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Hardware and Software Requirements: Data Protection for Microsoft Hyper-V V8.1.0

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Abstract

This document details the hardware and software requirements for IBM® Spectrum Protect™ for Virtual Environments: Data Protection for Microsoft Hyper-V V8.1.0.

Content

The Data Protection for Microsoft Hyper-V requirements vary by high level functional component. Data Protection for Microsoft Hyper-V has the following high level functional components:

  • Data mover
  • Recovery agent

Notes:
  • All Data Protection for Microsoft Hyper-V functional components must be at the same fix pack level. Within a given fix pack level, the interim fix level can differ.
      Examples:
    • When upgrading the recovery agent all other functional components (data movers) must be also upgraded to 8.1.0.
    • When upgrading a data mover from 8.1.0.x to 8.1.0.y (where x<y), it is not required that all other functional components be upgraded to 8.1.0.y (but they all must be at the same fix pack level).
  • Though the IBM Spectrum Protect Backup-Archive Client supports a wide variety of operating systems, only a subset of those operating systems are supported with IBM Spectrum Protect for Virtual Environments Data Protection for Microsoft Hyper-V.  Please, refer to the Software requirements sections for details.
  • The 8.1.0 level of the IBM Spectrum Protect Backup-Archive client, and later Interim fixes of this fix pack, is required with Data Protection for Microsoft Hyper-V 8.1.0. The IBM Spectrum Protect Backup-Archive Client is a separate prerequisite and is included as a convenience in the Data Protection for Microsoft Hyper-V installation package.

    The IBM Spectrum Protect Backup-Archive Client is automatically installed on Microsoft Windows during the Data Protection for Microsoft Hyper-V installation processing. The IBM Spectrum Protect Backup-Archive Client may also be downloaded independently - see below for details on additional software requirements and limitations.

    Warning:
    The IBM Spectrum Protect Client API 8.1.0 is also a prerequisite of Data Protection for Microsoft Hyper-V 8.1.0. This IBM Spectrum Protect client API is automatically installed on Windows as a part of the Data Protection for Microsoft Hyper-V 8.1.0 installation process. The IBM Spectrum Protect Backup-Archive Client and IBM Spectrum Protect Client API levels must remain in sync in your complete environment. Therefore, future updates to either the IBM Spectrum Protect Backup-Archive Client or the IBM Spectrum Protect Client API require the other component to be updated at the same time. That is, if you install a new fix pack level of the IBM Spectrum Protect Backup-Archive client, you need to upgrade the IBM Spectrum Protect Client API to the exact same fix pack level on your Data Protection for Microsoft Hyper-V systems and vice versa.
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Software requirements for Data Protection for Microsoft Hyper-V

Additional software requirements and limitations

Hardware requirements for Data Protection for Microsoft Hyper-V

Where to download IBM Spectrum Protect for Virtual Environments 8.1.0

Hardware and Software requirements for other releases of Data Protection for Microsoft Hyper-V


Software requirements for Data Protection for Microsoft Hyper-V

Data mover

In a Data Protection for Microsoft Hyper-V environment, the data mover is the IBM Spectrum Protect Backup-Archive Client that runs on the Hyper-V host. The "off host" backup model, where operations run on a backup server rather than on the Hyper-V host, is not applicable.

Note: Hyper-V Server is a stand-alone product that contains only the Windows hypervisor. The Hyper-V role can also be enabled on a Windows Server. Both configurations are supported.

The supported operating systems by platform are listed in Operating systems support overview table

Recovery agent

This function enables the mounting of any snapshot volume from the IBM Spectrum Protect server. You can view the snapshot locally, with read-only access, on the client system, or use iSCSI protocol to access the snapshot from a remote computer. In addition, the recovery agent provides the instant restore function. A volume used in instant restore processing remains available while the restore process proceeds in the background. The recovery agent is accessed with the recovery agent GUI or command-line interface.

The supported operating systems by platform are listed in Operating systems support overview table


Operating systems support overview table
Operating systems support table for all 8.1.0 Data Protection for Microsoft Hyper-V functional components:

Operating systems
Data mover
Recovery agent

on Windows x64
Windows Server 2012(E1)(E1)(1)
Windows Server 2012 R2(E1)(E1)
Windows Server 2016(E1)(E1)(2)

Indicates that the operating system version is not supported by this Data Protection for Microsoft Hyper-V functional component.
Indicates that the operating system version is supported by this Data Protection for Microsoft Hyper-V functional component. Later maintenance and modification levels to the operating system version are also supported.

(E1) Essentials, Standard, and Datacenter Editions

(1) This functional component provides support for Windows Storage Server 2012 for functionality that is also available and supported by this functional component on the Windows Server 2012 Editions.
(2) This functional component provides support for Windows Storage Server 2016 for functionality that is also available and supported by this functional component on the Windows Server 2016 Editions.




Additional software requirements and limitations
The following additional software is required to use Data Protection for Microsoft Hyper-V:
  • Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) Server 6.3 and later interim fixes and fix packs
  • Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) Server 7.1 and later interim fixes and fix packs
  • IBM Spectrum Protect Server 8.1 and later interim fixes and fix packs
TIP: IBM Spectrum Protect Client/API and Server compatibility information is located in the IBM Spectrum Protect Server/Client Compatibility and Upgrade Considerations tech note located here: http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21053218


Hardware requirements for Data Protection for Microsoft Hyper-V

Hardware requirements vary and depend on the following items:
  • Number of protected servers
  • Number of protected volumes
  • Data set sizes
  • LAN and SAN connectivity

The following table describes the hardware requirements that are needed to install Data Protection for Microsoft Hyper-V

Component Minimal requirement Preferred
System x64 processorNot applicable
Memory 2 GB RAM, 2 GB virtual
address space
Not applicable
Available hard disk700 MB1.5 GB
NIC Card 1 NIC - 100 Mbps 1 NIC - 1 Gbps


Where to download IBM Spectrum Protect for Virtual Environments 8.1.0

The IBM Spectrum Protect for Virtual Environments download document provides information about how and where to obtain the IBM Spectrum Protect for Virtual Environments 8.1.0 package. The information is located at: http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg24042955


Hardware and Software requirements for other releases of Data Protection for Microsoft Hyper-V

The hardware and software requirements for other releases and fix packs for all IBM Spectrum Protect Data Protection for Virtual Environment components are located in the "IBM Spectrum Protect for Virtual Environments - All Requirements Doc" located at: http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21505139

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Document Information

Modified date:
17 June 2018

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