IBM Communications Server for Linux, V6.2.2 and IBM Communications Server for Linux on System z, V6.2.2 extend Linux support

IBM United States Software Announcement 206-146
June 27, 2006

 

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TOC link At a glance TOC link Publications
TOC link Overview TOC link Technical information
TOC link Key prerequisites TOC link Software Services
TOC link Planned availability dates TOC link Ordering information
TOC link Description TOC link Terms and conditions
TOC link Product positioning TOC link Prices
TOC link Offering Information  
 
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At a glance

Communications Server for Linux and Communications Server for Linux on System z can enable you to create an integrated enterprise-wide network that includes a mix of operating systems and computer hardware to connect business resources over wide geographic areas.

New functions include:

  • Communications Server
    • Support for x86_64 Linux
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 support
    • Remote API Client/Server performance enhancements
    • HTTPS connections support for security-enhanced Remote API client/server
    • TN Server and TN Redirector ports can now listen on specific interfaces
    • Support for SDLC and X.25 adapter interface on i686 Linux
  • Remote API Client
    • Support for Windows™ x64 Remote API Client
    • Support for x86_64 Linux Remote API Client
    • HTTPS connection support for secure Remote API Client/Server

 
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Overview

Communications Server for Linux™ and Communication Server for Linux on System z™ can help meet your requirements for connecting diverse networks and consolidating communication workloads. With this product, workstation users and applications can communicate with other workstations and central computer applications, independent of the networking protocols used in each system. Communications Server can help with networks of all sizes, from small workgroups to large corporate headquarters.

Communications Server provides a wide variety of hardware and operating system support to allow networks to integrate more seamlessly while maintaining business-critical data running on your host. In this release, Linux support has been extended to Intel® 64-bit Linux and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10.

Also for this release, Communications Server has been enhanced to provide improved performance for handling many remote API client connections on a multiprocessor system. The enhancement allows better distribution of processor allocation for handling remote client connections, helping to provide increased transaction rates as the number of client connections grows in a network. The Communications Server can now handle more remote clients with improved performance.
 
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Key prerequisites
  • A server that is supported by one of the Linux distributions specified in the Hardware requirements section
  • A Linux operating system specified in the Software requirements section
  • A network interface card and connection

 
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Planned availability dates
  • July 7, 2006 (electronic software delivery)
  • July 14, 2006 (media and documentation)

 
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Description

Communications Server for Linux, V6.2.2 is a further evolution of the capabilities provided in V6.2 and V6.2.1. For details about features and functions, visit

New functions in Communications Server for Linux and Communications Server for Linux on System z

Extended Linux distribution support

Communications Server for Linux and Communications Server for Linux on System z support server installations on Linux 2.6 kernel distributions from Red Hat and SUSE for both 32-bit and 64-bit Linux distributions. On the i686 and IBM System z™ platforms, Communications Server also supports server installations on the Linux 2.4 kernel distributions.

For Communications Server for Linux on Intel systems, the kernel can be an i686 or x86_64 architecture Linux distribution.

For installations on System p™ or POWER5™, the systems must be 2.6 Linux distributions and support ppc64 hardware.

Communications Server for Linux on System z can be installed on a 31-bit or 64-bit Linux kernel.

The client and server code is no longer supported on Red Hat Advanced Server 2.1.

Enhanced Remote API client support

Communications Server for Linux and Communications Server for Linux on System z support remote API clients that connect to the Linux server over TCP/IP. The clients can run SNA applications that use the commonly defined application interfaces for LUA, APPC, CPI-C, and NOF. The Remote API client supports AIX®, Windows, Windows x64, and Linux (i686, x86_64, ppc64, and System z).

Connections between the Linux servers and the Remote API clients can now be configured to use the HTTPS security protocol, which facilitates communications through firewalls. The Remote API clients can connect to a WebSphere® Application Server, which will handle the authentication and encryption using HTTPS. The WebSphere Application Server will then pass the client data via TCP/IP to Linux servers. This can provide security-enhanced and authenticated sessions for SNA application flows to the mainframe.

For this release, Communications Server can provide improved performance for handling many Remote API client connections on a multiprocessor system. This enhancement allows for a better distribution of processor allocation for handling remote client connections. This capability provides increased transaction rates as the number of client connections grows in a network. Communications Server can now handle more remote clients with improved performance.

