Linux x86_64 Server Requirements and Support

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IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Server and Storage Agent for Linux x86_64 minimum requirements and support below.

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Minimum Hardware and Software Requirements

Minimum Requirements for
Tivoli Storage Manager Server V7.1 and
Tivoli Storage Manager Storage Agent V7.1
Hardware An AMD64 or Intel EMT-64 processor
Disk space The following minimum values for disk space:
  • 512 MB for the /var directory
  • 4 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 of memory to run replication. If replication and deduplication are both being used, create an active log of 128 GB in size.
Operating system The Tivoli Storage Manager server on Linux X86_64 requires one of the following operating systems:
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 (starting with TSM V7.1.1.100)
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11, Service Pack 2
Libraries GNU C libraries, Version 2.3.3-98.38 or later that is installed on the Tivoli Storage Manager system.
For SUSE Linux Enterprise Servers:
  • libaio
  • libstdc++.so.5 at version 3.3 or later (32 and 64 bit packages are required)
  • libstdc++.so.6 at version 4.3 or later (32 and 64 bit packages are required)
For Red Hat Enterprise Linux Servers:
  • libaio
  • libstdc++.so.6 (32 and 64 bit packages are required)
To determine if SELinux is installed and in enforcing mode, perform one of the following tasks:
  • Check the /etc/sysconfig/selinux file.
  • Run the sestatus operating system command.
  • Check the /var/log/messages file for SELinux notices.
To disable SELinux, complete one of the following tasks:
  • Set permissive mode by issuing the setenforce 0 command as a superuser.
  • Modify the /etc/sysconfig/selinux file and reboot the machine.
Communication protocol
  • TCP/IP Version 4 or Version 6, which is standard with Linux
  • Shared memory protocol (with Tivoli Storage Manager Version 7.1 Linux X86_64 client)
  • Processing Asynchronous I/O must be enabled. On Linux kernels at 2.6 or later, install the libaio library to enable Asynchronous I/O.
    Device drivers The Tivoli Storage Manager passthru device driver is used for non- IBM® devices. It uses the SCSI passthru interface to communicate with tape devices and tape libraries. The Linux SCSI Generic (sg) device driver is required for tape 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 software Korn Shell (ksh)

    Minimum Requirements for
    Tivoli Storage Manager Server V6.3 and
    Tivoli Storage Manager Storage Agent V6.3
    Hardware An AMD64 or Intel EMT-64 processor
    Disk Space The following minimum values for disk space:
    • 5 MB for the /var directory
    • 30 MB for the /opt directory if you create mount points
    • 2 GB for the /opt/tivoli/tsm directory
    • 390 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 and logs. By making these specifications, I/O is balanced across multiple directories or mounts.

    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.
    Operating System The Tivoli Storage Manager server on Linux x86_64 requires one of the following operating systems:
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, Update 3 or later
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, all updates are supported
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10, Service Pack 2 or later
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11, all updates are supported
    Communication Protocol
    • TCP/IP Version 4 or Version 6, which is standard with Linux
    • Shared memory protocol (with Tivoli Storage Manager Version 6.3 Linux x86_64 client)
    Additional Software Libraries
    GNU C libraries, Version 2.3.3-98.38 or later that is installed on the Tivoli
    Storage Manager system.
    For Red Hat Enterprise Linux and SUSE Linux Enterprise Servers:
  • libaio.so.1 (32 and 64 bit)
  • libstdc++so.5 (32 and 64 bit)
  • libstdc++so.6 (32 and 64 bit)

    Processing
    Asynchronous I/O must be enabled.

    WEB Browser
    A web browser to retrieve an online installation package. The following browsers are supported:
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 or later
  • Firefox 3.5 or later

    Your browser must support the server code page. If your browser does not support the server code page, the windows might be unreadable. If your browser meets these requirements but does not correctly display a Tivoli Storage Manager web-based interface, consider using a different browser.

    Korn Shell (ksh)



  • Minimum Requirements for
    Tivoli Storage Manager Server V6.2 and
    Tivoli Storage Manager Storage Agent V6.2
    Hardware An AMD64 or Intel® EMT-64 processor

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

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

    Minimum: 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
    • 10 MB for the /opt directory if you create mount points
    • 4 GB for the /opt/tivoli/tsm directory if you create mount points
    • 390 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 and logs. This allows I/O to be balanced across multiple directories or mounts.

    Operating System The Tivoli Storage Manager server on Linux x86_64 requires one of the following operating systems:
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 (support starting with Tivoli Storage Manager V6.2.3), all updates are supported
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 , Update 3 or later
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10, Service Pack 2 or later
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11all updates are supported
    Communication Protocol
    • TCP/IP Version 4 or Version 6, which is standard with Linux
    • Shared memory protocol (with Tivoli Storage Manager Version 6.2 Linux x86_64 client)
    Additional Software
  • GNU C libraries, Version 2.3.3-98.38 or later that is installed on the Tivoli Storage Manager system.

    For Red Hat Enterprise Linux and SUSE Linux Enterprise Servers:
  • libaio.so.1 (32 and 64 bit)
  • libstdc++so.5 (32 and 64 bit)
  • libstdc++so.6 (32 and 64 bit)
  • A Web browser to retrieve an online installation package. The following browsers are supported:
  • Microsoft® Internet Explorer 6.0 SP1
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0
  • FireFox 2.0 or later
  • Asynchronous I/O must be enabled.
  • Your browser must support the server code page. If your browser does not support the server code page, the windows might be unreadable. If your browser meets these requirements but does not correctly display a Tivoli Storage Manager Web-based interface, consider using a different browser.

  • Minimum Requirements for
    Tivoli Storage Manager Server V6.1 and
    Tivoli Storage Manager Storage Agent V6.1
    Hardware Machine
    • An AMD64 or Intel® EMT-64 processor

    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
    • 4 GB for the /opt directory
    • 190 MB for the /tmp directory
    • 300 MB for the /usr directory
    Operating System One of the following operating systems in 64 bit only:
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 (starting with TSM Server V6.1.2)
    • Asianux 3.0
    Communication Protocol
    • TCP/IP Version 4 or Version 6, which is standard with Linux
    • Shared memory protocol
    Additional Software Version 2.3.3-98.38 or later of the GNU C libraries installed on the target machine

    Minimum Requirements for
    Tivoli Storage Manager Server V5.5 and
    Tivoli Storage Manager Storage Agent V5.5

    *Version 5.5 reached End-Of-Support (EOS) on April 30, 2014,
    and reaches End-of-Life (EOL) on April 30, 2017.
    Hardware Machine
    • AMD64 or INTEL EM64T x86_64 compatible symmetric multi-processor (SMP) or uniprocessor (UP)

    Minimum memory and space requirement to run:
    • RAM - 128 MB
    • Disk space - 256 MB hard disk space (includes full install, 9 MB recovery log, 17 MB database)
    Operating System
    • Linux 4
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 and 10
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 (starting with TSM Server V5.5.3)
    • Asianux 2.0 - Red Flag DC 5.0, Miracle Linux 4.0, and Haansoft Linux 2006
    • Asianux 3.0
    Communication Protocol
    • TCP/IP, which comes standard with Linux x86_64
    • Shared memory protocol
    Additional Software V2.3.3, or later of the GNU C libraries installed on the target machine


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    More support for:

    Tivoli Storage Manager
    Server

    Software version:

    5.5, 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 7.1

    Operating system(s):

    Linux x86_64

    Reference #:

    1204361

    Modified date:

    2014-12-03

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