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Problem(Abstract)

Hardware and Software Requirements for IBM Spectrum Protect™ Windows Backup-Archive and API Client

Cause

Tip: The product now known as IBM Spectrum Protect™ was named IBM Tivoli® Storage Manager in releases earlier than Version 7.1.3. To learn more about the rebranding transition, see technote 1963634.

Overview of IBM Spectrum Protect™ Client and Server supported operating systems and platforms: http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21243309
Overview of IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Client and Server supported operating systems and platforms: http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21994042

Latest Client and Server downloads: http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21239415


Resolving the problem



Hardware and Software Requirements

Version 8.1
Version 7.1
Version 6.4
Version 6.3

Version 8.1
Hardware
Operating System
Communication Protocol, Other
x64: An AMD64 or EM64T processor or multi-processor based computer

Client installation requires:
128 MB RAM
1.5 GB disk space
Backup/Archive client (including Web client) and API client require one of the following:
  • Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 Server Core, all editions all SPs supported1
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012 R2 Server Core, all editions, all SPs supported2
  • Windows 2016 Server and Windows Server 2016 Server Core, all editions 3
  • Windows 8.1, all editions, all SPs supported4
  • Windows 10, all editions except Mobile
One for the following, which are included in the base Windows product packages:
  • TCP/IP (the only one used for Web client)
  • Named Pipes (used in conjunction with IBM Spectrum Protect server running on same Windows machine)

Shared Memory (used in conjunction with IBM Spectrum Protect server running on same Windows machine)
Notes:
  • For information on which IBM Spectrum Protect client functions are supported on which hardware, see Function table
  • The Web client requires Java: JRE 7 or JRE 8
    Note: The client is supported when running in Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome browsers.
  • Automated System Recovery (ASR) for EFI and non-EFI systems
  • Supported for Microsoft Hyper-V is documented in this IBM Technote
  • Supported levels for NetApp Data ONTAP:
    http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21474217
  • Virtual Machine backups initiated by the Data Protection for VMware product are only supported on Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2016.
    (Backup in a guest VM is supported for all listed Windows versions)

1. Note on Windows 2012:
  • IBM Spectrum Protect Backup Archive client for Windows provides support for Windows Storage Server 2012 for functionality that is also available and supported by IBM Spectrum Protect on the Windows Server 2012 Editions.
2. Note on Windows 2012 R2:
  • IBM Spectrum Protect Backup Archive client for Windows provides support for Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Editions for functionality that is also available and supported by IBM Spectrum Protect on the Windows Server 2012 R2 Editions.
  • The following are known issues with Windows Server 2012 R2:
    To perform an application-consistent backup or restore by using Work Folders in Windows Server 2012 R2, apply the Microsoft hotfix for knowledge base article 2909185. See details at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2909185.

3. Note on Windows 2016:
  • IBM Spectrum Protect Backup Archive client for Windows provides support for Windows Storage Server 2016 for functionality that is also available and supported by IBM Spectrum Protect on the Windows Server 2016 Editions.

4. Note on Windows 8.1:
  • IBM Spectrum Protect Backup Archive client for Windows provides support for Windows 8.1 for functionality that is also available and supported by IBM Spectrum Protect on Windows 8.
  • The following are known issues with Windows 8.1:
    Backups of the new Placeholder files in Windows 8.1 will not handle the new reparse tag information correctly, causing it to be backed up and restored.


Version 7.1
Hardware
Operating System
Communication Protocol, Other
32-bit: An x32 or compatible processor, or multi-processor based computer

x64: An AMD64 or EM64T processor or multi-processor based computer

Client installation requires:
128 MB RAM
1.5 GB disk space
Backup/Archive client (including Web client) and API client require one of the following:
  • Windows 2008 Server and Windows 2008 Server Core, all editions, all SPs supported
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Server Core, all editions, all SPs supported
  • Windows 2012 Server and Windows Server 2012 Server Core, all editions and SPs supported 1
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012 R2 Server Core, all editions, all SPs supported 2
  • Windows 7, all editions, all SPs supported
  • Windows 8, all editions, all SPs supported
  • Windows 8.1, all editions, all SPs supported 3
  • Windows 10, all editions except Mobile, beginning with the 7.1.3.2 client
One for the following, which are included in the base Windows product packages:
  • TCP/IP (the only one used for Web client)
  • Named Pipes (used in conjunction with IBM Spectrum Protect server running on same Windows machine)

