AIX® Server Requirements and Support

Technote (troubleshooting)


Problem(Abstract)

IBM Tivoli Storage Manager for AIX® Server Requirements and Support

Resolving the problem



Minimum Hardware and Software Requirements

Tivoli Storage Manager Version 7.1
Hardware
A POWER5 or newer systems computer (64-bit)
Disk Space
The following minimum values:
  • 512 MB for the /var directory
  • 5 GB for the installation directory
  • 2 GB for the /tmp directory
  • 300 MB for the /usr directory
  • 2 GB in the home directory
Tip: Expect to use more space for problem determination.
  • 2 GB for the shared resources area

Significant additional disk space is required for database and log files. The size of the database depends on the number of client files to be stored and the method by which the server manages them. The default active log space is 16 GB, the minimum that is needed for most workloads and configurations. Allocate at least three times the active log space for the archive log (48 GB). Ensure that you have sufficient resources if you are using data deduplication or expect a heavy client workload.

For optimal performance and to facilitate I/O, specify at least two equally sized containers or Logical Unit Numbers (LUNs) for the database. See Optimizing Performance for more information about the configuration of directories for the database. In addition, each active log and archive log should have its own container or LUN.

Ensure that you see the capacity planning section for more details about disk space.

Memory
The following minimum values for memory:
  • 12 GB.
  • 16 GB if you are using data deduplication.
  • At least 32 GB for heavily used servers. Using 32 GB or more of memory enhances performance of the Tivoli Storage Manager server database inventory.
  • If you plan to run multiple instances, each instance requires the memory listed for one server. Multiply the memory for one server by the number of instances planned for the system.
  • Node replication processing requires additional memory. Use a minimum of 32 GB of memory for node replication without data deduplication. Node replication with data deduplication requires a minimum of 64 GB of memory.
  • When you create the active log, you need at least 64 GB in size to run replication. If replication and deduplication are both being used, create an active log of 128 GB in size.
Operating System
AIX 6.1 running in a 64-bit kernel environment with the following additional requirements:
*This is the minimum TL and Service pack level supported by the TSM server. Any TL and SP levels equal or higher than what is listed here is supported
  • AIX 6.1 TL 7 and SP6.
  • Minimum C++ runtime level with the xlC.rte 12.1.0.1 or later file sets. The file set is automatically upgraded if the level is lower than 12.1.0.1. The file set is included in the June 2008 fix pack package for IBM® C++ Runtime Environment Components for AIX.
AIX 7.1 running in a 64-bit kernel environment.
  • AIX 7.1 TL 1 and SP6.
  • Minimum C++ runtime level with the xlC.rte 12.1.0.1 or later file sets. The file set is automatically upgraded if the level is lower than 12.1.0.1. The file set is included in the June 2008 fix pack package for IBM C++ Runtime Environment Components for AIX.

For the latest recommendations about AIX maintenance levels, see http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21165448
    --------------------------------

    To use the N_Port ID Virtualization (NPIV) facility, the minimum requirements are:
    • Virtual I/O Server 2.1.2 or newer
    • AIX 7.1, AIX 6.1 TL4 SP 3 or newer
    • An HBA adapter supported by the corresponding AIX and Virtual I/O Server
    Communication Protocol
    A configured communication method.
    Processing
    Asynchronous I/O must be enabled.
    Device Drivers
    The Tivoli Storage Manager device driver required for non-IBM drives and tape libraries. The Tivoli Storage Manager device driver package contains device driver tools and ACSLS daemons.

    For the IBM 3590, 3592, or the Ultrium tape library or drives, the IBM device drivers are required. Install the most current device drivers. You can locate IBM driver packages at the Fix Central website: http://www.ibm.com/support/fixcentral/.

    Configure the device drivers before you use the Tivoli Storage Manager server with tape devices.

    Other
    gunzip utility
    The gunzip utility must be available on your system before you install or upgrade the Tivoli Storage Manager Version 7 server. Ensure that the gunzip utility is installed and the path to it is set in the PATH environment variable.

    Korn Shell (ksh)

    IOCP
    You must have the I/O completion ports (IOCP) configured on the operating system.

    Tivoli Storage Manager Version 6.3
    Hardware
    A POWER4™ or newer systems computer (64-bit) .

    Minimum memory and space requirements:
    Memory
    The following minimum memory:
    • 12 GB
    • 16 GB if you are using deduplication.
    • At least 32 GB for heavily used servers. Using 32 GB or more of memory enhances performance of the Tivoli Storage Manager server database inventory.
    • If you plan to run multiple instances, each instance requires the memory listed for one server. Multiply the memory for one server by the number of instances planned for the system.
    Also consider: Large production servers may require more than the recommended amount of memory.

