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IBM Spectrum Protect Version 8.1.5.000 fix pack readme files

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Security enhancements

In IBM Spectrum Protect™ Version 8.1.2, V8.1.3, and V8.1.4, security enhancements were introduced that can affect compatibility with earlier levels. Before you install the V8.1.5 server, review the product documentation, including the following topics:
- To enhance security, the default minimum length of passwords is increased
- Specify whether to enforce FIPS 140-2 requirements for encryption
- Optimize security by using certificates with SHA256 signatures
- Take advantage of automatic certificate exchange between storage agents, library clients, and library manager servers

For the latest information about security updates, see technote 562939.

Rebranding and product documentation
The product now known as IBM Spectrum Protect was named IBM Tivoli® Storage Manager in releases earlier than V7.1.3. 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 V8.1.5 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.

Readme files
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 in this release:  
Readme file - IBM Spectrum Protect server Fix Pack 8.1.5.000
 

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.

Fix history
To view APARs that were resolved in this fix pack, see technote 291555.

Compatibility with earlier versions
For compatibility with earlier versions, see technote 660949.

System requirements
For server system requirements, see technote 84861.

Obtaining the 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, V8.1.1, V8.1.2, V8.1.3, or V8.1.4, 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 V8.1.5 server package from Passport Advantage.

For more information about how to download the server package, see the download document for Windows or the download document for AIX and Linux®.

Installing and upgrading

For installation and upgrade instructions, see the procedure for your operating system:
Restriction: If an IBM Spectrum Protect V8.1.5 server is installed on a Windows operating system, and you plan to run the client on the same computer, the client must be at level V8.1.4.1 or later. See Limitations and known issues.

Restrictions on upgrading the server from V7 to V8

To upgrade an IBM Spectrum Protect server from V7.1.7.200 or later to V8, upgrade the server directly to V8.1.1 or later.

To upgrade an IBM Spectrum Protect server from V7.1.8 or later to V8, upgrade the server directly to V8.1.3 or later.

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.

Updates

For a list of new product features and updates, see What's new.

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:

Issue Description
A restriction applies when you run the DEFINE STGRULE command to obtain data deduplication statistics. When you run the DEFINE STGRULE command to obtain data deduplication statistics, you cannot designate a cloud-container storage pool as the target pool.
Error during operations to back up or restore the server database. This error might occur if you installed an IBM Spectrum Protect V8.1.2 or V8.1.4 client on the same computer where the server is installed. During operations to back up or restore the server database, the following error message might be displayed:

ANR4588E A database backup configuration might be incorrect.

This error is caused by incompatibilities in the IBM Global Security Kit (GSKit).

To resolve the error, take one of the following actions:
  • Ensure that the client is not installed on the same computer as the server.
  • Upgrade the client to a level that includes GSKit 8.0.50.86 or later. You can install a client at level 8.1.4.1 or later.

Alternatively, to use a workaround, complete the following steps:
1. Locate the following directory:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\
Tivoli\TSM\api64\gsk8\lib64


2. Change the directory name to the following name:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\
Tivoli\TSM\api64\gsk8\lib64.orig


3. Copy the directory C:\Program Files\IBM\gsk8\lib64 into the following directory:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\
Tivoli\TSM\api64\gsk8\
A cloud reclamation process ends with a failure message when the specified duration is exceeded. If a cloud reclamation process ends because it exceeds the maximum specified duration, a failure is reported, even if no errors occurred.

If no other errors are reported, no action is required. The cloud reclamation process will run again based on the specified schedule. Reclamation processing will continue until it is completed.
In the configuration wizard, some fields might be distorted. If you run the configuration wizard (dsmicfgx) by using a Unicode locale (such as EN_US or DE_DE), fields for Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) entries might be distorted. The fields are smaller in height than other fields in the user interface.

No action is required to resolve this issue. You can enter values in the fields, and the values are processed.

Alternatively, to work around the issue, you can run the configuration wizard by using a non-Unicode locale such as en_US or de_DE.

Tip: Ensure that you set the language of the server to the correct locale. By default, the configuration wizard uses the operating system's locale.

For more information, see technote 720087.
Tape support is restricted for Ubuntu Server LTS. Tape storage is not supported on the Linux x86_64 and Linux on Power Systems (little endian) operating systems when you run Ubuntu Server LTS.
Restrictions apply to the operations and storage pool types that are supported for network data management protocol (NDMP) operations. Review the restrictions:
  • Data deduplication is supported only with NetApp file servers and only if the file servers do not use SnapMirror to Tape backup operations.
  • Container storage pools are supported only with NetApp file servers and only if the file servers do not use SnapMirror to Tape backup operations.
For more information about the operations and storage pool types that are supported for different brands of file servers, see Storage pool types for NDMP operations.
Restrictions apply when you specify the DEFRAG parameter on the MOVE CONTAINER command. To avoid possible issues, do not run the MOVE CONTAINER command with the DEFRAG=YES option during data ingestion, backup, or delete operations.
To use the IBM Spectrum Protect configuration wizard to configure a clustered environment, you must temporarily enable the Microsoft Windows Server Message Block (SMBv1) protocol. After you are finished using the configuration wizard, disable the SMBv1 protocol.
Restrictions apply when you use IBM Cloud Object Storage. To use IBM Cloud Object Storage on premises with the Simple Storage Service (S3) protocol, IBM Cloud Object Storage V3.8.3 or later is required.
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 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 no battery is available, or the battery cache is full, or the length of the power outage exceeds battery capacity, 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.

IBM Software Support might provide additional information about limitations and known issues for this fix pack as technotes at the Support Portal.


Readme file - IBM Spectrum Protect device support Fix Pack 8.1.5.000

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 8.1.5.000.

Fix history

To view APARs that were resolved in Fix Pack 8.1.5.000, 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

This release does not introduce support for new devices.

Configuring devices

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:
Action Description
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.
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.

Readme file - IBM Spectrum Protect Operations Center Fix Pack 8.1.5.000
 

The Operations Center is a web-based interface that you can use to manage your IBM Spectrum Protect environment.

Fix history

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.

System requirements

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.

Updates

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 568031.

 
 

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