Shared Memory (used in conjunction with IBM Spectrum Protect server running on same Windows machine)
Notes:
  • For information on which IBM Spectrum Protect client functions are supported on which hardware, see Function table
  • The Web client requires:
    • prior to 7.1.2.1: the Java plugin that is included in JRE 7
    • beginning with 7.1.2.1: Java plugin that is included in JRE 7 or JRE 8
    Note: The client is supported when running in Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome browsers with the required plugin.
  • Only 64-bit clients can be run on 64-bit machines.
  • Automated System Recovery (ASR) for EFI and non-EFI systems
  • Supported for Microsoft Hyper-V is documented in this IBM Technote
  • Supported levels for NetApp Data ONTAP:
    http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21474217
  • Virtual Machine backups initiated by the Data Protection for VMware product are only supported on Windows 2008, 64-bit and Windows Server 2012.
    (Backup in a guest VM is supported for all listed Windows versions)
  • The following GPFS versions are supported:
    • GPFS 3.5.0 or higher fix pack levels
    • GPFS 4.1.0.10 (TL1) or higher fix pack levels (beginning with backup-archive client 7.1.2)
    • GPFS 4.1.1 or higher fix pack levels (beginning with backup-archive client 7.1.3)
    • GPFS 4.2.0 or higher fix pack levels (beginning with backup-archive client 7.1.4.4)
    • GPFS 4.2.1 or higher fix pack levels (beginning with backup-archive client 7.1.6)

1. Note on Windows 2012:
  • IBM Spectrum Protect Backup Archive client for Windows provides support for Windows Storage Server 2012 for functionality that is also available and supported by IBM Spectrum Protect on the Windows Server 2012 Editions.
2. Note on Windows 2012 R2:
  • IBM Spectrum Protect Backup Archive client for Windows provides support for Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Editions for functionality that is also available and supported by IBM Spectrum Protect on the Windows Server 2012 R2 Editions.
  • The following are known issues with Windows Server 2012 R2:
    To perform an application-consistent backup or restore by using Work Folders in Windows Server 2012 R2, apply the Microsoft hotfix for knowledge base article 2909185. See details at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2909185.

3. Note on Windows 8.1:
  • IBM Spectrum Protect Backup Archive client for Windows provides support for Windows 8.1 for functionality that is also available and supported by IBM Spectrum Protect on Windows 8.
  • The following are known issues with Windows 8.1:
    Backups of the new Placeholder files in Windows 8.1 will not handle the new reparse tag information correctly, causing it to be backed up and restored.


Version 6.4
Hardware
Operating System
Communication Protocol, Other
32-bit: An x32 or compatible processor, or multi-processor based computer

x64: An AMD64 or EM64T processor or multi-processor based computer

Client installation requires:
128 MB RAM
1.5 GB disk space
Backup/Archive client (including Web client) and API client require one of the following:
  • Windows Vista, all editions, all SPs supported1
  • Windows 2008 Server and Windows 2008 Server Core, all editions, all SPs supported
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Server Core, all editions, all SPs supported.
  • Windows Server 20122 and Windows Server 2012 R2 3, all editions and SPs supported
  • Windows 7, all editions, all SPs supported.
  • Windows 82 and Windows 8.14, all editions, all SPs supported.
One for the following, which are included in the base Windows product packages:
  • TCP/IP (the only one used for Web client)
  • Named Pipes (used in conjunction with TSM server running on same Windows machine)

Shared Memory (used in conjunction with TSM server running on same Windows machine)
Notes:
  • For information on which TSM client functions are supported on which hardware, see Function table
  • The Web client requires:
    • prior to 6.4.3: the Java plugin that is included in JRE 6 or JRE 7
    • beginning with 6.4.3: Java plugin that is included in JRE 6 or JRE 7 or JRE 8
    Note: The client is supported when running in Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome browsers with the required plugin.
  • Only 64-bit clients can be run on 64-bit machines.
  • Automated System Recovery (ASR) for non-EFI systems
  • Supported for Microsoft Hyper-V is documented in this IBM Technote
  • Supported levels for NetApp Data ONTAP:
    http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21474217
  • The following GPFS releases are supported:
    • GPFS 3.4.0.4 (or higher GPFS 3.4 fix level)
    • GPFS 3.5

