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IBM Spectrum Protect 8.1.16 Server Requirements and Support for Windows®

Detailed System Requirements


IBM Spectrum Protect 8.1.16 for Windows Server requirements and support.


Minimum Hardware and Software Requirements
This document describes the minimum hardware and software required to install and run the IBM Spectrum Protect 8.1.16 server on Windows.
Hardware requirements
Type of hardware Hardware requirements
General An AMD64 or Intel EMT-64 processor
Disk space The following minimum values for disk space:
  • At least 11 GB of free disk storage for a typical installation
  • 60 MB in the temporary directory space
  • 2 GB partition size in the C:\ drive
  • 2.6 GB in the instance directory
  • 2 GB for the shared resources area
In case a problem arises and any diagnosis is needed, it is optimal to have temporary or other space available on the system for a first failure data capture (FFDC) log or for other temporary uses such as for collecting trace logs.

Significant additional disk space is required for database and log files. The size of the database depends on the number of client files to be stored and the method by which the server manages them. The default active log space is 16 GB, the minimum that is needed for most workloads and configurations. When you create the active log, you need at least 64 GB to run replication. If replication and data deduplication are both being used, create an active log of 128 GB. Allocate at least three times the default active log space for the archive log (48 GB). Ensure that you have sufficient resources if
you are using data deduplication or expect a heavy client workload.

For optimal performance and to facilitate I/O, specify at least two equally sized containers or Logical Unit Numbers (LUNs) for the database. In addition, each active log and archive log needs its own container or LUN
Memory The following minimum values for memory:
  • 16 GB for standard server operations without data deduplication and node replication
  • 24 GB for data deduplication or node replication
  • 32 GB for node replication with data deduplication
For more specific memory requirements for larger databases and higher ingestion capability, see the IBM Spectrum Protect server memory tuning table.
For more specific memory requirements when you are using data deduplication, see the IBM Spectrum Protect Blueprint for your operating system.
Software requirements
Type of software Minimum software requirements
Operating System One of the following 64-bit operating systems, Standard or Datacenter edition:
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2019
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2016
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012
Communication protocol At least one of the following communication protocols (installed by default with the current Windows operating systems):
  • Named Pipes
  • TCP/IP Version 4 or Version 6
Device drivers
The IBM Spectrum Protect passthru device driver that is required for non-IBM drives and tape libraries. The Windows native device driver is recommended for tape drives and tape libraries. Otherwise, the IBM Spectrum Protect kernel device driver can be used.

For the IBM 3590, 3592, or the Ultrium tape library or drives, the IBM device drivers are required. Install the most current device drivers. You can locate IBM driver packages at Fix Central.

Configure the device drivers before you use the IBM Spectrum Protect server with tape devices.
Other software The following User Account Control policies must be disabled:
  • User Account Control: Admin Approval Mode for the Built-in Administrator account
  • User Account Control: Run all administrators in Admin Approval Mode

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Modified date:
16 September 2022