netbackup)

 

SORT Common:

·         A one-click step to continuing searches in SymWISE (https://sort.symantec.com/search?q=licensing%20tier%20sheet)

·         Optimize the data collector based on product family (SF and NetBackup)

·         Optimize the SORT website for search engine searchability

·         Officially support for Chrome (in addition to IE and Firefox)

·         Updated online help

[ 2012-03-06 ] New SORT Features for NetBackup

As of March 6, 2012, SORT includes the following NetBackup features and enhancements:

 

General

  • Support for NetBackup 7.5 release in the installation and upgrade checklist and custom reports (checklists have been available since 7.5 FA)
  • Support for the Hayward Appliance (made asynchronously available earlier, concurrent with the Hayward release in February)
  • Support for the NetBackup 7.1.0.4 maintenance release in the installation and upgrade checklist and custom reports (disabled until 7.1.0.4 ships)
  • Incorporate updates from changes to all NetBackup compatibility lists (Operating System (SCL) and associated features, Hardware (HCL), etc.)

NetBackup Landing Page

  • Added the ability to persist identifiers in the Hot fix and EEB Release Auditor

Installation and Upgrade Custom Report

  • Addition of custom reports for OpsCenter

Installation and Upgrade Checklist

  • Enhancements and/or new content for the following sections of the Installation & Upgrade Checklist.

o   OST Secondary Storage Solutions (enhanced)

o   OST Primary Storage Solutions – Replication Director (new section)

o   NetBackup Search (new section)

 

 

[ 2012-03-02 ] IMPORTANT: NetBackup End of Support Life (EOSL) notification

The NetBackup 6.x End of Support LIfe date was 3 October 2012.  Upgrade today.  See this Symantec Connect Blog for additional information & resources.

[ 2012-02-14 ] SORT supports new NetBackup Release

The NetBackup 7.5 release is now included in the Installation and Upgrade Checklist within SORT.  Browse to the checklist generation page at http://sort.symantec.com/checklist/install to see the new version.

[ 2012-02-06 ] SORT supports new NetBackup Appliance Software Release

A new NetBackup 5200/5220 Appliance release is available and is now included in the Installation and Upgrade Checklist within SORT.  Browse to the checklist generation page at http://sort.symantec.com/checklist/install to see the new 2.0.2 version.

[ 2011-12-19 ] New SORT Features for NetBackup

 

As of December 19, 2011, SORT includes the following new features and enhancements:

General:

  • NetBackup compatibility list updates (Operating System, Hardware, Database and Application Agent, Cluster, Snapshot Client, additional Operational Notes, Release Notes, etc.)
  • Support for the NetBackup 7.1.0.3 Maintenance Release in the Installation and Upgrade Checklist and Custom Reports
  • Identification of the NetBackup version that includes all supplied hot fix or EEB identifiers which are input to the Hot fix and EEB Release Auditor

        Installation and Upgrade Custom Report

  • OpsCenter support in the hot fix and EEB release auditor check (determines if installed hot fixes and/or EEB's are addressed in a users’ desired target version of NetBackup/OpsCenter)
  • Reporting of available hot fixes for OpsCenter
  • Identification of the NetBackup version that includes all identified hot fixes and/or EEB's on the target host

        NetBackup Installation and Upgrade Checklist

  • The SORT Installation and Upgrade Checklist adds NetBackup Appliance products
  • Enhancements and/or new content for the following sections:
    • NetBackup patches
    • Operating System patches
    • Symantec Documentation
    • Late Breaking News - Available Hot Fixes
    • Links from Hardware Compatibility List (HCL) related sections to "Device Mappings Packages"
  • Add ability to generate an Installation and Upgrade Checklist for the most recent NetBackup version using inputs already entered
[ 2011-12-19 ] New SORT release - New features and enhancements

As of December 20, 2011, SORT includes the following new features and enhancements:

 

Storage Foundation High Availability Solutions:

·         Support for Storage Foundation 6.0 (Unix and Windows)

·         Support for Veritas Operations Manager 4.1 (https://sort.symantec.com/vom)

·         System specific notifications for agents, hardware compatibility lists, and product documentation (https://sort.symantec.com/welcome/notifications)

·         New Error Code Lookup widget (https://mysort.symantec.com)

