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NetBackup Future Platform and Feature Plans
  • Symantec is committed to providing the best possible data protection experience for NetBackup customers on the widest variety of platforms, operating systems, databases, applications, and hardware. Symantec is continuously reviewing NetBackup's support of these items to ensure the proper balance of supporting their General Availability release, the very latest versions of new software, hardware and introducing new features and functionality and maintaining support for existing and older versions of these products and NetBackup functionality. While Symantec is continually adding support for new features, platforms, operating systems, and applications, it may be also necessary to improve, replace, or remove support in NetBackup for lesser used, older features, functionality, software, OS, databases, applications, integration with other products, and hardware that are no longer supported or nearing their end of support life from the manufacturer from NetBackup Compatibility Lists.

    To better help its customers to plan for these upcoming changes to the support status of these items in NetBackup, Symantec will provide advanced notification as soon as possible as listed below. Symantec intends to list the older product functionality, features, hardware, OS, and 3rd party software products that will no longer be supported in the next release of NetBackup. If possible, these items are listed at least six months before that release.

    The information below lists certain features, functionality, 3rd-party and Symantec products, applications, databases, and OS/Platforms for which Symantec intends to replace with newer and improved functionality, or in some cases, discontinue without replacement. The last release of NetBackup to proliferate support of the item is provided. Technotes in the Notes column contain additional details about available replacement options. Where a major or minor release version is specified, the version is supported through the last Maintenance Update (patch) of that release. Where 'All' is specified, it is supported for all versions or variations of the family of the relevant or supported platforms.

    Check this site frequently for updated information for NetBackup. If an item listed below will cause significant business impacts, contact your Symantec Sales Account Team. Please note that the official NetBackup Support Lifecycle for your existing NetBackup product version won't be effected or altered in any way. For the official Symantec Support Lifecycle Policy of all NetBackup versions, see http://www.symantec.com/support/support_fundamentals.jsp.

    Information in the following table contains plans starting with NetBackup 7.5. For information concerning no longer supported platforms, consult the following section of the report.

    Information in the following table was last updated on February 10, 2014.
    Feature/Functionality/OS/Platform NetBackup Area OS/Platform OS/Platform Version CPU Architecture Last NetBackup/Appliance Release Supported Notes
    Enterprise Vault ReportingOpsCenterAllAllAll7.5Enterprise Vault reporting will now be handled directly by Enterprise Vault in future versions of that product.
    EMC Legato NetWorker ReportingOpsCenter AnalyticsAllAllAll7.5 
    IBM Tivoli Storage Manager ReportingOpsCenter AnalyticsAllAllAll7.5 
    Backup Exec ReportingOpsCenterAllAllAll7.5Backup Exec reporting will be handled by the Backup Exec Enterprise Server Option that includes the Central Admin Server Option.
    OpsCenter Server installations on AIXOpsCenter ServerAIXAllPOWER7.5 
    OpsCenter Server installations on HP-UXOpsCenter ServerHP-UXAllIA-647.5 
    OpsCenter View BuilderOpsCenterWindowsServer 2003x86-327.5Applies to both 2003 R2 and 2003 SP1.
    OpsCenter View BuilderOpsCenterWindowsServer 2008x86-647.5The 32-bit version of View Builder on the Server 2008 platform is a planned EOL. Applies to both 2008 and 2008 R2.
    AFS Policy TypeMaster Server, ClientAll master server and UNIX/Linux clientsAllAll7.6 
    NetWare Policy TypeMaster Server, ClientAll master server and Netware clientsAllAll7.6 
    OS/2 Policy TypeMaster Server, ClientAll master server and OS/2 clientsAllAll7.6 
    OpsCenter NetBackup 6.x SupportOpsCenter AgentAllAllAll7.5 
    Solaris 11 ExpressClientSolaris11 ExpressAll7.5.0.3 
    Solaris 9 SPARC ClientClientSolaris9SPARC7.5 
    32-bit Windows Master/Media SupportMaster Server, Media ServerWindowsServer 2003x86-327.5 
    32-bit Windows OpsCenter Server SupportOpsCenter ServerWindowsAllx86-327.5 
    32-bit Windows OpsCenter Server SupportOpsCenter ServerWindowsAllx86-647.5 
    AIX 5.3 POWER 64-bit Server and ClientMaster Server, Media Server, ClientAIX5.3POWER7.5 
    NetBackup Java Console on HP PA-RISCMaster Server, Media Server, ClientHP-UXAllPA-RISC7.5 
    Red Hat Enterprise Linux clients on POWERClientRed Hat Enterprise LinuxAllPOWER7.6Pre-announce to drop in next feature release.
    SUSE Linux Enterprise Server clients on POWERClientSUSE Linux Enterprise ServerAllPOWER7.6Pre-announce to drop in next feature release.
    SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 64-bit Itanium ClientsClientSUSE Linux Enterprise ServerAllIA-647.5 
    VMware Agent VCB Backup and RestoreNetBackup for VMwareAllAllAll7.5Replaced with VMware API's for Data Protection (VADP) integrated support as a direct replacement.
    OpsCenter ThreatCon Security IntegrationOpsCenterAllAllAll7.5Feature discontinued with no replacement planned.
    Backup Exec Tape ReaderMaster Server, Media ServerAllAllAll7.6Statement of direction for Backup Exec Tape Reader. http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH125836
    Exchange 2003NetBackup for ExchangeWindowsAllx86-327.5 
    SharePoint 2003NetBackup for SharePointWindowsAllx86-327.5 
    Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 - backupsNetBackup for ExchangeWindowsAllAll7.5Backups no longer supported in 7.6.
    Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 - restoresNetBackup for ExchangeWindowsAllAll7.6Restores will no longer be supported in next major release.
    SQL Server 2000 - backupsNetBackup for SQL ServerAllAllAll7.5Backups no longer supported in 7.6.
    SQL Server 2000 - restoresNetBackup for SQL ServerAllAllAll7.6Restores will no longer be supported in next major release.
    NetBackup for VMware support of ESX 3.x, vCenter2.xNetBackup for VMwareVMwareAllAll7.5.0.6VMware no longer supports these pre-vSphere 4.0 platforms
    OpenVMS - ClientClientOpenVMSAllAlpha7.6Pre-announce to drop in next major release.
    OpenVMS - ClientClientOpenVMSAllVAX7.6Pre-announce to drop in next major release.
    Red Hat Enterprise Linux 64-bit Itanium ClientsClientRed Hat Enterprise LinuxAllIA-647.5 
    Remote-EMM and Shared-EMM server configurationsMaster Server, Media ServerAllAllAll7.5Stop supporting the use of shared EMM/NBDB across multiple NetBackup domains/master servers
    HP PA-RISCMaster Server, Media Server, ClientHP-UXAllPA-RISC7.6Pre-announce to drop in next feature release.
    Red Hat 5 z/Architecture media server and clientMeda Server, ClientRed Hat Enterprise Linux5z/Architecture7.6Pre-announce to drop in next major release.
    SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10Master Server, Media Server, ClientSUSE Linux Enterprise Server10All7.6Pre-announce to drop in next major release.
    32-bit Mac OS XClientMac OS XAllx86-327.6Pre-announce to drop in next major release.
    32-bit FreeBSDClientFreeBSDAllx86-327.6Pre-announce to drop in next major release.
    NetBackup SearchNetBackup SearchAllAllAll7.6Pre-announce to drop in next feature release.
 * The data sources were updated on February 10, 2014.

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