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Hardware and Software Requirements: Version 4.1 FlashCopy® Manager for VMware

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Abstract

This document details the hardware and software requirements for IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy® Manager V4.1 for VMware.

Content

Links to the Hardware & Software requirements for the other components that are a part of IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager V4.1, are located at the following URL:
http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21654207
Links to the hardware and software requirements for other releases of IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy® Manager, and its components, are located in the "All Requirements Document" located at the following URL:
http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21427692


The IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager V4.1 download document provides information about how and where to obtain the FlashCopy Manager V4.1 packages. The information is located here: http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg24035385


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:

TIP: The two documents listed below may be useful for planning your deployment:

Requirements for FlashCopy Manager for VMware


Hardware:

  • A VMware vSphere environment consisting of one or more vCenter servers and one or more ESX/ESXi hosts.
  • One Linux server for the Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager installation. This server can either be a physical server or a virtual machine running within the vSphere environment.
    LAN connectivity to the vCenter server is required for this server.
    SAN connectivity to storage subsystems is not required for this server.

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

The following table describes the hardware requirements that are needed to install
FlashCopy Manager for VMware.

Component Minimal requirement Preferred
System Intel Pentium D 3 GHz Dual Core processor or compatible Not applicable
Memory 2 GB RAM, 2 GB virtual
address space
Not applicable
Available hard disk 1.5 GB
Additional temporary space required during installation
2 GB
Network Interface Card 1 NIC - 100 Mbps 1 NIC - 1 Gbps



Software:

Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager for VMware requires:
  • that a supported operating system is running on the virtual or physical server where FlashCopy Manager for VMware is installed
  • a VMware vCenter server
  • one or more VMware ESX/ESXi hosts
    Optionally, a VMware vSphere client of the same version as the vCenter server is required in order to use the Data Protection for VMware vCenter plug-in.

The following operating systems are supported for the virtual machine or physical server where FlashCopy Manager for VMware is installed:
    • 64-bit SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 11, and later 11.x levels
    • 64-bit Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5.1, and later 5.x levels
    • 64-bit Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6.1, and later 6.x levels

  • The following VMware vSphere levels are supported for the vCenter server:

Note: Some limitations may apply. Please refer to the documentation of "Known issues and limitations" at: http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?&uid=swg21651408
  • VMware vCenter Server 5.0, and future maintenance updates
  • VMware vCenter Server 5.1, and future maintenance updates
  • VMware vCenter Server 5.5, and future maintenance updates
  • The following VMware ESX/ESXi levels are supported for the hosts:

Note: Some limitations may apply. Please refer to the documentation of "Known issues and limitations" at: http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?&uid=swg21651408
  • VMware ESX/ESXi 5.0, and future maintenance updates
  • VMware ESX/ESXi 5.1, and future maintenance updates
  • VMware ESX/ESXi 5.5, and future maintenance updates


External Disk Storage Options

IBM Storwize® V7000 v1 Disk System
IBM Storwize® V7000 Version 6.4
IBM Storwize® V7000 Version 7.1
IBM Storwize® V7000 Version 7.2
IBM Storwize® V7000 Version 7.3

IBM Storwize® v3700 Version 6.4
IBM Storwize® v3700 Version 7.1
IBM Storwize® v3700 Version 7.2
IBM Storwize® v3700 Version 7.3

IBM Storwize® v5000 Version 7.1
IBM Storwize® v5000 Version 7.2
IBM Storwize® v5000 Version 7.3

IBM Storwize® V7000 Unified v1.3 Disk System (block level support only)
IBM Storwize® V7000 Unified v1.4 Disk System (block level support only)
IBM Storwize® V7000 Unified v1.5 Disk System (block level support only)

IBM Flex System™ v7000 Version 6.4
IBM Flex System™ v7000 Version 7.1
IBM Flex System™ v7000 Version 7.2

IBM FlashSystem™ V840


IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller ( SVC ) hardware with one of the following SVC levels:

  • IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller v6.1.0, and later 6.1.x levels
  • IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller v6.2.0, and later 6.2.x levels
  • IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller v6.3.0, and later 6.3.x levels
  • IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller v6.4.0, and later 6.4.x levels
  • IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller v7.1.0, and later 7.1.x levels
  • IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller v7.2.0, and later 7.2.x levels
  • IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller v7.3.0, and later 7.3.x levels


IBM XIV® Storage System hardware:

  • IBM XIV® 2nd Generation Storage System v10.0.0.b, and later 10.x levels
  • IBM XIV® 3nd Generation Storage System 11.x levels

IBM XIV® Storage System software:
  • IBM XIV® Management Tools 3.x for all IBM XIV® Generations
  • IBM XIV® Management Tools 4.2 and later 4.2.x levels for all IBM XIV® Generations
or
  • XIV® CLI 2.3.1 and later 2.x and 3.x levels for IBM XIV® 2nd Generation
  • XIV® CLI 3.0.1 and later 3.x levels for IBM XIV® 3nd Generation
  • XIV® CLI 4.2 and later 4.2.x levels for IBM XIV® 3nd Generation


IBM System Storage DS8000 hardware:
  • IBM System Storage DS8000™ (DS8100, DS8300, DS8700, DS8800 or DS8870) with DS8000 Release Version 3.1 or later versions. Earlier versions might be supported by certain microcode level updates.

IBM System Storage N Series and NetApp hardware:

  • IBM System Storage N Series or NetApp data storage systems
  • Supported Data ONTAP versions:
    • 7.3, or later 7.3.x levels
    • 8.1, or later 8.1.x levels


Requirements for Off-loaded Backups to Tivoli Storage Manager

  • IBM Tivoli Storage Manager for Virtual Environments v7.1.0 and later 7.1.0.x interim fixes
    For the specific requirements of IBM Tivoli Storage Manager for Virtual Environments V7.1, refer to the Hardware and Software Requirements document at
    http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21652843

  • The following operating systems are supported for the Data Mover on the Linux x86_64 platform:
  • Red Hat Enterprise (RHEL) Linux 5 Update 9: Desktop and Advanced Platform Editions
  • Red Hat Enterprise (RHEL) Linux 6 Update 2 and Update 3: Desktop and Advanced Platform Editions
  • SUSE Enterprise Linux 11 SP2: Desktop and Server Editions

Web Browsers Supported with the FlashCopy Manager for VMware GUI Interface

The following web browsers are supported with the FlashCopy Manager for VMware GUI interface:

  • Mozilla Firefox 10 Extended Service Release (ESR) and later ESR releases
  • Google Chrome 13 and later Chrome releases
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 9
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 10


Overview of Storage Architecture Support for Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager

For more information regarding storage architecture support for the Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager product as it relates to platform and restore functionality, please refer to the following document:
http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21455924


Pre-installation Checklist

Before starting the installation of IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy® Manager for VMware®, please review the pre-installation checklist and make sure all requirements specific to your environment are met.

FC_Manager_for_VMware_V4100_Preinstall_Checklist_rev03.pdfFC_Manager_for_VMware_V4100_Preinstall_Checklist_rev03.pdf


Installation Planning Worksheet

For a list of considerations and decisions to be taken before installing IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy® Manager for VMware®, please refer to the attached Installation Planning Sheet.

FC_Manager_for_VMware_V4100_Installation_Planning_Sheet.pdfFC_Manager_for_VMware_V4100_Installation_Planning_Sheet.pdf

Document information

More support for: Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager
FlashCopy Manager for VMware

Software version: 4.1

Operating system(s): Linux

Reference #: 1651406

Modified date: 15 September 2014