Readme files for server components are available when there is a fix pack update.
Tip: The product now known as IBM Spectrum Protect™ was named IBM Tivoli® Storage Manager in releases earlier than Version 7.1.3. To learn more about the rebranding transition, see technote 534193.
As part of the rebranding transition, the product documentation was moved to a new location:
IBM Spectrum Protect V8.1 online product documentation
Latest IBM Spectrum Protect server and client fix packs and interim fixes
To find the latest IBM Spectrum Protect fix packs and interim fixes, see technote 83723.
To find readme files for your fix pack, click the appropriate tab.
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The following readme files are available for the components that are associated with this release:
- Readme file - IBM Spectrum Protect server Fix Pack 8.1.2.000
- Readme file - IBM Spectrum Protect device support Fix Pack 8.1.2.000
- Readme file - IBM Spectrum Protect Operations Center Fix Pack 8.1.2.000
The IBM Spectrum Protect server provides backup, archive, and space management services to clients. You can set up multiple servers in your enterprise network to balance storage, processor, and network resources.
The following information is for IBM Spectrum Protect server Fix Pack 8.1.2.000.
To view APARs that were resolved in this fix pack, see technote 291555.
For compatibility with earlier versions, see technote 660949.
For server system requirements, see technote 84861.
Obtaining the IBM Spectrum Protect server installation package
Download this fix pack from Fix Central or Passport Advantage.
The server package on Fix Central does not contain the license. If you are upgrading the server from V8.1.0 or V8.1.1, the installed license is compatible with this fix pack.
If you are installing the IBM Spectrum Protect server for the first time or are upgrading from V6 or V7, download the IBM Spectrum Protect V8.1.2 server package from Passport Advantage.
For more information about how to download the server package, see the download document.Installing and upgrading
If the IBM Spectrum Protect server and client are installed on the same computer, and you plan to upgrade the server, first upgrade the server to V8.1.2. Then, upgrade the client to V8.1.2. The server and client software must be at the same fix-pack level.
For installation and upgrade instructions, see the procedure for your operating system:
Updates, limitations, and known problems
Updates, limitations, and known problems are documented in the form of technotes in the Support knowledge base at the Support Portal. As problems are discovered and resolved, IBM Software Support updates the knowledge base. By searching the knowledge base, you can find workarounds or solutions to problems.
IBM Spectrum Protect V8.1.2 includes significant security updates. Before you install the V8.1.2 server, review the product documentation, including the following topics:
- Protect your storage environment with an improved security protocol
- Optimize security with the automatically generated master encryption key
For the latest information about security updates, see technote 562939.
In addition, the following updates are available:
Backup of NetApp file servers to cloud-container storage pools
Beginning with V8.1.2, you can back up a file system that belongs to a NetApp network-attached storage (NAS) file server to a cloud-container storage pool and restore the data when needed.
By using cloud storage to back up your data, you can take advantage of the following benefits:
- Reduced on-premises storage requirements and cost
- Simplified storage management
- Improved server performance
- Use of public, off-premises, or private, on-premises cloud storage
- Server-side data encryption
Clustering in the Windows Server 2016 environment
Beginning with V8.1.2, you can configure an IBM Spectrum Protect server in a clustered environment on the Microsoft Windows Server 2016 operating system.
New command for validating cloud credentials
Use the new VALIDATE CLOUD command to ensure that the credentials for a cloud-container storage pool are valid and that the required permissions are granted to the user.
New command for querying the status of storage pool protection
Use the new QUERY PROTECTSTATUS command to display information about the status of storage pool protection for directory-container storage pools.
New parameter values for the DEFINE DEVCLASS commandNew parameter values are available for the DEFINE DEVCLASS (Define a 3592 device class) command. You can use the FORMAT parameter to specify the following new values:
|Decompressed (basic) format JK tape
Decompressed (basic) format JC/JY tape
Decompressed (basic) format JL tape
Decompressed (basic) format JD/JZ tape
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Compressed format JC/JY tape
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Compressed format JD/JZ tape
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Decompressed (basic) format JD/JZ tape
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Dsmsutil.exe utility is no longer required to prepare the database for backup operations
If you installed IBM Spectrum Protect on a Microsoft Windows operating system, and you are manually configuring the server instance, it is no longer necessary to run the dsmsutil.exe utility to prepare the database for backup or restore operations. To manually configure the server instance, follow the instructions in Windows: Preparing the database manager for database backup.
IBM Software Support might provide additional update information as technotes at the Support Portal.
Limitations and known issues
The following table lists limitations and known issues for this fix pack:
|Caching policy for storage systems might cause data corruption.
|For storage systems that have aggressive caching policies in which data is confirmed as written before it is committed to permanent storage, data corruption can occur if a power outage or other event occurs that prevents the write cache from being committed.
