IBM Endpoint Manager for Server Automation V8.2 simplifies server management and helps reduce costs for IT operationsIBM United States Software Announcement 212-432
November 20, 2012
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(Corrected on December 3, 2012)Changed first paragraph of Description section and updated Software requirements section.
|At a glance|
IBM® Endpoint Manager for Server Automation V8.2, an add-on to other Tivoli® Endpoint Manager solutions, offers advanced server automation capabilities to help you lower your costs and improve efficiency. IBM Endpoint Manager for Server Automation V8.2 capabilities include:
All of this allows you to:
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Businesses are continuously challenged with increasing levels of complexity around both the number and type of systems they have to manage. They struggle with too many tools and teams to provide what should be simple and easy automation of routine tasks that would deliver significant improvements in productivity and allow their resources to focus on more critical business operations. They must manage multiple endpoints including laptops, desktops, branch office servers, and data center servers, encompassing both physical and virtual machines. This is made even more challenging by expectations that administrators will respond quickly to any changes in their business, while also reducing costs and increasing efficiency. As a result, truly integrated toolsets that help businesses to better manage everything from mobile devices to servers are in high demand.
The trusted and proven IBM Endpoint Manager portfolio has expanded to include server automation. IBM Endpoint Manager for Server Automation enables users to easily create and reuse their own automation flows across groups of related servers, desktops, or laptops without the need for programming skills. In addition to facilitating custom automation flows, IBM Endpoint Manager for Server Automation offers a rich set of standard automation capabilities that provides rapid time-to-value and can help reduce operating costs. This solution provides enterprise application scalability with minimal infrastructure investment, enforces real-time endpoint configuration policies, and automates feature and content updates. In short, IBM Endpoint Manager for Server Automation can help businesses optimize their IT efficiency through standardization and consolidation of their tools, teams, and processes.
IBM Endpoint Manager for Server Automation highlights:
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IBM Endpoint Manager for Server Automation V8.2 can only be installed on top of an existing IBM Tivoli Endpoint Manager solution:
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|Planned availability date|
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IBM Endpoint Manager for Server Automation V8.2 is an integrated, easy-to-implement, and easy-to-use solution that delivers automated server management with closed-loop task automation, middleware deployment, seamless physical and virtual server management. IBM Endpoint Manager for Server Automation V8.2 is built on a proven, lightweight technology that delivers unprecedented time-to-value and can help lower operational costs. Its simple and intuitive interface reduces the need for training or education, and can help simplify the system administrators job.
IBM Endpoint Manager for Server Automation V8.2 capabilities
Automation plans provide the ability to sequence simple discrete Endpoint Manager automation tasks into a broader automation flow. These cross-server sequenced tasks enable automation of previously manual operations, and this can help improve application delivery times and help reduce labor costs. This includes the automation and integration of tasks related to Server Build processes such as deploying operating systems, creating virtual machines, deploying software, and setting and enforcing configuration settings.
Physical and virtual server management provides a single interface across patch management, lifecycle management, and server automation, and simplifies operations and lowers costs. It improves the visibility and control of all your systems including the ability to view and manage both physical and virtual endpoints (laptops, desktops, and servers) from a single interface.
Middleware deployment of multitiered business applications typically require a lot of manual intervention to get them deployed and configured in the optimal way to deliver business services. IBM Endpoint Manager for Server Automation provides the ability to easily deploy, configure and manage a variety of middleware applications, which accelerate delivery times, provides consistency through automation.
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IBM Endpoint Manager for Server Automation V8.2 is an add-on to other Tivoli Endpoint Management solutions including Tivoli Endpoint Management for Patch Management, Tivoli Endpoint Management for Lifecycle Management, and Tivoli Endpoint Management for Security and Compliance.
IBM Endpoint Manger for Server Automation V8.2 is uniquely positioned as an advanced server automation solution in the Tivoli portfolio that builds on lifecycle management capabilities to enhance IT automation and provide a bridge to cloud computing.
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Program Program number VRM name 5725-H27 8.2 IBM Endpoint Manager for Server Automation
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Specified operating environment
The hardware requirements for IBM Endpoint Manager for Server Automation V8.2 are identical to those for the IBM Tivoli Endpoint Manager solution. These requirements can vary based on the managed environment and are mainly related to the machine on which the IBM Endpoint Manager Server and the IBM Endpoint Manager Console are installed and running.
The values in the following table are recommended hardware specifications that enable good performance for similar sized deployments of Tivoli Endpoint Manager. If your deployment has more than 100 Endpoint Manager Console Operators, you should consider raising your hardware specifications to the next highest scale to support the large number of users or contact IBM Technical Support for more help in selecting hardware.
For best performance, use the following recommendations:
Deployment size CPU Memory Hard disks < 250 2-3 GHz 2 GB Standard HD 1,000 2-3 GHz - 2 Cores 4 GB 1 RAID Array (RAID 10,5) 10,000 2-3 GHz - 2-4 Cores 8 GB 1-2 RAID Arrays (RAID 10) 50,000 2-3 GHz - 4 Cores 16 GB 2 RAID Arrays (RAID 10) 100,000 2-3 GHz - 4-8 Cores 16-32 GB 2 RAID Arrays (RAID 10) > 200,000 2-3+ GHz - 8-16 Cores 32-64 GB 3 RAID Arrays (RAID 10)
Note: RAID arrays must support use of the disk cache for both reading and writing. The disk cache should be set to 50/50 read-write.
