Readme file: Tivoli Storage Manager Backup-Archive Client V5.5.4

The IBM® Tivoli® Storage Manager for Linux Backup-Archive Client Version 5.5.4 fix pack is available. A description of the offering is provided, along with links to installation resources.



Tivoli Storage Manager is a client-server licensed product that provides storage management services in a multiplatform computer environment. You can use the backup-archive client program to back up and archive files from their workstations or file servers to server storage, and restore and retrieve backup versions and archive copies of files to their local workstations.

The Tivoli Storage Manager Backup-Archive Client Version 5.5.4 fix pack contains APAR fixes (maintenance). For a list of the client APARs that are resolved in this fix pack, see Tivoli Storage Manager Client APARs fixed in 5.5.4 and 5.5.4.x.

Compatibility with earlier versions

For compatibility with earlier versions, see Tivoli Storage Manager Server/Client Compatibility and Upgrade Considerations.

System requirements

For information about hardware and software compatibility, see the following detailed system requirements:

Installing the client

This section contains information about warnings and installation instructions.

Before installing the backup-archive client, see the warning information in the following web page:

Linux client warnings

For installation instructions and important links, see the IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Quick Start Guide. The Quick Start Guide is available on your Quick Start DVD or download image.

For detailed installation instructions, see the following topic in the Tivoli Storage Manager information center:

Chapter 1. Installing Tivoli Storage Manager.

For the entire documentation library of Tivoli Storage Manager V5.5 products, including Tivoli Storage Manager publications in Portable Document Format (.pdf) that are readable with programs like Adobe Acrobat Reader, see the Tivoli Storage Manager information center on the web.

Updates and known problems

Documentation updates and known problems are documented in the form of tech notes in the Support knowledge base at Tivoli Storage Manager Support Portal. As problems are discovered and resolved, the IBM Support team updates the knowledge base. By searching the knowledge base, you can quickly find workarounds or solutions to problems.

For more information about known problems and limitations, see the following technote:

Linux client known problems and limitations

For information that was unavailable at the time of publication, documentation updates are available in the following tech doc:

Documentation updates for IBM Tivoli Storage Manager for UNIX and Linux Backup-Archive Clients Installation and User's Guide

Contacting IBM Support

IBM Support provides assistance with product defects. For more information about getting software support, see the IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Support Portal.


For IBM trademark information, go to the IBM copyright and trademark information page.