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Enhanced function for IBM Systems Director Standard and Express Editions for IBM x86, V6.3

IBM United States Software Announcement 211-410
October 11, 2011


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IBM® Systems Director Editions V6.3 have been enhanced with new releases of all components, and offer an integrated set of tools to help IT organizations address the challenges associated with managing both physical and virtual server infrastructures. IBM Systems Director Editions make it easier and more cost-effective for you to purchase the capabilities you need to manage IBM server systems versus buying individual plug-in features separately.

The main features in the IBM Systems Director Editions are:

  • Monitor and repair system status
    • A cross-platform console for collaboration when troubleshooting problems
    • Monitoring of energy and thermal characteristics
    • Identifying changes that may impact availability
  • Deploy and optimize workloads
    • Heterogeneous virtualization management across multiple hardware platforms and hypervisors
    • Static or dynamic optimization of energy use across one or more systems
  • Plan and document the service infrastructure
    • Automated discovery of physical and virtual servers and interconnections, applications, and supported third-party networking and energy monitoring systems
    • Server resource utilization by virtual machine or across a rack of systems
    • Predictive analysis and reporting including energy use, thermal output, and server resource performance analysis

The IBM Upward Integration Modules for Microsoft™ Systems Center and VMware vSphere are included in Standard Edition and provide the following functions:

  • The IBM Upward Integration Module for Microsoft System Center V3.1 offering provides IT administrators with the ability to integrate the management features of the System x® and BladeCenter® servers with Microsoft System Center.
  • Users can benefit from improved power management capabilities with configurable power capping and power usage alert thresholds.
  • The VMware vSphere user interface manager (UIM), combined with the management features of IBM System x and BladeCenter servers, enhances and extends virtualization management technologies with hardware service management.
  • Users can manage VMware endpoints remotely, independent of guest operating system state.

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 Systems Director Editions V6.3 are designed to reduce operational complexity, improve the efficiency of IT staff and systems, and control costs while meeting business requirements for service delivery. IBM Systems Director Editions V6.3 make it easier and more cost effective for you to purchase the capabilities you need to manage IBM server systems versus buying individual plug-in features separately. Each Edition bundles related management features that are pretested and updated. Also, software maintenance renewal for all features is aligned, reducing the administrative burden of keeping your support up to date.

IBM Systems Director Editions V6.3, based on previous versions of these Editions available as early as March 2010, have been updated to include new product releases including IBM Systems Director V6.3, Active Energy Manager V4.4, VMControl V2.4, and Network Control V1.3. Systems Director Editions have been repackaged to be much easier to install and configure, to help you get up and running quickly. The advanced function trial periods in Express® and Standard Editions have been extended from 60 days to 90 days, and users are now able to activate their trial periods when they are ready to use them, rather than immediately following installation.

The IBM Systems Director Express Edition includes management tools that can reduce operational complexity by providing the ability to remotely discover, monitor, configure, and update your System x servers.

The IBM Systems Director Express Edition provides:

  • Automated discovery and topology views to simplify troubleshooting across physical and virtual IBM server, network, and storage resources
  • Heterogeneous virtualization management across System x servers running Microsoft Windows™ and Linux™ workloads
  • Simplified installation and update processes of operating systems and system firmware
  • Monitoring and trend analysis of electrical energy usage and thermal characteristics for selected IBM systems
  • Monitoring of legacy systems via supported facilities equipment such as uninterruptible power supplies, power distribution units, sensors, probes, and computer room air conditioning units
  • Automatic reporting of hardware problems and collection of system service information for monitored systems
  • Launch-in-context integration with the Hardware Management Console (HMC)
  • Easy-to-learn tasks with intuitive wizards, tutorials, and integrated help

IBM Systems Director Standard Edition includes features that can reduce the time and effort for workload deployment, as well as optimize energy usage and capacity.

The IBM Systems Director Standard Edition provides:

  • All features of the IBM Systems Director Express Edition
  • Features for setting energy usage limits across one or more servers
  • Energy saving modes that can take into account processor utilization and the altitude of the data center facility
  • Features to discover, inventory, and monitor network devices and view groups of network devices
  • The ability for IT administrators to integrate the management features of the System x and BladeCenter servers with VMware vSphere or Microsoft System Center
  • Expanded server management capabilities to reduce the time and effort required for routine system administration
  • The discovery, configuration, monitoring, event management, and power monitoring needed to reduce cost and complexity through server consolidation and simplified management
  • Automation of the remote deloyment of operating systems and elimination of costly on-site support
  • Automation of desktop and server operating system (OS) migrations


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IBM Systems Director Express Edition

IBM Systems Director Express Edition consists of the following:

  • IBM Systems Director V6.3
  • IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager™ V4.4
  • IBM Systems Director VMControl™ Express Edition for IBM x86, V2.4
  • IBM Systems Director Service and Support Manager V6.3
  • IBM Systems Director Transition Manager for HP Systems Insight Manager

Beginning with IBM Systems Director Express Edition V6.3, the advanced management capabilities are packaged together, delivering an integrated solution right "out of the box". Whether you are a user interested in basic functions of Express Edition, or are ready to exploit energy and virtualization management capabilities in Systems Director Standard and Enterprise Editions, a new single product installation makes it easy to try the advanced features and functions without needing to install individual components one at a time. The trial period for use of the advanced functions has been expanded from 60 days to 90 days, and the start of the trial period can be activated by users at their discretion rather than the trial period beginning at installation time.