·         Updated GUI data collector flows

·         New Windows risk assessment checks

·         New Storage Foundation RAC risk assessment checks (https://sort.symantec.com/checklist/ra#report)

·         Support for Symantec Performance Value Unit (SPVU) licensing in the data collector

·         New patch filtering on Patch Table tab (https://sort.symantec.com/patch/matrix)

·         Updated ASL/APM/DDI/DDL page (https://sort.symantec.com/asl)

 

NetBackup Solutions:

·         See news item posted to the NetBackup landing page (http://sort.symantec.com/netbackup)

 

SORT Common:

·         Table headers lock for length of table

[ 2011-12-05 ] SORT supports SFW and SFWHA 6.0

SORT now supports Storage Foundation for Windows 6.0.  The General Checklist on the mysort page (http://mysort.symantec.com) can be run to understand how to prepare for a SFW or SFWHA installation or upgrade.  Additionally, all available 6.0 documenation is on the documents page (http://sort.symantec.com/documents).

[ 2011-10-23 ] SORT turns 4!

On October 23, 2007, a customer uploaded the first install report to SORT.

Time flies, and today, we'd like to thank our user community - now numbering thousands of customers and partners.  Together, we've run tens of thousands of reports, and based on your feedback we've continued to add new services to SORT, most recently price tier lookup and Japanese and Chinese documents.

Here's to the next four years!

[ 2011-10-04 ] Quarterly Agent Pack Released

The latest quarterly Agent Pack for Application HA, VCS, and VCS One has been released.

https://sort.symantec.com/agents

[ 2011-09-20 ] Japanese and Simplified Chinese localized documentation

Japanese and Simplified Chinese Localized Documentation is now posted on SORT.

[ 2011-09-08 ] NEW RELEASE NetBackup 7.1.0.2

A new Maintenance Release for NetBackup 7.1 is now available!  In addition to many bug fixes, NetBackup 7.1.0.2 contains several changes that can improve restore performance and rehydration performance.

SORT has been updated to support the NetBackup 7.1.0.2 release in the Installation and Upgrade Custom Reports, Installation and Upgrade Checklist and in the hot fix and eeb release auditor.

[ 2011-09-07 ] NEW RELEASE Veritas Operations Manager Advanced

Veritas Operations Manager Advanced, a premium version of Veritas Operations Manager is now available.

Benefits include:

  • Gaining a global view of storage
  • Custom reporting
  • Remediation of wasted storage and risk mitigation

To learn more, go to go.symantec.com/vomadvanced.

[ 2011-08-15 ] New SORT features released!

As of August 15, 2011, SORT includes the following new features and enhancements:

SORT Common:

  • The Data Collector is renamed to SORT (from VOS)
  • SORT Suggestions now use the Symantec Connect Ideas portal
  • VeriSign logo & verification link are now available

NetBackup General:

  • NetBackup compatibility list updates (Operating System, Hardware, Database and Application Agent, Cluster, Snapshot Client, additional Operational Notes, Release Notes, etc.)
  • The NetBackup Landing Page adds a hot fix and eeb release auditor widget. This lets users determine if installed hot fixes and/or EEB's are addressed in a specific version of NetBackup.

        NetBackup Installation and Upgrade Custom Report

  • A new hot fix and eeb release auditor check determines if installed hot fixes and/or EEB's are addressed in a users’ desired target version of NetBackup
  • A new check reports the current host role (Master, Media Server, Client) if NetBackup is installed
  • Enhanced checks better report if a particular feature has been qualified via a footnote in the Software Compatibility List
  • Enhanced port checks more accurately report status if NBU and Private Branch Exchange are installed

        NetBackup Installation and Upgrade Checklist

  • The SORT Installation and Upgrade Checklist adds OpsCenter and OpsCenter Analytics

Storage Foundation & HA Solutions:

  • A new pricing and licensing widget lets you lookup the new “Symantec Performance Value Unit” price meter (planned for SF/HA 6.0). The same tool lets you lookup the existing meter, the server tier, for a given make and model. You may need to add the widget if you do not see it.
  • Storage Foundation/Dynamic Multi-Pathing for Windows’ DDIs and DDLs (array support) are now available.
  • Custom Reports uploaded to the SORT website now show any new additional patches released since the data collector was last updated
  • Creating new email notices for patches and other downloads has been simplified
  • The Windows Data Collector adds new Risk Assessment checks
[ 2011-08-15 ] New SORT Features for NetBackup

