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Hardware and Software requirements: Version 4.1 FlashCopy® Manager - VSS Requestor Component

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Abstract

This document details the Hardware & Software requirements for the FlashCopy® Manager VSS Requestor 4.1 component.

Content

The IBM Tivoli® Storage FlashCopy® Manager VSS Requestor component supports:

  • VSS operations in Microsoft Exchange environments
  • VSS operations in Microsoft SQL Server environments
  • VSS operations for the File System and Custom Application features contained in the MMC Snapin and Base System Services component.

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.

Minimum hardware requirements Minimum software and operating system requirements VSS Provider requirements Virtualization support
Where to download IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager 4.1.0
Links to the Hardware & Software requirements for the other components that are a part of IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager 4.1
Links to the Hardware & Software requirements for other releases of IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager, and its components



Minimum hardware requirements

The following information describes the minimum hardware and disk space requirements when using the FlashCopy Manager VSS Requestor component.


x86 Hardware

The following hardware is supported for the x86 platform:
  • Compatible hardware supported by the operating system


The following disk space is required for the x86 platform:
  • A minimum of 500MB of disk space, and optionally:
    • At least 46 MB disk space for the VSS Requestor component prerequisites included in the installation package (which are installed automatically if they are not already installed on the system).
    • At least 20MB of disk space for each Language Pack to be installed (there are a total of 9 available).

TIP: Some of the above referenced prerequisites may require a system restart. To avoid a system restart, ensure that all of the minimum software requirements prerequisites detailed in the Additional Microsoft pr erequisites section of this document are installed before starting the FlashCopy Manager VSS installation process.


x64 Hardware

The following hardware is supported for the x64 platform:
  • Compatible hardware supported by the operating system and the application environment being protected


The following disk space is required for the x64 platform:
  • A minimum of 700MB of disk space, and optionally:
    • At least 46 MB disk space for the VSS Requestor component prerequisites included in the installation package (which are installed automatically if they are not already installed on the system).
    • At least 20MB of disk space for each Language Pack to be installed (there are a total of 9 available).

TIP: Some of the above referenced prerequisites may require a system rrestart. To avoid a system restart, ensure that all of the minimum software requirements prerequisites detailed in the Additional Microsoft prerequisites section of this document are installed before starting the FlashCopy Manager VSS Requestor installation process.



Minimum software and operating system requirements

The following information describes the minimum software and operating system requirements when using the FlashCopy Manager VSS Requestor component.


Operating Systems


The following operating systems are supported for the x86 platform:
  • 32-bit Windows Server 2008 SP2, and later maintenance levels: Standard, Enterprise, or Data Center editions


The following operating systems are supported for the x64 platform:
  • 64-bit Windows Server 2008 SP2, and later maintenance levels: Standard x64, Enterprise x64, or Data Center x64, editions
  • 64-bit Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, and later maintenance levels: Standard x64, Enterprise x64, or Data Center x64 editions
  • 64-bit Windows Server 2012, and later maintenance levels: Essentials, Standard or Data Center editions
  • 64-bit Windows Server 2012 R2, and later maintenance levels: Essentials, Standard or Data Center editions
  • 64-bit Windows Storage Server 2012, and later Service Pack maintenance levels: Workgroup or Standard editions
  • 64-bit Windows Storage Server 2012 R2, and later Service Pack maintenance levels: Workgroup or Standard editions

      Note: Windows Storage Server 2012 and 2012 R2 are only supported for functionality that is also available and supported by the FlashCopy Manager VSS Requestor component on Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2 Editions.



Additional Operating Environments that are supported for both x86 and x64 platforms
  • Windows Failover Clustering
  • Veritas Cluster Server (VCS) environments



Additional Microsoft prerequisites

The following prerequisites from Microsoft are required and must be installed prior to using the FlashCopy Manager VSS Requestor 4.1 component:
  • Windows Powershell 3.0 or Windows PowerShell 4.0
  • Windows Management Framework 3.0 or Windows Management Framework 4.0


The following prerequisites from Microsoft are also required, and are installed automatically by the FlashCopy Manager VSS Requestor 4.1 if not already present on your machine.

TIP: Installation of these prerequisites may require a system restart. To avoid a system restart, ensure that these prerequisites are installed before starting the FlashCopy Manager VSS Requestor installation process.