IBM Systems Director V6.3

IBM Systems Director V6.3 is a platform-management foundation that streamlines the way you manage physical and virtual systems across a heterogeneous environment. By using industry standards, IBM Systems Director supports multiple operating systems and virtualization technologies across all IBM platforms and non-IBM x86 platforms. IBM Systems Director V6.3 is the single point-of-control for managing data centers. It integrates IBM's best-of-breed virtualization capabilities to provide new and radically improved ways to simplify the management of physical and virtual platform resources.

A key feature of IBM Systems Director is a consistent user interface focused on driving common tasks. IBM Systems Director provides a unified view of the total IT environment, including servers, storage, and network. This allows end-user tasks to be driven with a single tool. IBM Systems Director performs life-cycle administration of physical, virtual, storage, and network-based resources in a data center from a single converged web-based user interface, from a command-line interface, or remotely via the Representational State Transfer (REST) interface.

IBM Systems Director V6.3 can reduce the total cost of ownership and decrease management costs by eliminating the need to maintain multiple tools and improving the utilization of existing IT resources. With IBM Systems Director V6.3, you can optimize the utilization of the heterogeneous hardware and systems software in your data center. This includes IBM Power Systems™, IBM System x, IBM System z®, and IBM BladeCenter to IBM Storage Systems and select non-IBM servers (x86) -- as well as VMware, PowerVM™, z/VM®, and operating systems from Microsoft Windows and Linux on x86 platforms to AIX®, IBM i, and Linux platforms.

IBM Systems Director V6.3 delivers a suite of management tasks for the end-to-end platform management, including discovery, inventory, configuration, system health and status, resource monitoring, updates, event notification, and automation and call home for selected systems. IBM Systems Director V6.3 supports new hardware and operating system platforms for discovery, inventory, status, configuration, and updates. This includes adding support for new devices and endpoint types plus enhancements to existing infrastructure support for endpoints.

IBM Systems Director V6.3 offers the following new enhancements:

  • Improved usability, and enhancements to welcome page, user and role management, and credential management.
    • User interface improvements with better feedback and progress reporting details.
    • Revamped getting started welcome page experience for new users.
    • Improved inventory views.
    • Easier resource monitoring, resource threshold, and configuration of automated action plans.
    • Enhanced health summary views.
    • More security, user management, and auditing capabilities.
  • Simplified usability, including discovery, installation, service, and the update process.
  • Simplified support of updates, upgrades, and backup/restore in a high availability environment.
  • Simplified installation.
    • An installation pre-checker insures that required resources are in place for the install to be successful.
    • Single installation of IBM Systems Director, Service and Support Manager, Active Energy Manager, and VMControl enables simple setup and use. Enables a new user to get up and running faster while still providing advanced configuration options.
    • Systems Director's advanced managers are ready to use following installation.
    • Trial periods have been extended to 90 days, and they can be activated by the user when desired rather than at installation time. They can also be deactivated.
  • Installation of DB2® Enterprise Server Edition is installed with Systems Director V6.3 and replaces Derby as the embedded management server database.
    • Improves performance and scaling for larger numbers of endpoints. More endpoints can be managed by the same server instance.
    • Improves usability for Storage Control by eliminating the need to migrate from Derby to DB2, and to set up and configure the database to install and use Storage Control.
  • Improved high availability scalability and performance.
  • Improved reliability.
    • Reliable event support and reliable log support.
    • Reliable event delivery for more accurate hardware health status.
IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager V4.4

IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager (AEM) V4.4 is designed to simplify the management of energy consumption across multiple IBM and non-IBM systems. AEM tracks energy use over time and can assist you in determining how to reallocate energy to additional servers without adding additional energy or cooling equipment. When energy is constrained, AEM is designed to allow energy to be allocated on a server to server basis.

AEM is also designed to track and allocate energy consumption in a manner intended not to affect performance. Sensors and alerts can warn you if limiting energy to a server could affect performance. AEM is designed to increase your capability to control energy consumption and improve energy use efficiency by controlling energy use across the data center, and can limit server energy consumption by capping maximum energy consumption, which can potentially result in savings and cost reductions.

AEM is designed to complement and integrate with higher-level management software such as Tivoli®. AEM interfaces with the IBM Tivoli Monitoring for Energy Management. AEM can help protect your IT investment through its open design and support for industry standards, which enables heterogeneous physical and virtual management with support for multiple platforms and operating systems. Certain non-IBM systems, legacy IBM systems, and IBM Storage Systems can be monitored through power distribution unit (PDU) support. In addition, AEM can collect information from select facility providers including Liebert's SiteScan from Emerson Network Power, InfraStruXure Central from APC, and Power Xpert and Foreseer from Eaton. Sensors from SynapSense, iButton, Sensatronics, SmartWorks, and Arch Rock are also supported, in order to provide a view of data center environmental data, and for equipment that does not have its own built-in sensors. AEM can perform monitoring and management functions for all supported systems from a single console.

AEM is designed to provide monitoring functions for devices that do not directly support AEM. Through the use of select PDUs, the energy usage of a device plugged into a supported PDU can be monitored by AEM. Examples of what these devices may be are older servers and low- and mid-range storage devices. The ability to monitor these devices helps to provide a more complete view of energy used in the data center. Additionally, AEM provides users power management functions for some PDUs. Through AEM, users can turn off individual outlets on a PDU. This allows administrators to prevent the plugging in of unauthorized equipment. It also provides a way to quickly cut power usage in case of emergencies. Some PDUs provide the capability of attaching an environment probe. This probe could measure temperature or humidity. This information can also be collected by AEM.

With IBM Systems Director Express Edition V6.3, Systems Director Active Energy Manager V4.4 is installed along with Systems Director V6.3 in a single installation step. It includes all AEM monitoring functions and a 90-day trial for the AEM management functions included in IBM Systems Director Standard Edition V6.3.