1. NOTE on Windows Vista:
  • SP1 or higher is required to back up or restore System State with the VSS snapshot provider.
2. NOTE on Windows 8 and Windows 2012:
  • The support does not include support for:
    VMware Full-VM backups (guest VM is supported)
3. NOTE Windows 2012 R2:
  • Supported with 6.4.2 or higher 6.4 fix pack
  • The following are known issues with Windows Server 2012 R2:
    To perform an application-consistent backup or restore by using Work Folders in Windows Server 2012 R2, apply the Microsoft hotfix for knowledge base article 2909185. See details at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2909185.
4. NOTE on Windows 8.1
  • Supported with 6.4.2 or higher 6.4 fix pack


Version 6.3

Note: IBM Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) 6.3 will reach End-Of-Support (EOS) on April 30, 2017. There will be no support extensions for TSM Version 6.3 products. Clients are encouraged to upgrade to a current product release that has not yet reached end of support. See in TSM Family Products with Support Extension contracts available which releases are active supported or which which are the recommendations for replacement.

Hardware
Operating System
Communication Protocol, Other
32-bit: An x32 or compatible processor, or multi-processor based computer

x64: An AMD64 or EM64T processor or multi-processor based computer

Client installation requires:
128 MB RAM
1.5 GB disk space
Backup/Archive client (including Web client) and API client require one of the following:
  • Windows 2003 Server, all editions, all SPs supported*
  • Windows 2003 Server R2, all editions, support for same features as in Windows 2003*
  • Windows Vista, all editions, all SPs supported**
  • Windows 2008 Server and Windows 2008 Server Core, all editions, all SPs supported
  • Windows Server 2008 R2, all editions, all SPs supported
  • Windows 2012 Server, all editions and SPs supported with 6.3.1 or higher client ***
  • Windows 7, all editions, all SPs supported.
  • Windows 8, all editions, all SPs supported with 6.3.1 or higher client (Windows 8.1 not supported)***
One for the following, which are included in the base Windows product packages:
  • TCP/IP (the only one used for Web client)
  • Named Pipes (used in conjunction with TSM server running on same Windows machine)
  • Shared Memory (used in conjunction with TSM server running on same Windows machine)
Notes:
  • For information on which TSM client functions are supported on which hardware, see Function table
  • The Web client requires the Java plugin that is included in JRE 6 or JRE 7. The client is supported when running in Microsoft Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox browsers with the required plugin.
  • Only 64-bit clients can be run on 64-bit machines.
  • Automated System Recovery (ASR) for non-EFI systems

*NOTES on Windows 2003 requirements:
  • If you plan to back up System State or use Open File Support with the VSS snapshot provider, you must install Service Pack 1 (SP1) or higher Service Pack level, and you must install Microsoft hotfix roll-up packages 934016 (for COM+) and 940349 (for VSS). The hotfix roll-up packages can be found at Microsoft's support pagehttp://support.microsoft.com.
  • If you plan to use an x64-bit machine, apply the Microsoft hotfix for knowledge base article 908675. The hotfix is included in Service Pack 2 for Microsoft Windows 2003. In case you cannot apply the entire Service Pack this particular hotfix can be provided by Microsoft upon request. See details at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/908675.

**NOTES on Windows Vista requirements:
  • SP1 or higher is required to back up or restore System State with the VSS snapshot provider.

***NOTES on Windows 8 and Windows 2012 requirements:
The support does not include support for:
  • VMware Full-VM backups (guest VM is supported)



Version 6.2 is past End of Support (EOS). See the V6.2 Client:
Version 6.1 is past End of Support (EOS). See the V6.1 Client:
Version 5.5 is past End of Support (EOS). See the V5.5 Client:



Note: LAN-free client also requires IBM Tivoli Storage Manager for SAN (5608-SAN)


Administrative
Backup/Archive
HSM
API
Command Line Interface
Graphical User Interface
Command Line Interface
Web Browser Interface
Graphical User Interface
Command Line Interface
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Related information

Latest client downloads
Overview Spectrum Protect Operating Systems
Overview TSM Operating Systems
HW&SW requirements HSM for Windows


Cross reference information
Segment Product Component Platform Version Edition
Storage Management Tivoli Storage Manager Client

Document information

More support for: IBM Spectrum Protect
Client

Software version: 7.1, 8.1

Operating system(s): Windows

Reference #: 1197133

Modified date: 06 December 2016