Note: These prerequisites are not automatically installed when you create your own silent installation package to install via msiexec. In that scenario, you must manually ensure that the prerequisites are installed.


x86 platform


32-bit VSS Requestor 4.1 requires:

    32-bit Microsoft Visual C++ 2012 Redistributable Package

    Available from:
    x:\fcm\x86\mmc\4100\enu\ISSetupPrerequisites\Microsoft Visual C++ 2012 Service Update 1 Runtime Libraries (x86)\vcredist_x86.exe

      Note: "x" in the above path represents the drive letter where the product DVD is mounted.


x64 platform

64-bit VSS Requestor 4.1 requires:
    32-bit Microsoft Visual C++ 2012 Redistributable Package

    Available from:
    x:\fcm\x64\mmc\4100\enu\ISSetupPrerequisites\Microsoft Visual C++ 2012 Service Update 1 Runtime Libraries (x86)\vcredist_x86.exe

      Note: "x" in the above path represents the drive letter where the product DVD is mounted.


    64-bit Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 2012 Redistributable Package

    Available from:
    x:\fcm\x64\mmc\4100\enu\ISSetupPrerequisites\Microsoft Visual C++ 2012 Service Update 1 Runtime Libraries (x64)\vcredist_x64.exe

      Note: "x" in the above path represents the drive letter where the product DVD is mounted.



VSS Provider requirements

The VSS provider is the snapshot component used to create and manage the volume shadow copies. This component may leverage snapshot capable storage subsystems that implement a VSS Hardware Provider that strictly adheres to the Microsoft VSS provider interface.

FlashCopy Manager for Microsoft Exchange Server, FlashCopy Manager for Microsoft SQL Server, and the File System and Custom Applications support feature, will support any VSS Provider (including the Windows Systems Provider) that strictly adheres to the Microsoft VSS Provider interface.

Additional external storage devices supported with FlashCopy Manager on Windows are documented in the section External storage devices supported with VSS operations.

Refer to the documentation that was shipped with your VSS Provider in order to understand the software and hardware requirements of your specific VSS Provider.

    Note: If you do not install a separate VSS Provider, the Windows System Provider will be used by default.


The VSS Provider requirements are:
  • Ensure that the following Microsoft Hot Fixe has been applied:
  • Ensure that any Microsoft hot fixes required by the VSS hardware provider used in your environment are installed. These may include, but are not limited to, hotfixes related to:
    • Host Bus Adapter (HBA)
    • Multipath I/O (MPIO)
    • Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS)
    • Virtual Disk Service (VDS)



Additional Provider requirements for VSS Off-loaded Backup operations
  • A VSS provider that supports transportable shadow copies



Additional requirements for VSS Instant Restore operations
  • Ensure that the appropriate Microsoft hotfixes are installed.
  • Microsoft hotfix KB 952790 is required when performing VSS Instant Restore operations in a Windows Server 2008 non-cluster environment.

The following devices implement the VSS provider interface as defined in the VSS Provider Requirements section of this document , and have been tested with the FlashCopy Manager 4.1 on Windows components , with Instant Restore operations:

  • IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller (SVC): 5.1.x, 6.1.x, 6.2.x with:
      IBM System Storage Support for Microsoft Virtual Disk and Volume Shadow Copy Services 4.2, and later 4.2.x maintenance levels, new releases, and new versions.
  • IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller (SVC): 6.4.x with:
      IBM System Storage Support for Microsoft Virtual Disk and Volume Shadow Copy Services 4.3.0.120729, and later 4.3.x maintenance levels, new releases, and new versions.
  • IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller (SVC): 7.1.x with:
      IBM System Storage Support for Microsoft Virtual Disk and Volume Shadow Copy Services 4.5.130528, and later 4.5.x maintenance levels, new releases, and new versions.
  • IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller (SVC): 7.2.x with:
      IBM System Storage Support for Microsoft Virtual Disk and Volume Shadow Copy Services 4.7.0.1, and later 4.7.x maintenance levels, new releases, and new versions.
  • IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller (SVC): 7.3.x with:
      IBM System Storage Support for Microsoft Virtual Disk and Volume Shadow Copy Services 4.8, and later 4.8.x maintenance levels, new releases, and new versions.

