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NetIQ PlateSpin Protect 11.2.1 Install Instructions
PlateSpinProtectSetup-11.2.1.1180.exe 3.4 GB (3619298352) Downloads 5474645d6f1286a97eae2993bbbe5842
VolumeManager.exe 24.5 KB (25088) Downloads a071576302e2066e827c75ac415a00c5
bootofx.x2p.iso 437.2 MB (458414080) Downloads bc5c3c7204117b854d4275e574dd4259

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Product Description

PlateSpin Protect is business continuity and disaster recovery software that replicates and rapidly recovers workloads (operating systems along with their applications and data). In the event of a production server outage or disaster, workloads are rapidly powered on and continue to run as normal until the production environment is restored.

PlateSpin Protect uses operating system virtualization as the mechanism underlying its workload protection functionality. This mechanism provides you the capability to rapidly recover a workload and requires that you have an existing VM host (a VM container).

As part of the protection workflow, PlateSpin Protect creates a failover workload (a virtual replica of your production workload) and regularly updates it at configurable intervals. If your production workload goes offline, you can fail it over to the VM replica, which takes over the business services of the failed workload. You can then fail this workload back to either its original or to a completely new infrastructure, physical or virtual.

The documentation for this product is available on the PlateSpin Protect 11.2.1 Documentation website.

Key Features

PlateSpin Protect 11.2.1 adds new features and enhancements, and resolves several previous issues. It also resolves important performance and reliability issues.

  • New Features
    • PlateSpin Protect has been rebranded as a Micro Focus product. The rebranding does not impact product features, installation paths, and file names. Your existing licenses remain valid.
    • This release provides Single Node Block-Based Transfer (BBT) for Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2, 2012 R2, and 2016 Clusters. See "Protecting Windows Clusters" in the PlateSpin Protect User Guide.

  • Enhancements to Supported Configurations
    • Workloads: Adds support for the following source workloads:

      Source Workload Version Remarks
      Microsoft Windows

      Windows Server 2016
      Windows Server 2016 Clusters

      Requires VMware 6.0 or later.
      Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)

      6.7 to 6.9
      7.0 to 7.3

      Excludes support for the XFS v5 file system for RHEL 7.3 and distributions based on RHEL 7.3.
      SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES)

      11 SP4


      Oracle Linux (formerly Oracle Enterprise Linux)

      Distributions based on RHEL

      Precompiled blkwatch drivers are available for UEK and RHCK for Oracle Linux 6.7 and higher.

      CentOS

      Distributions based on RHEL

      Use RHEL blkwatch drivers.
      Open Enterprise Server

      2015 SP1

      Use SLES blkwatch drivers for the appropriate distribution.

    • Targets: Adds support for the following target virtual hosts:

      Target Virtual Host Version Remarks
      VMware vCenter



      6.5
      6.0 (U1, U2, U3)
      5.5 (U3)
      5.1 (U3)

       
      VMware ESXi



      6.5
      6.0 (U1, U2, U3)
      5.5 (U3)
      5.1 (U3)
       

    • Blkwatch Drivers: Provides precompiled blkwatch drivers for newly supported Linux distributions. For a complete list of drivers, see "Linux Distributions Supported by Protect" in the PlateSpin Protect User Guide.
    • Storage: Adds support for the following storage media:
      • VMware vSAN 5.5 and 6.2
      • LVM raw disks
      • Same as Source storage mapping strategy
  • Resolved Issues
    This release resolves several previous software issues, as well as important performance and reliability issues. For a list of software fixes, see the Resolved Issues.

  • Upgradeability
    Licensed PlateSpin Protect customers can upgrade to PlateSpin Protect 11.2.1 from an existing installation of PlateSpin Protect 11.2, with or without hotfixes or patches applied.

    Other direct updates are not supported. You must update to version 11.2 before you can upgrade to Protect 11.2.1. See "Upgrading PlateSpin Protect " in the PlateSpin Protect Installation and Upgrade Guide.

File Description

Filename Usage

PlateSpinProtectSetup-11.2.1.xxxx.exe

(where xxxx denotes the build number)

Used to install the product. The program checks your system for the necessary prerequisites and interactively installs the required software components. See "Installing PlateSpin Protect" in the PlateSpin Protect Installation and Upgrade Guide.

bootofx.x2p.iso

Used to boot BIOS firmware-based targets or UEFI firmware-based targets in preparation for "workload failback." See "Failback to Physical Machines" in the PlateSpin Protect User Guide.

Note: This tool is also compatible with the PlateSpin Forge product.

VolumeManager.exe

Used to change the local volume serial numbers to match on each node of the Windows cluster that you want to protect. See "Synchronizing Serial Numbers on Cluster Node Local Storage" in the PlateSpin Protect User Guide.

Note: This tool is also compatible with the PlateSpin Forge product.

System Requirements

For the most recent information about system requirements for the PlateSpin Protect software, see "System Requirements" in the PlateSpin Protect Installation and Upgrade Guide.

Supported Workloads

For the most recent information about requirements for workloads, see "Supported Configurations" in the PlateSpin Protect User Guide.

Downloading and Installing PlateSpin Protect

To download the installation program:

  1. On the download page, select the PlateSpinProtectSetup-11.2.1.xxxx.exe file to download.

  2. Click download, then copy the file to an accessible location on the computer where you want to install the product.

    Important: If the installer is archived into a .zip file, first download it, save it locally, and then extract the installation program.

Before you launch the installation program, you must read the installation documentation, decide on an installation layout, and ensure that your host meets the system requirements for the different software components of PlateSpin Protect. See "Installing PlateSpin Protect" in the PlateSpin Protect Installation and Upgrade Guide.

Known Issues

For the list of known issues, see the Release Notes on the PlateSpin Protect 11.2.1 Documentation website.