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IBM Spectrum Protect for Virtual Environments: Data Protection for VMware data mover compatibility guide with VMware's Virtual Disk Development Kit

Troubleshooting


Problem

The Data Protection for VMware data mover uses VMware's Virtual Disk Development Kit (VDDK) API to open, close, read, and write virtual disk data (VMDKs). The following tables correlate the data mover versions with the VDDK versions and the supported data mover operating systems. Before you deploy a data mover, consult the following tables to determine which VDDK version it works with and which operating system it can be installed on. Installing the data mover on unsupported or untested operating system might work, but no support can be provided. Also, use caution when you upgrade a data mover to a newer version. In some cases, VMware dropped support for an operating system moving from one VDDK release to the next release. Lastly, also notice that the vCenter Server and ESXi host versions that are supported by each VDDK version are provided. Starting with VDDK 5.5 VMware issued a new support policy, see the following table.

Cause

None

Environment

IBM Spectrum Protect data mover for virtual environments

Diagnosing The Problem

See the tables in "Resolving the problem" section for a mapping between the data mover version and VMware's VDDK version and supported data mover operating systems.

Resolving The Problem

This document is intended to provide useful details regarding supported vSphere and operating system versions for VMware VDDK SDK. The following tables list the operating systems that are required to be used on the server where you install the data mover and the vCenter Server/ESXi versions. The tables also provide links to the most recent VMware VDDK release notes.

Attention:  The IBM Spectrum Protect™ for Virtual Environments hardware and software requirements documents are the official source for information on supported versions and supersede the supported vSphere and OS versions listed in VDDK release notes. Use this Hardware and Software Requirements technote as the definitive guide when you determine hardware and software requirements for Data Protection for VMware. Links to these documents can be found in the technote: IBM Spectrum Protect™ for Virtual Environments - All Requirements Doc.

Tip: Beginning with Version 7.1.3, IBM Tivoli Storage Manager for Virtual Environments is now IBM Spectrum Protect for Virtual Environments. To learn more about the rebranding transition, see Tivoli Storage Manager branding transition to IBM Spectrum Protect™.

Attention: ESXi 5.1 hosts must be at Update 3 or newer patch or update level. ESXi 5.5 hosts must be at Patch4 or newer patch or update level. These prerequisite levels address a critical VMware Changed Block Tracking (CBT) integrity issue described in VMware KB http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2090639

Attention: VDDK 6.0.1 limitation by using SAN in the VMware's Release Notes: VDDK 6.0.1 Release Notes

Attention:  VDDK 6.7.0 EP1 Update 1 includes the hot patch, which corrects the known issue "NBD transport in VDDK 6.7 is slow when you run against vSphere 6.5" listed in the VDDK 6.7.0 EP1 release notes.


"Backup and restore by using SAN transport fails with VDDK 6.0.1 for VMs residing on ESXi 5.5 or earlier. When VDDK 6.0.1 connects to an ESXi 5.5.x host by using SAN transport, and tries to retrieve the virtual machine MoRef from the snapshot-managed object, the operation fails with the vmodl.fault.InvalidRequest error. This compatibility with an earlier version failure is due to changes in the getVM method between vSphere 5.5, 6.0, and 6.0.1. The workaround is to use non-SAN transport when you connect to ESXi 5.5 and earlier hosts. A fix is identified and will appear in a future release." See IBM APAR IT12942. (This issue is fixed in VDDK 6.0.2 and later.)



 

IBM Spectrum Protect Data Mover 8.1.10 - 8.1.15
Release vCenter/ESXi Support Proxy OS (data mover)
Data Mover
8.1.10, 8.1.11, 8.1.12, 8.1.13 and 8.1.14 based on VDDK 7.0.0
"Virtual Disk Development Kit (VDDK) 7.0.0 is an update to support vSphere 7.0, and to resolve issues reported against previous releases. VDDK 7.0 adds support for ESXi 7.0, vCenter Server 7.0, and VMC M10. It was tested for compatibility with an earlier version against vSphere 6.5 and 6.7. Windows Server 2012, 2012R2, 2016 and 2019
Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7.7, 8.0
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 12 SP5, and 15 SP1
Data Mover
8.1.15 based on VDDK 7.0.3.1
The Virtual Disk Development Kit (VDDK) 7.0.3.1 is a bug-fix update to support vSphere 7.0 U3 patch P04 and resolve some reported issues. Windows Server 2012, 2012R2, 2016 and 2019
Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7.7, 8.0
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 12 SP5, and 15 SP1
VDDK 7.0.0 Release Notes
VDDK 7.0.3.1 Release Notes


 