As of August 15, 2011, SORT includes the following new features and enhancements:

General:

  • NetBackup compatibility list updates (Operating System, Hardware, Database and Application Agent, Cluster, Snapshot Client, additional Operational Notes, Release Notes, etc.)
  • The NetBackup Landing Page adds a hot fix and eeb release auditor widget. This lets users determine if installed hot fixes and/or EEB's are addressed in a specific version of NetBackup.
  • SORT Suggestions now use the Symantec Connect Ideas portal
  • VeriSign logo & verification link are now available

        Installation and Upgrade Custom Report

  • A new hot fix and eeb release auditor check determines if installed hot fixes and/or EEB's are addressed in a users’ desired target version of NetBackup
  • A new check reports the current host role (Master, Media Server, Client) if NetBackup is installed
  • Enhanced checks better report if a particular feature has been qualified via a footnote in the Software Compatibility List
  • Enhanced port checks more accurately report status if NBU and Private Branch Exchange are installed
  • The Data Collector is renamed to SORT (from VOS)

        NetBackup Installation and Upgrade Checklist

  • The SORT Installation and Upgrade Checklist adds OpsCenter and OpsCenter Analytics
[ 2011-07-05 ] Quarterly High Availability Agent Pack Released

The latest quarterly Agent Pack for Application HA, VCS, and VCS One has been released.

https://sort.symantec.com/agents

[ 2011-06-16 ] VOM add-ons available on SORT

We now have Vertias Operations Manager (VOM) add-on functionality available on SORT.  Click the VOM option under the Downloads tab to view and download documentation and add-on features.  Add-on features for Unix and Windows include:

  • Business Entity Operaions
  • Storage Insight
  • Thin Reclamation
  • Storage Provisioning and Volume Migration
  • Package Anomaly
  • and more...
[ 2011-05-31 ] New SORT features

As of May 31, 2011, SORT includes the following new or updated features:

  • NetBackup 7.1.0.1 support
  • NetBackup compatibility lists updates
  • List of available hot fixes in NetBackup Custom Reports
  • List of required OS patches in NetBackup Windows Custom Reports
  • Enhanced Fibre Transport HBA Checklist section (NetBackup)
  • Enhanced VSS Snapshot Providers Support Checklist section (NetBackup)
  • Automated upload of reports from the Windows data collector
  • New check for AIX disk geometry corruption (Storage Foundation)
  • Improved Patch Finder functionality (Storage Foundation)
  • New filtering capabilities
  • New tree structure to view patch relationships
  • Option to view patches required for the latest patch level
  • New Storage Foundation for Windows Risk Assessments
  • Storage Foundation 5.1SP1 on HP-UX support
  • Improved output descriptions for search results
  • New pages explain the Downloads, Systems, Reports, and Notifications menu options
  • Check results (Pass, warn, fail, information, skipped, etc.) are now standard across all custom reports
[ 2011-05-31 ] New SORT features for NetBackup

New or updated NetBackup functionality includes:

  • General
    • Support for the NetBackup 7.1.0.1 release in the installation and upgrade checklist and custom reports
    • Incorporate updates from changes to all NetBackup compatibility lists
  • Installation and Upgrade Custom Report
    • New checks for the various NetBackup features listed in the SCL OS tables
    • List of available hot fixes
    • Reports OS patches required on Windows platforms
  • Installation and Upgrade Checklist
    • Enhanced Fibre Transport HBAs report section
    • Enhanced VSS Snapshot Providers Support for Microsoft Windows report section
    • Improved readability in some sections of the report
[ 2011-03-23 ] New features added to SORT!

On March 15th, Symantec added new features to SORT including:

·         Improved landing page navigation

·         Instant access to key SORT features via Quick Links

·         NetBackup specific landing page (http://sort.symantec.com/netbackup)

·         Additional Unix and Windows Risk Assessment checks for Custom Reports

·         Site specific searches

o    Patch Finder, ASL Finder, VCS agents, notifications, checklist, etc.

