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Hypervisor (Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware) backup and restore requirements: IBM Spectrum Protect™ Plus V10.1.4

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This document details the hypervisor (Microsoft Hyper-V or VMware) backup and restore requirements for IBM Spectrum Protect™ Plus Version 10.1.4.


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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

  • Hyper-V Server 2019 or Microsoft Hyper-V on Windows Server 2019

Backup and restore operations are only supported for virtual hard disks (VHDX), see also Known Issues and Limitations: IBM Spectrum Protect Plus V10.1.4.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.

IBM Spectrum Protect Plus does not protect environments in which Hyper-V Replica is enabled.

The Microsoft iSCSI Initiator Service must be running on all Hyper-V servers, including cluster nodes. In the Services window, set the startup type for the Microsoft iSCSI Initiator Service to Automatic so that the service is available when the Hyper-V server or cluster node starts.
The DiskPart automount parameter must be enabled on the Hyper-V server. For more information about enabling the automount parameter,  see the Automount topic on the Microsoft website.

Hyper-V servers can be registered 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, you must add the server to the /etc/hosts file on the IBM Spectrum Protect Plus appliance by using the command line. If more than one Hyper-V server is set up in a cluster environment, you must add all of the servers to the /etc/hosts file. 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, including all updates and patch levels

  • vSphere 6.0, including all updates and patch levels

  • vSphere 6.5, including all updates and patch levels

  • vSphere 6.7, including all updates and patch levels

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

Physical RDM (pRDM) volumes do not support snapshots. Virtual machines that contain one or more raw device mapping (RDM) volumes that are provisioned in physical-compatibility mode (pRDM) are backed up. However, the pRDM volumes are not processed as part of the virtual machine backup operation.

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Modified date:
10 January 2020