TSM Client VMware On-Host and Off-Host Backup Requirements

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Question

Which IBM Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) client levels support VMware ESX service console, vStorage APIs for Data Protection, and VMware Consolidated Backup (VCB) backups?

Answer

VMware vStorage APIs for Data Protection (VADP)

VMware Consolidated Backup (VCB)

ESX Service Console

ESX Guest

There is information in the Backup-Archive Client User's Guides for each TSM version on how to configure your client for VMware and ESX backups. http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/wikis/display/tivolidoccentral/Tivoli+Storage+Manager

VMWARE VSTORAGE APIS FOR DATA PROTECTION (VADP)

Both full-vm and file off-host backups are supported with the VMware vStorage APIs for Data Protection (VADP) with:

  • 6.2.2, 6.2.3, 6.2.4, and 6.2.5 TSM Windows x32 and x64 Backup-Archive clients
  • 6.3 TSM Windows x32 and x64 Backup-Archive clients
  • 6.4 TSM Windows x32 and x64 Backup-Archive clients
  • 7.1 TSM Windows x64 Backup-Archive clients

VADP is not supported with the "Free License" version of ESXi.

vSphere Levels
TSM Windows Client supported version for VADP
4.0
6.2.2, 6.2.3, 6.2.4, 6.2.5, 6.3
4.1
6.2.2, 6.2.3, 6.2.4, 6.2.5, 6.3, 6.4
5.0
6.3, 6.4
5.1
6.4, 7.1
5.5
7.1

VMWARE CONSOLIDATED BACKUP (VCB)

VMware Consolidated Backup is supported for backups with:

  • the 5.5 TSM Windows x32 Backup-Archive client
  • the 6.1 and 6.2 TSM Windows x32 and x64 Backup-Archive clients

VCB is not supported with the "Free License" version of ESXi.

ESX, ESXi Levels
VCB Framework Level
TSM Windows Client supported version for VCB
3.0 and 3.5
1.0 and 1.1
5.5 and 6.1
3.0 and 3.5
1.5 and 1.5 Update 1
5.5, 6.1 and 6.2
4.0 1
(including vSphere)
1.5 Updates 1 and 2 3
6.1 2and 6.2 3
4.1 1
(including vSphere)
1.5 Update 2 3
6.1 2and 6.2 3

1 Backups are supported using direct interaction with an ESX 4.0 or 4.1 server or through a vCenter or Virtual Center 4 server. Recovery using full-VM restores requires VMware Converter Standalone 4.0.1 or higher.

2Proxy support:
  • Windows 2003 with any 6.1 or 6.2 client
  • Windows 2008 beginning with the 6.1.2 client and with any 6.2 client (requires VCB Framework 1.5. Update 1 or 2)

36.2 client Off-host full-machine backup requires VCB Framework 1.5 Update 1 or 2. However, Off-host file-level backup uses the VMware vStorage APIs for Data Protection and does not require any additional VMware software.

ESX SERVICE CONSOLE

The VMware ESX Service Console is supported for backups with the TSM Linux x86/x86_64 Backup-Archive client for TSM Versions 5.5, 6.1, and 6.2.

Note: ESXi does not have a supported Service Console and therefore there it is not possible to install the TSM Linux x86/x86_64 Backup-Archive client on ESXi.

ESX Level
TSM Linux x86 Client supported version for ESX Service Console
3.0
5.5
3.5
5.5
4.0 and 4.1
5.5, 6.1, and 6.2



ESX GUEST

TSM client support of backups as a VMware ESX guest is discussed in this technote: http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?&uid=swg21239546

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More support for:

Tivoli Storage Manager
Client

Software version:

5.5, 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 7.1

Operating system(s):

Linux, Windows

Reference #:

1394300

Modified date:

2014-12-12

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