Disk space requirements
The hard disk configurations can help deliver high-performance disks for the database and Endpoint Manager Server. The physical capacity needed for Tivoli Endpoint Manager is generally considered small. A minimum of 5 GB free disk space is needed by the database, data files, and the file caches. It is recommended that an additional 20 GB to 50 GB of disk space be available for flexibility, when using for adminstrative tasks such as database backups and to allow for growth.
Multiple RAID arrays normally provide more than enough disk space so capacity concerns are not common.
Network card specifications
The Tivoli Endpoint Manager Server is the central communication hub for deployment and should be positioned in a data center with a high-speed network connection.
Server network speed recommendations:
For deployments over 25,000 seats, consider using teamed network cards or 1 GB connections to provide optimal network throughput.
Console hardware specifications
The consoles are typically installed on personal workstations and terminal servers or Citrix servers.
The hardware requirements are based on the number of managed computers, which is the number of computers that a Console Operator will see. In most deployments, the Console Operator sees a subset of the total number of computers, while a Master Operator sees all of the computers.
Number of managed computers CPU Memory Hard disks (free space) < 250 1 GHz 512 MB 50 MB free 1,000 2 GHz 512 MB 100 MB free 10,000 2-3 GHz 1 GB 250 MB free 50,000 2-3 GHz - 2 Cores 2 GB 1 GB free 100,000 2-3 GHz - 2 Cores 3 GB 2 GB free >200,000 2-3 GHz - 2-4 Cores 4 GB 3 GB free
Terminal server and Citrix server installations
The primary constraints for the console are CPU and memory. The memory use goes up with the total number of managed clients. These configurations assume standard usage patterns for up to 10 to 20 simultaneous console users:
Number of Endpoint Manager Agents CPU Memory Hard disks (feee space) < 250 2-3 GHz-2 Cores 2 GB 1 Raid Array (RAID 5, 10)-5 GB free 1,000 2-3 GHz-2 Cores 4 GB 1 Raid Array (RAID 5, 10)-10 GB free 10,000 2-3 GHz-4 Cores 8 GB 1 Raid Array (RAID 5, 10)-20 GB free 25,000 2-3 GHz-4 Cores 8-16 GB 1 Raid Array (RAID 5, 10)-40 GB free 100,000 2-3 GHz-4-8 Cores 16-32 GB 1 Raid Array (RAID 5, 10)-80 GB free 200,000 2-3 GHz-8-16 Cores 16-32 GB 1 Raid Array (RAID 5, 10)-150 GB free
The software requirements for IBM Endpoint Manager for Server Automation are the same as for IBM Tivoli Endpoint Manager solution, and are dependent on its components:
IBM Tivoli Endpoint Manager server software specifications
Supported operating systems:
SQL Standard edition is usually sufficient for smaller deployments with fewer than 50,000 computers. For more information, refer to the Microsoft knowledge base article
Note: Always apply the latest service pack and hot fixes for SQL server and Windows operating systems.
Console system requirements
IBM Tivoli Endpoint Manager Console software specifications
Supported operating systems:
Required software configurations:
IBM Tivoli Endpoint Manager Agent software specifications
Supported operating systems
HP UNIX :
IBM AIX® :
Tivoli Endpoint Manager Relay
Supported operating systems
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IBM Endpoint Manager for Server Automation V8.2 is distributed with:
Security, auditability, and control
IBM Endpoint Manager for Server Automation V8.2 uses the security and auditability features of the operating system software. The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.
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The resource for the purpose of the RVU calculation is Activated Processor Cores managed by the program. An Activated Processor Core is a processor core that is available for use in a physical or virtual server, regardless of whether the capacity of the processor core can be or is limited through virtualization technologies, operating system commands, BIOS settings, or similar restrictions. Licensee can deploy the program using either full capacity licensing or virtualization capacity (sub-capacity) licensing according to the Passport Advantage Sub-Capacity Licensing Terms (see webpage below). If using full capacity licensing, each Activated Processor Core in the physical hardware environment managed by the program must be counted, except for those servers from which the program permanently no longer manages. If using virtualization capacity licensing, the Virtualization Capacity License Counting Rules at
- http://www.ibm.com/software/lotus/passportadvantage/Counting_Software_licenses_using_sp ecific_virtualization_technologies.html
defines how many Activated Processor Cores must be counted.
The RVU table for IBM Endpoint Manager for Server Automation is below:
Tier From quantity To quantity Factor 1 0 2,500 1.00 2 2,501 10,000 0.80 3 10,001 50,000 0.60 4 50,001 150,000 0.40 5 150,001 - 0.20
Pricing example 1
A customer wishes to license IBM Endpoint Manager for Server Automation for the servers in the following core environment.
