Linux Support Tables

BackupEDGE Linux Legacy Support

BackupEDGE is tested against and supports a large number of Linux distributions. This chart represents compatibility testing from the minimum stated release ONLY. Older releases may not be compatible with current operating systems. Commercially supported distributions are tested first, then free (community supported) distributions. While every attempt is made to support commercial distributions, other distributions get a bit less of a priority. Experimental / bleeding edge distributions such as Fedora are not supported. Older Linux 2.6.x and 2.4.x kernel distributions that worked under prior releases of BackupEDGE will still be compatible with those releases.

IMPORTANT - Please see the notes about Auto Updaters and RAID Types below.

BackupEDGE 03.00.03 build 7 and 03.00.04 build 1 contain a patch that potentially affects all older 3.x products and is a highly recommended update for all older 3.x products. A hard link with pathnames exactly 100 characters in length may not be restored properly in prior releases. Users should update to one of these releases, depending on the status of their Support and Maintenance Subscription, then re-create RecoverEDGE ISOs / images.
BackupEDGE 03.00.04 Build 2 Linux Support (June 18, 2012)
Minimum Release IA32
EM64T
AMD64
RecoverEDGE
Support
Minimum
Release
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.2 YES YES 03.00.03 build 7
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1 YES YES 03.00.03 build 5 (build 7 recommended)
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 YES YES 03.00.03 build 3
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.8 YES YES 03.00.03 build 5
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.7 YES YES 03.00.03 build 3
02.03.01 build 6
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.6 YES YES 03.00.03 build 3
02.03.01 build 6
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.5 YES YES 03.00.00 build 3
02.03.01 build 5
Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5.4 / 5.3 / 5.2 / 5.1 / 5
YES YES 5.4 - 02.03.01 build 4
5.3 - 02.03.01 build 1
5.2 - 02.02.00 build 5
5.1 - 02.02.00 build 2
5.0 - 02.01.06 build 1
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.8 YES YES 02.03.01 build 3
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.7 YES YES 02.03.00 build 3
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4-4.6 YES YES 02.01.05 build 5
CentOS 6.2 YES YES 03.00.03 build 7
CentOS 6.1 YES YES 03.00.03 build 5 (build 7 recommended)
CentOS 6 YES YES 03.00.03 build 5
CentOS 5.8 YES YES 03.00.03 build 5
CentOS 5.7 YES YES 03.00.03 build 3
02.03.01 build 6
CentOS 5.6 YES YES 03.00.03 build 3
02.03.01 build 6
CentOS 5.5 YES YES 03.00.00 build 3
02.03.01 build 5
CentOS 5 / 5.1 / 5.2 / 5.3 / 5.4 YES YES 5.4 - 02.03.01 build 1
5.3 - 02.03.01 build 2
5.2 - 02.02.00 build 5
5.1 - 02.02.00 build 2
5.0 - 02.01.06 build 1
CentOS 4.8 YES YES 02.03.01 build 3
CentOS 4.7 YES YES 02.03.00 build 3
CentOS 4-4.6 YES YES 02.01.05 build 5
SUSE Enterprise Linux 11 YES YES 02.03.01 build 2
(OES not supported)
SUSE Enterprise Linux 10 YES YES 02.02.00 build 1
(OES not supported)
openSUSE 11.4 YES YES 03.00.04 build 1 (must update GRUB to latest)
openSUSE 11.3 YES YES 03.00.02 build 2
openSUSE 11.2 YES YES 03.00.02 build 2
openSUSE 11.1 YES YES 02.03.01 build 1
openSUSE 11 YES YES 02.03.00 build 3
openSUSE 10.3 YES YES 02.02.00 build 2
openSUSE 10.2 YES YES 02.02.00 build 1
Debian 7.x Wheezy NO NO Not on Development Schedule
Debian 6.x Squeeze NO NO Not on Development Schedule
Debian 5.x Lenny YES YES 03.00.02 build 2 - 5.0.5 last version tested
Debian 4.0 Etch YES YES 02.00.00 build 3
Debian 3.1R4 Sarge YES YES 02.02.00 build 1
Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin YES YES 03.00.04 build 1 (server version ONLY)
Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot YES YES 03.00.04 build 1
Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal YES YES 03.00.04 build 1
Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat YES YES 03.00.04 build 1
Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Lucid Lynx YES YES 03.00.01 build 1
Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala YES YES 03.00.01 build 1
Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope YES YES 02.03.01 build 2
Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex YES YES 02.03.01 build 1
Ubuntu 8.04 LTS Hardy Heron YES YES 02.02.00 build 5
Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon YES YES 02.02.00 build 2
Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn YES YES 02.02.00 build 1
Mandriva Enterprise Server 5.1 YES YES 03.00.00 build 3
Mandriva 2010.1 YES YES 03.00.03 build 1
Mandriva 2009.1 YES YES 02.03.01 build 3
Mandriva 2009 YES YES 02.03.00 build 3
Mandriva 2008 YES YES 02.02.00 build 3
Mandriva 2007.1 YES YES 02.02.00 build 1
Slackware 12 YES YES 02.02.00 build 1

Note

Microlite Corporation strongly recommends that all BackupEDGE 2.x users update to latest 3.x release. The releases listed above in the right column are the minimum usable by the listed operating system. Keeping current assures that as Linux vendors update their products and back-port features from their later releases, BackupEDGE continues to function properly.

Miscellaneous Linux Information

RAID Types
RecoverEDGE supports true hardware RAID only. It does not support systems that are currently running the MDRAID or DMRAID device drivers, which in some instances are actually a combination of hardware and software RAID..

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 be supported by your current BackupEDGE release. For instance, run "yum update" on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.3 and it will essentially be upgraded to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.8, which requires BackupEDGE 03.00.03 build 5 or later do to LVM and other changes. 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 install the latest BackupEDGE release, or re-install the current BackupEDGE release, in order to create the proper environment for re-creating the media.

Beginning with 02.02.00 build 3, kernels with Xen virtualization support are supported with RecoverEDGE disaster recovery when using ISO images, i.e. CD/DEV/REV. PXE booting for disaster recovery is not currently supported with Xen kernels.

RecoverEDGE bare metal disaster recovery currently supports the LVM2 volume manager under 2.6 kernels for backup and disaster recovery, but does not support legacy LVM or md software raid. Disaster recovery of systems using EVMS, LVM or md will not function.

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.

Last Updated - 2013/07/24

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