  • IBM Storwize® V7000 Disk System as supported by IBM System Storage Support for Microsoft Virtual Disk and Volume Shadow Copy Services 4.2, and later 4.2.x maintenance levels, new releases, and new versions.
  • IBM Storwize® V7000 Disk System Version 6.4 as supported by IBM System Storage Support for Microsoft Virtual Disk and Volume Shadow Copy Services 4.3.0.120729, and later 4.3.x maintenance levels, new releases, and new versions.
  • IBM Storwize® V7000 Disk System Version 7.1 as supported by IBM System Storage Support for Microsoft Virtual Disk and Volume Shadow Copy Services 4.5.130528, and later 4.5.x maintenance levels, new releases, and new versions.
  • IBM Storwize® V7000 Disk System Version 7.2 as supported by IBM System Storage Support for Microsoft Virtual Disk and Volume Shadow Copy Services 4.7.0.1, and later 4.7.x maintenance levels, new releases, and new versions.
  • IBM Storwize® V7000 Disk System Version 7.3 as supported by IBM System Storage Support for Microsoft Virtual Disk and Volume Shadow Copy Services 4.8, and later 4.8.x maintenance levels, new releases, and new versions.

  • IBM Storwize® V7000 Unified v1.3 Disk System (block level support only) as supported by IBM System Storage Support for Microsoft Virtual Disk and Volume Shadow Copy Services 4.2.1.0113, and later 4.2.x maintenance levels, new releases, and new versions.
  • IBM Storwize® V7000 Unified Version 1.4.x as supported by IBM System Storage Support for Microsoft Virtual Disk and Volume Shadow Copy Services 4.3.0.120729, and later 4.3.x maintenance levels, new releases, and new versions.
  • IBM Storwize® V7000 Unified Version 1.5.x as supported by IBM System Storage Support for Microsoft Virtual Disk and Volume Shadow Copy Services 4.8, and later 4.8.x maintenance levels, new releases, and new versions.

  • IBM Storwize® v3700 Version 6.4 as supported by IBM System Storage Support for Microsoft Virtual Disk and Volume Shadow Copy Services 4.3.0.121018, and later 4.3.x maintenance levels, new releases, and new versions.
  • IBM Storwize® v3700 Version 7.1 as supported by IBM System Storage Support for Microsoft Virtual Disk and Volume Shadow Copy Services 4.5.130528, and later 4.5.x maintenance levels, new releases, and new versions.
  • IBM Storwize® v3700 Version 7.3 as supported by IBM System Storage Support for Microsoft Virtual Disk and Volume Shadow Copy Services 4.8, and later 4.8.x maintenance levels, new releases, and new versions.

  • IBM Storwize® v5000 as supported by IBM System Storage Support for Microsoft Virtual Disk and Volume Shadow Copy Services 4.5.130528, and later 4.5.x maintenance levels, new releases, and new versions.
  • IBM Storwize® v5000 Version 7.2 as supported by IBM System Storage Support for Microsoft Virtual Disk and Volume Shadow Copy Services 4.7.0.1, and later 4.7.x maintenance levels, new releases, and new versions.
  • IBM Storwize® v5000 Version 7.3 as supported by IBM System Storage Support for Microsoft Virtual Disk and Volume Shadow Copy Services 4.8, and later 4.8.x maintenance levels, new releases, and new versions.

  • IBM Flex System™ v7000 Version 6.4 as supported by IBM System Storage Support for Microsoft Virtual Disk and Volume Shadow Copy Services 4.3.0.121018, and later 4.3.x maintenance levels, new releases, and new versions.
  • IBM Flex System™ v7000 Version 7.1 as supported by IBM System Storage Support for Microsoft Virtual Disk and Volume Shadow Copy Services 4.5.130528, and later 4.5.x maintenance levels, new releases, and new versions.
  • IBM Flex System™ v7000 Version 7.2 as supported by IBM System Storage Support for Microsoft Virtual Disk and Volume Shadow Copy Services 4.7.0.1, and later 4.7.x maintenance levels, new releases, and new versions.

  • IBM FlashSystem™ V840 as supported by IBM System Storage Support for Microsoft Virtual Disk and Volume Shadow Copy Services 4.8, and later 4.8.x maintenance levels, new releases, and new versions.

  • IBM XIV® Storage Subsystem Generation 2, or Generation 3 as supported by the IBM XIV Provider for Microsoft Windows Volume Shadow Copy Service (xProv) 2.3.2, and later 2.3.x maintenance levels, new releases, and new versions.
  • IBM XIV® Storage System Generation 3 software version 11.5.0 as supported by the IBM XIV Provider for Microsoft Windows Volume Shadow Copy Service 2.6.0 and later 2.6.x maintenance levels, new releases, and new versions.

