Hardware and Software Requirements: Data Protection for VMware Version 6.4

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Abstract

This document details the Hardware & Software requirements for Tivoli Storage Manager for Virtual Environments: Data Protection for VMWare 6.4.

For version 6.4.1 see Tivoli Storage Manager for Virtual Environments: Data Protection for VMWare 6.4.1 at http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21647461.

Content

The Data Protection for VMware requirements vary by high level functional component. Data Protection for VMware has the following high level functional components:

  • VMware vCenter Plug-in
  • Data Mover
  • Recovery Agent
  • Recovery Agent Command Line Interface

This document is divided into linked sections for ease of navigation. You may use the links below to jump to the desired section of the document.

Supported VMware vSphere versions

VMware vCenter Plug-in supported operating systems


Data Mover supported operating systems
Recovery Agent & Recovery Agent Command Line Interface supported operating systems

Additional software requirements and limitations

Hardware requirements for Data Protection for VMware

Where to download Tivoli Storage Manager for Virtual Environments 6.4.0

Hardware & Software requirements for other releases of Data Protection for VMWare

Supported VMware vSphere versions

The following VMware vSphere versions are supported:

  • vSphere 4.1
  • vSphere 5.0
  • vSphere 5.1

VMware vCenter Plug-in

This functional component integrates the product with the VMware vSphere client in order to back up, restore, and manage virtual machines in the VMware vCenter and includes the Data Protection for VMware command-line interface. The supported operating systems by platform are detailed below.

Linux x86_64 platform

The following operating systems are supported for the VMware vCenter Plug-in on the Linux x86_64 platform.
  • Red Hat Enterprise (RHEL) Linux 5 Update 2, and later mod levels and fix packs: Desktop and Advanced Platform Editions
  • Red Hat Enterprise (RHEL) Linux 6, and later mod levels and fix packs: Desktop and Advanced Platform Editions
  • SUSE Enterprise Linux 111, and later mod levels and fix packs: Desktop and Server Editions

Note:
  1. The following kernels are supported:
    – SUSE-i386: 2.6.16.60-0.21default, 2.6.16.60-0.21smp, and 2.6.16.60-0.21bigsmp
    – SUSE-x86_64: 2.6.16.60-0.21default and 2.6.16.60-0.21smp
    For all kernel versions, auto mount is not supported.


Windows x86 platform

The following operating systems are supported for the VMware vCenter Plug-in on the Windows x86 platform:
  • Windows Server 20081, and later Service Packs: Standard, Enterprise, Datacenter, Storage Server, Storage Server R2, Small Business Server, Essential Business Server, and Web Editions
  • Windows 7, and later Service Packs: Enterprise, Professional, and Ultimate Editions

Note:
  1. If you use Active Directory with Microsoft Windows 2008 or Microsoft Windows 2008 R2, see the Microsoft Knowledge Base article 970770 online at http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;970770. Download the hotfix associated with this knowledge base article.


Windows x64 platform

The following operating systems are supported for the VMware vCenter Plug-in on the Windows x64 platform:
  • Windows Server 20081, and later Service Packs: Standard, Enterprise, Datacenter, Storage Server, Storage Server R2, Small Business Server, Essential Business Server, and Web Editions
  • Windows Server 2008 R21, and later Service Packs: Standard, Enterprise, Datacenter, Storage Server, Storage Server R2, Small Business Server, Essential Business Server, and Web Editions
  • Windows 7, and later Service Packs: Enterprise, Professional, and Ultimate Editions

Note:
  1. If you use Active Directory with Microsoft Windows 2008 or Microsoft Windows 2008 R2, see the Microsoft Knowledge Base article 970770 online at http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;970770. Download the hotfix associated with this knowledge base article.



Data Mover

The Data Mover is installed on the vStorage Backup Server and enables off-host block level incremental backups. This function is enabled by the installation of the Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) Backup-Archive Client 6.4.0, or later mod levels and fix packs. The TSM Backup-Archive Client is a separate prerequisite and not included in the Data Protection for VMware installation package.

Though the TSM Backup-Archive Client supports a wide variety of operating systems, only a subset of those operating systems are supported with TSM for Virtual Environments.
  • The 6.4.0 level of the TSM Backup-Archive client, or later fix packs or interim fixes of this release, is required with Data Protection for VMware 6.4.

