System requirements

Ensure that you have the required system configuration and browser to deploy and run IBM Spectrum Protectâ„¢ Plus.

Virtual machine installation

IBM Spectrum Protect Plus is installed as a virtual appliance. Before deploying to the host, ensure you have the following:
  • The correct VMware or Microsoft Hyper-V template
  • vSphere 5.5, 6.0, or 6.5 or Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2016

    Note: For later versions of vSphere, the vSphere Web Client may be required to deploy IBM Spectrum Protect Plus appliances.
  • Network information and VMware host information
  • Either an available static IP address to use or access to DHCP
For initial deployment, configure your virtual appliance to meet the following recommended minimum requirements:
  • 64-bit dual core machine
  • 16 GB memory
The appliance has five virtual disks that total 370 GB storage.

It is recommended that the IBM Spectrum Protect Plus, storage arrays, hypervisors and application servers in your environment use an NTP server to synchronize the time zones across resources. If the clocks on the various systems are significantly out of sync, you may experience errors during application registration, metadata cataloging, Inventory, Backup, or Restore/File Restore jobs. For more information about identifying and resolving timer drift, see the following VMware knowledge base article: Time in virtual machine drifts due to hardware timer drift

Browser support

Run IBM Spectrum Protect Plus from a computer that has access to the installed virtual appliance.

IBM Spectrum Protect Plus was tested and certified against the following web browsers. Note that newer versions might also be supported.
  • Firefox 55.0.3
  • Google Chrome 60.0.3112
  • Microsoft Edge 40.15063

If your resolution is below 1024 x 768, some items might not fit on the window. Pop-up windows must be enabled in your browser to access the Help system and some IBM Spectrum Protect Plus operations.

IBM storage requirements

  • IBM Spectrum Protect Version 8.1.0 and later

Hyper-V requirements

  • Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2016
  • 150 GB+ of drive space if Disk Type is set to Fixed Size during the installation procedure
  • 16 GB memory

All Hyper-V servers, including cluster nodes, must have the Microsoft iSCSI initiator Service running in their Services list. Set the service to Automatic so that it is available when the machine boots.

Note: The DiskPart automount parameter must be enabled on the Hyper-V server. For more information about enabling the automount parameter, see https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc753703(v=ws.11).aspx.
Before registering the Hyper-V server in IBM Spectrum Protect, the server must be added to the /etc/hosts file on the IBM Spectrum Protect appliance via command line. If more than one Hyper-V server is set up in a cluster environment, all of the servers must be added to /etc/hosts. When registering the cluster in IBM Spectrum Protect, register the Failover Cluster Manager.

VMware requirements

  • vSphere 5.5 and later
  • vSphere 6.0 and later
  • vSphere 6.5 and later

Ensure that the latest version of VMware Tools is installed in your environment. IBM Spectrum Protect Plus was tested against VMware Tools 9.10.0.

Note: In some cases, VMware Backup jobs fail with failed to mount errors. To resolve, increase the maximum number of NFS mounts to at least 64 through the NFS.MaxVolumes (vSphere 5.5 and later) and NFS41.MaxVolumes (vSphere 6.0 and later) values, as described in the following procedure: https://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2239.

vSnap requirements

A vSnap server serves as the primary backup destination for IBM Spectrum Protect Plus. In either a VMware or Hyper-V environment, one vSnap server with the name localhost is automatically installed at the time that the IBM Spectrum Protect Plus appliance is initially deployed. In larger backup enterprise environments, additional vSnap servers might be desired.
vSnap server virtual machine installation requirements
Before deploying to the host, ensure you have the following:
  • The correct VMware or Microsoft Hyper-V template
  • vSphere 5.5, 6.0, or 6.5 or Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2016
    Note: For later versions of vSphere, the vSphere Web Client might be required to deploy IBM Spectrum Protect Plus IBM Spectrum Protect Plusappliances.
  • Network information and VMware host information
  • Either an available static IP address to use or access to DHCP
For initial deployment, configure your virtual appliance to meet the following recommended minimum requirements:
  • 64-bit dual core machine
  • 16 GB memory
Note: Memory should be adjusted based on backup capacity for more efficient deduplication. General Rule of thumb is 1GB for every 1TB of backup data.

