BackupEDGE 3.x Linux Support

BackupEDGE and its disaster recovery component RecoverEDGE are tested against and support a number of Linux distributions. However there are simply too many Linux variants, with too many internal differences, to support them all. Nor is it possible to test all of the literally hundreds of possible Linux variants. Various levels of support are available for distributions with Linux 4.x, 3.x, and 2.6.x kernels. BackupEDGE is no longer available for distributions with Linux 2.4.x or earlier kernels.

Microlite Corporation divides available support for BackupEDGE release 03.00.05 and later into Support Levels...

See NEW UEFI Support Table Here See GPT Partition Support Table Here See Legacy Linux Support Table Here
Support Level Description
1 Fully Supported Product with Enhancements. See the table below for additional information about enhancements. Support and Maintenance Subscriptions may be renewed or extended after the initial support period.
2 Fully Supported Product. Full BackupEDGE and RecoverEDGE Support. RecoverEDGE supports standard (operating system default) boot loaders and LVM 2 in Linux 2.6 and later kernels. Support and Maintenance Subscriptions may be renewed or extended after the initial support period.
2A Fully Supported Product. Full BackupEDGE and RecoverEDGE Support. RecoverEDGE supports specific configurations, i.e. the operating system must be installed without BTRFS, LVM2, or MD in order to be compatible with RecoverEDGE. If not configured this way, product moves to Support Level 3.
3 Partially Supported Product. BackupEDGE is fully supported. RecoverEDGE is not supported, although it may function. No support calls or emails will be taken or responded to regarding RecoverEDGE for these products, only for BackupEDGE. Support and Maintenance Subscriptions may be renewed or extended after the initial support period. Installing a Support Level 1 or Support Level 2 product using UEFI mode automatically moves the product into this category.
4 Non-Supported Product - Installable. BackupEDGE may be installed / licensed / registered / activated for these platforms. Support and Maintenance Subscriptions may be renewed or extended after the initial support period for product update purposes only. However, no support of any kind will be given to these products.
5 Non-Supported Product - Not Installable. BackupEDGE may not be installed / licensed / registered / activated for these platforms. Even if activated inadvertently, no support of any kind will be given to these products. Support and Maintenance Subscriptions are not available.

Additionally, patches and updates to Linux may make internal changes to the operating systems that affect BackupEDGE and RecoverEDGE. Please see the notes about Auto Updaters, Bare Metal Disaster Recovery, and Kernel Switches below.

Check this list and the notes below it frequently, and always before installing a new operating system or an update. Releases move between categories as changes are made and as BackupEDGE and RecoverEDGE are updated to support them.

There are many possible configurations for a Linux installation. Some are not supported. See Miscellaneous Linux Information below.