Note: Linux on System z offerings may not be available for all IBM Endpoint Manager products. This licensing example assumes such availability. Linux on System z offerings have distinctly orderable part numbers in Passport Advantage , which should be used when ordering entitlements for IFLs running Linux .
If pricing products without a Linux on System z offering, you should exclude the z800 server entitlement requirement indicated below.
The customer wants to manage the applicable distributed server environment with IBM Endpoint Manager for Server Automation:
Systems Quantity in Processor cores managed customer environment to be licensed One processor, 20 20 single core One processor, 65 130 dual core Two processors, 12 48 dual core Two processors, 10 80 quad core Eight Processors, 1 16 Dual Core (2 logical partitions) Four Processors, 1 16 Quad Core z800 server with 1 2 2 uniprocessor IFLs (requires Linux on System z availability) is managed Total processors to 312 be licensed
Based on the 312 managed cores, the customer would require 312 RVUs of IBM Endpoint Manager for Server Automation.
Pricing example 2
A customer wishes to license IBM Endpoint Manager for Server Automation in the following core environment:
The following calculation is used to determine the number of RVUs required to license the 45,000 managed cores in the server environment:
Tier Quantity of Managed Cores RVUs 1 2,500 2,500 2 7,500 6,000 3 35,000 21,000 Total 29,500
The first tier, based on the RVU table, is used to calculate the first 2,500 managed cores at a factor of 1 per core or in the case above 2,500 RVUs (2,500 x 1). The second tier is used to calculate the managed cores from 2,501 to 10,000 at a .8 factor or 7,500 x .8 = 6,000. The third tier is used for those managed cores between 10,001 and 50,000. In the example, 35,000 of the managed cores reside in tier 3 or 35,000 x .6 = 21,000. Adding the RVUs together for each tier, the customer requires 29,500 RVUs to license the 45,000 managed cores.
In addition, the customer would require 25,000 of the client device part number to license the 25,000 client devices in the environment.
Pricing example 3
A customer wishes to license IBM Endpoint Manager for Server Automation in the following core environment:
The following calculation is used to determine the number of RVUs required to license the 40 virtual images running on 4 Managed Cores in the server environment.
Tier Quantity of Managed Cores RVUs 1 4 4 Total 4
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Product group: Tivoli Endpoint Manager Product Identifier Description: 5725-H27 IBM Endpoint Manager for Server Automation Product category: Tivoli Endpoint Mngr
Orders for new licenses will be accepted now.
Shipment will begin on the planned availability date.
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Refer to the IBM International Passport Advantage Agreement and to the IBM Software Support Handbook for specific terms relating to, and a more complete description of, technical support provided through Software Maintenance.
The quantity to be specified for the Passport Advantage part numbers in the following table is per processor Value Units and per client devices. To order a chargeable option for Passport Advantage , specify the desired part number and quantity.
IBM Endpoint Manager for Server Automation
Part number Description D0T2LLL IBM Endpoint Manager for Server Automation per Resource Value Unit Lic + SW S&S 12 Mo E0EFQLL IBM Endpoint Manager for Server Automation per Resource Value Unit Annual SW S&S Rnwl D0T2MLL IBM Endpoint Manager for Server Automation per Resource Value Unit SW S&S Reinstate 12 Mo D0T2QLL IBM Endpoint Manager for Server Automation for zBx and Linux on System z Resource Value Unit Lic + SW S&S 12 Mo E0EFTLL IBM Endpoint Manager for Server Automation for zBx and Linux on System z Resource Value Unit Annual SW S&S Rnwl D0T2RLL IBM Endpoint Manager for Server Automation for zBx and Linux on System z Resource Value Unit SW S&S Reinstate 12 Mo D0T2SLL IBM Endpoint Manager for Server Automation per Client Device Lic + SW S&S 12 Mo E0EFULL IBM Endpoint Manager for Server Automation per Client Device Annual SW S&S Rnwl D0T2TLL IBM Endpoint Manager for Server Automation per Client Device SW S&S Reinstate 12 Mo D0UWHLL IBM Endpoint Manager for Server Automation FTL per Resource Value Unit Initl FT Lic+S&S 12 Mo E0F13LL IBM Endpoint Manager for Server Automation FTL per Resource Value Unit SubSq FT Lic+S&S 12 Mo D0UWILL IBM Endpoint Manager for Server Automation FTL for zBx and Linux on System z Resource Value Unit Initl FT Lic+S&S 12 Mo E0F14LL IBM Endpoint Manager for Server Automation FTL for zBx and Linux on System z Resource Value Unit SubSq FT Lic+S&S 12 Mo D0UWQLL IBM Endpoint Manager for Server Automation FTL per Client Device Initl FT Lic+S&S 12 Mo E0F18LL IBM Endpoint Manager for Server Automation FTL per Client Device SubSq FT Lic+S&S 12 Mo
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Part Description number IBM Endpoint Manager for Server Automation V8.2 BJ015ML Multilingual Multiplatform Media Pack
IBM Endpoint Manager for Server Automation V8.2 is also available, via Web download, from Passport Advantage .
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