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Hypervisor (Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware) backup and restore requirements: IBM Spectrum Protect™ Plus V10.1.3

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This document details the Hypervisor (Microsoft Hyper-V or VMware) backup and restore requirements for IBM® Spectrum Protect™ Plus V10.1.3


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Hyper-V requirements
VMware requirements

Hyper-V requirements

The Microsoft Hyper-V server must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Hyper-V Server 2016 or Microsoft Hyper-V on Windows Server 2016

  • Microsoft Hyper-V on Windows Server 2019*
    * Clustering is not supported

Backup and restore operations are only supported for virtual hard disks (VHDX), see also Known Issues and Limitations: IBM Spectrum Protect Plus V10.1.3.x
Note as per APAR IT30988 (1/10/20):  indicated that shared virtual hard disks (shared VHDX) are not supported. However, beside shared VHDX, also virtual hard disks (VHD) are not supported.

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 starts up.
Note: The DiskPart automount parameter must be enabled on the Hyper-V server. For more information about enabling the automount parameter, see

Hyper-V servers can be registered using a DNS name or IP address. DNS names must be resolvable by IBM Spectrum Protect Plus. If the Hyper-V server is part of a cluster, all nodes in the cluster must be resolvable via DNS. If DNS is not available, the server must be added to the /etc/hosts file on the IBM Spectrum Protect Plus appliance by using 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 Plus, register the Failover Cluster Manager.

VMware requirements

The following VMware vSphere versions are supported:

  • vSphere 5.5 and 5.5 update and patch levels

  • vSphere 6.0 and 6.0 update and patch levels

  • vSphere 6.5 and 6.5 update and patch levels

  • vSphere 6.7 and 6.7 update and patch levels

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

Physical RDM (pRDM) LUNs are not supported for virtual machine backup and restore operations that involve VMware snapshot technology.

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Document Information

Modified date:
10 January 2020