VMware release updates to vSphere Data Protection (VDP) 5.1.11 and VDP Advanced 5.1.21

VMware updates for vSphere Data Protection and vSphere Data Protection Advanced.

These updates fix a number of issues that exist in previous versions. For a complete list of resolved issues, please see the release notes:

vSphere Data Protection 5.1.11 Release Notes

vSphere Data Protection Advanced 5.1.21 Release Notes

Resolved Issues in vSphere Data Protection Advanced 5.1.21 release

The following issues have been resolved:

  • Failing to unregister the proxy during vCenter switch should not reboot the appliance.

    The proxy fails to unregister during the vCenter switch. The reboot still occurs on the VDP Appliance and upon completion of the reboot, the newer vCenter does not have a proxy and, therefore, backup jobs fail due to a ‘No Proxy’ error.

    This issue is resolved in this SP release.

  • VDP is not able to connect to the vCenter of a non-default port when updates occur.

    The VDP Appliance code has a default port (443) specified in the vCenter client data structure. When a reboot occurs, the client resets to use port 443, which blocks communication between the vCenter and VDP.

    With a change made to the VDP Appliance code, a custom port value (9876) in the database now persists during a server reboot.

  • The vCenter domain account password (used to connect to the VDP Appliance) cannot contain blank spaces. The VDP Appliance will initially run with this setting using a 30-day evaluation license, but if the VDP Appliance is rebooted after 30 days, the VDP Appliance will fail to restart.

    As a standard practice, provide a valid vCenter Server password that contains no spaces. Ping the VDP Appliance to make sure it restarts successfully.

  • VDP UI: No event or error messages display when a user attempts to back up virtual machines on a shutdown ESX Host.

    This issue is resolved. Now, the following event message displays: VDP: Failed to initiate a backup or restore for a virtual machine. Probable cause is the datastore for the virtual machine is not accessible.

  • Creating backup jobs without selecting a retention policy should not be allowed.

    The VDP Appliance allowed users to create an image backup job without specifying a retention policy. Though the Create a new backup job wizard shows the Retention Policy option as enabled, no retention policy displays on the Ready to complete page and an error message displays, indicating the wizard was unable to create a backup.

    This issue is resolved and the wizard no longer allows users to create a backup job without selecting a retention policy.

  • The vdp-configure UI incorrectly displays the management service as stopped during the first 5 minutes after core services are stopped.

    This issue is resolved in this SP release.

  • Cannot connect to the VDP Appliance when the http header size is larger than 8 KB.

    This issue was resolved by increasing the server’s maximum http header size to 32 KB.

  • The default vCenter port number is 443. If the default port number is changed to a non-default port, the VDP plug-in is not visible.

    This issue is resolved in this SP release. When run on Windows or Linux platforms, the VDP plug-in is now visible when a non-default vCenter port is used.

  • Capacity manager page freezes the vSphere Web Client

    This issue is resolved in this release. The Capacity Manager UI page loads successfully.

  • The backup schedule exists on the VDP Appliance after deleting the backup job.

    This issue is resolved in this SP release.

  • /var/log/ messages not included in the Log Bundle

    This issue is resolved in this SP release. Adding /var/log messages to the log bundle greatly helps Support personnel when troubleshooting.

  • The backup fails when the VMX file is suspiciously small.

    VDP is unable to back up virtual machines under datacenters with special characters in the name. When the backup is performed outside of VDP using a browser, however, the backup executes as expected. VDP creates the backup job by taking the folder directly from vCenter and setting it on the client to be backed up.

    This issue is resolved in this SP release.

  • Email reports run for days of the week that are not selected. This can result in emails being generated on multiple days of the week when only a single day of the week is requested.

    This issue is resolved in this SP release.

  • The vCenter switch failed while changing the IP address in the vCenter to the FQDN in the same vCenter.

    When a user modifies a vCenter configuration in the vdp-configure UI, a pop-up warning displays the following message: You are attempting to change the vCenter configuration. If you choose to continue with this operation, your existing VDP configuration will be reset, existing backup jobs will be deleted, and clients will be retired. While backups of existing clients will be accessible, you will need to rebuild your VDP configuration.

    This issue is resolved in this SP release.

  • The VDP plug-in fails to register on the vCenter; a version error displays.

    This issue is resolved in this SP release.

  • Update the VDDK for VDP 5.1.11 and VDP 5.1.20 releases

    Successful bug-fix update to the Virtual Disk Development Kit (VDDK) to align with VDP release 5.1.11 and 5.1.20 releases. For detailed download instructions, refer to vsphere-early-access.vmdev.net or consult your VMware Ecosystem Engineering team representative.

  • Virtual Center authentication errors cause vCenter connections to drop and not be re-established.

    Do not refresh the vCenter’s cache data when you experience retrieval issues between the vCenter and MCS. In addition, if there are vCenter connection issues, do not initiate VMwareEventsMonitor.

  • The disk virtual machine restores a think disk in the vCenter.

    This issue is resolved in this release. When restored as a new VM, the VM now restores as a thin disk in the vCenter.

  • The versioning check in the VDP Upgrade UI assumes a two-digit minor version in the format <release>.<major>.<minor>.<build_number>. The versioning check fails if the <minor> version is one-digit (for example: 5.5.1.x.

    The version comparison algorithm was moved from the UI to the server, which fragments each version individually.

  • SQL incremental backups failing intermittently after upgrading to version 6.1. The SQL incremental backups are working as expected in version 5.x.

    This issue is resolved in this release.

  • Restoring a SQL Server Database with the tail log file backup enabled completed, but the tail log backup is not available for restore.

    This issue is resolved in this release.

Make sure you read the release notes in their entirety before upgrading. For more details on the upgrade process, please see “Upgrading the vSphere Data Protection Appliance” in the vSphere Data Protection Administration Guide.

More VDP resources:

vSphere Data Protection on vmware.com

vSphere Data Protection Advanced on vmware.com

vSphere Data Protection Evaluation Guide

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