  • IBM System Storage DS8000™ (DS8100, DS8300, or DS8700) with DS8000 Release Version 3.1, or later versions, as supported by IBM System Storage Support for Microsoft Virtual Disk and Volume Shadow Copy Services Version 4.2 (VSS Provider), and later 4.2.x maintenance levels, new releases, and new versions.



External storage devices supported with VSS operations

Please refer to the following tech note for a table that depicts storage architecture support for the Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager product as it relates to platform and restore functionality. This tech note is available here: http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21455924
  • Any storage device that implements the VSS provider interface as defined in the VSS Provider Requirements section of this document.

      Note: These devices are not supported for Instant Restore operations unless also listed above in the list of devices that have been tested with FlashCopy Manager 4.1 on Windows.

  • One of the IBM System Storage DS3000/DS4000/DS5000 family of devices, as supported by the LSI Microsoft VDS/VSS Provider 10.60.G0.04 and later maintenance levels, new releases, and new versions.

      Note: These devices are not supported for Instant Restore operations


    The following devices implement the VSS provider interface as defined in the VSS Provider Requirements section of this document, and have been tested with the FlashCopy Manager 4.1 on Windows components:

  • IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller (SVC): 5.1.x, 6.1.x, 6.2.x with:
      IBM System Storage Support for Microsoft Virtual Disk and Volume Shadow Copy Services 4.2, and later 4.2.x maintenance levels, new releases, and new versions.
  • IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller (SVC): 6.3.x with:
      IBM System Storage Support for Microsoft Virtual Disk and Volume Shadow Copy Services 4.2.1.1106, and later 4.2.x maintenance levels, new releases, and new versions.
  • IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller (SVC): 7.1.x with:
      IBM System Storage Support for Microsoft Virtual Disk and Volume Shadow Copy Services 4.5.130528, and later 4.5.x maintenance levels, new releases, and new versions.
  • IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller (SVC): 7.2.x with:
      IBM System Storage Support for Microsoft Virtual Disk and Volume Shadow Copy Services 4.7.0.1, and later 4.7.x maintenance levels, new releases, and new versions.
  • IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller (SVC): 7.3.x with:
      IBM System Storage Support for Microsoft Virtual Disk and Volume Shadow Copy Services 4.8, and later 4.8.x maintenance levels, new releases, and new versions.

  • IBM Storwize® V7000 Disk System as supported by IBM System Storage Support for Microsoft Virtual Disk and Volume Shadow Copy Services 4.2, and later 4.2.x maintenance levels, new releases, and new versions.
  • IBM Storwize® V7000 Disk System Version 6.4 as supported by IBM System Storage Support for Microsoft Virtual Disk and Volume Shadow Copy Services 4.3.0.120729, and later 4.3.x maintenance levels, new releases, and new versions.
  • IBM Storwize® V7000 Disk System Version 7.1 as supported by IBM System Storage Support for Microsoft Virtual Disk and Volume Shadow Copy Services 4.5.130528, and later 4.5.x maintenance levels, new releases, and new versions.
  • IBM Storwize® V7000 Disk System Version 7.2 as supported by IBM System Storage Support for Microsoft Virtual Disk and Volume Shadow Copy Services 4.7.0.1, and later 4.7.x maintenance levels, new releases, and new versions.
  • IBM Storwize® V7000 Disk System Version 7.3 as supported by IBM System Storage Support for Microsoft Virtual Disk and Volume Shadow Copy Services 4.8, and later 4.8.x maintenance levels, new releases, and new versions.

  • IBM Storwize® V7000 Unified v1.3 Disk System (block level support only) as supported by IBM System Storage Support for Microsoft Virtual Disk and Volume Shadow Copy Services 4.2.1.0113, and later 4.2.x maintenance levels, new releases, and new versions.
  • IBM Storwize® V7000 Unified Version 1.4.x as supported by IBM System Storage Support for Microsoft Virtual Disk and Volume Shadow Copy Services 4.3.0.120729, and later 4.3.x maintenance levels, new releases, and new versions.
  • IBM Storwize® V7000 Unified Version 1.5.x as supported by IBM System Storage Support for Microsoft Virtual Disk and Volume Shadow Copy Services 4.8, and later 4.8.x maintenance levels, new releases, and new versions.

