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Upgrade to Spectrum Protect Client version 8.1 for Linux (EZ-Backup)

This article applies to: EZ-Backup

The software for the EZ-Backup service underwent major changes between version 7.1 and version 8.1. IBM changed the name to IBM Spectrum Protect (formerly Tivoli Storage Manager) and the look of the interface has changed. Most of the controls and procedures are either exactly the same or very similar.

Use these upgrade instructions for the following Linux distros:

  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 11, 12, 15 (version
  • SLED 11
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 or 7 for Server or Desktop (64-bit)
  • RHEL 8 (for Spectrum Protect 8.1.9 and higher)
  • Ubuntu 14.04, 16.04, 18.04 (version
  • Other Linux Distros based on Linux kernel 2.16.x/2.32.x/3/10.x with Limited Support
  • Supported File Systems

These instructions assume that anyone administering a Linux system is technically savvy.

These instructions also assume the language used by the client is English and the locale code is either en_US or EN_US.

This procedure requires that the computer is registered with the EZ-Backup service, and has an older version of the EZ-Backup client installed. If you do not have an earlier version installed, please use our Install instructions instead of these instructions.

The following instructions are the Cornell condensed version of the IBM/Tivoli process, which is documented in the Spectrum Protect for UNIX and Linux Backup-Archive Clients Version 8.1 Installation and User's Guide.

Review the README file for requirements (software and hardware) and limitations (filesystem types supported, known problems) and a list of changes since prior client releases.

Logon to system as root

Stop current processes

Stop any SP client processes running with these commands:

killall dsmc

killall dsmcad

Uninstall the old client

  1. Check for previous install:

    /bin/rpm -q -a | grep -i 'TIV'
  2. There should be 2 packages installed: TIVsm-BA and TIVsm-API. On 64-bit systems, there will be a third package: TIVsm-API64. And for some newer TSM clients, there will be a package called TIVsm-BAhdw. These packages must be removed ("erased") in the order shown (see note below as to why "upgrade" is not used):
    • (All systems) Remove the TIVsm-BAhdw (if present):

      /bin/rpm -e TIVsm-BAhdw
    • (64-bit systems) Remove the backup/archive client:

      /bin/rpm -e TIVsm-BA64
    • (All systems) Remove the backup/archive client:

      /bin/rpm -e TIVsm-BA
    • (64-bit systems) Remove the 64-bit API:

      /bin/rpm -e TIVsm-API64
    • (All systems) Remove the base API:

      /bin/rpm -e TIVsm-API
  3. Some previous versions of the client ( for certain; may be others) have an additional package, TIVguid. If it exists, it must also be removed:

    /bin/rpm -e TIVguid

Install the Client

Follow the install instructions in the Install the TSM client section of the fresh install instructions.

(optional) Configure the GUI (Java) Client

Follow the instructions in the Configure the GUI (Java) Client section of the fresh install instructions.

(optional) Configure Automated (Scheduled) Backups

Follow the instructions in the Method 1 subsection of the Configure Automated (Scheduled) Backups section of the fresh install instructions.

Notes on Upgrade

Ensure that you install these packages in the given order. This is required because the API package is a prerequisite of the B/A Client package.

The Web Client is an integral part of the Backup-Archive Client package and cannot be installed without it.

Our beta testers discovered that doing an rpm "upgrade" - i.e., "rpm -Uvh" - fails, because a number of shared libraries in /usr/lib end up "missing". Thus the documented method of using "erase" (rpm -e) followed by "install" (rpm -i) as recommended by IBM. This has been reported to IBM, but no fix is anticipated.

The EZ-Backup team is aware that there is an rpm naming convention that IBM chooses not to follow (IBM does not include the version number in the rpm packages). The following alternate install instructions (for 32-bit systems only) for the install command listed above have been used by an internal CIT Linux Sys Admin. Be aware that, if you use this method, we will not be able to respond to future documentation or upgrade issues that result. Caveat emptor.

mv /tmp/TIVsm-API.i386.rpm /tmp/TIVsm-API-

mv /tmp/TIVsm-BA.i386.rpm /tmp/TIVsm-BA-

/bin/rpm -e TIVsm-API TIVsm-BA

/bin/rpm -ivh /tmp/TIVsm-API- /tmp/TIVsm-BA-

Reviewing Backup-Archive Client Configuration

Validate the existing dsm.sys and dsm.opt files. (They are in the TSM home directory, /opt/tivoli/tsm/client/ba/bin/, and should have not been altered by the upgrade in any way). If you were using the VirtualMountPoint option as a workaround to backup EXT3 format filesystems in a previous version of TSM, these are no longer required and should be removed from your dsm.sys file.

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