IBM Spectrum Protect Data Mover 8.1.9
Release vCenter/ESXi Support Proxy OS (data mover)
Data Mover 8.1.9 based on VDDK 6.7.3 "Virtual Disk Development Kit (VDDK) 6.7.3 released with vSphere 6.7 Update 3 is a bug-fix update. This VDDK release is compatible with vSphere 6.0, vSphere 6.5, and vSphere 6.7. ESXi hosts and especially pre-6.7 vCenter Server need to be upgraded along with VDDK libraries."
Note: VDDK 6.7.3 support statements are on top to support statements in VDDK 6.7.0 Release Notes.
Windows Server 2012, 2012 R2 and 2016
Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6.7, 6.8, 6.9, 7.2, 7.3, and 7.6
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 11 SP4, 12 SP1, 12 SP4, and 15
VDDK 6.7.3 Release Notes


 

IBM Spectrum Protect Data Mover 8.1.8
Release vCenter/ESXi Support Proxy OS (data mover)
Data Mover 8.1.8 based on VDDK 6.7.2 "Virtual Disk Development Kit (VDDK) 6.7.2 released with vSphere 6.7 Update 2 is a bug-fix update. This VDDK release is compatible with vSphere 6.0, vSphere 6.5, and vSphere 6.7. ESXi hosts and especially pre-6.7 vCenter Server need to be upgraded along with VDDK libraries."
Note: VDDK 6.7.2 support statements are on top to support statements in VDDK 6.7.0 Release Notes.
Windows Server 2012, 2012 R2 and 2016
Red Hat Enterprise Linux RHEL 6.7, 6.8, 6.9, 7.2, and 7.3
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server SLES 11 SP4, 12 SP1, 12 SP4, and 15
VDDK 6.7.2 Release Notes


 

IBM Spectrum Protect Data Mover 8.1.7
Release vCenter/ESXi Support Proxy OS (data mover)
Data Mover 8.1.7 based on VDDK 6.7.1 "Virtual Disk Development Kit (VDDK) 6.7.1 released with vSphere 6.7 Update 1 is a bug-fix update. This VDDK release is compatible with vSphere 6.0, vSphere 6.5, and vSphere 6.7.  ESXi hosts and especially pre-6.7 vCenter Server need to be upgraded along with VDDK libraries."
Note: VDDK 6.7.1 support statements are on top to support statements in VDDK 6.7.0 Release Notes.
Windows Server 2012, 2012 R2 and 2016
Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6.7, 6.8, 6.9, 7.2 and 7.3
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 11 SP4, and 12 SP1
VDDK 6.7.1 Release Notes


 

IBM Spectrum Protect Data Mover 8.1.6
Release vCenter/ESXi Support Proxy OS (data mover)
Data Mover 8.1.6 based on VDDK 6.7.0.EP1 Update 1 "Virtual Disk Development Kit (VDDK) 6.7.0 EP1 Update 1 released with vSphere 6.7.0 is a bug-fix update. This VDDK release is compatible with vSphere 6.0, vSphere 6.5, vSAN 6.6, vSAN 6.6.1, and vSphere 6.7.  ESXi hosts and especially pre-6.7 vCenter Server need to be upgraded along with VDDK libraries." Windows Server 2012, 2012 R2 and 2016
Red Hat Enterprise Linux RHEL 6.7, 6.8, 7.2 and 7.3
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server SLES 11 SP4 and 12 SP1
VDDK 6.7.0 EP1 Update 1 Release Notes


 

IBM Spectrum Protect Data Mover 8.1.4
Release vCenter/ESXi Support Proxy OS (data mover)
Data Mover 8.1.4 based on VDDK 6.5.2 "Virtual Disk Development Kit (VDDK) 6.5.2 released with vSphere 6.5.2 is a bug-fix update and has the same compatibility as version 6.5" Windows Server 2012, 2012 R2 and 2016
Windows 10
Red Hat Enterprise Linux RHEL 6.7, 6.8, 7.2 and 7.3
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server SLES 11 SP4 and 12 SP1
VDDK 6.5.2. Release Notes


 

IBM Spectrum Protect Data Mover 8.1.2/8.1.0.2
Release vCenter/ESXi Support Proxy OS (data mover)
Data Mover 8.1.2/8.1.0.2 based on VDDK 6.0.3 "Virtual Disk Development Kit (VDDK) 6.0.3 released with vSphere 6.0 U3 is a bug-fix update and has the same compatibility as version 6.0" Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2
Red Hat Enterprise Linux RHEL 6.6 & 7.0
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server SLES 11.3 & 12
VDDK 6.0.3 Release Notes


 

