The Amanda core team is pleased to announce the
second beta release of Amanda 2.5.1, the 2.5.1b2 release.

Source tar ball can be downloaded from
[url]https://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=120[/url]
or
[url]http://www.zmanda.com/downloads.html[/url]

RPMs are also available for following platforms:
- Red Hat Enterprise server 4,
- Red Hat Enterprise server 3
- Suse Linux Enterprise 9,
- Suse Linux Enterprise 10,
- Open Suse 10.0,
- Fedora Core 3,
- Fedora Core 4,
- Fedora Core 5 and
- Source RPM

Planned release date for Amanda 2.5.1 is end of August. The list of features in 2.5.1b2 release and how to use them are in [url]http://wiki.zmanda.com/index.php/2.5.1_features[/url] page.

The list of new features in 2.5.1 beta releases:

* Defects found by Coverity scan and Klocwork K7 analysis tools fixed.
* Works with GNU tar 1.15.91 - work with new gtar state file format.
* Open SSL encryption support
* Two new authentication methods: bsdtcp, bsdudp.
* Unlimited number of DLEs on a client with bsdtcp, rsh and ssh authentication methods.
* Recovery process amrecover uses Secure API. amoldrecover command (same syntax and functionality as amrecover command) is provided for compatibility with old Amanda releases. amoldrecover command uses old amidxtaped/amindexd protocol.
* Amanda debug files are separated into client/server/amandad and are also classified based on Amanda configuration name.

* Amanda command changes
o amfetchdump -o is replaced by -O.
o amcheck -w option does all tests including the tape writable test. Use amcheck -t -w to do only the tape writable test.
o -o command option to override Amanda configuration. See amanda man page for details.
o amgetconf command doesn't write the BUGGY message when a entry is not found in the configuration file.

* Amanda configuration file changes
o amrecover_do_fsf in amanda.conf defaults to yes
o amrecover_check_label in amanda.conf defaults to yes
o usetimestamps in amanda.conf to support multiple backup runs in a calendar day.
o holdingdisk in amanda.conf supports new values: NEVER, AUTO, REQUIRED.
o amandad_path, client_username and ssh_keys in amanda.conf for ssh/rsh authentication.
o New amanda client configuration file - amanda-client.conf. Different client configuration file can be used for each Amanda configuration.
o gnutar_list-dir and amandates can be specified in Amanda client configuration file - amanda-client.conf
o .amandahosts format changes to allow use of secure API for recovery.
o Amanda service entries in xinetd configuration has changed.

Any feedback on this beta release and wiki documentation would be appreciated.

Paddy