The vSnap appliance has two virtual disks that total 150 GB storage

vSnap server physical installation requirements
For initial deployment, configure your physical server to meet the following recommended minimum requirements:
  • CentOS Linux7.3.1611(x86_64) or CentOSLinux7.4.1708(x86_64)
  • 64-bit quad core machine
  • 32 GB memory
  • 8 GB free space in root partition
Note: Memory should be adjusted based on backup capacity for more efficient deduplication. General Rule of thumb is 1GB for every 1TB of backup data.
Optionally, an SSD improves backup and restore performance.
  • To improve backup performance, configure the pool to use one or more log devices backed by SSD. Specify at least two log devices to create a mirrored log for better redundancy.
  • To improve restore performance, configure the pool to use a cache device backed by SSD.

VADPproxy requirements

In IBM Spectrum Protect Plus, running virtual machine backup jobs through VADP can be taxing on system resources. By creating VADP backup job proxies, you enable load sharing and load balancing for your IBM Spectrum Protect Plus backup jobs. If proxies exist, the entire processing load is shifted off the IBM Spectrum Protect Plus appliance and onto the proxies.

This feature has been tested only for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and Red Hat environments. It is supported only in 64-bit quad core configurations with a minimum kernel of 2.6.32.

A minimum of 8 GB of RAM is required (16 GB recommended), along with 60 GB of disk space.

Each proxy must have a fully qualified domain name.

Port 8080 on the VADP proxy server must be open when the proxy server firewall is enabled. If the port is not open, VADP Backups will run on local vmdkbackup instead of the VADP proxy server.

Ports

The following ports are used by IBM Spectrum Protect Plus and associated services. Note that ports marked as Open use a secure connection (https/ssl).

Table 1. Ports
  Port Service Comment Firewall
IBM Spectrum Protect Plus 22 OpenSSH 5.3 (protocol 2.0) Used for troubleshooting IBM Spectrum Protect Plus. Open
  443 User interface and Zuul reverse proxy A microservice running a Zuul reverse-proxy listens on 443. Open
  5432 PostgreSQL SQL RDBMS -Supports job management and some security related data and transactions. Blocked
  5671 RabbitMQ Message framework used to manage messages produced and consumed by the VADP proxy and VMware job management workers. Also facilitates job log management. Open
  5672 RabbitMQ Message framework used to manage messages produced and consumed within the IBM Spectrum Protect Plus appliance. Blocked
  8082 Virgo Modular Java application server. Serves core functions for IBM Spectrum Protect Plus including the REST APIs. Blocked
  8083 NodeJs JavaScript server. Provides higher level APIs to the user interface leveraging the REST APIs running in Virgo. Blocked
  8090 Administrative Console Framework (ACF) Extensible framework for system administration functions. Supports plugins that perform operations such as system updates and catalog backup/restore. Open
  8092 ACF Plugin EMI Supports system update, certificate and license management. Blocked
  8093 ACF Plugin Catalog Backup/Recovery Performs backup and restore of the IBM Spectrum Protect Plus catalog data. Blocked
  8761 Discovery Server Automatically discovers VADP proxies and is used by IBM Spectrum Protect Plus VM backup operations. Open
  27017 MongoDB Persists configuration related documents for IBM Spectrum Protect Plus. Blocked
  27018 MongoDB2 Persists recovery meta data documents for IBM Spectrum Protect Plus. Blocked
Guest Apps 5985 Windows Remote Management (WinRM) Service that runs on a Windows server which is used for application protection operations initiated by IBM Spectrum Protect Plus and targeted to IBM Spectrum Protect Plus application plugins running within the Windows servers. Open
vSnap 111 NFS Used for NFS data transfer to/from vSnap. Open
  2049 NFS Used for NFS data transfer to/from vSnap. Open
  3260 iSCSI Used for iSCSI data transfer to/from vSnap. Open
  8900 vSnap OVA/Installer version of the intelligent storage framework used as a target for data protection operations. Open
  20048 NFS Used for NFS data transfer to/from vSnap. Open
VADP Proxy 8080 VADP Proxy Virtual Machine data protection proxy. Open