·         New report generation options for the Unix Data Collector

o    Ability to run any combination of reports

·         Navigation to product patch releases available on File Connect

[ 2011-03-15 ] New SORT functionality for NetBackup users

On March 15, 2011, Symantec updated the functionality on the SORT website to include:

- Support for the NetBackup 7.1 release within the Checklist and Custom Reports features

- The ability to detect and report on installed Hot Fixes on servers listed in Custom Reports

- A list of available Hot Fixes in the Installation & Upgrade Checklist

- New report sections in the Installation & Upgrade Checklist

- This new NetBackup landing page for getting the latest NetBackup news and functionality

[ 2011-02-02 ] Attention NetBackup users

NetBackup support was added to the SORT website in April 2010.  Given the limited history of NetBackup functionality on the site, NetBackup tools and reports are limited to:

  • The Installation and Upgrade Checklist (MySORT page)
  • The Installation and Upgrade portion of Custom Reports (MySORT page)

All other tools and reports are not applicable to NetBackup at this time but are expected to be incrementally supported over the course of 2011 and 2012.

Click on the Feedback link to let us know if there are SORT tools or reports that would be useful to you to as a NetBackup user.

[ 2011-01-04 ] Support for Service Pack releases

Support for Service Pack (SP) releases are now available for Storage Foundation products  [e.g., SFHA 5.1SP1]. They are located in the following areas:

  • Patch Matrix table (http:/sort.symantec.com/patch/matrix)
  • Patch Finder (http://sort.symantec.com/patch/finder)
  • Search results

SP releases are considered full releases so the SORT website will redirect your download request to FileConnect.

[ 2011-01-04 ] Quarterly Agent Pack Released

The latest quarterly Agent Pack has been released.

Notable enhancements include:

  • Support for ApplicationHA agents
  • Per-platform downloads if downloading all agents
  • VCS 5.1SP1 agents

https://sort.symantec.com/agents

[ 2010-12-14 ] New features added to SORT!

Symantec has added features to Symantec Operations Readiness Tools, including:

  • NetBackup Custom Reports for Windows environments (Windows Data Collector)
    • Single data collector for NetBackup and Storage Foundation
  • NetBackup Installation/Upgrade Checklist expanded with Appliance and VSS Snapshot Providers sections
  • Support for Storage Foundation 5.1SP1 (UNIX/Linux) and 5.1SP2 (Windows) including:
    • Custom Reports (Data Collector) for Install/Upgrade, Risk Assessment, and Licensing
    • Installation & Upgrade Checklists
    • Documentation
    • ASL/APMs
    • Notifications
  • Additional Windows Risk Assessments (Storage Foundation HA)
  • Support Articles & Alerts (Technotes and Techalerts) are included with Documentation
  • Documented process in help file to use wget for Data Collector download
[ 2010-10-18 ] Symantec launches Symantec Operations Readiness Tools

Based on user feedback, Symantec has renamed Veritas Operations Services to Symantec Operations Readiness Tools (SORT). In addition to introducing the new name SORT, Symantec has redesigned the Web site and added these new features:

  • A new landing page that provides training about features on the site
  • New data collector functionality for NetBackup installations and upgrades
  • Integration of key NetBackup data in the NetBackup checklists
  • Improved data collector flow, including options to run individual reports
  • Windows support for Risk Assessment reports
  • Windows support for Product and License Usage reports
  • Improved site searchability, including improved keyword mapping
  • Technical solutions and software alerts
[ 2010-10-18 ] Additional SORT and product information available on Symantec Connect

Check out Symantec Connect (http://www.symantec.com/connect) for more information about SORT, NetBackup, and Storage Foundation and High Availability products.

[ 2010-08-31 ] Symantec updates Veritas Operations Services

Symantec updated VOS with the following changes:

  • General checklists for NetBackup 7.0.1
  • Updates and fixes to Risk Assessment checks
  • Support for ELM keys in the Product and License Usage report
[ 2010-07-29 ] Symantec updates Veritas Operations Services

Symantec updated VOS with the following changes:

  • Improved support for ASLs and APMs, including an ASL/APM Finder
  • Late Breaking News (LBNs) for Storage Foundation products on the Downloads > Documents page
  • Support for Veritas Storage Foundation and High Availability Solutions (SFWHA) 5.1 SP1 for Windows
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