BackupEDGE 3.x Supported List - As of September 14, 2017
Operating System Release IA32
EM64T
AMD64
Support Level Minimum Release Required
Specific Information
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.4 YES 1† 03.01.05 build 3. P2V not currently supported with LVM.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.3 YES 1† 03.01.04 build 2. P2V not currently supported with LVM.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.2 YES 1† 03.01.03 build 1. P2V not currently supported with LVM.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1 YES 1† 03.01.01 build 4. P2V not currently supported with LVM.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 YES 1† 03.01.00 build 2. RecoverEDGE enhanced to include P2V support.
03.01.00 build 1. RecoverEDGE enhanced to include MD RAID support (must be used separately from LVM2 support). No DM multipath or P2V support. P2V not currently supported with LVM.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.9 YES 1 03.01.04 build 2.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.8 YES 1 03.01.03 build 5.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.7 YES 1 03.01.02 build 2.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.0 through 6.6 YES 1 03.00.07 build 1. P2V to VMware ESXi 5 or later supported.
03.00.06 build 1. RecoverEDGE enhanced to include DM Multipath support. 03.00.06 build 2 recommended for DM Multipath
03.00.05 build 3. RecoverEDGE enhanced to include MD RAID support (must be used separately from LVM2 support), any RAID level, no spare drives allowed.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.10 and 5.11 YES 1 03.00.07 build 1. P2V to VMware ESXi 5 or later supported.
03.00.06 build 2.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.0 through 5.9 YES 1 03.00.07 build 1. P2V to VMware ESXi 5 or later supported.
03.00.05 build 3.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.x YES 3 RecoverEDGE should still work but is no longer supported.
CentOS 7.4-1708 (NEW!) YES 1† 03.02.00 build 1. P2V not currently supported with LVM.
CentOS 7.3-1611 YES 1† 03.01.04 build 2. P2V not currently supported with LVM.
CentOS 7.2-1511 YES 1† 03.01.03 build 1. P2V not currently supported with LVM.
CentOS 7.1-1503 (32bit) YES 1† 03.01.02 build 2. P2V not currently supported with LVM.
CentOS 7.1-1503 (64bit) YES 1† 03.01.01 build 4. P2V not currently supported with LVM.
CentOS 7.0-1406 YES 1† 03.01.00 build 3. RecoverEDGE enhanced to include MD RAID support (must be used separately from LVM2 support) and P2V support. P2V not currently supported with LVM.
CentOS 6.9 YES 1 03.01.04 build 2.
CentOS 6.8 YES 1 03.01.03 build 5.
CentOS 6.7 YES 1 03.01.02 build 2.
CentOS 6.0 through 6.6 YES 1 03.00.07 build 1. P2V to VMware ESXi 5 or later supported.
03.00.06 build 1. RecoverEDGE enhanced to include DM Multipath support. 03.00.06 build 2 recommended for DM Multipath
03.00.05 build 3. RecoverEDGE enhanced to include MD RAID support (must be used separately from LVM2 support), any RAID level, no spare drives allowed.
CentOS 5.10 and 5.11 YES 2 03.00.07 build 1. P2V to VMware ESXi 5 or later supported.
03.00.06 build 2.
CentOS 5.0 through 5.9 YES 2 03.00.07 build 1. P2V to VMware ESXi 5 or later supported.
03.00.05 build 3.
CentOS 4.x YES 3 RecoverEDGE should still work but is no longer supported.
Oracle Linux Server 7.4 (see Oracle Note) YES 1† 03.01.05 build 3. P2V not currently supported with LVM. Unbreakable kernel not supported in RecoverEDGE.
Oracle Linux Server 7.3 (see Oracle Note) YES 1† 03.01.04 build 2. P2V not currently supported with LVM. Unbreakable kernel not supported in RecoverEDGE.
Oracle Linux Server 7.2 (see Oracle Note) YES 1† 03.01.03 build 1. P2V not currently supported with LVM.
Oracle Linux Server 7.1 (see Oracle Note) YES 1† 03.01.01 build 4. LVM change required. RecoverEDGE enhanced to include MD RAID support (must be used separately from LVM2 support) and P2V support. See Oracle Note below. P2V not currently supported with LVM.
Oracle Linux Server 7 (see Oracle Note) YES 1† 03.01.00 build 3. RecoverEDGE enhanced to include MD RAID support (must be used separately from LVM2 support) and P2V support. See Oracle Note below. P2V not currently supported with LVM.
Oracle Linux Server 6.9 YES 1 03.01.04 build 2. RecoverEDGE not supported when using unbreakable kernel. Only under standard Linux kernel.
Oracle Linux Server 6.8 YES 1 03.01.03 build 5.
Oracle Linux Server 6.7 YES 1 03.01.02 build 2.
Oracle Linux Server 6.4 - 6.6 YES 1 03.00.07 build 1. P2V to VMware ESXi 5 or later supported.
03.00.06 build 1. RecoverEDGE enhanced to include DM Multipath support. 03.00.06 build 2 recommended for DM Multipath.
03.00.05 build 5. Oracle kernel and Red Hat kernel both tested.
Scientific Linux 6.9 YES 1 03.01.04 build 2.
Scientific Linux 6.7 YES 1 03.01.02 build 2.
Scientific Linux 7.3 YES 1† 03.01.04 build 2. P2V not currently supported with LVM.
Scientific Linux 7.2 YES 1† 03.01.03 build 1. P2V not currently supported with LVM.
Scientific Linux 7.1 YES 1† 03.01.01 build 4. LVM change required. P2V not currently supported with LVM.
Scientific Linux 7 YES 1† 03.01.00 build 3. RecoverEDGE enhanced to include MD RAID support (must be used separately from LVM2 support) and P2V support. P2V not currently supported with LVM.
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP3 YES 2A 03.02.00 build 1. See important SLES/OpenSUSE/Leap note below.
