NetWorker 8.1 SP1 Directed Availability

Includes NMM 3.0 SP1 and NMDA 1.6/NMSAP 4.6

The BRS Software Engineering and Product Management teams are proud to announce the availability of NetWorker 8.1 SP1 “Directed Availability” for production environments. This release has a primary focus of currency and includes the availability of a new version of the NetWorker Module for Microsoft (NMM 3.0 SP1) and NetWorker Module for Databases and Applications (NMDA 1.6) and NetWorker Modules for SAP (NMSAP 4.6).

The NetWorker 8.1 version adds the following currency support:

  • Localization (for NetWorker Server, Storage Node and Client): Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Korean and French.
  • Virtualization Currency: VMWare vSphere 5.5, Hyper-V Server 2012 R2.
  • OS & Application Currency:
    - Azure Private Cloud support
    - Windows 8.1 (NetWorker Client)
    - Windows Server 2012 R2  (NetWorker Server, Storage Node & Client)
    - SQL Server on Windows Server 2012 R2
    - MAC OS X 10.9 (Maverick)  
    - Ubuntu 12.10 & 13.04 (NetWorker Client)
    - Oracle 12c – additional OS’s, as released by Oracle
    - SAP 7.40 – all OS’s
    - MySQL 5.6 – all OS’s
    - Informix 10.1 – all OS’s
    - Lotus 9.0 – all OS’s
    - IBM DB2 10.5 – all OS’s
  • BRS Currency:
    - RDZ, Client Push (NMM).
    - Immediate Cloning (NMM, NMDA, NMSAP).
    - DFC, Client Direct to AFTD for UNIX/Linux, Wizards for Snapshot Backups (NMDA, NMSAP).
    - NetWorker Currency with Data Domain, VMAX, VNX, VNX2, VNXe2, RP, Isilon.
  • High Value-Add Enhancements:
    • Windows:
      – Windows Block Based Backup: support for 2+TB volumes, No reboot on installation.
      – Windows Bare Metal Recovey: P2V BMR support from Windows Server 2012 R2 & 2008 to Hyper-V & vSphere 5.5
    • Cross Platform Applications:
      – Oracle: Complete Oracle 12c support via the Configuration Wizard, Backup Config Wizard integration with snapshot-based backups, Improved Authentication Wizard.
      – DB2: Support for pureScale highly parallel environments.
      – SAP: Improved Authentication Wizard.
    • NDMP:
      – Check Point Restart for Isilon.
    • Hyper-V Virtualization:
      – Up to 2-4 times faster Hyper-V backups using multiple backup proxies.
  • TCE
     Accumulated bug fixes since the NetWorker 8.0 GA release.

EMC has transitioned to a phased product release lifecycle where a production-ready product is first released as Directed Availability (DA), followed by a transition to General Availability (GA) based on meeting defined milestones during the DA phase.

Directed Availability (DA) releases are fully-tested and production-ready, however, software is made available through an alternate process that lets EMC track adoption to ensure the early roll out meets customer expectations.

After initial monitoring of progress and success in the marketplace, the software will be deemed Generally Available (GA) and moved in total to EMC Online Support (, that would happened late this year or in Q1 of 2014.