We have just made the latest version of IBM Storage Enabler for Windows Fail-over Clustering publicly available on IBM Fix Central.
I would like to highlight some of the new features and improvements introduced in version 1.1.0:
- Security-wise, the credentials for XIV systems utilized by the cluster are now stored in a secured keyring, as opposed to the plain-text registry keys in the previous versions
- On the same note, from now on, you can store separate sets of credentials for each XIV system the cluster node is exposed to (upon upgrades, the registry stored single set credentials will be automatically stored in the encrypted keyring for each storage system)
- Additional CLI commands were added for eased configurability, such as, the registry key controlling the forced-fail-over policy (previously known as the 'red-button') that now can be set from the command line directly
- Verbosity was significantly enhanced, the '--install', '--uninstall' , '--deploy' commands now report every action performed to the console for better transparency
- The '--report' command output has been enriched with additional information regarding the mirror status of the XIV volumes and more
- Added Support for Windows Server 2012 Fail-over Clustering
- The product code underwent major improvements to make the it both more stable and efficient
In addition several major issues were resolved, such as those related to deployments where XIV disks resided in the 'Available Storage' cluster group and issues related to XIV Mirror resource behavior upon Cluster Service failure.
The new version of the IBM Storage Enabler for Windows Fail-over Clustering and the related documentation can be found here.
Happy Clustering !
The IBM Host Software Group