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP2 YES 2A 03.01.03 build 6. See important SLES/OpenSUSE/Leap note below.
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP1 YES 2A 03.01.03 build 2. See important SLES/OpenSUSE/Leap note below.
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 YES 2A 03.01.03 build 1. See important SLES/OpenSUSE/Leap note below.
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP4 YES 1 03.01.03 build 2. BackupEDGE enhanced to support Linux 3.x kernel in SP3. RecoverEDGE enhanced to include support lack of RAMDISK support in SP2 and later. Boot from CD or SharpDrive. PXE booting not supported. OES (Open Enterprise Server) is not supported. See SLES11 install note below.
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP3 YES 1 03.00.06 build 1. BackupEDGE enhanced to support Linux 3.x kernel in SP3. RecoverEDGE enhanced to include support lack of RAMDISK support in SP2 and later. Boot from CD or SharpDrive. PXE booting not supported. OES (Open Enterprise Server) is not supported. See SLES11 install note below.
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11
Including SP2
YES 1 03.00.05 build 3. BackupEDGE enhanced to support Linux 3.x kernel in SP2. RecoverEDGE enhanced to include support lack of RAMDISK support in SP2. Boot from CD only. SharpDrive not supported until 03.00.06. OES (Open Enterprise Server) is not supported. See SLES11 install note below.
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 YES 2 03.00.05 build 3.
OES (Open Enterprise Server) is not supported.
openSUSE LEAP 42.3 YES 2A 03.02.00 build 1. See important SLES/OpenSUSE/Leap note below.
openSUSE LEAP 42.2 YES 2A 03.01.05 build 2. See important SLES/OpenSUSE/Leap note below.
openSUSE LEAP 42.1 YES 2A 03.01.03 build 6. See important SLES/OpenSUSE/Leap note below.
openSUSE 13.2 YES 2A 03.01.03 build 1. See important SLES/OpenSUSE/Leap note below.
openSUSE 13.1 YES 2A 03.01.03 build 1. See important SLES/OpenSUSE/Leap note below.
openSUSE 12.3 YES 2 03.00.05 build 5.
openSUSE 12.2 YES 2 03.00.05 build 5.
openSUSE 12.1 YES 2 03.00.05 build 3. RecoverEDGE enhanced to work without kernel RAMDISK support.
openSUSE 11.4 YES 2 03.00.05 build 3. Must upgrade GRUB to latest.
openSUSE 11 through 11.3 YES 2 03.00.05 build 3.
openSUSE 10.3 YES 2 03.00.05 build 3.
openSUSE 10.2 YES 2 03.00.05 build 3.
Ubuntu 17.04 Zesty Zapus Server YES 2 03.01.05 build 2. 32bit or 64bit Server version only.
Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety Yak Server YES 2 03.01.05 build 2. 32bit or 64bit Server version only.
Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS Xenial Xerus Server YES 2 03.01.05 build 3. 32bit or 64bit Server version only.
Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Xenial Xerus Server YES 2 03.01.03 build 5. 32bit or 64bit Server version only.
Ubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf Server YES 2 03.01.03 build 1. 32bit or 64bit Server version only.
Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vertet Server YES 2 03.01.02 build 1. 64bit Server version only.
Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn Server YES 3 RecoverEDGE not supported.
Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS Trusty Tahr Server YES 2 03.01.00 build 2. 64bit Server version. 32bit supported on fresh installs only.
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr Server YES 2 03.01.00 build 1. 64bit Server version only.
Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander Server YES 2 03.00.06 build 2. 64bit Server version only.
Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail Server YES 2 03.00.06 build 1. 64bit Server version only.
Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal Server YES 2 03.00.06 build 1. 64bit Server version only.
Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin Server YES 2 03.00.05 build 3. 64bit Server version only.
Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot YES 2 03.00.05 build 3.
Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal YES 2 03.00.05 build 3.
Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat YES 2 03.00.05 build 3.
Ubuntu 7.04 through 10.04 LTS YES 2 03.00.05 build 3.
Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin Desktop YES 3 03.00.05 build 3. Desktop version only has no RecoverEDGE Support.
Newer Releases of Distributions Listed Above YES 3 03.00.05 build 3. BackupEDGE will generally run on newer releases of tested and supported platforms. RecoverEDGE may or may not work, but is not supported until we have completed a testing protocol. It is possible to update a supported platform to a release we have not yet tested and move from Support Level 1 or 2 to Support Level 3 status.
Other Standard Linux Distributions YES 3 03.00.05 build 3. BackupEDGE will run on almost any Linux distribution without the limitations listed below. RecoverEDGE may or may not work, but is not supported as long as the distribution is not specifically listed above.
Fedora and Fedora Core YES 4 03.00.05 build 3. Installable but not supported See the Red Hat / CentOS / Fedora page for additional information.
Distributions Missing Specific Features NO 5 Operating system or kernel releases missing specific features required by BackupEDGE are NOT supported. For example, releases such as Debian 6.x and Debian 7.x which do not have /proc/scsi/scsi support cannot be used.