  • Power trending is a monitoring function that displays energy use for individual systems or groups of systems over time (in a graph or table format) to help enable you to understand energy use trends within and across your systems.
  • Thermal trending is a monitoring function that displays information on the inlet and exhaust temperatures for individual systems one at a time to help you understand thermal characteristics of your systems. Incorporating this data into one centralized software-based energy use offering allows finite and localized temperature adjustments within the IT shop to help reduce energy costs for cooling.
  • Support for facility providers is a function that retrieves information from Emerson Network Power's SiteScan application, APC's InfraStruXure Central, and Eaton's Power Xpert and Foreseer.
  • Support for sensors is a function that retrieves temperature and power information via sensors. Supported vendors include SynapSense, iButton, Sensatronics, and Arch Rock. Sensor data can be associated with IBM Systems Director-managed resources. These provide a broader scope of energy information across systems within the data center, while including a view of facilities equipment.
  • Power and cooling relationships can be configured to servers for all of the above PDUs, sensors, and equipment discovered from the infrastructure management providers. This allows energy data and events to be associated with the servers that use them.
IBM Systems Director VMControl Express Edition for IBM x86, V2.4

IBM Systems Director VMControl Express Edition provides the user with cross-platform virtual server life-cycle management. In addition, VMControl Express Edition offers virtual server relocation tasks, including the ability to create, edit, delete, and move virtual servers from a single tool in a consistent fashion on all of the supported hypervisors and IBM platforms.

With IBM Systems Director Express Edition V6.3, IBM Systems Director VMControl Express Edition V2.4 is installed along with Systems Director V6.3 in a single installation step. IBM Systems Director VMControl Express Edition V2.4 includes a 90-day trial for the VMControl Enterprise Edition functions included in IBM Systems Director Enterprise Edition.

IBM Systems Director VMControl Express Edition virtual server life-cycle management provides:

  • Management of the life cycle of your virtual resources (such as virtual servers and virtual farms) from a single interface for many different virtualization technologies from a single console
  • A virtual server life-cycle management and relocation solution for VMware vCenter 4.1 Platform Manager, allowing for full integration into the IBM Systems Director capabilities for monitoring, automation, and management
  • A virtual server life-cycle management solution for the Microsoft Hyper-V V2 hypervisor, allowing for full integration in the IBM Systems Director capabilities for monitoring, automation, and management
  • A virtual server life-cycle management solution for z/VM, allowing for full integration into IBM Systems Director capabilities for management
  • A complete virtual server life-cycle management solution, allowing for full integration into IBM Systems Director capabilities for monitoring, automation, and management
  • Simplified user experience with intuitive wizards, tutorials, and integrated help

IBM Systems Director VMControl Express Edition V2.4 offers enhanced monitoring of the virtualized environment, providing administrators with the metrics needed to manage the use of both virtual and physical resources across all supported hypervisor environments, including storage and network resources, the ability to suspend (hibernate) and resume a virtual server on Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) platforms, and support for the KVM virtualization environment including the ability to create, edit, delete, and relocate virtual servers.

IBM Systems Director Service and Support Manager V6.3

The call home support offered by Service and Support Manager (SSM) requires that the Systems Director management server have access to the Internet to be able to open problem tickets for managed endpoints and to transmit the data that IBM needs to provide service for the managed endpoints. For systems that do not have Internet access, SSM adds new capabilities to move the data needed by support to a system that does have Internet access. SSM supports the ability to off-load the service data to a USB drive with improved file size limits, or use FTP to transmit the support files from the Systems Director management server to another system. SSM V6.3 also provides support for customers to download the support files from the user interface (UI) to the system that the IBM Systems Director UI is running on. In addition, SSM has enhanced the Support Files UI to allow you to more easily collect the data that the support team is asking for.

SSM automatically collects the service data needed when creating a problem ticket. If the problem ticket is for IBM System x hardware (server or blade), part of the service data required is the output from running the Dynamic System Analysis (DSA) tool. SSM has implemented the ability to dynamically download the DSA tool to ensure that the correct version of DSA is run.

SSM examines hardware error events that IBM Systems Director receives and creates problem tickets as appropriate. When the managed endpoints are running virtual operating systems, the errors that Director receives from the virtual OS often reflect the virtual hardware, not the actual hardware. With V6.3, SSM implemented the ability to listen to hardware errors that the service processor detects, since the service processor has visibility to the real hardware. In V6.3 this support is limited to the Integrated Management Module (IMM) version 1, which runs on x86 servers.

With IBM Systems Director Express Edition V6.3, IBM Systems Director Service and Support Manager V6.3 is installed along with Systems Director V6.3 in a single installation step.

IBM Systems Director Standard Edition V6.3

IBM Systems Director Standard Edition contains all of Express Edition plus the following components:

  • IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager V4.4 (management functions)
  • IBM Systems Director Network Control V1.3
  • IBM Virtual Media Key
  • IBM Upward Integration Modules for VMware vSphere and Microsoft Systems Center
  • IBM Tivoil Provisioning Manager for OS Deployment
IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager V4.4

Active Energy Manager (AEM) V4.4 is designed to simplify the management of energy consumption across multiple IBM and non-IBM systems. AEM tracks energy use over time and can assist you in determining how to reallocate energy to additional servers without adding additional energy or cooling equipment. When energy is constrained, AEM is designed to allow energy to be allocated on a server-to-server basis. AEM is also designed to track and allocate energy consumption in a manner intended not to affect performance. Sensors and alerts can warn you if limiting energy to a server could affect performance.

