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Release Information for Hitachi Plug-In for Veeam Backup & Replication

KB ID: 4191
Product: Veeam Backup & Replication | 12 | 12.1
Published: 2021-07-21
Last Modified: 2024-05-24
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Requirements

Before installing Hitachi Plug-In v2.0.114, make sure that you are running Veeam Backup & Replication build 12.0.0.1420 P20230718 or higher. You can check the build number in the Veeam Backup & Replication Console's Main Menu (≡) under Help > About.

Hitachi Plug-In v2.0.114 supports integration with the following storage systems:

  • VSP E series (93-03-01-60/00 or later)
  • VSP F series (88-07-01-x0/00 or later)
  • VSP G series (88-07-01-x0/00 or later)
  • VSP 5100 and VSP 5500 (90-05-01-00/00 or later)
  • VSP 5200 and VSP 5600 (90-08-01-00/00 or later)

Follow detailed instructions on configuring the Hitachi Plug-in and the storage system in the Hitachi Documentation.

What's New

  • This update resolves the most commonly reported support issues.
  • Support for the new version of Universal Storage API v2 that enables Synchronous replication support, allowing backup jobs to create coordinated storage snapshots and track them as additional available restore points and perform backup from volumes on both sides on dual Hitachi TrueCopy and Global Active Device configurations that serve the same production volume from multiple storage management backends.
 

Known Issues

The following is a list of known major issues for Hitachi Plug-In for Veeam Backup & Replication. If you experience any issue listed below, please contact Hitachi support directly.

  • Hitachi Plug-In v2.0.114 does not support integration with Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows. For Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows storage integration, use Hitachi Plug-In v1.2.99 instead.
  • When backing up a Global Active Device (GAD) volume, note that the copy group name to which the volume belongs must be prefixed with "VBR_" otherwise, backup jobs will fail. This requirement applies even if only one volume from a GAD replication relationship is added to a Veeam Backup & Replication instance.
  • Adding Hitachi storage to the Veeam Backup & Replication infrastructure via Service Processor (SVP) IP is only supported for the VSP 5000 series. For other storage models, use one of the CTL1/CTL2 IP addresses when adding the storage.
  • DNS names (hostnames/FQDNs) cannot be used to add the storage; only IP addresses are allowed. Additionally, IPv6 can only be used if the IPv4 management address is not configured on the storage (with the exception of VSP 5000, which only supports IPv6 data connections).
  • Hitachi Plug-In does not return information about volumes that are not mounted to a host. To restore from snapshots residing on such volumes, mount a volume to a host and perform a rescan in the Veeam Backup & Replication console. For details, see Rescanning Storage Systems.
  • This plug-in version does not support Freeze-only snapshots. If you want to enable VM processing using VMware snapshots, contact Veeam support to change the value of a dedicated registry key.
  • After deleting a snapshot, logical device (LDEV) records with the _DEL suffix may remain on storage until the subsequent automatic or manual storage rescan operation. However, such snapshots can occasionally be exported and displayed in the storage infrastructure UI as regular volumes if the storage rescan fails to purge them - in this case, they can be unexported or deleted manually.
  • The same applies to clones that are purged during rescan only if synchronization between the source snapshot and its clone is not underway.
  • Retention-based snapshot removal may fail if synchronization between the snapshot and its clone has not been completed or is still running.
  • If jobs and rescan operations are running in parallel or at the moment when the storage system is processing other tasks, the operations may fail.
  • Ensure at least two FC ports are available on the storage; configurations with a single FC port are not supported.

Deployment Information

Preparation

If you are upgrading the Hitachi Plug-In or if a previous version of the Hitachi Plug-In was used with the Veeam Backup & Replication (VBR) deployment at any time in the past, a private fix may be required depending on the version of VBR that is currently installed.

Note: These private fixes have been included with Veeam Backup & Replication build 12.1.2.172. You may upgrade to that version rather than install the listed private fix.

Failure to install the private fix associated with the installed version of Veeam Backup & Replication (VBR) before operating the newer version of the Hitachi Plug-In may result in the loss of multi-home and retention information created by the older version of the Hitachi Plug-In. Additionally, disks located on datastores other than the one housing the VMX file may fail to restore.

If you are unsure whether a previous version of the plug-in was ever used with your VBR deployment, please install the appropriate private fix to prevent any potential complications.

Deployment

  1. Ensure Veeam Backup & Replication has a valid license.
  2. Download and run the plug-in setup program on the Veeam Backup Server.