Miscellaneous Linux Information

† Red Hat 7 Family Note

RecoverEDGE is not currently supported for disks created using the System Storage Manager (SSM) on the Red Hat, CentOS, Scientific Linux, and Oracle Linux Server 7 families. See the UEFI Support Tables for UEFI support information.

Oracle Note

Oracle Linux Server 7 can use the Red Hat kernel or the Unbreakable kernel under release 7.2, 7.1, or 7. You must choose the correct in-use kernel when making RecoverEDGE media. See the UEFI Support Tables for UEFI support information.

SUSE Enterprise Linux Server 12 / OpenSUSE / Leap

SLES 12 and OpenSUSE / Leap must be installed without BTRFS, LVM2 or MD in order to be compatible with RecoverEDGE.

See the UEFI Support Tables for UEFI support information.

SUSE Enterprise Linux Server 11 with SP2 (and later)

SLES 11 SP2 is a hybrid of Linux 2.x and Linux 3.x kernels and libraries. Users who have not yet installed BackupEDGE on SLES 11 SP2 should install our 03.00.05 or later product designed for 3.x kernels. Users who have previously installed an older 2.x kernel-based release of BackupEDGE 3.x should install (update/upgrade) using 03.00.05 or later product designed for 2.x kernels and ignore the kernel warning. Users who have previously installed an older 3.x kernel-based release of BackupEDGE 3.x should install (update/upgrade) using 03.00.05 or later product designed for 3.x kernels. RecoverEDGE can currently be booted from CD only. SharpDrive functions as normal but is not bootable for disaster recovery. PXE booting is not yet supported. OBDR is not yet supported.

RAID Types

  • RecoverEDGE currently supports true hardware RAID on most platforms.
  • MD RAID (software RAID) is supported in 03.00.05 build 3 or later under Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 and later and CentOS 6 and later.
  • MD RAID may be configured at any level, for any number of hard drives. Spare drives are not currently supported.
  • DMRAID is not supported.

Auto Updaters
In many cases, if you run the operating system auto updater, such as "yum update" or "apt-get update; apt-get upgrade" or "apt-get update; apt-get dist-upgrade", you'll end up with the equivalent of an entirely new release, which may not yet be supported by your current BackupEDGE release. For instance, run "yum update" on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.8 and it will essentially be upgraded to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.9. Make sure that:

  • you match and update BackupEDGE releases to those compatible with your Linux release.
  • you re-create your RecoverEDGE media or ISO images.

In some instances attempting to re-create RecoverEDGE images may fail after an operating system upgrade. Before calling technical support, download and update / upgrade to the latest BackupEDGE release listed as having support for your updated operating system release.

Bare Metal Disaster Recover
RecoverEDGE is written for the BIOS mode installation of supported operating systems. Operating systems installed with the server in UEFI mode will not be able to use bare metal disaster recovery. Operating systems with Support Level 1 or Support Level 2 automatically become Support Level 3 when using UEFI mode.

Trusted Boot is not currently supported. Operating systems with Support Level 1 or Support Level 2 automatically become Support Level 3 when using Trusted Boot.

RecoverEDGE primarily supports operating systems installed using standard FDISK partitions. See our GPT Support Table for a list of operating systems currently supporting GPT in RecoverEDGE.

RecoverEDGE bare metal disaster recovery currently supports the LVM2 volume manager under 2.6 and 3.x kernels for backup and disaster recovery, but does not support legacy LVM. IPV6 networking is also not supported; only IPV4.

Bare metal disaster recovery, i.e. RecoverEDGE, requires an intimate knowledge of the base Linux operating system involved, the vendor supporting the operating system, and the updates and changes the vendor makes. Only authorized updates from the vendor relating to kernel and storage issues can be supported. For example, if you were to install Ubuntu Linux, then download the latest and greatest kernel from www.kernel.org and install it, two things would occur. One, you are no longer really running Ubuntu Linux, and two, it is unlikely RecoverEDGE would still function. Please limit your updates to those provided by the vendor.

Kernel Switches and Updates outside of normal updaters.
BackupEDGE release are tested with standard operating system distributions and updates and normal security and application updates provided through updaters such as via "yum update" or "apt-get update; apt-get upgrade". If you install a third-party kernel, or even a kernel from the OS vendor that was packaged and delivered outside the update / upgrade process, it won't have been tested and your product may no longer work with RecoverEDGE. If you choose to do this your license will be re-classified into Support Level 3.

Last Updated - 2017-09-14