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Reseller Option Kit (ROK) for the downgrade of Microsoft Windows Server 2012 OS to the Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 OS for IBM System x , BladeCenter , and PureFlex System servers

IBM United States Software Announcement 213-120
April 2, 2013

Table of contents
Overview Overview Publications Publications
Key prerequisites Key prerequisites Technical information Technical information
Planned availability date Planned availability date Ordering information Ordering information
Product positioning Product positioning Terms and conditions Terms and conditions
Program number Program number Prices Prices


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Additional IBM® OEM licenses of Microsoft™ Windows™ Server products are added to the IBM Reseller Option Kit (ROK) program for qualifying IBM Distributor participation. This addition to the IBM ROK program authorizes qualifying IBM Distributors to buy IBM OEM downgrade licenses of the Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system for distribution with the Windows Server 2012 operating system for sale to IBM Business Partners (Resellers) for installation on IBM Systems x, BladeCenter® , and PureFlex™ System servers.



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Overview
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With downgrade rights, users are allowed to acquire Windows Server 2012, but continue to use Windows Server 2008 R2 until they are ready to upgrade. When they are ready for Windows Server 2012, they already have the license.

Windows Server 2012 to Windows Server 2008 R2 downgrade rights are an user right, documented in the Software License Terms that clients accept upon first running Windows software. Qualifying IBM Distributors are authorized to distribute Windows Server 2008 R2 ROK downgrade editions with the distribution of Windows Server 2012 ROK upon an user request.

To downgrade Microsoft Windows Server 2012 to Windows Server 2008 R2 software, clients must purchase a System x® server with Windows Server 2012 ROK software, accept the End User Software License Terms and then perform the downgrade or authorize a third party to perform it on their behalf.

If downgrading to Windows Server 2008 R2, the user cannot use the new Windows Server 2012 operating system at the same time. If a user chooses to downgrade to Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system, Distributor still must apply the Windows Server 2012 operating system Certificate of Authenticity (COA) to the System x server.

For Client Access License (CAL) downgrades, users may use Windows Device CALs and Windows User CALs with an earlier version of the software in accordance with the terms of the of the Windows Server 2008 End User Software License Terms.

This summary is intended to be a general informational overview of the downgrade rights outlined in the End User Software License for Windows Server 2012. Please refer to the actual License Agreement for the precise terms and conditions that govern use of the software.

Following are the Windows Server 2008 R2 ROK downgrade editions that are available for distribution with IBM OEM Windows Server 2012 Standard and Datacenter ROK operating systems:

Available software machine type models for the IBM Reseller Option Kit (ROK) for the selected Windows Server operating systems are included in this announcement. These machine type models are not generally available and are not to be published. This announcement is strictly being used to load the systems in the announcing geographies to support logistics required for ordering, fulfillment, and financial reporting of the Custom Single Entity Offerings (CSEOs) in this announcement. Usage of these Microsoft CSEOs with machine type models require:

CSEOs available for the IBM Reseller Option Kit (ROK) for the selected Windows Server operating systems are included in this announcement.



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Key prerequisites
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The Reseller Option Kit (ROK) for Microsoft Windows Server Operating Systems has the following prerequisites:



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Planned availability date
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April 12, 2013



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Product positioning
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Distributor and Reseller benefits

Customer benefits

Windows Server 2012 benefits

With downgrade rights, users are allowed to acquire Windows Server 2012, but continue to use Windows Server 2008 R2 until they are ready to upgrade. When they are ready for Windows Server 2012, they already have the license. Windows Server 2012 to Windows Server 2008 R2 downgrade rights are a user right, documented in the Software License Terms that clients accept upon first running Windows software. Qualifying IBM Distributors are authorized to distribute Windows Server 2008 R2 ROK downgrade editions with the distribution of Windows Server 2012 ROK upon a user request.

Marketing materials

Marketing materials and the program supplier license agreement can be obtained from Microsoft , as appropriate.

Business Partners



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Program           Program
number    V.R.M   name
 
5731-WRC  1.0.0   Windows Server 2012 ROK

Product identification number

                    Maintenance        Maintenance
Program PID number  1 year PID number  3 year PID number
 
5731-WRC             N/A                N/A



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Offering Information
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Product information is available via the Offering Information website

http://www.ibm.com/common/ssi

Business Partner information

If you are a Direct Reseller - System Reseller acquiring products from IBM , you may link directly to Business Partner information for this announcement. A PartnerWorld® ID and password are required (use IBM ID).

https://www.ibm.com/partnerworld/mem/sla.jsp?num=213-120


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Publications
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No hardcopy publications from IBM are shipped with this program.



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Technical information
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Specified operating environment

Hardware requirements

Supported eServer™ xSeries® , System x , BladeCenter , or PureFlex System servers.

