IBM AIX 5L includes new features, electronic software distribution, and DVD installation

IBM United States Software Announcement 206-174
July 25, 2006


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TOC link Overview TOC link Ordering information
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(Corrected on August 9, 2006)

In the Ordering information section, several feature number transpositions were corrected.

At a glance

New features reinforce Tivoli Access Manager for IBM System p servers.

  • No-charge preinstall option with AIX
  • Enhanced security for AIX
  • Online support available
  • Installable on client or client and server

AIX 5L enhancements:

  • New function for security, reliability, and system management performance
  • New tool (AIXpert) to increase network security
  • Other Software Maintenance Agreement (SWMA) and Network Installation Manager (NIM) improvements

Electronic delivery offers these benefits:

  • Software product upgrades are available for download.
  • No waiting for physical shipment to arrive.
  • In emergencies, you can get another copy of your software immediately.
  • Download site is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

For ordering, contact:

Your IBM representative, an IBM Business Partner, or IBM Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: RE001).
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AIX 5L™ enhancements

  • New function for security, reliability, and systems management
  • New system security hardening tool (AIXpert)
  • New commands to make sharing boot disks between multiple AIX® 5L systems easier
  • New utility, the Network Data Administration Facility (NDAF) for easier administration of large NFS V4 distributed filesystems.
  • New NFS proxy caching function that can greatly improve the efficiency of using NFS over WANs without requiring changes to the NFS server or client

Refer to the Description section for additional details.

Tivoli® Access Manager for System p™ preinstalled

A simple-to-use, policy-based security system, Tivoli Access Manager for System p is now available as a preinstalled option on System p servers. This security system can securely lock down business-critical applications, files, and operating platforms to help prevent unauthorized access. These security capabilities help block both insiders and outsiders from unauthorized access to and use of valuable customer, employee, and business partner data.

This is a no-charge version of Tivoli Access Manager for System p product (feature codes 1492 and 1493), which can result in your being contacted by IBM regarding your experience with the product. If you do not want to be contacted, you should request removal of Tivoli Access Manager feature from your order. You can instead order the full-function chargeable version of the Tivoli Access Manager software from Tivoli (product number D512TLL).

Electronic software distribution

Electronic delivery is now available for AIX 5L for POWER™ V5.2, V5.3, ITUAM 6.1, and other licensed program upgrades. Clients with a current SWMA can download software upgrades online without having to wait for an order to be processed or physical media to arrive. Electronic delivery is available only for upgrades or product refreshes. For details on registration and more, refer to the Description section.

For more information, visit

DVD media installation for 64-bit architecture

With the general availability of AIX 5L V5.2 technology level 5200-09 and AIX 5L V5.3 technology level 5300-05, AIX now supports installation onto a disk or logical unit greater than 1 TB in size when using a 64-bit kernel. This function is supported only when the installation is performed from a NIM server or from DVD product media.

DVD product media can no longer be used to boot and install machines that do not support a 64-bit architecture, though CD-ROM product media can still be used to install 64-bit machines when the installation disk is 1 TB or less in size. DVD media created on a machine with a 32-bit architecture using the mksysb command can still be used as boot media for a machine with a 32-bit architecture. AIX currently supports the 7025-F50, 7026-H50, 7043-150, 7046-B50, and 9076-H50 machines, which have a 32-bit architecture.
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Planned availability date

August 4, 2006
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AIX 5L enhancements

AIX 5L V5.3 Technology Level 5 includes new function for security, reliability, systems management, performance, and distributed filesystems.

It also includes a new system security hardening tool (AIXpert) to help administrators increase the network security of their servers. You can also now use Microsoft™ Active Directory as an LDAP directory and authentication server for AIX 5L systems.