WARNING: The TSM API Client 6.4.0 is also a prerequisite of Data Protection for VMware 6.4.0 and is automatically installed as a part of the Data Protection for VMware 6.4.0 installation process. The TSM Backup-Archive Client and TSM API levels must remain in sync. Therefore, future updates to either the TSM Backup-Archive Client or the TSM API require that the other component be updated at the same time.

The supported operating systems by platform for the Data Mover / TSM Backup-Archive Client with Data Protection for VMware are detailed below.

Linux x86_64 platform

The following operating systems are supported for the Data Mover on the Linux x86_64 platform:
  • Red Hat Enterprise (RHEL) Linux 5 Update 3, Update 4, and Update 5: Desktop and Advanced Platform Editions
  • Red Hat Enterprise (RHEL) Linux 6 Update 1 and Update 2: Desktop and Advanced Platform Editions
  • SUSE Enterprise Linux 10 SP2: Desktop and Server Editions
  • SUSE Enterprise Linux 11 SP2: Desktop and Server Editions

Note: Consistent backup failures have been experienced with some data movers. The issue has been fixed with IC88237 which is included in the TSM backup-archive client 6.4.0.1 interim fix, available since January 31, 2013.

Windows x86 platform

The following operating systems are supported for the Data Mover on the Windows x86 platform:
  • Windows 7, and later Service Packs: Enterprise, Home Premium, Professional, Starter, and Ultimate Editions

Windows 8 is not supported at this time.


Windows x64 platform

The following operating systems are supported for the Data Mover on the Windows x64 platform:
  • Windows Server 2008 R2, and later Service Packs: Standard, Enterprise, Datacenter, Storage Server, Storage Server R2, Small Business Server, Essential Business Server, and Web Editions
  • Windows 7, and later Service Packs: Enterprise, Home Premium, Professional, and Ultimate Editions

Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 are not supported at this time.



Recovery Agent & Recovery Agent Command Line Interface

This function provides virtual mount and instant restore capabilities. The supported operating systems by platform are detailed below.


Linux x86_64 Platform

The following operating systems are supported for the Recovery Agent on the Linux x86_64 platform:
  • Red Hat Enterprise (RHEL) Linux 51 Update 2, and later mod levels and fix packs: Desktop and Advanced Platform Editions
  • Red Hat Enterprise (RHEL) Linux 61, and later mod levels and fix packs: Desktop and Advanced Platform Editions
  • SUSE Enterprise Linux 102 SP2, and later mod levels and fix packs: Desktop and Server Editions
  • SUSE Enterprise Linux 112, and later mod levels and fix packs: Desktop and Server Editions

Note:
  1. Requires the following minimum packages and their dependencies:
    • compat-db-4.6.21-15
    • libXp-1.0.0-15.1
    • libXmu-1.0.5-1
    • libXtst-1.0.99.2-3
    • pam-1.1.1-4
    • libXft-2.1.13-4.1
    • gtk2-2.18.9-4
    • gtk2-engines-2.18.4-5
  2. The following kernels are supported:
    - SUSE-i386: 2.6.16.60-0.21default, 2.6.16.60-0.21smp, and 2.6.16.60-0.21bigsmp
    - SUSE-x86_64: 2.6.16.60-0.21default and 2.6.16.60-0.21smp
    For all kernel versions, auto mount is not supported.

The Recovery Agent Command Line Interface (CLI) is not supported on the Linux x86_64 platform. Only the Recovery Agent itself is supported.



Windows x86 Platform

The following operating systems are supported for the Recovery Agent on the Windows x86 platform:
  • Windows Server 20081 SP1, and later Service Packs: Standard, Enterprise, Datacenter, Storage Server, Storage Server R2, Small Business Server, Essential Business Server, and Web Editions
  • Windows Vista SP1, and later Service Packs: Business, Enterprise, Home Basic, Home Premium, Starter, and Ultimate Editions
  • Windows 7, and later Service Packs: Enterprise, Home Premium, Professional, Starter, and Ultimate Editions
  • Windows 8, Professional and Enterprise Editions

Note:
  1. If you use Active Directory with Microsoft Windows 2008, see the Microsoft Knowledge Base article 970770 online at http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;970770. Download the hotfix associated with this knowledge base article.



