Supported Management Consoles for Flex Power Nodes

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Problem(Abstract)

Flex nodes can be managed by HMC, IVM or FSM. Only one manager type can be active – dual management by FSM and HMC is not supported.

Resolving the problem

Flex POWER nodes are supported as standalone (no Management Console) or with any of the following Management Consoles: IVM, HMC, or FSM.

AIX Linux IBM i
Standalone (1) y y n (2)
IVM (1) y y y
HMC (1) y y y
FSM y y y

(1) If a FSM manages the chassis then it must manage all POWER nodes in the chassis. Dual management with FSM is not supported.
(2) IBM i requires VIOS and one of the supported MCs.

HMC Support for FlexAnnouncement
http://www-01.ibm.com/common/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?subtype=ca&infotype=an&appname=iSource&supplier=897&letternum=ENUS113-125

HMC Requirements

      HMC Version 7 Release 7.7.0 Service pack 2 (7.7.7.0.2) or a later service pack.
      Firmware 01AF773_033 or higher recommended.
      Supported Combinations
01AF773_033 01AF773_051 01AF783_021
Version 7 Release 7.7.0 Service Pack 2 Service Pack 3
Note: HMC does not support TLS 1.2 enablement on this firmware level.
Not supported
Version 7 Release 7.8.0 Not supported. *Service Pack 0
(approved Jan/2014)
Not supported
Version 7 Release 7.9.0 Not supported. Not supported. *Supported
Version 8 Release 8.1.0 Not supported Not supported *Supported
      *

Note

      All power nodes at EC level 01AF773 must either be powered off or concurrently updated to 773.12 (AF773_056) or later

prior

      to the conversion.

HMC Restrictions

      • Dual management with FSM is not supported.
      • FSM cannot manage any chassis that contains HMC managed POWER nodes.
      • Conversion of existing Nodes from FSM to HMC is supported.
      • Conversion of existing Nodes from HMC back to FSM is not supported. The partition configuration must be cleared and recreated.

Converting from FSM to HMC

Note:

      Prior to the conversion ensure the Flex Node has been powered on to standby state, or Operating state while no virtual servers were configured to auto-start, at least one time since installing node firmware 01AF773. Failure to perform an ipl to standby will result in the node going to incomplete state after the HMC connects. The HMC will not be able to work with or manage the node or any virtual servers.
      The last power on type can be found in

System Configuration > Edit Host > Power on Parameters

      tab
      A current value of User-Initiated indicates the last IPL was to standby. A current value of “Auto-Start for Auto-Recovery” indicates that the last ipl was to standby; assuming it was a normal, and not a crash related, power on IPL. If the current value is “Auto-Start Always” then it is not possible to determine if a standby IPL has been performed. The current value of all virtual server’s “Automatically start with managed system” can be checked however it may of been changed since the last power on. The value can be viewed in the GUI using
      the virtual server

Configuration > Manage Virtual Sever

      task. To view the setting for all virtual servers run the command on the target host(s):
      lssyscfg -m <host name> -r lpar -F name,lpar_id,auto_start | grep ,1$
      1. Use FSM to Un-manage the chassis
      To Unmanage the chassis see the Information Center section “Remove a Chassis”:

http://pic.dhe.ibm.com/infocenter/flexsys/information/topic/com.ibm.acc.8731.doc/adding_or_removing_a_chassis.html

      Ensure you also complete the sub-section “Important: Before you unmanage a chassis, make sure that you complete the procedures that are described in Unmanaging a chassis”
      2. Remove the FSM node
      If the FSM is installed in the same chassis, the FSM node should be removed to prevent rediscovery of the chassis and nodes.
      3. Add the POWER node to the HMC(s)
      Use the “add managed System” (mksysconn command) to add the POWER node to the HMC(s).
      The password field requires the Flex Node’s password for USERID. The node authenticates against its ldap server which by default for an unmanaged chassis is CMM. If the CMM is configured to use an external LDAP server, the server must have an account of USERID.
      Add the power node to a second HMC if desired. Dual HMCs are supported; both HMCs must be at the same version an release.

IVM Requirements

    • VIOS 2.2.2.3
    • Conversion from HMC or FSM to IVM is not supported. The partition configuration must be cleared and recreated.
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Problem-solving resources for Tivoli Storage Manager administrators

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Abstract

A compiled list of links from the technical support team, containing documents to aid you in your administration of Tivoli Storage Manager.

Content

Tivoli Storage Manager communities
Communities provide a place where product users, business partners, and developers can collaborate and exchange information about Tivoli Storage Manager products.

