Cohesity DataPlatform 6.5.1c LTS Is Here!

Cohesity has just announced the (LTS) Long Term Supported release of their DataPlatform version 6.5.1c. It is now available for Cohesity customers to upgrade their clusters and gain all the added benefits of the new LTS version. Below is the list of the added features and enhancements for both (GA) Generally Available and Tech Preview features.

(GA) Generally Available Features:

  • Backup/Recover to secondary VMware network
  • VMware VM Recovery with Copy Recovery
  • File Level Recovery with VMware Tools
  • NetApp DataProtect Volume Backup
  • NFS/SMB Encryption Support for NAS Backups
  • Blacklist IPs for NAS Protection Groups
  • Download NAS Backup Error Logs
  • NAS Backup with File DataLock
  • NAS Exclusions – Regular Expression Patterns
  • MegaFile Restore Support for Physical Agents
  • Auto Upgrade Agents after Cluster Upgrade
  • Protect All Local Volumes
  • Parallel File/Folder Data Protection
  • Fault Tolerance – New 6:2/8:2 (EC) Erasure Coding Configurations
  • Account/Security Related:
    • “Cohesity” User Account No Longer Used
    • Removed Bash SSH Access to Accounts
    • Both SSH/Remote Logins are Disabled by Default
    • “root” User Access from the Physical Console Removed
    • Support Account:
      • No User Account Anymore
      • Now Uses “User Security Token” Which Cohesity Support Needs to Connect to Your Cluster via the Remote Tunnel
      • Can be set to On/Off/Temporary for a Set Amount of Time
      • Only Cohesity Employees Can Access the Remote Tunnel
      • If Password Forgotten, Support Must be Contacted to Change Password
    • (2) Person Rule:
      • Cohesity Administrator Enables It
      • Password Set by a Different Cohesity Administrator – The First Administrator Does Not Set the Password
      • Administrator Controls the “sudo ” Access
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  • Oracle:
    • Backup with “sysbackup” Privilege
    • Backup Support for TDE Databases
    • Pfile Control via UI During Restore/Clone
    • Log Backup Archival & PIT Restore from Archive
  • AWS:
    • Specify VPC for Fleet on Source Registration
    • AWS Cloud Edition – Deployment Using IAM Roles & Source/External Target Registration
  • Azure:
    • Filter Users Based on Azure Attributes
    • Use Incremental APIs for Managed Disk VMs
    • Support for Hyper-V Gen2 VMs
  • Cohesity Cloud Edition – Cost Optimization with XL Node
  • Next Generation User Interface Enhancements:
    • Quick Protect & Quick Policy
    • One-Time Protect
    • Dashboard Enhancements with Heat Maps
    • Metrics on Data Transferred to External Targets
    • A New Health Dashboard
    • Password Management Enhancements
  • Multi-Tenancy:
    • Enable “Restricted Access to Specific Object” Workflow for Organization User
    • Guardrail for Supported Workload
    • Protected Objects Heatmap Report for Tenants
    • Restore to vCloud Director Storage Profile
    • Support for VMware’s VCD version 10.1
    • VMware’s VCD Plug-In – Cross Launch to Cohesity Web GUI
    • Support for VMware’s vRealize Automation Workflows
  • SmartFiles (NAS):
    • Intent Based Views
    • SMB SuperUser Account
    • Audit Log – Filer Tab
    • NIS Support
    • External NAS Tiering – Uptiering
  • Hardware:
    • Cohesity C6055 with 16TB Drive Support
    • Cohesity “Compute” Nodes – For Use With NoSQL & Hadoop Only
      • Cohesity (VE) Virtual Edition
      • Cisco UCS C220 M5
      • HPE DL360
      • Dell R640
      • (BYOH) Bring Your Own Hardware (check for hardware requirements)
    • Cohesity CX8405 Nodes – Support for 15.3TB Drives
    • Cisco UCS S3260 – 14TB Drive Integration
    • Cisco UCS C220 M5 – 4TB Drive Integration
    • Fujitsu RX2540 M5
    • (ROBO) Remote Office Branch Office Node – Dell R640

Tech Preview Features:

  • Support for SAN transport (Fibre channel or iSCSI) for VMware backups
  • NAS Backup with File DataLock
  • SharePoint Online Backups
  • Oracle:
    • VLAN Selection
    • Backup Databases on Windows Servers
    • SAP on Oracle Using BRTOOLs
  • SQL:
    • Exclude a SQL DB from a Protection Group
    • Resume Recovery After Fail
  • NoSQL & Hadoop Adapters
  • Automated Deployment of Cohesity Agent
  • DataProtection Continuity Across Cohesity Clusters

As always, we highly recommend that you lock down your Cohesity clusters using our Security Whitepaper and Hardening Guide to ensure you are protected as best as possible against Ransomware and other malicious attacks!

NOTE: The below links require you to have a Cohesity account to log into either the Cohesity Documents site.

Cohesity DataPlatform Security Whitepaper:

Cohesity Security Hardening Guide:

6.5.1c Release Notes:

Release Notes (What’s New):

Upgrading to 6.5.1c:

Upgrade Considerations: