IBM Cluster Systems Management V1.4.1 — Scalable system administration management platform

IBM United States Software Announcement 205-088
April 12, 2005

 

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At a glance

Cluster Systems Management (CSM) is designed to provide a robust, powerful, and centralized way to manage a large number of IBM servers from a single point of control.

New with CSM V1.4.1 on AIX 5L and Linux:

  • Cluster Ready Hardware Server (CRHS) support enhancing the CSM management server capabilities to manage IBM eServer pSeries® POWER5 hardware
  • Separate installation servers for dramatic improvement in installation capabilities
  • Doubling of the CSM Hardware Management Console (HMC) scaling capabilities
  • Enhanced support for mixed cluster environments
  • Support for selected new OpenPower, eServer p5, xSeries and BladeCenter hardware models
  • Improved handling of CSM event types such as consolidating error reports across platforms
  • Implementation documentation for Firewalls
  • Support for Serial-Over-LAN on xSeries
  • High Availability (HA) management server enhancements

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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Overview

CSM V1.4.1 helps simplify the tasks of installing, configuring, operating, and maintaining clusters of servers using logical partitions (LPARs) which may help reduce the overall cost of IT ownership. CSM offers one consistent interface for managing both AIX® and Linux™ nodes, with capabilities for remote parallel network installation, remote hardware control, distributed command execution, file collection and distribution, and cluster-wide monitoring capabilities.

CSM V1.4.1 has added function and hardware support, as follows:

  • IBM eServer OpenPower™ 710 and 720 servers; IBM eServer p5 510, 520, 550, 570, 575, 590, and 595; IBM eServer 326; and IBM eServer xSeries® 336, 346, and IBM eServer BladeCenter™ JS20, JS20+, HS20 (Model 8843), and HS40.
  • CRHS function has been added, enabling hardware discovery, HMC to server assignment, and server processor password management from the CSM management server for POWER5™ hardware.
  • Separate installation servers located off the management server for dramatic improvement in installation and configuration capabilities
  • Enhanced CSM HMC scaling capabilities
  • Enhanced support for mixed cluster environments
  • Improved handling of CSM event types such as consolidating error reports across platforms
  • Implementation documentation for Firewalls
  • Support for Serial-Over-LAN on xSeries
  • HA management server enhancements

This is the last release of CSM that includes the Linux Cluster Support extension.

Specific product enhancements:

  • CSM for Linux on POWER™:
    • Runs on SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server (SLES) 9 and Red Hat AS 4.0
  • CSM for Linux on Multiplatforms (xSeries, IBM eServer 325 and 326, BladeCenter HS20 and HS40):
    • Support for SLES 9 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 for selected xSeries and POWER architectures
  • CSM for AIX 5L:
    • Support for AIX 5L V5.3 and POWER5 servers
    • High Availability Management Server (HA MS) feature support on AIX 5L V5.3 and POWER5 servers

 
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Key prerequisites

Runs on AIX 5L V5.2 and V5.3, SUSE SLES, Red Hat, and IBM eServer® Cluster 1350, Cluster 1600, and selected xSeries, OpenPower, and POWER servers
 
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Planned availability date

May 6, 2005
 
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Description

CSM V1.4.1 is designed to provide simple, low-cost management of distributed and clustered IBM eServer servers. For organizations with both Linux and AIX applications, a single AIX 5L V5.2 or V5.3 management console can provide management services to AIX 5L and Linux clients in distributed and clustered configurations.

CSM is also a key element of the eServer Cluster 1600 and Cluster 1350, platforms that are ideal for workload consolidation or for achieving high degrees of scalability and performance for applications that take advantage of clustered systems architectures. Primary examples are computational modeling in high-performance computing or multi-terabyte data warehouses in large corporations.

The CSM licensed products include:

  • CSM for Linux on POWER
  • CSM for Linux on Multiplatforms (xSeries, BladeCenters)
  • CSM for AIX 5L

New with CSM V1.4.1 in all three product offerings:

Cluster Ready Hardware Server (CRHS)

CRHS is a set of software which enhances the ability of the CSM management server to manage pSeries POWER5 hardware. The net gain of this software is that the CSM management server become more of a central point of control in a cluster containing POWER5 HMCs, since more function can be executed and controlled directly from the CSM management server, rather than via the HMC. Some of the features CRHS brings to CSM include:

  • Hardware discovery of HMCs and POWER5 hardware on a cluster network from the CSM Management Server (MS)
  • The ability to assign, from the CSM MS, which HMC controls which POWER5 server
  • The ability to set, change, and distribute server service processor passwords from CSM MS
  • Reduction in the number of HMCs required for failing over to another HMC by allowing you to have one HMC that can be used to fail over any of the systems on the network. The old model was to have duplicate HMCs for each subnet of HMC/servers.

Note: APARs IY69115, IY69116, and IY69117 are required for CRHS.

Install servers CSM V1.4.1 provides separate install server support allowing node installation services to be off-loaded from the management server onto one or more separate servers. An install server handles installation services such as DHCP, TFTP, PXE, BOOTP, NFS, and other functions required during a network operating system installation of a node. All managed node operating system installations are still initiated using CSM commands from the management server as a central point of control, and the CSM software will automatically distribute the necessary operations to the appropriate install servers. Install servers in homogeneous clusters can improve scalability and node installation performance by distributing the required network services across multiple servers. Install servers in heterogeneous clusters allow CSM to provide node operating system installation for different operating system (OS) distributions within the same cluster.

Mixed clusters

CSM has enhanced its mixed clusters support structure for operating system support. The following lists outline the mixed clusters scenarios supported in CSM 1.4.1.

Clusters managed by IBM eServer pSeries Management Servers running AIX 5L can contain the following:

  • All CSM supported releases of AIX on pSeries managed nodes and up to one of the following:
    • All CSM supported releases of Red Hat on pSeries managed nodes, or
    • All CSM supported releases of Red Hat on xSeries managed nodes, or
    • All CSM supported releases of SUSE SLES on pSeries managed nodes, or
    • All CSM supported releases of SUSE SLES on xSeries managed nodes

With APARs IY69115, IY69116 and IY69117, clusters managed by pSeries Management Servers running AIX 5L can contain any combination of the following:

  • All CSM supported releases of AIX on pSeries managed nodes
  • All CSM supported releases of Red Hat on pSeries managed nodes
  • All CSM supported releases of Red Hat on xSeries managed nodes
  • All CSM supported releases of SUSE SLES on pSeries managed nodes
  • All CSM supported releases of SUSE SLES on xSeries managed nodes

Clusters managed by xSeries Management Servers running SUSE SLES can contain any combination of the following:

  • All CSM supported releases of Red Hat on xSeries managed nodes
  • All CSM supported releases of SUSE SLES on xSeries managed nodes

Clusters managed by xSeries Management Servers running Red Hat can contain any combination of the following:

  • All CSM supported releases of Red Hat on xSeries managed nodes
  • All CSM supported releases of SUSE SLES on xSeries managed nodes

Clusters managed by pSeries Management Servers running SUSE SLES can contain any combination of the following:

  • All CSM supported releases of Red Hat on pSeries managed nodes
  • All CSM supported releases of SUSE SLES on pSeries managed nodes

Clusters managed by pSeries Management Servers running Red Hat can contain any combination of the following:

  • All CSM supported releases of Red Hat on pSeries managed nodes
  • All CSM supported releases of SUSE SLES on pSeries managed nodes

CSM now allows managed nodes to be installed with a higher version of an operating system than is installed on the management server. However, the version of CSM on the management server must continue to be as high, or higher, than the version of CSM on the managed nodes.

Implementation documentation for Firewalls

CSM support for Firewalls has documented configuration requirements to support a firewall within a CSM Management Domain (MD), such that a firewall host physically and logically separates a MS and its Managed Nodes (MNs).

Support for eServer p5 Virtual I/O Servers and I/O Server Partitions

CSM now supports as a non-node device the p5 Virtual I/O Server. On the p5 system a Virtual I/O Server allows multiple client partitions to share physical resources, such as network adapters and SCSI devices.

Usability enhancements

CSM 1.4.1 provides usability enhancements in the following areas:

  • IP addresses can be used instead of host names working with Linux clusters
  • Commands now accept host groups
  • The systemid command now supports multiple nodes
  • InstallAdapterGateway enhancements
  • There are two new probes
    • Node Install Probe, which will verify all node attributes, OS image data, and node install setup that is required to install a node,
    • Install Server Probe, which will verify the install server has been setup correctly
  • CSM has documented the Probe infrastructure and interfaces so customers can now write their own probes for use within CSM.

AIX Error Log and Linux Syslog monitoring

CSM now provides optional monitoring of the AIX Error Log and the Linux Syslog throughout the cluster. A new sensor will be installed on all nodes, and new predefined conditions and responses are available on the management server.

Enhancements for non-root users

CSM now allows non-root users to execute a subset of CSM commands on the management server that normally require root access.

Documentation improvements

The CSM documentation, which previously consisted of a CSM AIX library and a CSM Linux library, has been merged into one library in conjunction with the mixed clusters enhancements. Also, the books have been reorganized to make them more usable.

Specific product enhancements

  • CSM for Linux on POWER:
    • Support for eServer POWER5 server and virtual I/O environments
    • Support for pSeries POWER4™ servers and BladeCenter JS20 running SUSE SLES 8 or 9, and Red Hat EL 3.0 and EL 4.0
    • Support for eServer POWER5 servers running SUSE SLES 9, and Red Hat EL 3.0 or EL 4.0
    • High Availability Management Server (HA MS) feature running SUSE SLES 9, and Red Hat EL 3.0 and EL 4.0
  • CSM for Linux on Multiplatforms:
    • Support for Red Hat EL 3.0 and 4.0
  • CSM for AIX 5L:
    • Support for new POWER5 servers and AIX 5L V5.3
    • HA MS feature supported on AIX 5.3
On all platforms, the optional CSM HA MS is designed to prevent the management server from being a single point of failure in the CSM cluster. CSM HA MS uses a shared disk to store the CSM management server's data and requires a backup management server with a similar configuration to the primary management server. CSM HA MS is designed to automate failover in response to failure conditions. Failover can also be triggered by the administrator in order to create maintenance windows.

Setting up CSM HA MS can be done at any time during the life of the cluster. While CSM HA MS is expected to only failover CSM management server functionality, you can define pre- and post-scripts to customize the failover. This can allow you to failover other subsystems or data as needed.

For additional information on CSM, refer to the following Web sites:

Accessibility by people with disabilities

For software offerings: The following features support use by people with disabilities:

  • Operation by keyboard alone
  • Optional font enlargement and high-contrast display settings

 
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Product positioning

CSM for AIX 5L and Linux offers a way to manage a collection of AIX or Linux servers (nodes) from a single-point-of-control.

Why should you use CSM?

  • May help reduce management costs
  • Consolidate workloads
  • May help reduce complexity
  • May help improve asset utilization
  • May help lower total cost of ownership
  • For Business Intelligence clusters greater than one node

Functions include automated setup, hardware control, monitoring, and configuration file management. Administrators can manage individual nodes, run commands across nodes or groups of nodes, monitor system resources, and run automated responses to events. CSM is designed to exploit the advanced hardware management features of the servers in the Cluster 1600 or Cluster 1350, or a cluster of xSeries servers.

CSM includes technology derived from IBM Parallel System Support Programs (PSSP) for AIX and is positioned as a replacement offering to PSSP. It is aimed at customers who want robust cluster systems management on an AIX 5L or open, Intel™-based server platform. CSM and the IBM Cluster 1600 or Cluster 1350 are ideal for high-performance and commercial computing workloads, including applications in scientific and technical computing, Life Sciences, and e-business infrastructure (for example, Web serving and collaboration/e-mail).

CSM delivers a robust, scalable management platform to help make administration easier. It may help reduce life cycle costs. Customers can manage their AIX 5L or Linux servers from a central location, rather than having to manage each system individually.

Customers can scale their systems incrementally as workload demand increases, without increasing the management complexity.

Customers may be able to benefit from IBM's established leadership in supercomputing systems because the technology and experienced skills from the SP™ and AIX platforms are being leveraged on Linux. Customers may be more willing to adopt Linux in a production environment when it is backed by superior management software.

CSM HA MS is positioned for the customer who needs a highly available management server. CSM HA MS is designed to remove the management server as a single point of failure from the cluster.
 
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Reference information

For information regarding CSM 1.4 billing and media features, refer to Software Announcement 204-157 , dated July 13, 2004.

For information regarding AIX 5L V5.3, refer to Software Announcement 204-155 , dated July 13, 2004.

For information regarding p5-590, refer to Hardware Announcement 104-381 , dated October 15, 2004.

For information regarding p5-595, refer to Hardware Announcement 104-380 , dated October 15, 2004.

For information regarding p5-510, refer to Hardware Announcement 105-058 , dated February 8, 2005.

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 205-088

Trademarks

 
OpenPower, BladeCenter, POWER5, POWER, POWER4, and SP are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
The e-business logo, AIX, xSeries, eServer, and pSeries are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
Intel is a trademark of Intel Corporation.
 
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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Additional information

Software key management

The base Cluster Systems Management (CSM) 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.

The optional High Availability Management Server (HA MS) feature requires a separate order and uses an access/usage protection key which is contained in a file on the HA MS media and must be installed per the HA MS installation instructions.

Existing customers

CSM V1.4.1 is a replacement for CSM 1.4.0.

Existing customers of CSM 1.4.0 may use their existing key file. No changes are required to use CSM V1.4.1.

Existing customers of CSM for Linux™ on POWER™ should refresh their CSM media supply.

Existing customers of CSM for AIX® 5L must add AIX service (refer to the Software requirements section), and will be required to accept the new CSM 1.4 license agreement.

Try and Buy

You can experience the power and value of CSM and clustering at no charge for 60 days under the Try and Buy option. You can then 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 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.

HA MS is not included in the Try and Buy package.

For AIX 5L situations:


    Apply AIX 5L Service (refer to the Software requirements section), then 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 on Multiplatforms V1.4.1 for Try and Buy from

    Click "CSM for Linux V1.4.1 for xSeries®" or "CSM for Linux V1.4.1 for pSeries®."

    The ILA license acceptance procedure is the same as for AIX 5L.


 
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Offering Information

Product information is available via the Offering Information Web site


 
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Publications

The following softcopy publications are available for CSM:

Title                                        Order number
 
AIX 5L and Linux on Multiplatforms or POWER:
 
CSM for AIX 5L and Linux                     SA23-1343
 Administration Guide
CSM for AIX 5L and Linux
 Planning and Installation Guide             SA23-1344
 CSM for AIX 5L and Linux
Command and Technical Reference              SA23-1345
RSCT(1): Administration Guide                SA22-7889
RSCT: Messages                               GA22-7891
RSCT for AIX 5L: Technical                   SA22-7890
  Reference
RSCT for Linux Technical                     SA22-7893
  Reference
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Reliable Scalable Cluster Technology. This function is included in the AIX operating system. For more information on the RSCT function, refer to Software Announcement 202-270 , dated October 8, 2002.

Publications available from the Web

Upon program availability, all publications listed in the previous section will be available for download in PDF format from the IBM Publications Center and the IBM Publications Center and the IBM eServer® Cluster Info Center at

The IBM Publications Center The Publications Center is a worldwide central repository for IBM product publications and marketing material with a catalog of 70,000 items. Extensive search facilities are provided. Payment options for orders are via credit card or customer number. A large number of publications are available online in various file formats, and they can all be downloaded free of charge.

Refer to

The IBM Publications Notification System

The Publications Notification System (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.

Refer to


 
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Technical information

Hardware requirements

CSM for Linux on POWER

CSM for Linux on POWER is offered on select IBM eServer POWER servers with SUSE SLES 8 or SUSE SLES 9 or Red Hat EL 3.0 or EL 4.0.

Hardware supported (for full hardware control operations):

  • IBM eServer OpenPower™ 710 and 720 servers
  • IBM eServer p5-510, p5-520, p5-550, p5-570, p5-575, p5-590, p5-595
  • IBM eServer p615, p630, p650, p655, p670, p690
  • IBM eServer BladeCenter™ JS20 and JS20+ servers

Refer to related hardware announcements for more details.

Hardware Management Console (HMC) support is required for remote hardware control on pSeries servers. CSM Remote Hardware Control is supported as follows:

  • On each HMC managing POWER4™ systems: up to 32 POWER4 systems and 64 operating system images.
  • On each HMC managing POWER5™ systems: up to 32 POWER5 systems and 64 operating system images.

Note: The IBM eServer BladeCenter JS20 servers require a second Ethernet switch module for network installations.

The following are additional hardware specifications required for CSM V1.4.1 for Linux on POWER:

  • On the CSM management server:
    • One Ethernet adapter for each management virtual LAN (VLAN) used for hardware control
    • One Ethernet adapter for each cluster VLAN used for CSM installation and administration
    • Additional disk space on the management server for the Linux operating system and RPMs
    • A minimum of 512 MB of memory and 250 MB of disk space to install CSM
    • 2 GB of disk space for each version of Linux to be fully installed on the nodes
  • For Cluster Ready Hardware Server function:
    • All participating servers (management or managed) must be POWER5 servers only
  • On each managed node:
    • One Ethernet adapter for the cluster VLAN used for CSM installation and administration
    • A minimum of 256 MB of memory and 40 MB of disk space to install and run CSM
    • Additional disk space for the base Linux operating system and file sets

To install SUSE SLES nodes from a Red Hat management server or to install Red Hat nodes from a SUSE SLES management server, a separate install server must be installed and configured with the target operating system that will be installed on those nodes.

CSM for Linux on POWER HA MS

  • The optional feature CSM HA MS requires two management servers (a primary and a backup) with similar hardware configurations. The supported management server hardware for HA MS are POWER4 and POWER5 servers. CSM HA MS also requires a shared disk connected to both management servers, and supports the following shared disk hardware models. Refer to the IBM TotalStorage® DS4000 series documentation for the list of operating systems that these disks support.
    • Linux POWER management servers:
      • IBM TotalStorage DS4300 (formerly FAStT600)
      • IBM TotalStorage DS4400 (formerly FAStT700)
      • IBM TotalStorage DS4500 (formerly FAStT900)

CSM for Linux on Multiplatforms

CSM for Linux on Multiplatforms is a key element of the IBM eServer Cluster 1350 platform for deploying Linux applications requiring a cluster.

Hardware supported (for full hardware control operations):

  • IBM eServer 325 and 326
  • IBM eServer xSeries 335, 336, 345, 346, 360, 445
  • IBM eServer BladeCenter 8677 HS20 (models 8678, 8832 and 8843) and HS40 servers.

Refer to related hardware announcements for more details.

The following hardware and hardware specifications are required for CSM V1.4.1 for Linux:

  • On the CSM management server:
    • One Ethernet adapter for each management virtual LAN (VLAN) used for hardware control
    • One Ethernet adapter for each cluster VLAN used for CSM installation and administration

      Note: A Management VLAN is the VLAN that connects the management server to the terminal servers and the RSA PCIs, or hardware control points.

    • Additional disk space on the management server for the Linux operating system and RPMs
    • A minimum of 512 MB of memory and 250 MB of disk space to install CSM
    • 2.0 GB of disk space for each version of Linux to be fully installed on the nodes
  • On each managed node:
    • A minimum of 256 MB of memory and 40 MB of disk space to install and run CSM
    • Additional disk space for the Linux operating system and RPMs
    • TCP/IP and a minimum of one PXE-enabled network adapter for the cluster VLAN used for CSM installation and administration
    • Appropriate cabling

    For CSM V1.4.1 optional hardware control to function properly, the following hardware and hardware specifications are required:

    • One RSA PCI adapter for every 24 nodes

      Note: RSA PCI adapters are not required to manage the following hardware:

      • eServer HS20, HS40, or JS20 blade servers
      • eServer 325 or 326 servers
      • xSeries 336 or xSeries 346 servers

    • Optionally, if remote console support is desired, one or more of the following terminal servers may be required:
      • Cyclades AlterPath ACS48
      • Avocent CPS1600
      • Computone IntelliServer RCM8, RCM24, or RCM48
      • Equinox ELS-16 II
      • MRV iTouch IR-8020, IR-8040, LX-4016, LX-4008, or LX-4032

      A terminal server is not required for remote console support of xSeries 336 or xSeries 346 servers. These servers support Serial-Over-LAN and will allow remote console access directly from the CSM management server.

      In addition, the following eServer blade servers do not require a terminal server for remote console support:

      • HS20 8832
      • HS20 8843
      • HS40 8839
      • JS20 8842

      Note: For xSeries and IntelliStations, if you do not have remote console support, automatic MAC address collection will not work for the full installation of Linux nodes.

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 48 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 24 management processors daisy-chained from it to the management VLAN. For security considerations, CSM cluster hardware control functions must be restricted to users with root access by isolating the management server network.

Note: Certain configurations including other Intel™ processor-based servers and other Linux distributions may be requested by special bid.

To install SUSE SLES nodes from a Red Hat management server or to install Red Hat nodes from a SUSE SLES management server, a separate install server must be installed and configured with the target operating system that will be installed on those nodes.

CSM for Linux on Multiplatforms HA MS

  • CSM HA MS requires two management servers (a primary and a backup) with similar hardware configurations. HA MS supports any supported CSM management server that has proper adapters for connectivity to a shared disk. CSM HA MS also requires a shared disk connected to both management servers, and supports the following shared disk hardware models. Refer to the IBM TotalStorage DS4000 series documentation for the list of operating systems that these disks support.
    • xSeries Linux management server:
      • IBM TotalStorage DS4300 (formerly FAStT600)
      • IBM TotalStorage DS4400 (formerly FAStT700)
      • IBM TotalStorage DS4500 (formerly FAStT900)

CSM for AIX 5L

CSM for AIX 5L, V1.4.1 is offered on IBM eServer servers and Cluster 1600.

Hardware supported (for full hardware control operations):

  • IBM eServer p5-510, p5-520, p5-550, p5-575, p5-590, and p5-595 servers
  • IBM eServer p615, p630, p650, p655, p670, p690
  • IBM eServer JS20 and JS20+ BladeCenter servers.
Refer to related hardware announcements for more details.

CSM for AIX 5L also runs on POWER and RS/6000® servers and nodes with AIX 5L V5.1, V5.2, or V5.3.

HMC support is required for remote hardware control. CSM Remote Hardware Control is supported as follows:

  • On each HMC managing POWER4 systems: up to 32 POWER4 systems and 64 operating system images.
  • On each HMC managing POWER5 systems: up to 32 POWER5 systems and 64 operating system images.

The CSM single-point-of-control server is known as the management server and needs to be a POWER or RS/6000 machine running AIX 5L V5.2 or V5.3. The management server level of AIX must be equal to or greater than the highest level of AIX on the managed nodes. The other machines within the cluster are referred to as managed nodes and can be any POWER or RS/6000 machines running AIX 5L V5.3, V5.2, or V5.1 with service. They can also be xSeries machines running CSM for Linux on Multiplatforms V1.4.1 or POWER machines running CSM for Linux on POWER V1.4.1 (see the next section).

An install server must be configured at the same or higher AIX level than the nodes it will install. To install Linux nodes from an AIX management server, a separate install server must be installed and configured for each Linux distribution to be installed.

The following additional hardware and hardware specifications are required for CSM V1.4.1 for AIX 5L:

  • On the CSM management server:
    • One Ethernet adapter for each management virtual LAN (VLAN) used for hardware control
    • One Ethernet adapter for each cluster VLAN used for CSM installation and administration
    • A minimum of 512 MB of memory and 250 MB of disk space to install CSM
    • 2 GB of disk space for each version of AIX 5L installation images
    • Additional disk space for the base AIX 5L operating system and file sets
  • For Cluster Ready Hardware Server function:
    • All participating servers (management or managed) must be POWER5 servers only
  • On each managed node:
    • One Ethernet adapter for each cluster VLAN used for CSM installation and administration
    • A minimum of 256 MB of memory and 40 MB of disk space to install and run CSM
    • Additional disk space for the base AIX 5L operating system and file sets

CSM for AIX 5L V1.4.1 also provides support for the following IBM hardware:

  • The IBM eServer pSeries High Performance Switch (HPS)
  • SP™ Expansion I/O units (#2055) with IBM POWER3™ SMP High Nodes (model 9076-NH0, #2054) or IBM 375 MHz POWER3 SMP High Nodes (model 9076-NH1, #2058)
  • 7040-61D (RIO-2) I/O Drawer

CSM HA MS

  • CSM HA MS requires two management servers (a primary and a backup) with similar hardware configurations. The only supported management server hardware for HA MS is POWER4 and POWER5 servers. CSM HA MS also requires a shared disk connected to both management servers and supports the following shared disk hardware models:
    • POWER management server:
      • IBM TotalStorage DS4300 (formerly FAStT600)
      • IBM TotalStorage DS4400 (formerly FAStT700)
      • IBM TotalStorage DS4500 (formerly FAStT900)
      • IBM SSA Disk

Software requirements

CSM for Linux on POWER

  • The default base versions of SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 8 or 9 (SLES 8 or 9) Linux for POWER-based architecture as distributed and supported by SUSE LINUX.
  • The default base versions of Red Hat EL 3 or EL 4 (AS) for POWER-based architecture as distributed and supported by Red Hat.

Certain CSM for Linux on POWER functions require non-IBM software. The following non-IBM software is required and can be obtained from the listed sources:

For your convenience, the following required IBM and non-IBM software is included on the CSM CD-ROM:

  • tftp-HPA 0.34
  • fping-2.4b2-5
  • conserver 8.1
  • ITDAgent-4.21-1
  • IBMJava2-JRE 1.4.1

The following non-IBM software is required if you want to perform remote hardware control operations for IBM POWER servers attached with an HMC:

CSM for Linux on Multiplatforms

  • The default base versions of SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 8 (8.1) (SLES 8) or SLES 9 for x86 architecture on xSeries, and BladeCenter or x86 (64-bit) architecture on eServer, as distributed and supported by SUSE LINUX
  • The default base versions of Red Hat Linux EL 3 or EL 4 (AS/ES/WS) for x86 architecture on xSeries, and BladeCenter or x86 (64-bit) architecture on eServer, as distributed and supported by Red Hat

The CSM management server must be at the highest level of CSM in the cluster.

The following additional non-IBM software is required with SUSE SLES 8 or SLES 9:

The following additional non-IBM software is required with Red Hat EL 3 or EL 4 (AS/ES/WS) Linux:

For your convenience, the following required IBM and non-IBM software is included on the CD-ROM:

  • tftp-HPA 0.34-1
  • conserver 8.1
  • fping 2.4b2-5
  • syslinux 1.64
  • ITDAgent-4.21-1
  • DirAgent-4.21-1
  • MPAAgent-4.20-1
  • RAIDLxAg-4.21-1
  • IBMJava2-JRE 1.4.1

Note: The distribution of syslinux includes the source code and associated documentation. All copyright notices and license terms and conditions in the documentation must be adhered to. You can find version and distribution information for this product that is part of your selected installation options in the Cluster Systems Management README file.

The following non-IBM software is required if a customer wants to perform the software maintenance installation and upgrade of non-CSM RPMs:

  • AutoUpdate V4.3.4, or later levels, which maintain full backward compatibility

It can be obtained from

CSM for AIX 5L For all AIX servers, the following CSM for AIX 5L V1.4.1 service is required to convert CSM V1.4.0 installations to the V1.4.1 level:

                                 Required
                                 APAR
Description                      numbers
 
CSM for AIX 5L V5.2 and V5.3 V1.4.1
 
All situations                   IY68887
RSCT for AIX 5L V5.3             IY68889
RSCT for AIX 5L V5.2             IY68888

To use CSM 1.4.1 Cluster Ready Hardware Server functions, or to use an AIX 5L management server to manage a configuration containing both AIX and multiple Linux nodes of differing architectures (pSeries or xSeries) or differing operating systems (Red Hat or SUSE SLES), the following CSM for AIX 5L V1.4.1 service is required:

                                 Required
                                 APAR
Description                      numbers
 
CSM for AIX 5L V5.2 and V5.3     IY69115
RSCT for AIX 5L V5.3             IY69117
RSCT for AIX 5L V5.2             IY69116

The CSM management server must be running AIX 5L V5.3, or AIX 5L V5.2 with Recommended Maintenance package 5200-04. The other machines within the cluster are referred to as managed nodes and can be running AIX 5L V5.3, AIX 5L V5.2 with 5200-04 and APARs as previously mentioned, or AIX 5L V5.1 with the 5100-07 Recommended Maintenance package. They can also be xSeries machines running CSM for Linux on Multiplatforms V1.4.1 (see the following section).

Certain CSM for AIX 5L functions require non-IBM software. The following non-IBM software is required:

  • openCIMOM Version 0.7 or 0.8

    This should be used if you want to perform remote hardware control operations for pSeries servers attached with an HMC. Obtain the software from the "AIX toolbox for Linux applications" CD (refer to Software Announcement 201-090 , dated April 17, 2001), or to obtain the download Web site address, visit

CSM High Availability Management Server (HA MS) feature (all platforms)

  • CSM HA MS supports the following operating systems:
    • Red Hat EL AS 3 or EL AS 4 on xSeries
    • SUSE SLES 9 on xSeries
    • Red Hat EL AS 3 or EL AS 4 on POWER
    • SUSE SLES 9 Linux on POWER
    • AIX 5.2 Maintenance Level 5200-04, or higher
    • AIX 5.3

    CSM HA MS is also supported on eServer POWER5 servers running SUSE SLES 9, and Red Hat EL 3.0 and EL 4.0.

Note: The shared disks supported by HA MS do not always support the above operating systems. Use of HA MS is restricted to operating systems supported by the chosen shared disk.

CSM HA MS also requires that CSM V1.4.1 be installed on both management servers. CSM HA MS does not require the installation of any other HA product. All required software is included in CSM and HA MS.

Service

Service for CSM for AIX and Linux can be obtained at

Compatibility

  • CSM for Linux on POWER V1.4.1 is a functional enhancement and replacement of CSM for Linux on POWER V1.4.0.
  • CSM for Linux on Multiplatforms V1.4.1 is a functional enhancement and replacement of CSM for Linux on Multiplatforms V1.4.0.
  • CSM for AIX 5L V1.4.1 is a functional enhancement and replacement of CSM for AIX 5L V1.4.0.

CSM requires that the CSM administrative network be an Ethernet network. However, CSM can tolerate any network architecture (for example, but not limited to, Infiniband, Myrinet, GigE) as a secondary network to the cluster.

Limitations: Scaling limitations

Your CSM cluster must adhere to all of the following applicable limits. Your cluster size limit will be the smallest number of all applicable limits. Support for clusters above such limits will be considered via Special Bid.

Maximum number of operating system images:

For supported xSeries based Linux systems the CSM scaling limit is 1024 operating system images.

For supported pSeries AIX or Linux, systems, the scaling limit is 128 operating system images.

For combined environments, the limit is 1024 operating system images, with no more that 128 of those images being on pSeries systems.

Cluster limits for all platforms and situations

                                             Maximum
Situation                                    number
 
LPARs per Cluster                            128
Number of LPARs per HMC                      64
Number of POWER4 servers per HMC             32
Number of POWER5 servers per HMC             32

Cluster limits for specific processors and situations

                                             Maximum
                                             number
                                             (with Industry
                                             Standard
                                             Switch
Hardware                                     Interconnects)
 
p690 servers per cluster                      32
p670 servers per cluster                      32
p655 servers per cluster                      64
p650 servers per cluster                      64
p630 servers per cluster                      64
p615 servers per cluster                      64
 
p5-510 servers per cluster                   128
p5-520 servers per cluster                   128
p5-550 servers per cluster                    64
p5 570 servers per cluster                    64
 (2 and 4 Way = 64)
 (8 Way = 32)
 (12 and 16 Way = 16)
p5-575 servers per cluster                   128
p5-590 servers per cluster                    16
p5-595 servers per cluster                    16
 
LPARs per p690 server                         32
LPARs per p670 server                         16
LPARs per p655 server                          4
LPARs per p650 server                          8
LPARs per p630 server                          4
 
LPARs per p5-510 server                        2
LPARs per p5-520 server                        2
LPARs per p5-550 server                        4
LPARs per p5 570 server                       16
LPARs per p5-575 server                        8
LPARs per p5-595 server                       64
LPARs per p5-590 server                       32

Other limitations

CSM for Linux on POWER

  • SUSE SLES 8 or 9 and Red Hat EL 3.0 or 4.0 (AS) are the only Linux distributions supported.
  • The p655 should not be used as a management server.

Note: To see if CSM runs on the desired combination of Linux Distributions and hardware, refer to the Frequently Asked Questions section at

CSM for Linux on Multiplatforms: The following operating systems are supported on the cluster management server:

  • Red Hat EL 3.0 (AS/ES/WS)
  • Red Hat EL 4.0 (AS/ES/WS)
  • SUSE SLES 8
  • SUSE SLES 9

Note: 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

  • There is limited hardware control support for the x440.
  • Multiple install servers are only supported for installing nodes with CSM and Red Hat Linux.
  • Professional versions of Linux are not supported with CSM V1.4.1.
  • For xSeries, if you do not have a terminal server, the remote console function (rconsole) will not work and automatic MAC address collection will not work for the full installation of Linux nodes.

Note: Technical support applies only to the IBM licensed products mentioned previously. If these products are running on an operating system (or with a corequisite, prerequisite product) that is no longer supported, IBM technical support may be limited to defects that can be replicated on supported environments (that is, supported versions of the operating systems).

CSM for AIX 5L

  • AIX 5L V5.2 or V5.3 is required for the cluster management server. The management server needs to be at the highest operating system level of any node in the cluster.
  • CSM for AIX 5L does not run on the RS/6000 SP Switch nor SP Switch2.
  • PSSP and CSM will not coexist in the same cluster.

Planning information

CSM 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).

Packaging: Cluster Systems Management for Linux on POWER is shipped under machine type-model 5765-G16. A license key file is required to execute Cluster Systems Management for Linux on POWER. The license key file is obtained by ordering type-model 5765-G16.

The 5765-G16 package includes:

  • CD-ROM containing CSM V1.4.1 software and license use key file
  • IBM Agreement for Acquisition of Support (Z125-6011)
  • Addendum for Support (Software Maintenance) for Select iSeries™ and pSeries Programs (Z125-6495)
Cryptographic utilities are included on a separate CSM for Linux CD.

Cluster Systems Management for Linux on Multiplatforms is shipped under high-level identifier 5765-E88. A license key file is required to execute Cluster Systems Management for Linux on Multiplatforms. The license key file is obtained by ordering the high level identifier 5765-E88.

Note: As of August 20, 2004, 5765-E88 is orderable only via Passport Advantage® part numbers.

The 5765-E88 package includes:

  • CD-ROM containing CSM V1.4.1 software and license use key file
  • IBM Agreement for Acquisition of Support (Z125-6011)
  • Addendum for Support (Software Maintenance) for Select iSeries and pSeries Programs (Z125-6495)
Cryptographic utilities are included on a separate CSM for Linux CD.

CSM for AIX 5L executables are included in the AIX 5L V5.2, and V5.3 operating systems. AIX 5L V5.2 and V5.3 Service is required to upgrade existing CSM V1.4.0 installations to V1.4.1 (refer to the Software requirements section). A license key file is required to execute CSM for AIX 5L. The license key file is obtained by ordering type-model 5765-F67.

The 5765-F67 CSM package includes:

  • CD-ROM containing CSM for AIX 5L license use key file
  • Read This First memo (GI11-2830)
  • IBM Agreement for Acquisition of Support (Z125-6011)
  • Addendum for Support (Software Maintenance) for Select iSeries and pSeries Programs (Z125-6495)

Cryptographic utilities are included on the AIX 5L Expansion Pack.

All platforms: CSM HA MS is an optional, separately ordered priced feature and CD ROM.

The CSM HA MS package includes:

  • CD-ROM containing CSM HA MS software and License Use Key file
  • IBM Agreement for Acquisition of Support (Z125-6011)
  • Addendum for Support (Software Maintenance) for Select iSeries and pSeries Programs (Z125-6495)

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, AIX 5L V5.3, 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.
 
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Ordering information

All CSM products and their HA MS features on all platforms are each individual products with one charge unit: processor. The order quantity is the number of processors on which CSM or HA MS will be run, or to which CSM Remote Hardware Control commands will be issued. This includes processors within RS/6000 SP systems. A license key file is required to execute CSM and will be sent with the product order.

Existing CSM customers

CSM V1.4.1 is a replacement for CSM V1.4.0. Existing customers of CSM for Linux on POWER and xSeries should refresh their CSM media supply and may use their existing 5765-G16 or 5765-E88 license key file. No key file changes are required to use CSM V1.4.1.

Note: CSM for Linux on Multiplatforms is now orderable only via Passport Advantage.

Customers of CSM for AIX 5L 1.4.0 on AIX 5L cannot directly order CSM for AIX 5L V1.4.1. Existing customers of CSM for AIX 5L must add AIX service (refer to the Software requirements section), and may use their existing 5765-F67 license key file. No key file changes are required to use CSM V1.4.1.

New customers

New customers must order CSM V1.4.1 and, optionally, HA MS.

Important license information This Program is eligible for sub-capacity pricing, usage and billing. The following terms apply to its use under the IBM IPLA license:

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  • IBM does not provide credits or refunds for charges already due or paid if a Program's use falls below the authorized entitlement.
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  • IBM will provide the license management program to You, together with reporting requirements and an e-mail address for transmitting license management reports to IBM. You agree to transmit this Information to IBM for the purpose of monitoring Your usage of the Program and for billing You for usage of the Program which exceeds Your authorized entitlement. You agree that IBM may store and use Your Information within IBM for any purpose. IBM may also share Your Information with third parties such as IBM Business Partners, subcontractors and consultants under contract to IBM for purposes of usage monitoring, problem determination, assisting You with performance and capacity planning, assisting IBM to enhance IBM products and services and notifying You of Your system status and solutions available to You.
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Ordering information

There are no new ordering feature numbers with this announcement. For ordering information, refer to Software Announcement 204-298 , dated December 7, 2004, and Software Announcement 204-157 , dated July 13, 2004.

System Program Order (SPO) (5692-A5L): A 5692-A5L SPO is mandatory for shipments of program distribution and publications. The individual licensed program orders (for example, 5765-F67) are for registration and billing purposes only. No shipment occurs under these orders.

Machine-readable materials are only available on CD-ROM. To receive shipment of machine-readable materials under SPO (5692-A5L), order the CD-ROM media. Billing for the media is generated under the SPO. To prevent additional billing expenses, place only one SPO order per machine.

Select one of the following (5692-A5L) features for the licensed program hardcopy entitled publications.

CSM 1.4.1 5692-A5L SPO media feature numbers: There are no changes to any media feature numbers.
 
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Terms and conditions

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

This software license includes Software Maintenance, previously referred to as Software Subscription and Technical Support.

The following agreement applies for maintenance and does not require customer signatures:

  • IBM Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance (Z125-6011)

Limited warranty applies: Yes

Warranty: This program has warranty for a minimum of one year from acquisition from IBM or authorized IBM Business Partner. The warranty provided to the customer, for at least one year from acquisition, is access to databases (read Web sites) for program information and FAQs, including any known fixes to defects, which the customer can download or obtain otherwise and install at leisure.

Program technical support: Technical support of a program product will be available for a minimum of three years from the general availability date, as long as your Software Maintenance is in effect. This technical support allows you to obtain assistance (via telephone or electronic means) from IBM for product-specific, task-oriented questions regarding the installation and operation of the program product. Software Maintenance also provides you with access to updates, releases, and versions of the program. Customers will be notified, via announcement letter, of discontinuance of support with 12 months' notice. If you require additional technical support from IBM, including an extension of support beyond the discontinuance date, contact your IBM representative or IBM Business Partner. This extension may be available for a fee.

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.

Copy and use on home/portable computer: No

Volume orders (IVO): Yes, contact your IBM representative.

Passport Advantage applies: No

Software Maintenance applies: Yes

All distributed software licenses include Software Maintenance (Software Subscription and Technical Support) for a period of 12 months from the date of acquisition providing a streamlined way to acquire IBM software and assure technical support coverage for all licenses. Extending coverage for a total of three years from date of acquisition may be elected.

While your Software Maintenance is in effect, IBM provides you assistance for your 1) routine, short duration installation and usage (how-to) questions; and 2) 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.

IBM Operational Support Services — SoftwareXcel: No

Other support: pSeries SW Maintenance

iSeries Software Maintenance applies: No

Variable charges apply: No

Educational allowance available: Yes, 15% education allowance applies to qualified education institution customers.

Sub-capacity pricing terms and conditions

To be eligible for Sub-Capacity Pricing, the machine on which the eligible products are installed and running must be eligible for Sub-Capacity pricing terms and conditions. Software pricing at less than full machine capacity for eligible products apply when running

  • AIX 5L V5.1, or later, on an IBM eServer pSeries 690 or equivalent partition capable operating system and machine
  • OS/400® V5.1, or later, running on an IBM eServer iSeries Server
  • Linux running in an LPAR under AIX 5L V5.1, OS/400 V5.1, or in a partition on an equivalent partition capable operating system and Server

Sub-Capacity Pricing for eligible products is based on the current Program pricing methodology but the number of processors will be determined based on the sum of processors for all partitions where the Program is defined(used). To obtain pricing at less than full machine capacity for eligible products, you are required to:

  • Install and use, when available, IBM's license use management program which installs with eligible IBM Programs.
  • Install available updates to the operating system and eligible products such that license use can be accurately managed.
  • If the use of Sub-Capacity Pricing terms results in a reduced requirement for entitlements, you can reallocate the entitlement difference by distributing entitlements across a larger or different set of systems, or reserve then for future growth. There will be no refunds for these "freed up" entitlements. Subscription, Software Maintenance and Support volumes and entitlements for existing contracts will continue at the same levels as the acquired licenses.

On/Off Capacity on Demand

To be eligible for On/Off Capacity on Demand pricing, customers must be enabled for temporary capacity on the corresponding hardware, and the required contract — Z125-6907, Amendment for iSeries and pSeries Temporary Capacity On Demand — Software — must be signed before use.
 
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