IBM Spectrum Protect Data Mover 8.1.0
Release vCenter/ESXi Support Proxy OS (data mover)
Data Mover 8.1 based on VDDK 6.0.2 "Virtual Disk Development Kit (VDDK) 6.0.2 released with vSphere 6.0 U2 is a bug-fix update and has the same compatibility as version 6.0" Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2
Red Hat Enterprise Linux RHEL 6.6 & 7.0
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server SLES 11.3 & 12
VDDK 6.0.2 Release Notes


 
 

IBM Spectrum Protect Data Mover 7.1.8.7, 7.1.8.8 and 7.1.8.9
Release vCenter/ESXi Support Proxy OS (data mover)
Data Mover 7.1.8.7, 7.1.8.8 and 7.1.8.9
based on VDDK 6.7.3
"Virtual Disk Development Kit (VDDK) 6.7.3 released with vSphere 6.7 Update 3 is a bug-fix update."  The 7.1.8.7, 7.1.8.8 and 7.1.8.9 Data Mover supports vSphere 6.0 and 6.5.

Note: VDDK 6.7.3 support statements are on top to support statements in VDDK 6.7.0 Release Notes.
Windows Server 2012, 2012 R2 and 2016
Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6.7, 6.8, 6.9, 7.2, 7.3
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 11 SP4, 12 SP1, and 12 SP4
VDDK 6.7.3 Release Notes


 

IBM Spectrum Protect Data Mover 7.1.8.6
Release vCenter/ESXi Support Proxy OS (data mover)
Data Mover 7.1.8.6 based on VDDK 6.7.2 "Virtual Disk Development Kit (VDDK) 6.7.2 released with vSphere 6.7 Update 2 is a bug-fix update."  The 7.1.8.6 Data Mover supports vSphere 6.0 and 6.5.

Note: VDDK 6.7.2 support statements are on top to support statements in VDDK 6.7.0 Release Notes.
Windows Server 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2 and 2016
Linux RHEL 6.7, 6.8, 6.9, 7.2, and 7.3
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 11 SP4, 12 SP1, and 12 SP4
VDDK 6.7.2 Release Notes


 

IBM Spectrum Protect Data Mover 7.1.8.5
Release vCenter/ESXi Support Proxy OS (data mover)
Data Mover 7.1.8.5 based on VDDK 6.7.1 "Virtual Disk Development Kit (VDDK) 6.7.1 released with vSphere 6.7 Update 1 is a bug-fix update."  The 7.1.8.5 Data Mover supports vSphere 6.0 and 6.5.

Note: VDDK 6.7.1 support statements are on top to support statements in VDDK 6.7.0 Release Notes.
Windows Server 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2 and 2016
Linux RHEL 6.7, 6.8, 7.2, and 7.3
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server SLES 11 SP4 and 12 SP1
VDDK 6.7.1 Release Notes


 

IBM Spectrum Protect Data Mover 7.1.8.4
Release vCenter/ESXi Support Proxy OS (data mover)
Data Mover 7.1.8.4 based on VDDK 6.7.0.EP1 Update 1 "Virtual Disk Development Kit (VDDK) 6.7.0 EP1 Update 1 released with vSphere 6.7.0 is a bug-fix update."  The 7.1.8.4 Data Mover supports vSphere 6.0 and 6.5. Windows Server 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2 and 2016
Linux RHEL 6.7, 6.8, 7.2 and 7.3
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server SLES 11 SP4 and 12 SP1
VDDK 6.7.0 EP1 Update 1 Release Notes


 

IBM Spectrum Protect Data Mover 7.1.8.2
Release vCenter/ESXi Support Proxy OS (data mover)
Data Mover 7.1.8.2 based on VDDK 6.5.2 EP1 "Virtual Disk Development Kit (VDDK) 6.5.2 EP1 released with vSphere 6.5.2 EP1 is a bug-fix update and has the same compatibility as version 6.5" Windows Server 2008 R2
Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2
Windows Server 2016
Red Hat Enterprise Linux RHEL 6.7, 6.8, 7.2 & 7.3
SUSE Linux Enterprise ServerSLES 11 SP4 and 12 SP1
VDDK 6.5.2 EP1 Release Notes


 

IBM Spectrum Protect Data Mover 7.1.8
Release vCenter/ESXi Support Proxy OS (data mover)
Data Mover 7.1.8 based on VDDK 6.5.1 "Virtual Disk Development Kit (VDDK) 6.5.1 released with vSphere 6.5 U1 is a bug-fix update and has the same compatibility as version 6.5" Windows Server 2008 R2
Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2
Windows Server 2016
Red Hat Enterprise Linux RHEL 6.7, 6.8, 7.2 & 7.3
SUSE Linux Enterprise ServerSLES 11 SP4 and 12 SP1
VDDK 6.5.1 Release Notes


 


 

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Historical Number

1.0v

Document Information

Modified date:
07 July 2022

UID

swg21672351