    Disk space
    The following minimum disk space:
    • 5 MB for the /var directory
    • 2 GB for the /opt/tivoli/tsm directory
    • 30 MB for the /opt directory if you create mount points
    • 360 MB for the /tmp directory
    • 300 MB for the /usr directory
    • 2 GB in the home directory
      Tip: Expect to use more space for problem determination.

    Significant additional disk space is required for database and log files. The
    size of the database depends on the number of client files to be stored and the method by which the server manages them. The default active log
    space is 16 GB, the minimum that is needed for most workloads and
    configurations. Allocate at least three times the active log space for the
    archive log (48 GB). Ensure that you have sufficient resources if you are
    using deduplication or expect a heavy client workload.

    For optimal performance and to facilitate I/O, specify at least four separate directories or Logical Unit Numbers (LUNs) to be used by the database. By making these specifications, I/O is balanced across multiple directories or mounts.

    Ensure that you see the capacity planning section for more details about
    Operating System
    AIX 6.1 running in a 64-bit kernel environment with the following
    additional requirements:
    *This is the minimum TL and Service pack level supported by the TSM server. Any TL and SP levels equal or higher than what is listed here is supported
    • AIX 6.1 TL 2.
    • POWER7 systems require AIX 6.1 TL 4.
    • Minimum C++ runtime level with the xlC.rte 11.1.0.1 and xlC.aix61.rte 11.1.0.1 or later file sets. These file sets are included in the June 2008 fix pack package for IBM C++ Runtime Environment Components for AIX.
    AIX 7.1 running in a 64-bit kernel environment.
    • Minimum C++ runtime level requires the xlC.rte 11.1.0.1 and xlC.aix61.rte 11.1.0.1 or later file sets. These file sets are included in the April 2010 IBM C++ Runtime Environment Components for AIX V11.1 package.
    • With AIX 7.1 when installing inside a WPAR TSM server 6.2.4 or 6.3.1 or later is required otherwise the installer will hit a downlevel bosboot error.
    --------------------------------

    To use the N_Port ID Virtualization (NPIV) facility, the minimum requirements are:
    • Virtual I/O Server 2.1.2 or newer
    • AIX 7.1, AIX 6.1 TL4 SP 3 or newer
    • An HBA adapter supported by the corresponding AIX and Virtual I/O Server
    Communication Protocol
    A configured communication method
    Tivoli Storage Manager Version 6.2
    Hardware
    POWER4™, POWER5™, POWER6™, POWER7™
    systems computer (64-bit). If using POWER7™ it needs to be in POWER6™ compatibility mode.


    Recommended and minimum memory requirements and minimum space requirements to run:
    Recommended memory: 12 GB. 16 GB if you are using deduplication.

    Also consider:
    · Large production servers may require more than the recommended amount of memory.

    Minimum memory: 4 GB for small production servers. A server is considered to be small if it has the following characteristics:

    · It does not use storage pool deduplication.

    · It supports only a small number of clients, or the nightly backup data transferred is 100 GB or less.

    · It is used only as a library manager.

    · On a machine having only 4 GB of RAM, only a single server is being run.

    Additional information to consider:
    · If the intention is to run with less than the recommended amount of memory, it is further suggested that this configuration be tested under those circumstances to determine that this will support the intended workload in this particular environment. Or if V6.1 servers are already implemented in these less then recommended memory environments, that would also provide a proof point that this may be suitable for these particular environments.

    For more details about deduplication, search the keyword deduplication.


    Disk Space

    • 5 MB for the /var directory
    • 30 MB for /opt directory if you create mount points, otherwise, 2 GB for the /opt/tivoli/tsm directory
    • 360 MB for the /tmp directory
    • 300 MB for the /usr directory
    • 2 GB in the home directory

    Significant additional disk space is required for database and log files. The size of the database depends on the number of client files to be stored and the method by which the server manages them. The default active log space is 16 GB, the minimum that is needed for most workloads and configurations. Allocate at least three times the active log space for the archive log (48 GB). Ensure that you have sufficient resources if you are using deduplication or expect a heavy client workload.

    For optimal performance and to facilitate I/O, specify at least four separate directories or Logical Unit Numbers (LUNs) to be used by the database. This allows I/O to be balanced across multiple directories or mounts.

    Operating System
    One of the following:
    AIX 5.3 running in a 64-bit kernel environment with the following additional requirements:
    *This is the minimum TL and Service pack level supported by the TSM server. Any TL and SP levels equal or higher than what is listed here is supported
    • AIX 5.3 Technology Level (TL) 11 and Service Pack (SP) 1
    • Minimum C++ runtime level with the xlC.rte 9.0.0.8 and xlC.aix50.rte 9.0.0.8 filesets. These filesets are included in the June 2008 cumulative fix package for IBM® C++ Runtime Environment Components for AIX.
    • For upgrades to Tivoli Storage Manager Version 6.2, the bos.iocp.rte fileset.