AIX 5L V5.3 TL 5300-05 extends the leadership capabilities of AIX 5L for reliability, availability, and serviceability with new, mainframe-inspired features such as:

  • Faster systems dumps
  • Networking, storage, and sysalloc first-failure data capture enhancements
  • Kernel stack overrun protection and kernel no-execute page protection
  • Trace enhancements for filesystems, networking, Virtual Memory Manager, Network Filesystem, and other AIX 5L components
  • Significant enhancements to XMALLOC_debug that can eliminate reboots to diagnose memory allocation problems

Tivoli Access Manager for System p preinstall

Tivoli Access Manager for System p is by default preinstalled on all System p mid-range and high-end servers (System p5™ 570, or higher); however, you can deselect it to bypass the preinstall. Server code 1493 does not default to preinstall on low-end servers (System p5 570, or lower), but you can select preinstall for these servers. Client code feature 1492 is default preinstalled on all System p servers; however, you can deselect it to bypass the preinstall.

Tivoli Access Manager for System p helps erect a secure perimeter around sensitive resources to restrict access regardless of a user's administrative status. This security solution addresses many system vulnerabilities, including those associated with UNIX® and Linux™ super user or "root" accounts. Many security failures in UNIX and Linux environments are a direct result of super user account abuse or a hacker who gains access to this account. Tivoli Access Manager for System p includes these controls without adding the administrative burden of changing your business processes.

Limited support for this version of the Tivoli Access Manager for System p preload is available via e-forum only at

To receive full remote phone support and software maintenance,you must purchase IBM Tivoli Access Manager for Operating Systems in Passport Advantage®. Installation and technical support is provided by the Software Maintenance offering of the IBM International Passport Advantage Agreement. This fee service enhances your productivity with voice and electronic access into IBM support organizations.

Product highlights:

  • Helps defend against one of the top security threats that enterprises face: misbehavior by internal users and employees.
  • This offering is available as a preinstall only. There is no orderable media.
  • Delivers mainframe-class security and auditing in a lightweight, easy-to-use product.
  • Combines full-fledged intrusion prevention, host-based firewall, application and platform protection, user tracking and controls, password strength enforcement rules with robust auditing and compliance checking.
  • Provides comprehensive auditing to record compliance with government regulations, corporate policy, and other security mandates.
  • Offers multibranch policy management to help reduce administration costs and errors, making governance more effective and efficient.

The full-featured IBM Tivoli Access Manager for Operating Systems product is available directly from Tivoli. It includes the following additional features:

  • Centralized audit reporting
  • Enhanced scalability

For the online IBM Software catalog, visit

AIX binary compatibility

AIX 5L runs across the entire range of System p machines, from entry-level servers and workstations to powerful supercomputers like the 32-way POWER System p machines, which run extremely complex commercial and technical workloads. Not only does AIX 5L scale across systems of different sizes, it scales across different technologies and hardware platforms by delivering binary compatibility. As you move to newer versions of AIX 5L, its excellent history of binary compatibility provides confidence that your critical applications will continue to run. For additional details on AIX binary compatibility, visit

Systems management enhancements include:

  • New commands to make it easier to boot multiple systems or partitions from a single NFS boot image, which can greatly reduce the administrative workload associated with managing large, replicated AIX 5L environments.
  • Better integration between System Update Management Assistant and the NIM to gather and combine client inventories and consolidate download of AIX 5L fixes. You can also compare microcode, firmware, and AIX software inventories, and generate reports.
  • The topas tool is enhanced to gather and record performance data from multiple partitions, simplifying performance management and capacity planning.

Registration for electronic software delivery is required on the ESS site at

If you specify electronic delivery, feature numbers 3450 and 3410 are put on the order for each product that can be downloaded electronically.

Feature numbers 3470 (do not ship publications) and 3471 (do not ship media) are also generated automatically on these orders to suppress the shipment of physical media and publications.

  • Some products or functions of 5692-A5L cannot be downloaded and must be delivered on physical media, even when electronic delivery is selected. For products that cannot be downloaded, feature number 3450 is not put on the upgrade orders.
  • In cases where a combination of downloadable and non-downloadable products are ordered, the eConfig sales configurator automatically creates two 5692-A5L upgrade orders.