For the most up-to-date information regarding compatibility, visit

http://www-03.ibm.com/servers/eserver/serverproven/compat/us/
Software requirements

The program's specifications and specified operating environment information may be found in documentation accompanying the program, if available, such as a readme file, or other information published by IBM , such as an announcement letter. Documentation and other program content may be supplied only in the English language.

Planning information

Solution provider's responsibilities: Responsibilities assigned to the customer will be assumed by the Solution Providers for their end users, where appropriate.



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Software Services
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IBM Software Services has the breadth, depth, and reach to manage your services needs. You can leverage the deep technical skills of our lab-based, software services team and the business consulting, project management, and infrastructure expertise of our IBM Global Services team. Also, we extend our IBM Software Services reach through IBM Business Partners to provide an extensive portfolio of capabilities. Together, we provide the global reach, intellectual capital, industry insight, and technology leadership to support a wide range of critical business needs.

To learn more about IBM Software Services or to contact a Software Services sales specialist, visit

http://www.ibm.com/software/sw-services/


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Ordering information
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Charge metric
 
Program name                   PID number  Charge metric
 
Windows Server 2012 ROK        5731-WRC    Media OTC

Program delivery

License orders for the program numbers associated with the operating systems in this announcement can only be placed using the appropriate CSEO number. The operating systems in this announcement cannot be configured at time of order. Contractually authorized IBM Business Partners (Resellers) that order and take delivery of any of these offerings must ship the operating system preinstalled on an eligible hardware system unit to the client. Additionally, the operating systems in this announcement are not eligible for return by the Distributor except under the terms of the IBM ROK Distributor agreement.

Billing for the operating system will occur against the CSEO number for the licensed program order number contained in this announcement. To order the programs described in this announcement, specify the appropriate CSEO number from the table below with the corresponding machine type model number, order type description, one-time charge (OTC) feature number, and supply feature number.

                                        OTC      Lang   Supply
                                        feature  feat   feat   CSEO
Feature description                     number   number number number
 
5731-WRC  Windows Server 2012 ROK
  Standard to 2008 R2 Downgrade
    Media OTC
      Multilingual                       0906    2924   6007   00Y6468
  Datacenter to 2008 R2 Downgrade
    Media OTC
      Multilingual                       0905    2924   6008   00Y6462

Customization options

Select the appropriate feature numbers to customize your order with delivery options desired. These features can be specified on the initial or MES orders.

Expedite shipments

      Feature       Description
      
       3445         Expedite

Expedite shipments will be processed to receive 72-hour delivery from the time IBM Software Delivery and Fulfillment (SDF) receives the order.



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Terms and conditions
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The information provided in this announcement letter is for reference and convenience purposes only. The terms and conditions that govern any transaction with IBM are contained in the applicable contract documents such as the IBM International Program License Agreement, IBM International Passport Advantage® Agreement, and the IBM Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance.

Licensing

Supplier's license terms apply.

Limited warranty

Not warranted by IBM . Warranty, if any, provided by supplier.

Volume orders

Not applicable.

Educational allowance

Yes. 15% to qualified educational institutions.



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Statement of good security practices
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IT system security involves protecting systems and information through prevention, detection, and response to improper access from within and outside your enterprise. Improper access can result in information being altered destroyed or misappropriated or can result in misuse of your systems to attack others. Without a comprehensive approach to security, no IT system or product should be considered completely secure and no single product or security measure can be completely effective in preventing improper access. IBM systems and products are designed to be part of a comprehensive security approach, which will necessarily involve additional operational procedures, and may require other systems, products, or services to be most effective. IBM does not warrant that systems and products are immune from the malicious or illegal conduct of any party.



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Prices
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For current prices, contact IBM at 888-Shop-IBM (746-7426) or visit

http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/x/

To locate the web price, search on the feature number in the Search field.

 
                                               OTC
                                               Billing
Type model number                              feature
feature description                            number       
 
5731-WRC  Windows Server 2012 ROK
   Standard to Windows 2008 R2 Downgrade
      Media OTC                                 0906        
   Datacenter to Windows 2008 R2 Downgrade
      Media OTC                                 0905         

Trademarks

PureFlex and eServer are trademarks of IBM Corporation in the United States, other countries, or both.

IBM, BladeCenter, System x, PartnerWorld, xSeries and Passport Advantage are registered trademarks of IBM Corporation in the United States, other countries, or both.

Microsoft and Windows are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States, other countries, or both.

Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

Terms of use

IBM products and services which are announced and available in your country can be ordered under the applicable standard agreements, terms, conditions, and prices in effect at the time. IBM reserves the right to modify or withdraw this announcement at any time without notice. This announcement is provided for your information only. Additional terms of use are located at

http://www.ibm.com/legal/us/en/

For the most current information regarding IBM products, consult your IBM representative or reseller, or visit the IBM worldwide contacts page

http://www.ibm.com/planetwide/us/

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