Download Information

Download Hitachi Plug-In

Release date: 2024-05-14

MD5: 160439A50DA52C53CD0DBDD31A2F3F14
SHA1: 8E01CB70C9D484C446E012BBC1C9ACF713937878

Previous Versions

Hitachi Plug-In for Veeam Backup & Replication [1.2.99] - 2023-06-08

Requirements

Hitachi Plug-In v1.2.99 requires at least Veeam Backup & Replication build 11.0.1.1261 P20220302.

Hitachi Plug-In v1.2.99 supports integration with the following storage systems:

  • VSP E series (93-03-01-60/00 or later)
  • VSP F series (88-07-01-x0/00 or later)
  • VSP G series (88-07-01-x0/00 or later)
  • VSP 5100 and VSP 5500 (90-05-01-00/00 or later)
  • VSP 5200 and VSP 5600 (90-08-01-00/00 or later)

This plug-in version does not support storage replication technologies, but replicated volume snapshots on the target array can be used for restores.

What's New
  • Support for HDT (Hitachi Dynamic Tiering) volumes.
Known Issues

The following is a list of known major issues for Hitachi Plug-In for Veeam Backup & Replication. If you experience any issue listed below, contact Hitachi support directly.

  • Adding Hitachi storage to the Veeam Backup & Replication infrastructure via Service Processor (SVP) IP is only supported for VSP 5000 series. For other storage models, use one of the CTL1/CTL2 IP addresses when adding the storage.
  • DNS names (hostnames/FQDNs) cannot be used to add the storage; only IP addresses are allowed. Additionally, IPv6 can only be used if the IPv4 management address is not configured on the storage (with the exception of VSP 5000, which only supports IPv6 data connections).
  • Hitachi Plug-In does not return information about volumes that are not mounted to a host. To restore from snapshots residing on such volumes, mount a volume to a host and perform a rescan in the Veeam Backup & Replication console. For details, see Rescanning Storage Systems.
  • This plug-in version does not support Freeze-only snapshots. If you want to enable VM processing using VMware snapshots, contact Veeam support to change the value of a dedicated registry key.
  • After deleting a snapshot, logical device (LDEV) records with the _DEL suffix may remain on storage until the subsequent automatic or manual storage rescan operation. However, such snapshots can occasionally be exported and displayed in the storage infrastructure UI as regular volumes if the storage rescan fails to purge them - in this case, they can be unexported or deleted manually.
  • The same applies to clones that are purged during rescan only if synchronization between the source snapshot and its clone is not underway.
  • Retention-based snapshot removal may fail if synchronization between the snapshot and its clone has not been completed or is still running.
  • Only one volume from a GAD replication relationship should be added to a Veeam Backup & Replication instance.
  • If jobs and rescan operations are running in parallel or at the moment when the storage system is processing other tasks, the operations may fail.
  • Hitachi Plug-In does not support backing up failover clusters using Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows.
  • Veeam Backup Service restart causes subsequent Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows job to fail. The issue occurs because the job triggers storage information caching, and it exceeds the VSS freeze timeout.
  • Ensure at least two FC ports are available on the storage; configurations with a single FC port are not supported.
  • In Veeam Backup & Replication 12, in case of a multi-path configuration where a volume is exported to a host via several ports simultaneously, backup jobs will fail due to a LUN SCSI ID collision (LUNs with different LUN IDs having the same SCSI Unique ID). To address the issue, please install Veeam Backup & Replication 12 P20230412 or later and set the SanScsiIdCollisionFail registry value to 0.
Deployment Information
  1. Ensure Veeam Backup & Replication has a valid license.
  2. If you're running Veeam Backup & Replication 11a P20220302, download and install the following private fix (required for the plug-in to pass a signature check).
    The fix is not required for Veeam Backup & Replication 11a P20230227 or 12.
  3. Download and run the plug-in setup program on the Veeam Backup Server.
Download Information
Download Hitachi Plug-In - 1.2.99

Release date: 2023-06-08

MD5: AD88205458DE9AF4C157273DA1F1A8D2
SHA1: 975D22D5587C6C271D53F8B957583F0767D93623

Hitachi Plug-In for Veeam Backup & Replication [1.2.94] - 2023-04-03

  • Support for Dedupe and Compression volumes.
  • Support for Sync/Async replication (P-vol volumes).
  • Support for IPv6.
  • This update also resolves the most common support issues.
     

Hitachi Plug-In for Veeam Backup & Replication [1.1.82] - 2022-06-23

  • Support for GAD volume replication.
  • Support for new storage models.
     

Hitachi Plug-In for Veeam Backup & Replication [1.0.66] - 2021-07-16

  • Initial plug-in version
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