The first version is created for the functions that can be delivered electronically. This version has electronic delivery feature 3450 and the 3470/3471 media suppression features for the U.S. and 3450 with RGST for Europe. The second version is created for the functions that must be delivered on physical media.

  • If you do not select electronic delivery, the delivery defaults to physical media.
  • After an upgrade order with 3450 is processed, a notification is sent indicating which products are available for download, along with information for downloading the products.
  • Even if you choose to receive physical media, the products that are available for electronic delivery may be downloaded as long as you have an active SW Maintenance contract and have registered with the ESS site. This provides a means for obtaining the latest level of a product.

Electronic Software Delivery is now available for AIX 5L for POWER V5.2 and V5.3 and other licensed programs upgrades in the following countries.

  • Abu Dhabi
  • Austria
  • Azerbaidjan
  • Belgium
  • Central African Republic
  • Cyprus
  • Denmark
  • Egypt
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • French Guyana
  • French Polynesia
  • Germany
  • Guadeloupe
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Martinique
  • Mauritius
  • Netherlands
  • New Caledonia
  • Norway
  • Pakistan
  • Portugal
  • Reunion
  • Serbia and Montenegro
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Szekesferhervar
  • Tajikistan
  • Turkmenistan
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Uzbekistan
  • Zaire (since 1998 known as Democratic Republic of Congo, or DR Congo)

In these countries if you have a current SWMA, you can download software upgrades online without having to wait for an order to be processed or for physical media to arrive. Electronic delivery is available only for upgrades or product refreshes. For details on electronic software delivery, registration, and more, visit

Statement of Direction

Withdrawal of support for AIX 32-bit kernel in future releases of AIX 5L.

Future releases of AIX 5L following AIX 5L V5.3 will support only the 64-bit kernel. The 64-bit kernel in these future releases will continue to support 32-bit applications, but will not support 32-bit kernel extensions or device drivers.

All statements regarding IBM's future direction and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice, and represent goals and objectives only. Contact your local IBM office or IBM authorized reseller for the full text of a specific Statement of General Direction.
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Reference information

For additional information, refer to Software Announcement 206-106 , dated May 9, 2006, IBM System i5™ products support electronic software delivery.

For additional information, refer to Refer to Software Announcement 206-089 , dated April 18, 2006, IBM Tivoli Access Manager for Operating Systems V6.0 provides centralized auditing and simplified policy management for UNIX and Linux environments.

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).

BP Attachment for Announcement Letter 206-174


AIX 5L, System p, POWER, System p5, developerWorks, and System i5 are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
AIX, Tivoli, and Passport Advantage are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
Microsoft is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation.
UNIX is a registered trademark of the Open Company in the United States and other countries.
Linux is a trademark of Linus Torvalds in the United States, other countries or both.
Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

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Terms and conditions

The terms and conditions for these AIX 5L™ features are the same as for the previously announced AIX 5L V5.2 and V5.3 offerings used for the operating system licensed programs.

For additional information, refer to:

  • Software Announcement 202-270 , dated October 8  2002, for AIX 5L V5.2.
  • Software Announcement 204-155 , dated July 13, 2004, for AIX 5L V5.3.

Licensing: IBM International Program License Agreement. Proofs of Entitlement (PoE) are required for all authorized use.

The following agreements apply for maintenance and do not require customer signatures:

  • IBM Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance (Z125-6011)
  • Addendum for Support (Software Maintenance) for Select iSeries™ and System p™ Programs (Z125-6495)

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Ordering information

AIX 5L customers requesting electronic software delivery: Downloading from the electronic software delivery Web site requires an active SW Maintenance Agreement for each product to be downloaded and registration with the ESS Web site. Visit

Web site registration requires:

  • A valid customer number
  • An AIX 5L software order number associated with the customer number

If you do not have and cannot obtain the customer number/ software order number pair by any other means, you can process a 5692-A5L upgrade order specifying electronic software delivery.