AEM is intended to help you:

  • Increase energy use efficiency by controlling energy use across the data center
  • Negotiate competitive utility rates based on accurate energy use trend assessments
  • Limit server energy consumption by capping maximum energy consumption
  • Perform server-to-server energy consumption comparisons

With IBM Systems Director Standard Edition V6.3, Systems Director Active Energy Manager V4.4 is installed with Systems Director V6.3 in a single installation step. It includes all AEM monitoring and the following management functions:

  • Power capping, included with Standard Edition, is designed to allow you to set a maximum power level per system. If the system starts to consume more than the maximum level set, AEM is designed to throttle the processor to use less power, which slows down the system. Setting the cap will ensure that the system will not use more than the cap value, thus allowing the user to allocate less power for that system. For example, setting an AC power cap on an existing system, or group of systems, could allow for the addition of systems while staying within the capacity of the data center's electrical infrastructure.
  • Power saver mode, included with Standard Edition, is designed to allow you to manage your power use as work activity shifts across various demands. Static power saving mode is enabled via an on/off switch, which you can schedule during times of low utilization, or a script can be written so that it can be switched automatically, based on processor utilization.
IBM Systems Director Network Control V1.3

IBM Systems Director Network Control V1.3 can discover, monitor, manage, and troubleshoot network devices in the computing environment. By enabling network management capabilities along with existing server and storage management capabilities, you can effectively manage your computing environment with a single integrated management tool that can improve your cost of computing. IBM Systems Director Network Control V1.3 builds on IBM Systems Director V6.3 base network management capabilities such as discovery, inventory, monitoring status, and network diagnostics.

IBM Systems Director Network Control software is designed to simplify and automate the management of IBM and non-IBM network environments via integrated server, storage, and network management. IBM Systems Director Network Control V1.3, along with IBM Systems Director server management and storage management, provides a single management tool for the computing environment that can help to reduce overall IT management cost. IBM Systems Director Network Control is intended to help you:

  • Simplify management of multivendor network devices
  • Automate network management tasks
  • Leverage new converged fabric network technology to reduce IT cost

The use of the following functions is not included in the IBM Systems Director Edition license authorization. The use of these functions requires a full-use license of IBM Systems Director Network Control, which must be obtained separately.

  • Network topology views
  • Interface to vendor configuration tools
  • Host VLAN configuration
  • Views of systems by subnet
  • Network virtualization capabilities

IBM Virtual Media Key

The IBM Virtual Media Key options take the Integrated Management Module to the next level, by providing full remote control of your System x servers. The IBM Virtual Media Key allows administrators to fully manage servers remotely, regardless of server or operating system condition with:

  • Remote viewing of video with graphics resolution up to 1080 x 1024 regardless of the server state
  • Access to the server, using the keyboard and mouse from a remote client
  • The ability to map a client CD, DVD, or USB flash drive to the remote server
  • The ability to mount an ISO image to use as a virtual drive on the remote server
  • The ability to use Windows-based Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP)
  • The ability to capture the last Windows blue screen for later problem determination

IBM Upward Integration Modules

Microsoft System Center, combined with the management features of IBM System x and BladeCenter servers, enhances and extends Microsoft's operating systems, virtualization technologies, and hardware service management to help you dramatically reduce complexity and cost.

IBM Upward Integration Module for Microsoft System Center provides:

  • Integrated end-to-end management of System x hardware with monitoring of both physical and virtual server health
  • Automated VM migration based on server health or power consumption
  • OS deployment with the latest IBM firmware and driver updates
  • Capability to perform hardware configuration, firmware and driver deployment, and checking for the latest available updates from the IBM website
  • Capability to import configuration packs and review compliance reports for IBM System x servers
  • One year of software Subscription and Support included with the license

The IBM Upward Integration Module for Microsoft System Center V3.1 consists of the following product components:

  • IBM Hardware Management Pack for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 Version 3.1
  • IBM Hardware Performance and Resource Optimization (PRO) Pack for Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 Version 3.1
  • IBM Deployment Pack for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Version 3.1
  • IBM System Updates for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Version 3.1
  • IBM Configuration Pack for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Version 3.1

IBM Upward Integration for Microsoft System Center V3.1 builds upon the V3.0 offering by providing the following new features and enhancements:

  • Improved power management capabilities with configurable power capping and power usage alert thresholds.
  • Increased automation of Desired Configuration Management baseline creation via capture of desired settings from a reference system.
  • More flexible firmware and driver update management capabilities with additional support for upgrade and downgrade.
  • Additional OS deployment support for 64-bit WinPE boot image.
  • Updated currency support for the latest versions of the IBM Director Platform Agent and ToolsCenter product releases.

The IBM Upward Integration Module for VMware is a VMware vSphere management plug-in. It is designed to simplify the physical and virtual management of multiple IBM systems running VMware ESXi, providing a single point-of-control for managing the physical and virtual features of data centers. The IBM Upward Integration Module for VMware (ISV) V1.1 extends an existing VMware vCenter management infrastructure. This enables integrated management of virtual and physical IBM systems from a single location and a single graphical user interface.

The ISV interface includes the following management functions:

  • Dashboard
  • Dynamic System Analysis (based upon IBM Dynamic System Analyzer)
  • Update (using IBM Update Express Installer)
  • Configuration (using IBM Advanced Setup Utility)
  • Power Metering (using IBM CIM Power Providers)

ISV leverages the capability of VMware vCenter to discover ESXi endpoints. When the user graphically selects the ESXI instance previously discovered and listed in the vCenter interface, ISV enables the following features for the targeted system:

  • Platform inventory
  • System health
  • Firmware configuration
  • Update of platform firmware
  • Power metering

The IBM Upward Integration Module for VMware (ISV) V1.1 provides:

  • Single-glass management of VMware ESXi and the physical server using vCenter GUI
  • VMware vSphere virtualization management integration with IBM firmware update management
  • VMware vSphere virtualization management integration with physical hardware power metering
  • Display of physical server health
  • Capability to manage VMware endpoints remotely, independent of guest operating system state
  • Support for configuration of IMM and uEFI firmware

IBM Hardware Management Pack for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 Version 3.1

The IBM Hardware Management Pack for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 Version 3.1 provides clients with the enhanced features of Microsoft System Center Operations Manager to manage the health state of IBM System x servers, blades, and BladeCenter chassis.

