IBM United States
Software Announcement 203-121
May 6, 2003
IBM Cluster Systems Management V1.3.1 for AIX 5L and Linux Enhancements
At a Glance
CSM V1.3.1 for AIX 5L and Linux offer a single point of management for distributed or clustered pSeries and xSeries servers
New functions include:
For ordering, contact:
Your IBM representative, an IBM Business Partner, or the Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: RE001).
New for CSM for AIX® 1.3.1
New for CSM for Linux 1.3.1
CSM for AIX 5L:
CSM for Linux:
Planned Availability Dates
CSM for AIXRemote Hardware Control for pSeries 655 and 630 (7028-6C4) also runs on LPARs for pSeries 630.
AIX Interoperability with Linux Distributions is enabled with AIX management server and Linux managed nodes on xSeries hardware running the following:
Node Range Support Added to CSM Commands for Increased Usability:
All CSM commands are intended to support a range of node addresses (for example, "nodes 1
through 10" or "IP addresses 188.8.131.52 through 184.108.40.206").
CSM for Linux
Additional Hardware and Linux Distributions: Combinations of CSM with Linux operating systems are dependent upon specific hardware models. To see if CSM runs on the desired combination of Linux distribution and hardware, refer to the "Frequently Asked Questions" section at:
Multiple Install Servers for Increasing Scalability of Concurrent Installs allows multiple machines, called install servers, to supply CSM installation files to the cluster. Previously all CSM installation files were stored on the management server, under the /csminstall directory. This could create a scaling bottleneck during CSM and OS installations. Using multiple install servers means you can increase the number of concurrent CSM and Red Hat Linux OS installs.
CSM / xCAT Interoperability and Transition Items: xCAT is a script-based tool provided by IBM to manage certain types of Linux clusters. Tools are available on the Enhanced Cluster Tools AlphaWorks® Web site to assist in having xCAT and CSM co-exist on the same cluster or moving a cluster from xCAT to CSM.
The download package includes scripts to convert xCAT data information into a format appropriate for CSM. These scripts can be run multiple times, only converting the deltas so that for an interim time you can run xCAT and CSM. Additional scripts and documentation are available for xCAT and CSM co-existence. Also, tools can help set up hardware control, perform remote BIOS upgrades, automatically set up a portable batch system, and aid in installing other high-performance computing utilities.
Alignment of CSM and IBM Director: A new extension for IBM Director 4.1, the Linux Cluster Support extension allows IBM Director to recognize CSM for Linux clusters and permits management of such clusters through the Director Console. The function of the Linux cluster support extension is designed to include:
Node Range Support added to CSM Commands for Increased Usability: All CMS commands are intended to support a range of node addresses (for example, "nodes 1 through 10" or "IP addresses 220.127.116.11 through 18.104.22.168").
Ability to Tailor and Run User Customization Scripts During Install and Update: CSM functions allow you to write your own scripts that can be run at specific points during the node installation and update processes. You can implement scripts to customize the installation of your systems, performing tasks unique to your environment. You can specify scripts to be run for a single node, a node group, or all the nodes in the cluster. These user scripts can be run before the node is booted during installation, after the node is rebooted, and during an update of software for the node.
Subset of CSM Functions with no Footprint on "Minimally Managed" Nodes: If you wish to use CSM to initially install and configure cluster nodes, but do not wish to incur the resource overhead of having CSM or RMC software on your nodes in a production environment, you can define nodes to be minimally managed by CSM. If a node is designated to be minimally managed, and CSM installation processes are used to install the node, no CSM or RMC software will be installed on the node.
Minimally managed nodes have limited management functions available from the CSM management server. These nodes can be included in CSM node groups, can be the target of Remote Hardware Control command execution (via the dsh command), can be managed by CSM hardware control functions, and can be monitored for reachability status by means of a simple fping mechanism.
The following CSM management server functions self-contained within the management server continue to be available:
The following management functions requiring CSM interaction with the node will not be available for minimally managed nodes:
Accessibility by People with Disabilities
The following features support use by people with disabilities:
The marketing positioning is unchanged with this announcement. Refer to Software Announcement 202-262 , dated October 8, 2002.
Refer to Software Announcement 202-262 , dated October 8, 2002.
Software Key Management
The programs use an access/usage protection method that requires a password key to enable the
software function. The key is contained in a file on the product medium and must be installed per
the installation instructions.
Existing customers of CSM 1.3.0 may use their existing key file. No changes are required to use CSM 1.3.1.
Try & Buy
You can experience the power and value of CSM and clustering at no charge for 60 days under the Try & Buy option. You can use all functions of CSM for 60 days, after which CSM will no longer function. Whenever you purchase and receive a full production license and key for CSM (refer to Ordering Information section), and accept its IPLA License Agreement, you may use CSM for production purposes. CSM configuration data stored during Try & Buy will remain available for later production use.
For AIX® 5L situations:
Simply run /opt/csm/bin/csmconfig -L and accept the 60-day IBM License Agreement (ILA), which will be presented for your acceptance.
For Linux situations:
Download CSM for Linux V1.3 for Try & Buy from:
Click on "CSM for Linux 1.3.1."
