IBM GPFS Multiplatform V3.2.1 expands operating system support to include Windows

IBM United States Software Announcement 208-192
August 26, 2008

 ENUS208-192.PDF (104KB)

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IBM fulfills its previously announced intention to support GPFS on the Microsoft® Windows® operating system: GPFS for Windows Multiplatform V3.2.1 supports the Windows Server 2003 R2 OS running on 64-bit architectures (AMD x64 / EM64T).

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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IBM announces support of GPFS on the Microsoft Windows operating system.

Multiplatform V3.2.1 supports the Windows Server 2003 R2 operating system running on 64-bit architectures (AMD x64 / EM64T) in an AIX® or Linux® GPFS cluster.

Support includes:

  • Client access to GPFS V3.2 file systems
  • User identity mapping between Windows and UNIX®
  • Windows file system semantics
  • Core GPFStm parallel data services
  • Broad complement of advanced GPFS features

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Refer to the Hardware requirements and Software requirements sections.

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Planned availability date
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  • August 29, 2008: Electronic download
  • October 3, 2008: CD media

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GPFS for Windows Multiplatform V3.2.1 supports the Windows Server 2003 R2 operating system running on 64-bit architectures (AMD x64 / EM64T). GPFS on Windows participates in a new or existing GPFS V3.2 cluster in conjunction with AIX and Linux (32 or 64 bit) operating systems.

Identity mapping between Windows and UNIX user accounts is one of the key advancements delivered in GPFS for Windows Multiplatform. System administrators can explicitly match users and groups defined on UNIX with those defined on Windows. This allows users to maintain file ownership and access rights from either platform. System administrators are not required to define an identity map. GPFS automatically creates a mapping when one is not defined.

IBM has enhanced many of the details within GPFS to support the unique semantic requirements posed by Windows. These include case-insensitive names, NTFS-like file attributes, and Windows file locking. GPFS provides a bridge between a Windows and POSIX view of files while not adversely affecting the long-standing capabilities provided on AIX and Linux operating systems.

GPFS for Windows Multiplatform provides the same core services to parallel and serial applications as are available on AIX and Linux operating systems. GPFS allows parallel applications simultaneous access to the same files, or different files, from any node that has the GPFS file system mounted while managing a high level of control over all file system operations. System administrators and users have a consistent command interface on AIX, Linux, and Windows operating systems. With few exceptions, the commands supported on the Windows operating system are identical to the commands supported on other GPFS platforms.

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  • Refer to Software Announcement 207-178, dated August 7, 2007
  • Refer to Software Announcement 907-012, dated January 23, 2007

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Program                Program
number         VRM     name
5724-N94       3.2.1   General Parallel File Systemtm Multiplatform

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Product information is available via the Offering Information Web site

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No publications are shipped with this program; however, the following publications are available from the Web:

IBM General Parallel File System:

  • Concepts, Planning and Installation Guide (GA76-0413)
  • Administration and Programming Reference (SA23-2221)
  • Problem Determination Guide (GA76-0415)
  • Data Management API Guide (GA76-0414)
  • Advanced Administration Guide (SC23-5182)

You can view the manuals by selecting the GPFS Library link from the IBM Cluster Information Center at

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Specified operating environment

Hardware requirements
  • Up to 32 Windows 64-bit clients of either AMD x64 or EM64T architectures
  • An existing heterogeneous or homogeneous GPFS cluster of 32-bit or 64-bit AIX or Linux nodes
Software requirements

Required software from Microsoft includes:

  • Windows Server 2003 R2 (with Service Pack 2)
  • Utilities and Software Development Kit (SDK) for SUA

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Required software from InteropSystems includes:

  • Remote shell (OpenSSH) and copy

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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.


GPFS for Windows Multiplatform V3.2.1 does not support or has restricted support for the following features:

  • Storage devices directly attached to Windows systems
  • Remote mounting of file systems across GPFS clusters
  • "manager" and "quorum" node roles
  • File systems that are DMAPI-enabled
  • File systems created with prior GPFS releases
  • GPFS Application Programming Interfaces

For further information on limitations, see the General Parallel File System Concepts, Planning, and Installation Guide.

The specific list of GPFS commands not available on the Windows platform will be available in the GPFS FAQs at topic/

For Tivoli® Storage Manager (TSM) backup archive client support for GPFS, see the GPFS FAQs or visit IBMTivoliStorageManager.html

Planning information


IBM GPFS Multiplatform is distributed via electronic software distribution (ESD) or CD-ROM. A product readme file and License Information is shipped with the product. Publications are available online.

Security, auditability, and control

GPFS for Windows Multiplatform V3.2 uses the security and auditability features of the operating system being used.

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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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.

ITS Specific Service offering supports the GPFS for Windows Multiplatform product.

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This product is only available via Passport Advantage. It is not available as shrinkwrap.

Product group: Other Software
  Product Identifier Description (PID)
  General Parallel File System Multiplatform  (5724-N94)
Product category: System Software
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                       Part number or
Program name           PID number           Charge metric
GPFS for Windows       5724-N94             10 processor Value Units


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Program name/Description                                          number
IBM General Parallel File System for Windows                      BH03KEN
Multiplatform V3.2.1 English CD Media Pack
General Parallel File System 10 Processor Value Units (PVUs)      D61HGLL
License + SW Subscription & Support 12 Months
General Parallel File System 10 Processor Value Units (PVUs)      E0414LL
Annual SW Subscription & Support Renewal
General Parallel File System 10 Processor Value Units (PVUs)      D61HHLL
SW Subscription & Support Reinstatement 12 Months

Passport Advantage customer: Media pack entitlement details

Customers with active maintenance or subscription for the products listed are entitled to receive the corresponding media pack.

Entitled maintenance offerings
description                          Part number
Genl Para File Sys Linux Ins         CLGPFSLXSB01
GPFS for Linux on xSeries Proc       CLGPFSLXSB03
GPFS 10 Value Units                  CLGPFSLXSB05
Media packs
description                          Part number
IBM GPFS for Windows V3.2.1 
English Media Pack                   BH03KEN

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