IBM Hardware Management Pack for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 Version 3.1 offers the following new features and enhancements:

  • Improved power management Common Information Module (CIM) provider that allows power capping and savings control through the System Center Operations Manager console.
  • Customizable power usage alert thresholds that can now be set through the System Center Operations Manager console.
  • Support for the latest version of the IBM Director Platform Agent.

IBM Hardware PRO Pack for Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 Version 3.1

The IBM Hardware Performance and Resource Optimization Pack for Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 Version 3.1 provides the ability to monitor and manage alerts for the physical host resources in a virtualized environment.

IBM Hardware PRO Pack for Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 Version 3.1 offers the following new features and enhancements:

  • Support for Virtual Machine migration based on user-configurable power usage thresholds.
  • Support for the latest version of the IBM Director Platform Agent.

IBM Deployment Pack for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Version 3.1

The IBM Deployment Pack for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Version 3.1 provides the ability to configure IBM hardware components prior to deploying Windows operating systems using Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM). It provides a convenient, integrated user interface that assists with the end-to-end deployment scenarios in environments where IBM-specific configuration steps are required (including RAID, IMM, RSA2, BMC, and BIOS/UEFI).

IBM Deployment Pack for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Version 3.1 offers the following new features and enhancements:

  • Additional OS deployment support for 64-bit WinPE boot image.
  • Support for the latest version of the IBM ToolsCenter.

IBM System Updates for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Version 3.1

IBM System Updates for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Version 3.1 acquires IBM system firmware and Windows device driver information for IBM hardware, publishes updates onto Microsoft Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), and enables seamless update management for Windows systems running on IBM System x or BladeCenter x86 blade servers.

IBM System Updates for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Version 3.1 offers the following new features and enhancements:

  • More flexible firmware and driver update management capabilities with additional support for upgrade and downgrade.
  • Support for the latest version of the IBM ToolsCenter.

IBM Configuration Pack for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Version 3.1

IBM Configuration Pack for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Version 3.1 provides the ability to author uEFI/IMM configuration packs for doing compliance checking on IBM System x or BladeCenter x86 blade servers through Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager.

IBM Configuration Pack for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Version 3.1 offers the following new features and enhancements:

  • Increased automation of Desired Configuration Management baseline creation via capture of desired settings from a reference system.
  • Support for the latest version of the IBM ToolsCenter.

IBM Tivoli Provisioning Manager for OS Deployment

IBM Tivoli Provisioning Manager for OS Deployment provides a highly scalable, automated operating system deployment and hardware-independent imaging foundation.

IBM Tivoli Provisioning Manager for OS Deployment V7.1.1 offers:

  • Enhanced WinPE Windows deployments
  • Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 cryptographic compliance for Windows/Linux on Intel™
  • Federal Desktop Core Configuration (FDCC) certification for Windows XP, Vista installation/cloning
  • Enhanced hardware migration support
    • Driver injection for Linux
    • Driver selection by model
  • Improved unicast robustness
  • CD-USB boot/deploy/restore

IBM Tivoli Provisioning Manager for OS Deployment V7.1.1 includes a comprehensive web-based console, allowing configuration of the provisioning server. It provides visual access to the target client computers in their different groups, management of the objects to prepare, supervise, and use during deployments (OS images, application packages, OS configuration properties), and creation of recovery CD-ROMs and DVD-ROMs. The console is used to organize and execute the provisioning tasks on any number of computers at the same time. The Tivoli Provisioning Manager for OS Deployment server runs in the background as a service to provide PXE remote-boot capability and multicast file access to the remote-boot targets.

A central database is utilized to store the components involved in a provisioning operation and to determine actions to perform. The provisioning operation is completely automated, from the initial preparation of the target disk, to the high-level configuration of the operating system (for example, creation of a user, joining a Windows domain, installation of a software package). Tivoli Provisioning Manager for OS Deployment enables a target computer, client or server, to go from bare metal to a fully functional target computer without any intervention at the target computer's desk.

Tivoli Provisioning Manager for OS Deployment offers a full set of foundational operating system provisioning features designed to address a wide array of user-specific needs:

  • Imaging engine: Tivoli Provisioning Manager for OS Deployment can create file-based images of operating systems. The file-based image is more granular and flexible than typical sector-based images and helps reduce the number of images you need across your environment. Each file needs to be stored only once, rather than each full image. This can mean significantly reducing the resources required to store captured images. In addition, the process of capturing a differential image can be much faster, therefore reducing the administrator time spent creating images that might have only a few differences from each other.
  • Hardware inventory: Prior to an operating system being installed, Tivoli Provisioning Manager for OS Deployment can collect key information about the hardware to better target the appropriate OS and configuration set. Some of the discovered attributes include the installed hardware devices, serial number, and model name.
  • Universal image and driver injection: A key feature of the Tivoli Provisioning Manager for OS Deployment imaging engine is the ability to create a universal image. By separating the device-specific drivers from the operating system image and injecting them at installation time, you can handle many different hardware types with a single image. This can mean less confusion about what operating system to install, fewer problems with missing drivers, and a better overall approach to managing images across the environment.
  • Disk read-write access: Tivoli Provisioning Manager for OS Deployment can create, read, and modify file systems such as NTFS, EXT2, EXT3, and LVM. This is a critical need in the provisioning process in order to fully automate the tasks.
  • Network distribution: The product can leverage its network access to download and upload files on the network. In addition, for situations where broad distributions are required, Tivoli Provisioning Manager for OS Deployment supports using multicast. This enables images to be deployed over the network to many endpoints at the same time, helping to minimize the impact on the network.
  • Network database access: Tivoli Provisioning Manager for OS Deployment leverages a network database to store and retrieve provisioning data, and to communicate with the web console.
  • OS configuration: Deployment is only part of the battle. Proper configuration of the operating system is critical to ensure that a system will be stable and secure. Tivoli Provisioning Manager for OS Deployment can read and write registry entries in Windows and configuration files in Linux to support a variety of operating system configurations. It can also modify settings for multiple network interface cards (NICs), and Windows Internet Name Service (WINS). The ability to centrally manage the configuration files and reuse them means that organizations can ensure that their OS deployments are consistent and in compliance with corporate standards.
  • Easy-to-use GUI: The web-based GUI is streamlined to help reduce training needs, simplify tasks, and reduce the time to value. Email notifications about activity success or failure can be easily configured.
  • Offline access to disk images: Often the image captured requires modification in order to be applicable to another machine. Rather than create a new reference system and capture another image, Tivoli Provisioning Manager for OS Deployment can modify the image on the managed server without re-imaging. This can save IT administrators significant time when trying to make simple or minor image alterations.
  • CD-, DVD-, and USB-based provisioning: Though Tivoli Provisioning Manager for OS Deployment offers touch-free network deployment capabilities, there are often times when you would like to boot a system from a CD, DVD, or USB device. With Tivoli Provisioning Manager for OS Deployment, you can save an image to these media and manually insert it into the target drive for installation.
  • Secure disk disposal: Permanently erasing the content of a hard disk can prove necessary for confidentiality reasons. When a computer changes hands or purpose, it can be important for users to ensure that the new user is not able to recover data previously stored on the hard disk. To do so, the hard disk can be completely written over with meaningless data, permanently erasing all previously stored data. Compatibility with Microsoft BitLocker Drive Encryption is provided to help render the content of a hard disk unreadable if stolen.
  • Golden master: A master image can be retained in a separate partition on the local hard disk, enabling a restore to return to a desired configuration state or to undo unauthorized changes.
  • Automatic population of test or pre-production environments: These can be automatically populated from an existing production server, replicating all of the data without interference. To simplify multiple server environments, a summary of servers needing synchronization is generated.
  • Virtualization support: VMware drivers can be automatically injected into a cloned image on a physical machine during deployment to a virtual machine (P2V) to enable business continuity.

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=211-410

Accessibility by people with disabilities

A US Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) containing details on accessibility compliance can be requested at

http://www.ibm.com/able/product_accessibility/index.html

Section 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act

The offerings in this announcement are capable as of December 16, 2011, when used in accordance with IBM's associated documentation, of satisfying the applicable requirements of Section 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act, provided that any assistive technology used with the product properly interoperates with it.



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This announcement provides updated information to already announced programs which may be referenced below.

                                   Announce           
Program                    V.R.M.  date      PIDs      
 
IBM Systems Director       6.2.1   05/31/11  5641-SE1   
Standard Edition                             5641-SE3   

Refer to:

  • Software Announcement 211-183, dated May 31, 2011
  • Hardware Announcement 111-112, dated May 31, 2011
                                   Announce         
Program                    V.R.M.  Date      PIDs  
 
IBM Systems Director       6.2.0   07/20/10  5641-EX1
Express Edition                              5641-EX3

Refer to:

  • Software Announcement 210-119, dated July 20, 2010


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                    Electronic (preferred)      Physical
                
At announcement           No                       No
By planned availability   Yes                      No

Is there support available? No

Ordering process and support availability

IBM Systems Director Editions are licensed under the terms of the IBM International Program License Agreement (IPLA). With IBM Systems Director Express Edition, you are offered the opportunity to activate and evaluate the Active Energy Manager management functions and VMControl Enterprise Edition for up to 90 days under the terms of the IBM International License Agreement for Evaluation of Programs (ILAE). During the evaluation period, an option to purchase a permanent license will be offered. If a permanent license is purchased, a keyfile for the product will be shipped on a CD-ROM. When installing the keyfile, no changes are made to AEM or VMControl and all functions will continue to work.

If an AEM permanent license is not purchased and installed, then the AEM management functions will be disabled when the evaluation period ends; however, AEM monitoring functions will continue to work after the evaluation period ends. AEM monitoring functions and the key-enabled management functions are licensed under the terms of the IBM International Program License Agreement (IPLA).

If a VMControl Enterprise Edition license is not purchased and installed, then these advanced functions will be disabled when the evaluation period ends; however, the VMControl Express Edition functions will continue to work after the evaluation period ends. VMControl Express Edition functions do not require the keyfile to remain enabled. VMControl Express and the key-enabled Enterprise Edition functions are licensed under the terms of the IBM International Program License Agreement (IPLA).

With IBM Systems Director Standard Edition, you are offered to activate and evaluate the VMControl Enterprise Edition for up to 90 days under the terms of the IBM International License Agreement for Evaluation of Programs (ILAE). During the evaluation period, an option to purchase a permanent license will be offered. If a permanent license is purchased, a keyfile for the product will be shipped on a CD-ROM. When installing the keyfile, no changes are made to VMControl and all functions will continue to work.

If a VMControl Enterprise Edition license is not purchased and installed, then these advanced functions will be disabled when the evaluation period ends; however, the VMControl Express Edition functions will continue to work after the evaluation period ends. VMControl Express Edition functions do not require the keyfile to remain enabled. VMControl Express and the key-enabled Enterprise Edition functions are licensed under the terms of the IBM International Program License Agreement (IPLA).