The ILA license acceptance procedure is the same as for AIX 5L.
Product information will be available through Offering Information tool at:
Passport Advantage Web site at:
The following softcopy publications are available for CSM:
Order Title Number AIX -- CSM Administration Guide SA22-7918 CSM Planning and Installation Guide SA22-7919 CSM Hardware Control Guide SA22-7920 CSM Command and Technical Reference SA22-7934 RSCT Administration Guide SA22-7889 RSCT Technical Reference SA22-7890 RSCT Messages GA22-7891 RSCT Group Services and Programming SA22-7888 Guide and Reference Linux -- CSM Administration Guide SA22-7873 CSM Planning and Installation Guide SA22-7853 CSM Hardware Control Guide SA22-7856 CSM Command and Technical Reference SA22-7933 RSCT Administration Guide SA22-7892 RSCT Technical Reference SA22-7893 RSCT Messages GA22-7894 RSCT Group Services and Programming SA22-7888 Guide and Reference
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The IBM Publications Notification System (PNS): The PNS enables subscribers to set up profiles of interest by order number/product number. PNS subscribers automatically receive notifications by e-mail of all new publications defined in their profiles. These may then be ordered/downloaded via the Publications Center.
CSM for AIX 5L
Runs on pSeries and RS/6000® servers and nodes with AIX 5L V5.1 or V5.2.
Hardware Management Console (HMC) support is required for Remote Hardware Control HMC for pSeries V1.3.1, or later. CSM Remote Hardware Control is supported as follows:
CSM offers distributed management services (but not remote hardware control or network operating system installs (OSIs)) for any machines running with AIX 5L.
The CSM single-point-of-control server is known as the management server and needs to be a pSeries or RS/6000 machine running AIX V5.2. The other machines within the cluster are referred to as managed nodes and can be pSeries or RS/6000 machines running AIX V5.2 with the 5200-01, or AIX 5L V5.1 with the 5100-04 Recommended Maintenance package. They can also be xSeries machines running CSM for Linux V1.3.1.
The following additional hardware and hardware specifications are required for CSM 1.3 for AIX 5L:
CSM for Linux
CSM for Linux is a key element of the Cluster 1350 platform for deploying Linux applications requiring a cluster. CSM also runs on a cluster of xSeries, Model x330, x342, x335, x345, x360, BladeCenter 8677-1xx and HS20 8678, IntelliStation® Z-Pro 6221, and x440 servers.
The following hardware and hardware specifications are required for CSM V1.3.1 for Linux:
For CSM V1.3.1 hardware control to function properly, the following hardware and hardware specifications are required:
For specific hardware control point and console server product details, refer to the documentation shipped with the hardware.
IBM suggests a networking configuration where each terminal server is connected to the management VLAN through its Ethernet port, and up to 16 or fewer nodes (depending on the terminal server type) through the nodes' serial or COM ports. IBM suggests that each IBM RSA PCI be connected to the management VLAN through its Ethernet port. However, to conserve IP addresses one IBM RSA PCI could be connected to the management VLAN with up to 15 management processors daisy-chained from it to the management VLAN. For optimal security, CSM cluster hardware control functions must be restricted to users with root access by isolating the management server network.
CSM for AIX 5L
The CSM management server must be running AIX 5L V5.2 with Recommended Maintenance package 5200-01 (APAR IY39795). The other machines within the cluster are referred to as managed nodes and can be running AIX 5L V5.2 with 5200-01, or V5.1 with the 5100-04 Recommended Maintenance package (APAR IY39794). They can also be xSeries machines running CSM for Linux V1.3 (refer to below).
For all AIX servers, the following CSM for AIX 5L 1.3.1 service is required:
APAR Description Number Added Service for RSCT on AIX 5.1 IY42782 Added Service for RSCT on AIX 5.2 IY42783 CSM for AIX 5L added service IY42353 CSM Support for pSeries 670 and IY42356 pSeries 690 POWER4+ CSM Support for 7026 servers, IY42379 9076 SP(TM) nodes and pSeries 650 CSM 1.3.1 support for 9076 SP IY42847 node features 2054/2058 CSM Support of pSeries 655 Power4+ IY42377
Certain CSM for AIX 5L functions require non-IBM software. The following non-IBM software is required and can be obtained from the following sources:
CSM for Linux
CSM for Linux 1.3.1 will run with Red Hat 7.2, 7.3, 8.0, AS 2.1, SLES 7, SLES 8, SuSE 8.0, or SuSE 8.1.
CSM for Linux will also run on Cluster 1300 and Cluster 1350 systems, and clusters of xSeries, Model x335 and x345, x360, BladeCenter 8677-1xx and BladeCenter HS20 8678, IntelliStation Z-Pro 6221, and x440 servers with one of the above operating systems.
The CSM management server must be at least at the highest level of CSM and the Linux OS installed on any node in the cluster.
