TSM Server-Client Compatibility and Upgrade Considerations

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Problem(Abstract)

IBM Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) Server/Client Compatibility and Upgrade Considerations

Cause

IBM Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) Client-Server Compatibility for Clients and Servers
The following TSM client and server combinations are compatible. All other combinations are not supported.

The functionality in the lowest version and release is supported in that compatible combination, for as long as the lowest version and release is in regular support.


TIVOLI STORAGE MANAGER CLIENT COMPATIBILITY

includes the Backup-Archive, API, UNIX HSM, and Web clients
that are compatible with, and currently supported with,
Tivoli Storage Manager Servers and Storage Agents.
Tivoli Storage Manager
Client Version
Compatible Tivoli Storage Manager
Server and Storage Agent Versions
7.1
7.1, 6.3.x 1, and 6.2
6.4
7.1, 6.3.x 1, and 6.2
6.3 2
7.1, 6.3.x 1, and 6.2
6.2 3
7.1, 6.3.x 1, and 6.2
General Notes:
Note 1:
  • In TSM 6.3, the TSM Server and Storage Agent level is 6.3.x, where x>=0
  • In TSM 6.4, the TSM Server level is 6.3.x, where x>=3
  • Compatibility with the TSM Server 6.3.x means compatibility with both 6.3 and 6.4
Note 2:
  • 6.3 Client compatibility statements include the V6.1-level z/OS USS Client
Note 3:
  • 6.2 Clients include the V6.1-level i5/OS API and the V6.1-level Windows IA64
  • 6.2 Client compatibility statements include the V6.1-level z/OS USS Client
Link to Storage-Agent and Library-Client compatibility page:
http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21302789

Link to Operations Center-Server Compatibility page:
http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21640917

Link to Administration Center-Server Compatibility page:
http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21662629

Link to the Operating System Overview page for client and servers on all supported TSM releases:
http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21243309

Link to the Client Functionality Compatibility page:
http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21420322

Upgrading to Version 7.1
Upgrading to Version 6.3 or 6.4
Upgrading from 5.5 or 6.1, which are End of Support

Upgrading from Version 6.3 or 6.4 t o Version 7.1

As part of a migration plan from Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) Version 6.3 or 6.4 to TSM Version 7.1, TSM clients and servers can be upgraded at different times. This configuration is supported as long as the older version is supported.

When upgrading from a Version 6.x server to a Version 7.1 server, follow this link for more detailed information: http://pic.dhe.ibm.com/infocenter/tsminfo/v7r1/index.jsp?topic=%2Fcom.ibm.itsm.srv.install.doc%2Ft_srv_upgrade.html

To help prevent disruption to your backup and archive activities during the migration, follow these guidelines:
  • A TSM 6.3 or 6.4 client can perform backup, restore, archive, retrieve, and query functions to a TSM 7.1 server
  • A TSM 7.1 client can perform backup, restore, archive, retrieve, and query functions to a TSM 6.2 or 6.3.x server
  • If you back up or archive data from a TSM 6.4 or 6.3 or earlier client to a supported TSM server, you can restore or retrieve that data using a TSM 7.1 client
  • If you back up or archive data from a TSM 7.1 client to a supported TSM server, you cannot restore or retrieve that data using a TSM 6.4 or earlier client.
  • All TSM 7.1 administrative clients can administer TSM 6.2 and 6.3.x servers
  • NAS backups performed on a TSM 7.1 server using the BACKUP NODE server command can only be restored using the RESTORE NODE server command or a TSM 6.3, 6.4, or 7.1 client

Note: the TSM server is shipped at the V6.3.3 level with TSM 6.4

Upgrading from Version 6.2 to Version 6.3 or 6.4:

As part of a migration plan from Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) Version 6.2 to TSM Version 6.3 or 6.4, TSM clients and servers can be upgraded at different times. This configuration is supported as long as the older version is supported.

To help prevent disruption to your backup and archive activities during the migration, follow these guidelines:
  • A TSM 6.2 client can perform backup, restore, archive, retrieve, and query functions to a TSM V6.3 server
  • A TSM V6.3 or 6.4 client can perform backup, restore, archive, retrieve, and query functions to a TSM 6.2 or 6.3 server
  • If you back up or archive data from a TSM V6.3, V6.2, or earlier client to a TSM server, you can restore or retrieve that data using a TSM V6.3 or V6.4 client
  • If you back up or archive data from a TSM V6.3 client to a supported TSM server, you cannot restore or retrieve that data using a TSM V6.2 or earlier client.
  • If you backup or archive data from a TSM V6.4 client to a supported TSM server, you cannot restore or retrieve that data using a TSM V6.3 or earlier client.
  • All V6.3 and 6.4 administrative clients can administer TSM 6.2 and 6.3 servers
  • NAS backups performed on a TSM V6.3 server using the BACKUP NODE server command can only be restored using the RESTORE NODE server command or a TSM V6.3 or 6.4 client

Note: the TSM server is shipped at the V6.3.3 level with TSM 6.4


Upgrading from Version 5.5 or 6.1 to Version 6.x :

Version 5.5 and Version 6.1 have reached End of Support. Upgrading from a Version 5.x server to a Version 6.x server is significantly different than previous upgrades. Please follow this link for more detailed information you need to know before upgrading your 5.5 server:
http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/tsminfo/v6/index.jsp?topic=/com.ibm.itsm.nav.doc/t_upgrading.html

Version 5.5 or 6.1 clients can be upgraded to any higher 6.x or 7.1 level, as long as the operating system is supported at that higher level.
Note that all UNIX and Linux clients at Version 6.3 and higher are 64-bit. 32-bit Version 5.5 and 6.1 UNIX and Linux clients must be uninstalled before installing the equivalent Version 6.3 or higher 64-bit clients.

Related information

TSM 5.5 and 6.1 EOS Announcement
Latest Server and Client Downloads
TSM 6.2 EOS 30 April 2015
TSM 5.5 and 6.1 Compatibility (now EOS)

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More support for:

Tivoli Storage Manager
Client

Software version:

All Supported Versions

Operating system(s):

AIX, HP-UX, Linux Red Hat - i/p Series, Linux SuSE - i/p Series, Linux x86, Linux zSeries, Solaris, Windows, z/OS

Reference #:

1053218

Modified date:

2014-05-29

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