Publications

No licensed hardcopy publications are shipped with these programs. Publications are available in US English versions from the IBM Systems Director Information Center.

The IBM Systems Director Information Center provides you with a single information center where you can access product documentation for IBM systems hardware, operating systems, and server software. Through a consistent framework, you can efficiently find information and personalize your access. The IBM Systems Director Information Center is at

http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/director/pubs/index.jsp

Note: IBM Systems Director V6.3 Information Center will be published on or before December 16, 2011.

To find information, you can search, browse the contents, follow links from one topic to related topics, and print the topics you want to read offline.

Printable documents:

  • IBM Systems Director Hardware and Software Support Guide
  • IBM Systems Director Systems Management Guide
  • IBM Systems Director Troubleshooting Guide
  • IBM Systems Director Commands Reference
  • IBM Systems Director Events Reference
  • IBM Systems Director Hardware Command Line Interface User's Guide
  • IBM Systems Director for Linux on x86 Planning, Installation, and Configuration Guide
  • IBM Systems Director for Windows Planning, Installation, and Configuration Guide

These publications can be downloaded and viewed from the IBM Systems Director Resources and Documentation website at

http://www.ibm.com/systems/software/director/resources.html

Hardware requirements

IBM Systems Director V6.3 for System x systems supports these IBM platforms (see detailed information for supported versions) with a supported operating system:

  • BladeCenter servers
  • System x servers

For more detailed information, visit

http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/director/pubs/topic/com.ibm.director.plan.helps.doc/fqm0_r_hardware_compatibility.html

Note: IBM Systems Director V6.3 Information Center will be published on or before December 16, 2011.

Software requirements

Operating systems supported by IBM Systems Director Standard and Express Editions for IBM x86, V6.3

IBM Systems Director Standard and Express Editions for IBM x86, V6.3 provide support for many operating systems. Support varies depending on the selected hardware and IBM Systems Director component. Starting in Version 6.1, IBM Systems Director provides a web interface for use with IBM Systems Director Server. IBM Director Console is no longer required. However, some tasks in the web interface require the IBM Systems Director Launched Tasks program. When preparing to install IBM Systems Director, consider the following information:

Unless stated otherwise, IBM Systems Director provides Agentless support for all operating systems listed.
                                          IBM
                                          Systems   Common  Platform
   Operating system                       Director  Agent   Agent
 
Editions of Windows for 32-bit systems:
Windows Server 2003 Datacenter Edition,
  Release 2
  (supports Service Pack 2)                            X       X
Windows Server 2003, Enterprise and
  Standard Editions, Release 2
  (supports Service Pack 2)                   X        X       X
Windows Server 2003 Datacenter Edition
  (supports Service Pack 2)                            X       X
Windows Server 2003, Enterprise
   and Standard Editions
  (supports Service Pack 2)                   X        X       X
 
Windows Server 2008 Datacenter Edition
  (supports Service Packs 1 and 2)                     X       X
Windows Server 2008, Enterprise and Standard
  Editions (supports Service Pack 1 and 2)    X        X       X
 
Windows Vista, Business, Enterprise
  and Ultimate Editions                                X       X
Windows XP Professional Edition
  (supports Service Packs 2 and 3)                     X       X
                                          IBM
                                          Systems   Common  Platform
   Operating system                       Director  Agent   Agent
 
Editions of Windows for 64-bit systems:
Windows Server 2003 Datacenter x64 Edition
  Release 2
  (supports Service Pack 2)                            X       X
Windows Server 2003, Enterprise and Standard
  x64 Editions, Release 2
  (supports Service Pack 2)                   X        X       X
Windows Server 2003 Datacenter x64 Edition
  (supports Service Pack 2)                            X       X
Windows Server 2003, Enterprise and Standard
  x64 Editions
  (supports Service Pack 2)                   X        X       X
 
Windows Server 2008 Datacenter x64 Edition
  (supports Service Packs 1 and 2)                     X       X
Windows Server 2008, Enterprise and Standard
  x64 Editions
  (supports service packs 1 and 2)            X        X       X
Windows Server 2008 Datacenter x64 Edition
  Release 2
  (with or without Service Pack 1)                     X       X
Windows Server 2008, Enterprise and Standard
  x86 Editions Release 2
  (with or without Service Pack 1)            X        X       X
 
Windows Server 2008, Datacenter, Enterprise
  and Standard x64 Editions
  with Hyper-V role enabled
  (supports Service Packs 1 and 2)                     X       X
Windows Server 2008, Datacenter, Enterprise
  and Standard x86 Editions Release 2
  with Hyper-V role enabled
  (with or without Service Pack 1)                     X       X
 
Windows Vista, Business, Enterprise and
  Ultimate x64 Editions                                X       X
Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
  (supports Service Packs 2 and 3)                     X       X
 
                                          IBM
                                          Systems   Common  Platform
   Operating system                       Director  Agent   Agent
 
Versions of Linux  for 32-bit systems:
Red Hat Enterprise Linux AP, version 5.0
  (supports updates: 1 = Agent;
   2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 = Server & Agent)         X        X       X
Red Hat Enterprise Linux, version 5.0
  (supports updates: 1 = Agent;
   2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 = Server & Agent)         X        X       X
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop
  with Workstation Option version 5.0
  (supports updates 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7)                  X       X
Red Hat Enterprise Linux (all three editions)
  version 5.0 with Xen Kernel
  (supports updates 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7)                          X
Red Hat Enterprise Linux AP, version 6.0
  (with or without Service Pack 1)            X        X       X
Red Hat Enterprise Linux, version 6.0
  (with or without Service Pack 1)            X        X       X
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop
  with Workstation Option version 6.0
  (with or without Service Pack 1)                     X       X
 
