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Oracle HSM: Release 6.1 is Now Available (Doc ID 2124212.1)

Last updated on APRIL 29, 2022

Applies to:

Oracle Hierarchical Storage Manager (HSM) and StorageTek QFS Software - Version 6.0 and later
Information in this document applies to any platform.


The Oracle HSM (SAM-QFS) 6.1 Base release (build id 6.1.18) is now available out on the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud.

Note: Reference Document 2700396.1 for information on the latest 6.1-05 patch release.

New features in the 6.1 release

* Fixity and enhanced ssum algorithms

This release adds additional message-digest algorithm hash functions that can be used when archiving and restoring to offline storage. See the ssum(1) and sam_ssum(3) man pages for usage of the new algorithms. Both the command and API call require that an 'a' option be specified to change from the default Oracle HSM checksum.

In addition, with support for additional message-digest algorithms, an option to support file fixity has been added to the command and API. With the fixity attribute set on a file, a file is made immutable after its message-digest hash value has been calculated. The file's hash value is checked when it is archived and restored to ensure that its contents have not been changed.

* Increased LUN sizes up to 128TiB-1

Disk LUNs 16 TiB (2^44 bytes) or larger but less than 128 TiB (2^47) can now be used by QFS. Filesystems that contain large luns cannot be mounted on versions prior to this release. Filesystems that do not contain large luns maintain compatibility with previous versions of QFS.

Large LUNs can also be added to existing filesystems through online or offline grow. In this case the filesystem can no longer be mounted on systems using earlier versions of QFS. A recent samfsdump/qfsfsdump, before growing the filesystem, is needed, if the ability to use an earlier version of QFS is required.

* Optimize Small Extended Attributes Files

Small extended attribute files, those having a size less than or equal to 464 characters, are now stored in an extension inode instead of a block in the file system's data storage pool. Typically, extended attribute files are small, so this feature reduces the amount of storage needed to store the file. In addition, the time needed to complete a 'samfsdump' is reduced if the file system's metadata is stored on faster devices than the data storage.

* Media migration functionality

A new daemon, sam-migrationd, provides the capability to migrate HSM archive media between different type.

The sam-migrationd daemon migrates tape volumes from one media to another. In general it is intended to migrate files from older tape media to newer so that the older media can be decommissioned. Previously, this kind of migration was done by marking files for rearchiving and letting the archiver and stager migrate the data.

The sam-migrationd does not use the archiver or stager. It copies archive copies from the migration source media to the target media directly without archiving or staging.

In addition, the sam-migrationd daemon supports two copy modes: server copy and direct copy. The server mode copies tape blocks via the metadata server. In server copy mode, the metadata server mounts source and destination tapes and copies the data through the metadata server. The copy will be performed a (tar) file at a time for server copy mode.

The direct copy mode copies tape blocks by the StorageTek T10000D Extended Copy feature. The Extended Copy feature copies data directly between two tape drives without passing the data through any server.

See the sam-migrationd(1M) and migration.cmd(4) man pages for more detail.

* Provide the HSM API calls on Linux platforms through RPC calls

The ability to perform SAM API calls on Linux using the RPC interface is provided in this release.

New Qualifications in the 6.1 Base release

 * Oracle StorageTek ACSLS 8.4.0
 * IBM LTO-7 tape drive, firmware version F8E0.
 * IBM TS3500 tape library, firmware version F02b7800.
 * IBM TS1150 tape drive, firmware version 45201300.

To use the IBM TS1150 tape drive, update the st tape driver configuration
by merging the following lines into the /kernel/drv/st.conf file then
running the 'update_drv st' command or rebooting the system.
tape-config-list = \
"IBM 03592E08", "IBM 03592E08 ", "CFGIBM03592E08";
CFGIBM03592E08 = 2,0x3B,0,0x1018619,4,0x54,0x54,0x55,0x55,3,60,1440,560,1320,760,760,46000;


To download the 6.1 release

Sign into the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud site and select 'All Categories' on the left side. In the box on the right type in "QFS" and it will provide different product name selections. Select "StorageTek QFS". Then select "Oracle Hierarchical Storage Manager". It will say "Added to Cart".  Click on the shopping cart icon that says "Selected Software".  Then click on 'Platforms/Languages' and choose one of the Solaris 64-bit choices.

FYI...the choice for a Linux QFS client is not shown here as a platform choice but the Solaris zip file that's provided, will have the Linux iso included in it.

Scroll down on the page and click on 'Continue'. The next screen will show the Oracle Standard Terms and Restrictions. Scroll all the way down and check the box saying you've reviewed the terms and restrictions. Now click on 'Continue'. The next screen will show you have selected software "  Oracle Hierarchical Storage Manager (HSM), 238.5 MB".  Click on 'Download'.

For best practices prior and during an HSM (SAM-QFS) upgrade, reference <Document 1538209.1>.

For assistance with upgrading or installing the 6.1 release

Reference the Oracle® Hierarchical Storage Manager and StorageTek QFS Software Installation and Configuration Guide, Release 6.1.

After installation, this release will report itself with a build id of '6.1.18'.

WARNING: If running Solaris 11.3 with SRU 20 or greater installed and using IPS to install packages, please reference <Document 2278696.1>, which provides details on a special 6.1-01 build that's needed, to resolve an upgrade failure with the error of "runtime/python-26@2.6.4,5.11- are obsolete"



The HSM 6.1 Release Notes can be found within the downloaded zip file, in a file titled "README.txt".

The entire Oracle HSM 6.1 documentation library can be found here.



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In this Document
 New features in the 6.1 release
 New Qualifications in the 6.1 Base release
 To download the 6.1 release
 For assistance with upgrading or installing the 6.1 release

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