    OR

    AIX 6.1 running in a 64-bit kernel environment with the following additional requirements:
    • AIX 6.1 TL 2
    • Minimum C++ runtime level with the xlC.rte 9.0.0.8 and xlC.aix61.rte.9.0.0.8 filesets. These filesets are included in the June 2008 cumulative fix package for IBM C++ Runtime Environment Components for AIX.

    OR

    AIX 7.1 Service Pack 1 running in a 64-bit kernel environment (starting with Tivoli Storage Manager server V6.2.2.0 )
    • With AIX 7.1 when installing inside a WPAR TSM server 6.2.4 or 6.3.1 or later is required otherwise the installer will hit a downlevel bosboot error.

    --------------------------------

    To use the N_Port ID Virtualization (NPIV) facility, the minimum requirements are:
    • Virtual I/O Server 2.1.2 or newer
    • AIX 7.1, AIX 6.1 TL4 SP 3 or newer, AIX 5.3 TL11 SP2 or newer
    Note:
    • NPIV is supported by IBM ATape driver and the Tivoli Storage Manager device drivers via the FC 5735 Fibre Channel HBA
    Communication Protocol
    A configured communication method.

    Tivoli Storage Manager Version 6.1
    Hardware
    POWER4™, POWER5™, POWER6™, POWER7™*
    systems computer (64-bit)
    (*If using POWER7™ it needs to be in POWER6™ compatibility mode.POWER7™ support starting with Tivoli Storage Manager V6.1.5)

    Recommended memory requirements and minimum space requirements to run:

    Recommended Memory:
    • 12 GB. 16 GB if you are using deduplication.
      Also consider:
      · Large production servers may require more than the recommended amount of memory.
    Minimum Memory:
    • 2 GB (4 GB for production servers)

    Disk space:
    • 5 MB for the /var directory
    • 30 MB for /opt directory if you create mount points, otherwise, 2 GB for /opt/tivoli/tsm directory
    • 160 MB for the /tmp directory
    • 325 MB for the /usr directory
    Operating System
    AIX 5.3 ( 64 bit only)additional requirements for DB2:

    *This is the minimum TL and Service pack level supported by the TSM server. Any TL and SP levels equal or higher than what is listed here is supported
    • AIX 5.3 Technology Level (TL) 6 and Service Pack (SP™) 2 plus the fix for APAR IZ03063
    • Minimum C++ runtime level with the xlC.rte 9.0.0.8 and xlC.aix50.rte 9.0.0.8 filesets. These filesets are included in the June 2008 cumulative fix package for IBM C++ Runtime Environment Components for AIX.

    OR

    AIX 6.1 ( 64-bit only ) with the following filesets for DB2:
    • Minimum C++ runtime level with the xlC.rte 9.0.0.8 and xlC.aix61.rte.9.0.0.8 filesets. These filesets are included in the June 2008 cumulative fix package for IBM C++ Runtime Environment Components for AIX.
     
    To use the N_Port ID Virtualization (NPIV) facility, the minimum requirements are:
    • Virtual I/O Server 2.1.2 or newer
    • AIX 7.1, AIX 6.1 TL4 SP 3 or newer, AIX 5.3 TL11 SP2 or newer
    Note:
    • NPIV is supported by IBM ATape driver and the Tivoli Storage Manager device drivers via the FC 5735 Fibre Channel HBA
    Communication Protocol
    A configured communication method.

    Tivoli Storage Manager Version 5.5
    * Version 5.5 has reached End of Support (EOS). For Overview click here
    Hardware
    64 bit IBM System p or IBM System i, as supported by AIX

    Minimum memory and space requirement to run:
    • RAM - 1 Gigabyte
    • Disk space - 200 MB - refer to the README file available with the product.
    Operating System
    AIX V5.3 (64 bit only) or
    AIX V6.1 (64 bit only)


    To use the N_Port ID Virtualization (NPIV) facility, the minimum requirements are:
    • Virtual I/O Server 2.1.2 or newer
    • AIX 6.1 TL4 SP 3 or newer, AIX 5.3 TL11 SP2 or newer
    Note:
    • NPIV is supported by IBM ATape driver and the Tivoli Storage Manager device drivers via the FC 5735 Fibre Channel HBA
    Communication Protocol
    One of the following:
  • TCP/IP, which comes standard with AIX
  • Shared Memory Protocol


  • Related information

    TSM Supported Virtual Machines
    TSM Supported HBAs for San Device Mapping
    TSM list of all supported operating systems
    TSM V5.3 Requirements(End of Support April 30 2008)
    TSM V5.5 Requirements (End of Support April 30 2014)

    Rate this page:

    (0 users)Average rating

    Add comments

    Document information


    More support for:

    Tivoli Storage Manager
    Server

    Software version:

    5.5, 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 7.1

    Operating system(s):

    AIX

    Reference #:

    1052220

    Modified date:

    2014-09-25

    Translate my page

    Machine Translation

    Content navigation