The following is a list of participating SWMA products for which upgrades and refreshes are available via ESD download:

Program                                          Feature
number      Description                          number
5765-E62    AIX 5L for POWER(TM) V5.2             0947
             Base Media and Pubs
            AIX 5L 5.2 Updates                    0965
            AIX 5L V5.2 Expansion Pack            0949
            AIX(R) Toolbox for Linux(TM) Apps
5765-G03    AIX 5L for Power V5.3                 0967
             Base Media and Pubs
            AIX 5L V5.3 Expansion Pack            0968
            AIX Toolbox for Linux Apps
            AIX 5L 5.3 Updates                    0970
            AIX Toolbox for Linux Apps Source     0957
            Machine Code Discovery Tool and       0975
             Update Files
            Mozilla Browser Suite for AIX         0976
5765-E68    Performance Aide V3.1, Inst Media     0971
5765-E74    Performance Tool Box, Inst Media      0972
5765-E69    LoadLeveler(R) V3.3, Inst Media       0980
5765-E72    Fast Connect V3.2, Inst Media         0923
5765-E85    AIXLink/x.25 V2.1, Inst Media         0931
5765-F64    GPFS for AIX V2.3 Inst Media          1435
5765-G66    GPFS for AIX V3.1 Inst Media          1485
5765-F67    CSM for AIX V1.5 Inst Media           0987
5765-F67    CSM -- HAMS for AIX V1.5 Inst Media   1406
5765-F82    ESSL for AIX V4.2, Inst Media         0982
5765-F83    Parallel Env. for AIX V4.2            0978
             Inst Media
5765-F84    Parallel ESSL V3.2 Inst Media         0989
5765-G31    Partition Load Manager V1.1           1424
             Inst Media
5765-G34    Virtual I/O Server V1.3 Inst Media    0999
5765-F62    HACMP(TM) V5.4 Install Media          1489
5765-F62    HACMP XD V5.4 Install Media           1490
5765-F62    HACMP Smart Assist. V5.4              1491
              Install Media
5765-F62    HACMP V5.3 Install Media              1458
5765-F62    HACMP XD V5.3 Install Media           1459
5765-F62    HACMP Smart Assist. V5.3              1460
             Install Media
5724-O33    IBM Tivoli(R) Usage Accounting        1494
             Manager 6.1
            IBM Tivoli Usage Accounting           1495
             Collector for Databases
            IBM Tivoli Usage Accounting           1497
             Collector for Intranet Infrastructure
            IBM Tivoli Usage Accounting           1498
             Collector for E-mail
            IBM Tivoli Usage Accounting           1499
             Collector for Network & Printing
            IBM Tivoli Usage Accounting           2200
             Enterprise Collector pack
            IBM Tivoli Usage Accounting Manager   2214
             V6.1 for z/OS(R)

The Tivoli Usage Accounting Manager products will become available for electronic download on their announced general availability date.

Clients requesting the new no-charge features for electronic software delivery or Tivoli Access Manager for System p should order the appropriate feature number under SPO 5692-A5L from the following table:

Description                number     Preinstalled
Electronic Software        3450(1)    Not applicable
Tivoli Access Manager
 for System p V6
  Client Code              1492(2)    Yes
  Server Code              1493(3)    Yes
(1) The 3450 Electronic Delivery feature is for upgrades only.
    It is not available for new orders.
(2) Client code is a prerequisite for the server code.
    If you want to order 1493, you must also order 1492.
(3) In order to run, the server code requires the 64-bit kernel.
    If you order 1493, you must also order feature 1403
    (AIX V5.3) or feature 0963 (AIX V5.2).

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Order now

To order, contact the Americas Call Centers, 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)
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 Reference:  RE001

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Note: Shipments will begin after the planned availability date.


AIX 5L, iSeries, System p, POWER, and HACMP are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
eServer, AIX, LoadLeveler, Tivoli, z/OS, and Requisite are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
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