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Selected IBM System x , BladeCenter , and PureFlex System server models can now be shipped with Microsoft Windows Server 2012 OS Downgrade to Windows Server 2008 R2 OS

IBM United States Software Announcement 213-119
April 2, 2013

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


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Selected IBM® System x® , BladeCenter® , and PureFlex™ System server models can now be shipped with downgrade licenses of Windows™ Server 2008 R2 OS along with licenses of Windows Server 2012 OS.

For ordering, contact your IBM representative, an IBM Business Partner, or IBM Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: SE001).



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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 a user right, documented in the Software License Terms that clients accept upon first running Windows software.

To downgrade Microsoft™ Windows Server 2012 to Windows Server 2008 R2 software, clients must purchase a System x server with Windows Server 2012 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.

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 Terms for Windows Server 2012. 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:

Orders for the Windows Server 2012 Downgrade are accepted in conjunction with a valid hardware order.



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Key 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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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.



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Program           Program
number    V.R.M   name
 
5731-W12  1.0.0   Windows Server 2012

Product identification number

                    Maintenance        Maintenance
Program PID number  1 year PID number  3 year PID number
 
5731-W12             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=213-119


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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 , and 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
                                 PID
Program name                     number    Charge metric 

Windows Server 2012              5731-W12  Media OTC

Server

Server is a unit of measure by which the program can be licensed. A server is a physical computer that is comprised of processing units, memory, and input/output capabilities and that executes requested procedures, commands, or applications for one or more users or client devices. Where racks, blade enclosures, or other similar equipment is being employed, each separable physical device (for example, a blade or a rack-mounted device) that has the required components is considered itself a separate server. For the purpose of server-based licensing, licensee must obtain entitlements for each server that is made available to the program, regardless of the number of processor cores and partitions in the server or the number of copies of the program on the server.

Notes :

Program delivery

Except where noted, configuration aids, either IBM Configurator for e-business or IBM Hardware Configurator, must be used for creation of valid software and hardware orders for the offerings in this announcement as well as other referenced and affiliated announcement offerings.

Billing for the operating systems will occur under the licensed program order number contained in this announcement.

The following license offerings can be ordered in conjunction with a new system order on which the selected operating system has been announced as an offering. Shipment of materials when ordered with a new system will be included with the system unit.

To order the programs listed below with a new system order, specify the type model number, order type description, one-time charge (OTC) feature, preinstall feature, or drop-in-the-box feature as indicated and listed in the tables below.

Note: A Hardware Installation Productivity Order (HIPO) must be placed if the operating system is part of a new system order. The feature numbers included on a HIPO order provide instructions and actions to the hardware and software Solution Provider and will be used to verify that the software orders for a given system unit solution exist and can be used for various logistical and business system measurements.

HIPO ordering information follows this section.

 
                                OTC     Lang-           Pre-    Drop-in
                                billing uage    Supply  install the-box
Type model number               feature feature feature feature feature
feature description             number  number  number  number  number
 
5731-W12  Windows Server 2012
 Standard to 2008 R2 Downgrade
  Media OTC                      0903    N/A     N/A     N/A     N/A
 Datacenter to 2008 R2 Downgrade
  Media OTC                      0904    N/A     N/A     N/A     N/A
 

Serialization feature code

Serialization feature code 3444: For order routing purposes, serialization feature code 3444 must be included on every operating system license program order.

Hardware Installation Productivity Order (HIPO): 5372-SWX

5372-SWX HIPO is mandatory for preinstall or shipments of program medium and publications associated with select operating system offerings in this announcement. The translation table below is for reference purposes. The operating system type model numbers, with offered OTC features numbers, are cross referenced to features that must be included on the 5372-SWX HIPO type model order for the purpose of completing valid (error-free) system solution orders.

                         5372-SWX
 
Operating                O/S     HIPO  HIPO  HIPO  HIPO  HIPO  HIPO
System                   OTC     O/S   Spec  Spec  Spec  Pl    Spec
Type model               feat    ID    1 ID  Lang  Proc  no Pl DIB
Number                   Num     feat  feat  feat  feat  feat  feat
 
5731-W12  Windows Server 2012
 Standard to 2008 R2 Downgrade
  Media OTC
   Multilanguage         0903    N/A   7812  N/A   N/A   N/A   N/A
 Datacenter to 2008 R2 Downgrade
  Media OTC
   Multilanguage         0904    N/A   7815  N/A   N/A   N/A   N/A
 


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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-W12  Windows Server 2012
   Standard to Windows 2008 R2 Downgrade
      Media OTC                                 0903        
   Datacenter to Windows 2008 R2 Downgrade
      Media OTC                                 0904        
 


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Order now
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To order, contact the Americas Call Centers or your local IBM representative, or your IBM Business Partner.

To identify your local IBM representative or IBM Business Partner, call 800-IBM-4YOU (426-4968).

Phone:      800-IBM-CALL (426-2255)
Fax:        800-2IBM-FAX (242-6329)
Internet:   callserv@ca.ibm.com
Mail:       IBM Teleweb Customer Support
            ibm.com® Sales Execution Center, Americas North
            3500 Steeles Ave. East, Tower 3/4
            Markham, Ontario
            Canada
            L3R 2Z1

Reference: SE001

The Americas Call Centers, our national direct marketing organization, can add your name to the mailing list for catalogs of IBM products.


Note: Shipments will begin after the planned availability date.
Trademarks

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

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

Windows and Microsoft 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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