The write cache typically has a battery to prevent loss of data from the cache during short power outages. If a power outage occurs and there is no battery available, or the battery cache is full, or the length of the power outage exceeds the capacity of the battery, or another event occurs that prevents the write cache from being committed, any data that IBM Spectrum Protect is managing can become corrupted.
This data includes the location of data, the size of the volumes to which data was written, and data deduplication information that links data to multiple objects.
For more information about requirements for committing cached data to permanent storage, see technote 330991.
|Network connection to a NetApp file server becomes unresponsive during a logical interface (LIF) failover.
|When IBM Spectrum Protect is configured for network data management protocol (NDMP) operations in a NetApp clustered environment, the network connection to the NetApp file server might become unresponsive during backup operations.
You might experience this issue when a LIF failover occurs in the NetApp cluster. IBM Spectrum Protect does not support LIF failovers for NDMP operations.
|IBM Tivoli Monitoring for Tivoli Storage Manager is not available in IBM Spectrum Protect V8.1 product releases.
|The Tivoli Monitoring for Tivoli Storage Manager component is not delivered in IBM Spectrum Protect V8 product releases. Instead, you can monitor your storage environment by using the Operations Center, a web-based user interface. For instructions, see Installing and upgrading the Operations Center.
Tip: In limited lab testing, Tivoli Monitoring for Tivoli Storage Manager V7 was used to monitor an IBM Spectrum Protect V8 server and to generate reports. For instructions about installing and configuring Tivoli Monitoring for Tivoli Storage Manager, see technote 233995.
|In Traditional Chinese, message ANE4985I is displayed incorrectly on the Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 operating system.
|If you set the region and display language to Traditional Chinese on an IBM Spectrum Protect server that is running on a Windows Server 2012 R2 operating system, one of the characters in the message is corrupted. If this issue occurs, see message ANE4985I in the online product documentation.
IBM Software Support might provide additional information about limitations and known issues for this fix pack as technotes at the Support Portal.
You can use various storage devices with IBM Spectrum Protect to meet specific data protection goals.
The following information is for devices that are supported by IBM Spectrum Protect server Fix Pack 8.1.2.000.
To view APARs that were resolved in Fix Pack 8.1.2.000, see technote 285607.Supported devices
For information about the devices and hardware that you can use with IBM Spectrum Protect, see the support website for your operating system:
New device support
All new devices are supported on AIX, Linux, and Windows operating systems unless indicated otherwise. The following new devices were added in Fix Pack 8.1.2.000:
- Oracle StorageTek SL4000 modular tape library system
- IBM TS1155 tape drive, model 3592 55F (product ID 0359255F)
For information about configuring and managing devices, see Configuring storage or the IBM Spectrum Protect Tape Solution Guide.
The following table provides actions that you can take to more efficiently manage your devices and to avoid device configuration issues:
|Ensure that HBAs meet requirements.
|For best results, connect tape drives and tape libraries to the system on their own host bus adapter (HBA). Do not share the HBA with other device types, such as DISK.
|Ensure that you do not exceed the maximum number of devices that are supported by IBM Spectrum Protect.
|For information about the maximum number of devices that you can use with IBM Spectrum Protect device drivers on each operating system, see technote 383063.
|Review the support information for SAS device support.
|Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) devices can be used with some operating system versions and architectures. For information about operating systems versions and architectures for SAS devices, see technote 394713.
|Review requirements for running the IBM Spectrum Protect passthru driver with a non-root user ID on Linux operating systems.
|For information about how a non-root user ID can use devices with the IBM Spectrum Protect passthru driver on Linux, see technote 360121.
To ensure that non-root user IDs can use devices that are configured with the IBM Spectrum Protect passthru driver, specify option -g or -a in the device autoconf utility. To add read and write permissions for groups to the SCSI generic driver (sg) device files, specify option -g. To add read and write permissions for all users to the sg device files, specify option -a.
|Ensure that libraries meet requirements.
|IBM Spectrum Protect Extended Edition is required for a library with more than four drives or more than 48 storage slots.
For a library with multiple drives, a drive element address is required for the DEFINE DRIVE and UPDATE DRIVE commands. However, if the library reports drive serial numbers, you can specify ELEMENT=AUTODETECT, and the element address is not required. Alternatively, you can automatically associate a library with its drives by issuing the PERFORM LIBACTION command, and specifying ACTION=DEFINE.
The Operations Center is a web-based interface that you can use to manage your IBM Spectrum Protect environment.
The following information is for the Operations Center Fix Pack 8.1.2.000.
To view APARs that were resolved in this fix pack, see technote 291549.
Compatibility with the IBM Spectrum Protect server
For information about Operations Center compatibility with the IBM Spectrum Protect server, see technote 496593.
For Operations Center system requirements, see technote 499473.Obtaining the Operations Center installation package
Download this fix pack from Fix Central.Installing and upgrading
For installation and upgrade instructions, see Installing and upgrading the Operations Center.
IBM Software Support might provide update information as technotes at the Support Portal.
Limitations and known issues
For a list of known issues, see technote 565863.
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