CSM for Linux requirements for Red Hat, SLES, or SuSE, are as follows:
For your convenience, a complete CSM for Linux 1.3.1 image can be obtained from:
Compatibility: CSM for Linux V1.3.1 is a functional enhancement and complete replacement of CSM for Linux V1.3.0. CSM for AIX 5L V1.3.1 is a functional enhancement and complete replacement of CSM for AIX 5L V1.3.0.
In AIX 5L situations:
In Linux situations:
Planning information is provided in the CSM Planning and Installation Guides (for AIX 5L: SA22-7919, for Linux: SA22-7853), and in the CSM Hardware Control Guides (for AIX 5L: SA22-7920, for Linux: SA22-7856).
CSM for AIX 5L is shipped on the AIX 5L V5.1 and V5.2 operating system media. A License Key is required to execute CSM for AIX 5L. License Keys are obtained by ordering type-model 5765-F67.
Each 5765-F67 package includes:
CSM for Linux is shipped under machine type-model 5765-E88. A License Key is required to execute CSM for Linux. License Keys are obtained by ordering type-model 5765-E88.
Each 5765-E88 package includes:
Security, Auditability, and Control
Cluster Systems Management uses the security and auditability features of the default base version of the AIX 5L V5.1, AIX 5L V5.2, Red Hat Linux, or SuSE Linux operating system.
The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.
CSM for AIX 5L is a product with one charge unit: Number of CPUs. The number of CPUs is the sum of the maximum potential number of CPUs in each of the Machine Type-Models on which CSM for AIX 5L will be installed or run. A license is required for each machine on which CSM will be installed and run, for a quantity as computed above. A License Key is required to execute CSM for AIX 5L, and will be sent with the product order.
CSM for Linux is a product with one charge unit: Number of CPUs. The number of CPUs is the sum of the maximum potential number of CPUs in each of the Machine Type-Models on which CSM for Linux will be installed or run, or to which CSM Remote Hardware Control commands will be issued. A license is required for each machine on which CSM will be installed, for a quantity as computed above. A License Key is required to execute CSM for Linux, and will be sent with the product order.
Ordering and price information for CSM for AIX 5L and CSM for Linux is not affected by this announcement. Refer to Software Announcement 202-262 , dated October 8, 2002.
Existing Customers: CSM for AIX 5L 1.3.1 is included in AIX 5L V5.2 with 5200-01, or V5.1 with the 5100-04 Recommended Maintenance package. Existing customers of CSM for AIX 5L 1.3.0 may use their existing 5765-F67 License Key File. No changes are required to use CSM for AIX 5L 1.3.1.
Existing customers of CSM for Linux 1.3.0 must re-order 5765-E88 no-charge media feature #5809 to receive CSM for Linux 1.3.1. Existing customers of CSM for Linux 1.3.0 may use their existing 5765-E88 License Key File. No key changes are required to use CSM for Linux 1.3.1.
Note: Software preventive maintenance releases x.x.1 to x.x.2 (modification level changes, updates, or refreshes) are released under the one-year or three-year maintenance program numbers, but only when a supply feature is announced. Supply features are announced only under the one-year and three-year options when there is an announced version/release change to the original program. No-charge preventive maintenance releases should be obtained by Software Maintenance customers in the same manner as non-Software Maintenance customers.
Example: Product A is offered under IBM Software Maintenance for pSeries and three months later PTFs are incorporated into the program package. This is considered an update that would not be obtained under the one-year or three-year maintenance program numbers under the IBM Software Maintenance offering. Using the same example above, three months after the PTFs were incorporated into the program package, IBM announces a new version of product A. At that time, a supply feature is announced for product A under the one-year and three-year maintenance program numbers. This allows customers who are entitled by purchase or when the first year of maintenance is included with the license, of either the one-year or three-year maintenance offering for product A to order the upgrade under the one-year or three-year offering.
Refer to Software Announcement 202-262 , dated October 8, 2002.
Terms and Conditions
This software license includes Software Maintenance, previously referred to as Software Subscription and Technical Support.
The following agreements apply for maintenance and do not require customer signatures:
Money-Back Guarantee: If for any reason you are dissatisfied with the program, return it within 30 days from the invoice date, to the party (either IBM or its reseller) from whom you acquired it, for a refund. This applies only to your first acquisition of the program.
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While your Software Maintenance is in effect, IBM provides you assistance for your routine, short-duration installation and usage (how-to) questions, and code-related questions. IBM provides assistance via telephone and, if available, electronic access, only to your information systems (IS) technical support personnel during the normal business hours (published prime shift hours) of your IBM support center. (This assistance is not available to your end users.) IBM provides Severity 1 assistance 24 hours a day, every day of the year. For additional details, consult your IBM Software Support Guide at:
Software Maintenance does not include assistance for the design and development of applications, your use of programs in other than their specified operating environment, or failures caused by products for which IBM is not responsible under this agreement.
The prices provided in this announcement are suggested retail prices for the U.S. only and are provided for your information only. Dealer prices may vary, and prices may also vary by country. Prices are subject to change without notice. For additional information and current prices, contact your local IBM representative.
Ordering and price information for CSM for AIX 5L and CSM for Linux is
affected by this announcement. Refer to Software Announcement
, dated October 8, 2002.
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