Product Support
Start at the support portal for Tivoli Storage Manager to get answers to questions and for all your support needs.
RSS feed for IBM Software Support

      Use an RSS feed to stay up-to-date with the latest content created for Tivoli Storage Manager:

http://www.ibm.com/software/support/rss/tivoli/663.xml?rss=s663&ca=rsstivoli

Recommended fixes

      Read about

recommended fixes

      for Tivoli Storage Manager.

Supported operating systems and requirements

      The

overview topic

      has links to detailed information about hardware and software requirements.

Collecting troubleshooting data

      Read about how to collect data that can aid in problem determination in

Collecting Data: Read First for Tivoli Storage Manager products

    .

Tivoli Storage Manager product documentation

NEW! IBM Knowledge Center consolidates product documentation from all IBM information centers. It’s ready for you to use now in an open beta:

  1. Learn more
  2. Try it out: www.ibm.com/support/knowledgecenter/SSGSG7/
  3. Take the survey

Known Beta limitations

      • You might experience some minor functional issues because fine tuning is in progress.
      • Content is still being configured and added, so the content you see might not be exactly what you expect.
      • Search results might not be what you expect, or might not be in all the languages that you expect. Configuring and indexing of content for search is in progress.

Information Centers

      The information centers contain documentation for IBM Tivoli Storage Management products.

Tip:

        When IBM Knowledge Center exits beta status, information center pages will be redirected to the corresponding pages in the IBM Knowledge Center.

      V7.1:

http://pic.dhe.ibm.com/infocenter/tsminfo/v7r1

      V6.4:

http://pic.dhe.ibm.com/infocenter/tsminfo/v6r4

      V6.3:

http://pic.dhe.ibm.com/infocenter/tsminfo/v6r3

      V6.2:

http://pic.dhe.ibm.com/infocenter/tsminfo/v6r2

      V6.1:

http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/tsminfo/v6

      -

End of support April 30, 2014

      V5.5 and earlier:

http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/tivihelp/v1r1/index.jsp

      -

End of support April 30, 2014

Problem Determination Information

V7.1: http://pic.dhe.ibm.com/infocenter/tsminfo/v7r1/topic/com.ibm.itsm.tsm.doc/t_tshoot_tsm.html

V6.4: http://pic.dhe.ibm.com/infocenter/tsminfo/v6r4/topic/com.ibm.itsm.nav.doc/t_probdeterm.html

V6.3: http://pic.dhe.ibm.com/infocenter/tsminfo/v6r3/topic/com.ibm.itsm.nav.doc/t_probdeterm.html

V6.2: http://pic.dhe.ibm.com/infocenter/tsminfo/v6r2/topic/com.ibm.itsm.nav.doc/t_probdeterm.html

V6.1: http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/tsminfo/v6/topic/com.ibm.itsm.nav.doc/t_probdeterm.html – End of support April 30, 2014

V5.5: http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?&uid=pub1sc32014201 – End of support April 30, 2014

Optimizing performance

      V7.1:

http://pic.dhe.ibm.com/infocenter/tsminfo/v7r1/topic/com.ibm.itsm.perf.doc/c_performance.html

      V6.4:

http://pic.dhe.ibm.com/infocenter/tsminfo/v6r4/topic/com.ibm.itsm.nav.doc/c_performance.html

        Completely revised performance information was published in June 2013 for V6.4 and V6.3 servers and clients. The performance information in the V6.4 and V6.3 information centers is identical.

      V6.3:

http://pic.dhe.ibm.com/infocenter/tsminfo/v6r3/topic/com.ibm.itsm.nav.doc/c_performance.html

      V6.2:

http://pic.dhe.ibm.com/infocenter/tsminfo/v6r2/topic/com.ibm.itsm.nav.doc/c_performance.html

      V6.1:

http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/tsminfo/v6/topic/com.ibm.itsm.nav.doc/c_performance.html

      - End of support April 30, 2014
      V5.5:

http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?&uid=pub1sc32014101

      - End of support April 30, 2014

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TSM Linux Backup-Archive client “best effort” supported distributions

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Question

Is there some type of support for the IBM Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, and 7.1 Linux x86/x86_64 Backup-Archive client on Linux distributions other than Red Hat (RHEL) and SUSE (SLES)?

Cause

Link to Linux x86/x86_64 Hardware and Software Requirements for fully supported Linux client distributions: http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?&uid=swg21052223

Answer

Yes, “best effort” support is included with support for the TSM Linux x86/x86_64 Backup-Archive client and API client, on the Linux distributions listed below, for as long as the TSM version and Linux distributions are in regular support.