Windows x64 Platform

The following operating systems are supported for the Recovery Agent on the Windows x64 platform:
  • Windows Server 20081 SP1, and later Service Packs: Standard, Enterprise, Datacenter, Storage Server, Storage Server R2, Small Business Server, Essential Business Server, and Web Editions
  • Windows Server 2008 R21, and later Service Packs: Standard, Enterprise, Datacenter, Storage Server, Storage Server R2, Small Business Server, Essential Business Server, and Web Editions
  • Windows Vista SP1, and later Service Packs: Business, Enterprise, Home Premium, Starter, and Ultimate Editions
  • Windows 7, and later Service Packs: Enterprise, Home Premium, Professional, and Ultimate Editions
  • Windows 8, Professional and Enterprise Editions
  • Windows Server 2012

Note:
  1. If you use Active Directory with Microsoft Windows 2008 or Microsoft Windows 2008 R2, see the Microsoft Knowledge Base article 970770 online at http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;970770. Download the hotfix associated with this knowledge base article.




Additional software requirements and limitations

The following additional software is required to use Data Protection for VMware:
  • Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) Server 6.1.3, or later

TIP: TSM Client/API and Server compatibility information is located in the I BM Tivoli Storage Manager Server/Client Compatibility and Upgrade Considerations tech note located here: http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21053218


  • Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) Backup-Archive Client 6.4.0, or later fix packs or interim fixes of this release

WARNING: The TSM API Client 6.4.0 is also a prerequisite of Data Protection for VMware 6.4.0 and is automatically installed as a part of the Data Protection for VMware 6.4.0 installation process. The TSM Backup-Archive Client 6.4.0 is a prerequisite to using the Data Mover function for off-host block level incremental backups. The TSM Backup-Archive Client and TSM API levels must remain in sync. Therefore, future updates to either the TSM Backup-Archive Client or the TSM API require that the other component be updates at the same time.


  • The Recovery Agent and VMware vCenter Plugin require the following supporting applications on Linux:
    • Perl version 5
    • mdadm 2.6 tool for managing Linux Software RAID arrays
    • iSCSI Initiator 6.2 for Linux package
    • lsscsi command version 0.23
    • iscsiadm utility 0.10
    • Secure Shell (SSH) client for Linux 0.1
  • The VMware vCenter plug-in on Windows requires Microsoft Internet Explorer version 8 or 9 to be installed on the system where the plug-in will be launched.
  • The application-aware log truncation function is not supported with guests running in ESX/ESXi 4.1
  • The fix for IC88083 is required to use the 6.4 Data Mover to include or exclude individual disks from backup when connecting to a VMware vCenter Server running in a Japanese, Korean, or Simplified Chinese locale. This fix is included in the TSM backup-archive client 6.4.0.1 interim fix, available since January 31, 2013.

Hardware requirements for Data Protection for VMware

Hardware requirements vary and depend on the following items:
  • Number of protected servers
  • Number of protected volumes
  • Data set sizes
  • LAN and SAN connectivity

The following table describes the hardware requirements that are needed to install
Data Protection for VMware.

Component Minimal requirement Preferred
System IntelPentium D 3 GHz Dual Core processor or compatible Not applicable
Memory 2 GB RAM, 2 GB virtual
address space
Not applicable
Available hard disk 200 MB for 'Documents and
Settings' folder
2 GB
NIC Card 1 NIC - 100 Mbps 1 NIC - 1 Gbps



Where to download Tivoli Storage Manager for Virtual Environments 6.4.0

The Tivoli Storage Manager for Virtual Environments download document provides information about how and where to obtain the Tivoli Storage Manager for Virtual Environments 6.4.0 package. The information is located at: http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg24033103

TIP: Data Protection for VMware 6.4.0 is a component of Tivoli Storage Manager for Virtual Environments 6.4.0


Hardware & Software requirements for other releases of Data Protection for VMWare

The Hardware & Software requirements for other releases of Data Protection for VMWare are located in the "All Requirements Doc" located at: http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21505139

Related information

All Requirements Doc TSM for Virtual Environments
Download Tivoli Storage Manager for Virtual Environment

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More support for:

Tivoli Storage Manager for Virtual Environments
Data Protection for VMware

Software version:

6.4

Operating system(s):

Linux, Windows

Reference #:

1611903

Modified date:

2013-08-20

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