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what's the difference between SnapDrive 6.1.1 and SnapDrive 6.2

Hi,

Does anyone know what the differences are between SnapDrive 6.1.1, which was released last week, versus SnapDrive 6.2 that was released back in November.  Thanks.

Dan

Re: what's the difference between SnapDrive 6.1.1 and SnapDrive 6.2

Hi,

You can always see the improvements by looking at the release guide/ or the page from where you download the software.

For the current scenario the difference are :

  • Support for dynamic addition and removal of Hyper-V® pass-through disks using Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Support for Microsoft® cluster shared volumes using Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Support for restoring data at the file level
  • Support for RBAC with Operations Manager
  • Support for RDM LUNs using iSCSI hardware initiators and VMware® ESX iSCSI initiators
  • Support for creating FC RDM LUNs across two virtual Microsoft cluster machines using Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008 systems
  • Support for IPv6 with ESX 4.0

-Bakshana

Re: what's the difference between SnapDrive 6.1.1 and SnapDrive 6.2

Bakshana,

Thanks.  Is there a reason why SnapDrive 6.1.1 release version numbering "appears" to be lower than version 6.2 but is newer in terms of release date.

Re: what's the difference between SnapDrive 6.1.1 and SnapDrive 6.2

Hi,

No there isn't much. Snapdrive 6.1.1 has improvements over Snapdrive 6.1 and hence the reason.

Snapdrive 6.2 was released before, with improvements which I mentioned earlier.

-Bakshana

Re: what's the difference between SnapDrive 6.1.1 and SnapDrive 6.2

Major Feature (x.x) Release

These are the vehicle through which NetApp delivers major features and changes, and are always initially designated FCS. To achieve GA classification, major releases are often replaced by a revision or maintenance release. However, they can become GA if no such additional release is required to achieve the certification for GA.

Major releases are numbered using two digits (such as "3.2"). A release family is the set of releases that have the same feature release denoted by the same first two digits of the release number (e.g. 3.2, 3.2.1, 3.2.2).

Major releases are fully tested by NetApp (as described in the First Customer Ship section above), including tests at selected customer beta sites, before being released.

Maintenance (x.x.x) Release

Maintenance releases are numbered using three digits (such as "3.2.1").

These releases are part of the maintenance release stream for each release family. These are designed to assist customers in validating and gaining stability on the specific release family, and are therefore primarily to deliver bug fixes (as recommended by NetApp Global Services) based on customer impact.

NetApp regularly assesses the stability of the existing release in the field throughout the lifecycle of the release family, and determines whether a maintenance release is needed. If one is necessary it can occur at any time, but no more frequently than every 2 months.

In addition, maintenance releases may be issued for extended platform or OS support. These are never used for major features, but NetApp may under special circumstances add some minor features into maintenance releases.

Maintenance releases are designed to fix multiple customer-impacting bugs. However, if a customer is not experiencing these problems, there is no need to upgrade to the maintenance release.

Maintenance releases are fully tested by NetApp, with specific focus on the bug fixes and other changes, as well as selected regression testing of unchanged features.

So releases between different major releases won't necessarily follow a chronological order

Re: what's the difference between SnapDrive 6.1.1 and SnapDrive 6.2

Fenton & Bakshana, thanks for the quick and detailed response.