“BEST EFFORT” SUPPORT DEFINITION

  • IBM Support will accept calls for TSM Linux x86/x86_64 Backup-Archive and API client issues on the distributions and release levels listed below
  • IBM Support will not require that the customer recreate the problem on fully supported RHEL or SLES distributions before calling in for support
  • IBM Support will cease problem determination if the problem is determined to be unique to the distributions or release levels listed below. The problem must then be pursued with that distribution’s provider or community.

“Best effort” support is not applicable to the:

  • TSM Space Management client
  • TSM server
  • TSM storage agent
  • TSM FastBack
  • FlashCopy Manager
  • any of the TSM data protection products (e.g. TSM for Databases, TSM for Mail, TSM for Enterprise Resource Planning) except TSM for Virtual Environments (see this TSM for VE technote: http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21474116)

For information about Linux support for other TSM components, please see the appropriate component support page.

7.1 “Best Effort” Support

6.4 “Best Effort” Support

6.3 “Best Effort” Support

6.2 “Best Effort” Support

Support Considerations

 7.1 DISTRIBUTION AND RELEASE LEVELS ELIGIBLE FOR “BEST EFFORT” SUPPORT FOR THE BACKUP-ARCHIVE AND API CLIENTS (on Linux x86_64):

 

  • CentOS 5 and 6
  • Debian* 6 and 7
  • Fedora 19 and 20 (requires 7.1.0.3 or higher client)
  • OpenSUSE 13
  • Scientific Linux 5 and 6
  • Ubuntu* 12, 13, and 14.04

“Best Effort” support is not available for the automatic client deployment and Journal Based Backup functions on Linux x86_64.

* Note for Debian-based distributions (Debian and Ubuntu): The TSM Linux x86_64 client is made available in RPM package format. Third party tools can be used to convert the package to Debian format for installation. IBM Support will not accept calls related to package conversion or installation of converted packages.

6.4 DISTRIBUTION AND RELEASE LEVELS ELIGIBLE FOR “BEST EFFORT” SUPPORT FOR THE BACKUP-ARCHIVE AND API CLIENTS (on Linux x86_64): 

  • CentOS 5 and 6
  • Debian* 6
  • Fedora 16 and 17
  • Scientific Linux 5 and 6
  • Mandriva Linux 2011
  • Ubuntu* 10.04, 11.10, and 12

“Best Effort” support is not available for the automatic client deployment and Journal Based Backup functions on Linux x86_64.

* Note for Debian-based distributions (Debian and Ubuntu): The TSM Linux x86_64 client is made available in RPM package format. Third party tools can be used to convert the package to Debian format for installation. IBM Support will not accept calls related to package conversion or installation of converted packages.

 6.3 DISTRIBUTION AND RELEASE LEVELS ELIGIBLE FOR “BEST EFFORT” SUPPORT FOR THE BACKUP-ARCHIVE AND API CLIENTS (on Linux x86_64):

 

  • CentOS 5 and 6
  • Debian* 5 and 6
  • Fedora 14, 15, 16, and 17
  • Scientific Linux 5 and 6
  • Asianux 3
  • Mandriva Linux 2010 and 2011
  • Ubuntu* 10, 11, and 12.04

“Best Effort” support is not available for the automatic client deployment and Journal Based Backup functions on Linux x86_64.

* Note for Debian-based distributions (Debian and Ubuntu): The TSM Linux x86_64 client is made available in RPM package format. Third party tools can be used to convert the package to Debian format for installation. IBM Support will not accept calls related to package conversion or installation of converted packages.

6.2 DISTRIBUTION AND RELEASE LEVELS ELIGIBLE FOR “BEST EFFORT” SUPPORT FOR THE BACKUP-ARCHIVE AND API CLIENTS:

 

  • CentOS 4 and 5
  • Debian* 4 and 5
  • Fedora 11 and 12
  • Scientific Linux 4 and 5
  • Asianux 3
  • Mandriva Linux 2010
  • Ubuntu* 8.04, 9, and 10

“Best Effort” support is not available for the automatic client deployment function on Linux x86/x86_64.

* Note for Debian-based distributions (Debian and Ubuntu): The TSM Linux x86/x86_64 client is made available in RPM package format. Third party tools can be used to convert the package to Debian format for installation. IBM Support will not accept calls related to package conversion or installation of converted packages.

SUPPORT CONSIDERATIONS

 

  • 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, and 7.1 Linux x86/x86_64 Backup-Archive client and API client only
  • Support for currently supported Linux Backup-Archive client functionality and file systems
  • SELinux support for distributions based on RHEL (CentOS and Scientific Linux)
  • Automounter support for AutoFS only
  • Automatic client deployment and Journal Based Backup functions are not supported

Note: TSM Version 6.1 has reached End of Support.

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