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 for x86
  (Supports updates: 1 = Agent;
   2, 3, 4, = Server & Agent)                 X        X       X
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10, with Xen Kernel
  (Service Packs 1, 2, 3, 4)                                   X
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 for x86
  (with or without Service Pack 1)            X        X       X
 
VMware ESX Server
  (Versions 4.0, 4.0.1, 4.0.2, 4.0.3, 4.1, 4.1.1)
   Console                                             X       X
VMware ESX Server
  (Versions 4.0, 4.0.1, 4.0.2, 4.0.3, 4.1, 4.1.1)
  guest operating systems                     X        X       X

Note: Supported guest operating systems are those that are supported by both IBM Systems Director and the specified version of VMware. See the VMware product documentation for a list of supported operating systems.
 
                                          IBM
                                          Systems   Common  Platform
   Operating system                       Director  Agent   Agent
 
Versions of Linux for 64-bit systems:
Red Hat Enterprise Linux AP, version 5.0
  for AMD64 and EM64T
  (Supports updates: 1 = Agent;
   2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 = Server & Agent)         X        X       X
Red Hat Enterprise Linux, version 5.0
  for AMD64 and EM64T
  (Supports updates: 1 = Agent;
   2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 = Server & Agent)         X        X       X
Red Hat Enterprise Linux
  Desktop with Workstation
  version 5.0, for AMD64 and EM64T
  (Updates 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)                        X       X
Red Hat Enterprise Linux (all three editions)
  version 5.0, for AMD64 and EM64T with
  Xen Kernel (Updates 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)                     X
Red Hat Enterprise Linux AP, version 6.0
  for AMD64 and EM64T
  (with or without Service Pack 1)            X        X       X
Red Hat Enterprise Linux, version 6.0
  for AMD64 and EM64T
  (with or without Service Pack 1)            X        X       X
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop
  with Workstation Option version 6.0
  for AMD64 and EM64T
  (with or without Service Pack 1)                     X       X
 
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10
  for AMD64 and EM64T
  (Supports updates: 1 = Agent;
   2, 3, 4, = Server & Agent)                 X        X       X
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10
  for AMD64 and EM64T, with Xen Kernel
  (Service Packs 1, 2, 3, 4)                                   X
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11
  for AMD64 and EM64T
  (with or without Service Pack 1)            X        X       X

For additional information, visit

http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/director/pubs/topic/com.ibm.director.plan.helps.doc/fqm0_r_operating_system_and_software_requirements.html

Note: IBM Systems Director V6.3 Information Center will be published on or before December 16, 2011.

Packaging

Beginning with IBM Systems Director Editions V6.3, many advanced management capabilities are packaged together, delivering an integrated solution that is preconfigured. Whether you are a new user interested in basic functions or are ready to exploit energy and virtualization management capabilities, a new single product installation makes it easy to use the advanced features and functions without needing to install additional products at a later date. The trial period for use of the advanced functions has been expanded from 60 days to 90 days, and the start of the trial period can be activated by users at their discretion rather than the trial period beginning at installation time.

Advanced features and functions packaged with IBM Systems Director V6.3 include Systems Director V6.3 management server and agents, IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager V4.4, IBM Systems Director Service and Support Manager V6.3, and IBM Systems Director VMControl V2.4. IBM Systems Director Network Control, Tivoli Provisioning Manager for OS Deployment, and Upward Integration Modules are installed separately.

Your Proof of Entitlement (PoE) for this program is a copy of a paid sales receipt, purchase order, invoice, or other sales record from IBM or its authorized reseller from whom you acquired the program, provided that it states the license charge unit (the characteristics of intended use of the program; for example, number of processors, number of servers, number of users) and quantity acquired.

Information about how you may obtain program services will be provided by the party (either IBM or its authorized reseller) from whom you acquired the program.

For future reference, the license and License Information will be stored in a directory such as LICENSE.TXT.

IBM Systems Director V6.3 supports the following languages:

  • Brazilian Portuguese
  • Chinese (simplified)
  • Chinese (traditional)
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Spanish

Charge metrics

Managed Server

Managed 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. In addition to the Managed Server entitlements needed for each server managed by the program, Licensee must obtain an additional Managed Server entitlement for each server running the program.

License Information form number:

LC23-5088 Systems Director Express Edition for IBM x86, V6.3
LC23-1389 Systems Director Standard Edition for IBM x86, V6.3

The program's License Information will be available for review on the IBM Software License Agreement website

http://www.ibm.com/software/sla/sladb.nsf

IBM Systems Director contains management server and agent components, and you are authorized to use the components on IBM systems. You are not authorized to run IBM Systems Director server on non-IBM systems.

You are authorized to manage non-IBM systems that run Platform Agent and non-IBM systems without an agent. Refer to the Evaluation software and Evaluation software for more information about supported systems.

You are authorized to use management server and agent components only on IBM systems. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the program includes a license for up to 20 installations of the Agent component on non-IBM x86 systems. These 20 licenses for non-IBM x86 systems are not transfer able and cannot be combined or aggregated. For example, if you buy two IBM machines and install the program on only one of them, you are entitled to install the Agent component on only 20 non-IBM x86 systems. If you install the program on both IBM machines, your entitlement is limited to managing 20 non-IBM x86 systems. To install additional Agent components on non-IBM x86 systems, you must obtain additional Agent component licenses from IBM.



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

IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager, Systems Director VMControl, Power Systems and PowerVM are trademarks of IBM Corporation in the United States, other countries, or both.

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