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Veritas Cluster Server One 5.0

Created: 10 Nov 2009 • Updated: 11 Jun 2014
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Veritas Cluster Server One 5.0 is released on November 2nd 2009
 
Product Overview
 
Product Description:
 
Veritas Cluster Server One is the next generation of high availability solution to solve the emerging availability problems in virtualized, consolidated modern data centers. Veritas Cluster Server One provides rich awareness and control of both the applications as well as virtual machines. Veritas Cluster Server One maximizes application availability while minimizing capital and operational expenditure in virtual and scale-out environments. At the core is a flexible, scalable architecture which provides key capabilities such as local and remote failover, multi-tier application control, active/active data centers, prioritized availability, role-based access control, automation and standardization across physical and virtual environments.
 
New Features, Functionality, and Highlights:
 
Terminology
 
The terminology for VCS One has changed.  The term server farm is being deprecated and replaced with the term VCS One cluster. Because the term server farm still appears in some places in the user interface, the documentation uses the terms VCS One cluster and server farm interchangeably. Both terms refer to the Policy Master and the collection of objects that the Policy Master manages.
 
Disaster recovery
 
Disaster recovery uses global clustering to provide protection against large-scale disasters such as major floods, hurricanes, and earthquakes that cause outages for an entire city or region. In such situations, you can use VCS One global clusters to facilitate data availability.
 
Replication agents
 
This release of VCS One supports the following replication agents: SRDF, HTC, and SVC.  Future versions of VCS One and the Agent Pack will support additional
replication agents.
 
Support for additional client operating systems
 
VCS One now supports installation of the client on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 11 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 (RHEL 5).
See “Supported platforms and software for the Policy Master” on page 14 of the Release Notes for details.
 
Usability enhancements
 
This release includes the following usability enhancements:
 
·         Context-sensitive menus. You can now right-click objects in tables to invoke operations in the context of the object.
 
·         Batch operations.  You can select multiple objects and perform operations—such as modifying the system list, or setting the resource fault policy—on all the objects at once.
 
·         Partial page refresh. You can more quickly and easily perform tasks such as bringing a group online or taking a group offline because VCS One no longer refreshes an entire page each time the data on that page changes. In the current release, when data on a page changes, only the modified data refreshes.
 
·         Enhanced resource dependency view. You can more quickly render graphs with a larger number of nodes and edges.
 
Simulator enhancements
 
The VCS One Simulator is now a self-extracting .exe file that you can install to a single directory. To remove the Simulator you need only delete the directory in which you installed it. You can run multiple instances of the Simulator simultaneously on the same system, from the same extracted directory. With multiple Simulator instances, you can now simulate a disaster recovery
scenario.
 
Deprecated command
 
The hadb -backupxml command has been deprecated. This command has been replaced with haconf -dbtoxml. The haconf -dbtoxml command backs up the current active configuration database to the main.xml and types.xml files in the specified directory. Caution: The command overwrites existing files using the same names.  For details on these commands, see Veritas Cluster Server One Command Reference Guide.
 
Support for VMware ESX server virtualization technology
 
ESX is not supported in the current release, but will be available in the future.
 
Support for Windows clients
 
Windows clients are not supported in the current release, but will be available in the future.
 
Solaris projects
 
This release no longer supports Solaris projects.
 
New agent attributes
 
Symantec has introduced four new attributes—EPClass, EPPriority, OnlineClass, and OnlinePriority—to enable you to control the scheduling class and scheduling priority of the agent operations. Agent operations include online, offline and monitor.
For more information about these attributes, see Veritas Cluster Server One User’s Guide.
 
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 (SLES 9) support
 
This release no longer provides client support for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 (SLES 9), SP3 x86 (32-bit) and x64 (64-bit).
 
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 (RHEL 4) support
 
This release no longer provides Policy Master support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 (RHEL 4) x64. This version of VCS One supports RHEL 4 for the client.
 
Product Requirements
 
 
 
 
Package Information
 
 
Documentation
 
 
 
Installation and Configuration Guide(s): http://seer.entsupport.symantec.com/docs/vascont/315.html