  • IBM Storwize® v3700 Version 6.4 as supported by IBM System Storage Support for Microsoft Virtual Disk and Volume Shadow Copy Services 4.3.0.121018, and later 4.3.x maintenance levels, new releases, and new versions.
  • IBM Storwize® v3700 Version 7.1 as supported by IBM System Storage Support for Microsoft Virtual Disk and Volume Shadow Copy Services 4.5.130528, and later 4.5.x maintenance levels, new releases, and new versions.
  • IBM Storwize® v3700 Version 7.3 as supported by IBM System Storage Support for Microsoft Virtual Disk and Volume Shadow Copy Services 4.8, and later 4.8.x maintenance levels, new releases, and new versions.

  • IBM Storwize® v5000 as supported by IBM System Storage Support for Microsoft Virtual Disk and Volume Shadow Copy Services 4.5.130528, and later 4.5.x maintenance levels, new releases, and new versions.
  • IBM Storwize® v5000 Version 7.2 as supported by IBM System Storage Support for Microsoft Virtual Disk and Volume Shadow Copy Services 4.7.0.1, and later 4.7.x maintenance levels, new releases, and new versions.
  • IBM Storwize® v5000 Version 7.3 as supported by IBM System Storage Support for Microsoft Virtual Disk and Volume Shadow Copy Services 4.8, and later 4.8.x maintenance levels, new releases, and new versions.

  • IBM Flex System™ v7000 Version 6.4 as supported by IBM System Storage Support for Microsoft Virtual Disk and Volume Shadow Copy Services 4.3.0.121018, and later 4.3.x maintenance levels, new releases, and new versions.
  • IBM Flex System™ v7000 Version 7.1 as supported by IBM System Storage Support for Microsoft Virtual Disk and Volume Shadow Copy Services 4.5.130528, and later 4.5.x maintenance levels, new releases, and new versions.
  • IBM Flex System™ v7000 Version 7.2 as supported by IBM System Storage Support for Microsoft Virtual Disk and Volume Shadow Copy Services 4.7.0.1, and later 4.7.x maintenance levels, new releases, and new versions.

  • IBM FlashSystem™ V840 as supported by IBM System Storage Support for Microsoft Virtual Disk and Volume Shadow Copy Services 4.8, and later 4.8.x maintenance levels, new releases, and new versions.

  • IBM XIV® Storage Subsystem Generation 2, or Generation 3 as supported by the IBM XIV Provider for Microsoft Windows Volume Shadow Copy Service (xProv) 2.3.2, and later 2.3.x maintenance levels, new releases, and new versions.
  • IBM XIV® Storage System Generation 3 software version 11.5.0 as supported by the IBM XIV Provider for Microsoft Windows Volume Shadow Copy Service 2.6.0 and later 2.6.x maintenance levels, new releases, and new versions.

  • IBM System Storage DS8000™ (DS8100, DS8300, or DS8700) with DS8000 Release Version 3.1, or later versions, as supported by IBM System Storage Support for Microsoft Virtual Disk and Volume Shadow Copy Services Version 4.2 (VSS Provider), and later 4.2.x maintenance levels, new releases, and new versions.



Virtualization support

Information regarding the virtualization environments supported by Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager is documented in the FlashCopy Manager Virtualization Support tech note located here:
http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21433737



Where to download IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager 4.1.0

The Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager 4.1 download document provides information about how and where to obtain the FlashCopy Manager for Windows 4.1 packages. The information is located at:
http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg24035385

    Note: This document will available on the December 13, 2013 electronic availability.

TIP: The FlashCopy Manager VSS Requestor 4.1 component is located in the FlashCopy Manager 4.1 for Windows download image.



Links to the Hardw are & Software requirements for the other components that are part of IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Ma nager 4.1

Links to the Hardware & Software requirements for the other components that are part of IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager 4.1 are located at:
http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21654207



Links to the Hardware & Software requirements for other releases of IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager, and its components

Links to the Hardware & Software requirements for other releases of IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager, and its components, are located in the "All Requirements Doc" located at: http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21427692

Document information

More support for: Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager
FlashCopy Manager VSS Requestor

Software version: 4.1

Operating system(s): Windows

Reference #: 1654308

Modified date: 29 October 2014