Neverfail for SQL Server - Product Overview

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Summary

This Knowledgebase article provides an overview of the Neverfail for SQL Server Plug-in identifying the features and benefits of this product. Additional detailed information is contained in Knowledgebase article #1397 - 'Neverfail for SQL Server Plug-in - Feature List'.


More Information

There is a sister article ( Knowledgebase article #4 - 'Neverfail Products and Versions') that lists all of the current and supported versions of the Neverfail Products and the versions of related supported software.

Neverfail for SQL Server proactively monitors your SQL Server database environment and protects all database instances present at install time. Existing and newly created databases and logs will be protected automatically. Please note that database instances created after Neverfail for SQL Server has been installed will not be protected.

The following configurations of SQL Server are supported in respect to the hardware platform:

x86 Platform (32-bit hardware)

  • SQL Server 2014 up to SP1 Standard, Enterprise, and Express Editions on
    • Windows Server 2008 SP2 Standard and Enterprise
  • SQL Server 2012 up to SP3 Standard, Enterprise, and Express Editions on
    • Windows Server 2008 SP2 Standard and Enterprise
  • SQL Server 2008 R2 up to SP3 Standard, Enterprise, and Express Editions on
    • Windows Server 2008 SP2 Standard and Enterprise
    • Windows Server 2003 SP2 Standard and Enterprise
  • SQL Server 2008 up to SP4 Standard, Enterprise and Express Editions on
    • Windows Server 2008 SP2 Standard and Enterprise
    • Windows Server 2003 SP2 Standard and Enterprise
  • SQL Server 2005 up to SP4 Standard, Enterprise, and Express Editions
    • Windows Server 2008 SP2
    • Windows Server 2003 SP2
  • SQL Server 2000 SP4 Standard and Enterprise
    • Windows Server 2003 SP2
  • MSDE 2000 SP4
    • Windows Server 2003 SP2

x64 / Intel 64 Platform (64-bit hardware)

  • SQL Server 2014 up to SP1 Standard, Enterprise, and Express Editions on
    • Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard and Datacenter
    • Windows Server 2012 Standard and Datacenter
    • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Standard and Enterprise
    • Windows Server 2008 SP2 Standard and Enterprise
  • SQL Server 2012 up to SP3 Standard, Enterprise, and Express Editions on
    • Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard and Datacenter
    • Windows Server 2012 Standard and Datacenter
    • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Standard and Enterprise
    • Windows Server 2008 SP2 Standard and Enterprise
  • SQL Server 2008 R2 up to SP3 Standard, Enterprise, and Express Editions on
    • Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard and Datacenter
    • Windows Server 2012 Standard and Datacenter
    • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Standard and Enterprise
    • Windows Server 2008 SP2 Standard and Enterprise
    • Windows Server 2003 SP2 Standard and Enterprise
  • SQL Server 2008 up to SP4 Standard, Enterprise and Express Editions on
    • Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard and Datacenter
    • Windows Server 2012 Standard and Datacenter
    • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Standard and Enterprise
    • Windows Server 2008 SP2 Standard and Enterprise
    • Windows Server 2003 SP2 Standard and Enterprise
  • SQL Server 2005 up to SP4 Standard, Enterprise, and Express Editions
    • Windows Server 2008 SP2
    • Windows Server 2003 SP2

Note: The IA-64 Itanium Platform is not supported

x86 versions running on x64 platforms

  • Support for the 32 bit versions of SQL Server 2005/2008/2008R2 installed on x64 Operating Systems

This plug-in does not protect the following application features or components:

  • The following SQL Server 2012/2014 features are not supported: SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Groups/Failover Clusters, SQL Server File Tables, Semantic Search, SQL Server Express LocalDB feature, SQL Server Data Files in Windows Azure, Host a SQL Server Database in a Windows Azure Virtual Machine
  • Full Text Catalogue protection is disabled by default (protection is not recommended because of the presence of sparse files. It can be enabled from the Neverfail Management Client.

    • Select the Application tab
    • Plug-ins tab.
    • Select the SqlServerNFPlugin.dll
    • Select the Edit button.
    • Enable the check box ‘Protect the index catalogues’ and press OK.
  • If new SQL Server Instances are created post install please refer to Section Installing a New SQL Server Instance.
  • Protecting the reports generated by the SQL Server Reporting Service, published via an IIS Web Server Virtual Directory, Neverfail for IIS is required.
  • The Report and Analysis projects created with the Business Intelligence Development Studio are not protected by default. In order for them to be protected, a File Filter must be defined manually for the user location where they are saved.
  • SQL Server VSS Writer (SQLWriter) is a demand start service that is run when required.
  • The Mssqlserveradhelper service is not monitored or protected because it is a demand start service.
  • Jobs temporary directory. Note: If you wish to have the Jobs Output files replicated between servers, create a file filter for the Jobs Directory.


Applies To

Neverfail for SQL Server Plug-in v201.5.7, v201.5.8, 201.5.9, 201.5.10


Related Information

None

KBID-1294

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