Support for SDLC and X.25 adapter interface on Intel 32-bit platforms

Communications Server for Linux now supports SDLC and X.25 (QLLC) connectivity by providing a WAN adapter interface on Linux servers. This function requires a protocol device driver from the adapter vendor. IBM does not provide these adapters or device drivers. Refer to the Communications Server for Linux Support Web page for details regarding supported adapter vendors.

TN3270 and Telnet Redirector support for specific interfaces

The TN3270 Server and TN Redirector now include the ability to specify a particular local address on which the TN pass-through service will listen for client connections. This feature is optional; you can configure the service to support clients connecting on any local address, or restrict it to a specified address. This function allows for more specific connection definitions and supports more migration options as SNA resources are consolidated closer to the host mainframe.
 
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Product positioning

Communications Server is the solution for companies that want to:

  • Consolidate SNA branch and TN3270 servers at the data center on the System z platform
  • Remove SNA network infrastructure by allowing SNA applications to run unchanged over an IP network
  • Allow SNA gateway services to run over an IP network
  • Enable VM and VSE SNA applications to be reached through IP via Enterprise Extender
  • Replace token-ring network and ESCON® channels with Ethernet network and gigabit OSA-Express hardware
  • Enhance data security over the Internet/intranet while improving network availability

Trademarks

 
System z, POWER5, and System p are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
AIX, WebSphere, and ESCON are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
Intel is a registered trademark of Intel Corporation.
 
Windows is a trademark of Microsoft 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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Offering Information

Product information is available via the Offering Information Web site

Also, visit the Passport Advantage® Web site


 
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Publications

No publications are shipped with these products.
 
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Technical information

Hardware requirements

For a Linux™ server or client

For a System z™ server: A 31-bit or a 64-bit System z server supported by one of the Linux distributions listed in the Software requirements section. Use the "uname -m" Linux command to verify the CPU class. It must report "s390" to indicate a 31-bit environment or "s390x" to indicate a 64-bit environment.

For an Intel® Linux server (32-bit): A workstation with an Intel Pentium® II, or higher, processor (32-bit) supported by one of the Linux distributions listed in the Software requirements section. Use the "uname -m" command to verify the CPU class. It must report "i686" to indicate a Pentium II, or higher, system.

For a Linux server x86_64 (64-bit): A workstation with either AMD64 or Intel EM64T processors supported by Linux distributions listed in the Software requirements section. Use the "uname -m" command to verify the CPU class. It must report "x86_64" to indicate the proper type of system.

For an OpenPower™ or POWER5™ server or client: A 64-bit platform system supported by one of the Linux distributions listed in the Software requirements section. For OpenPower or POWER5, the "uname -m" command will verify the CPU class to be ppc64 to indicate a Linux platform that supports a System p™ server.

For a Windows™ 32-bit client

An Intel Pentium II, or higher, 32-bit system supported by one of the Microsoft™ operating systems listed in the Software requirements section.

For a Windows 64-bit client

An AMD64 or Intel EM64T system supported by one of the Microsoft Windows operating systems listed in the Software requirements section.

Software requirements

For a Linux server on System z

One of the following Linux operating systems:

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3, 4 for S/390®
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3, 4 for zSeries®
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 8, 9, or 10 for IBM Mainframes
  • Linux Streams (LiS 2.18.0)

    LiS package can be obtained from

For a Linux server on Intel (32-bit)

One of the following Linux operating systems:

For a Linux server on x86_64 (64-bit)

One of the following Linux operating systems:

For Linux on System p

One of the following Linux operating systems:

For Windows 32-bit clients

One of the following operating systems:

  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional, Server, Advanced Server
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition, Enterprise Edition

For Windows 64-bit clients

One of the following operating systems:

  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition

For a current, up-to-date status of technical requirements, refer to one of these

Planning information

Customer responsibilities: The customer is responsible for acquiring all prerequisite software and hardware associated with this program.

Packaging: Communications Server for Linux on zSeries ships with the following:

  • IBM International Program License Agreement (IPLA)
  • IBM IPLA Pointer Sheet
  • Product CD

Security, auditability, and control

Communications Server for Linux on zSeries does not include any security and auditability features.

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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Software Services

IBM Services has the breadth, depth, and reach to manage your services needs. You can leverage the deep technical skills of our lab-based, software services team and the business consulting, project management, and infrastructure expertise of our IBM Global Services team. Also, we extend our IBM Software Services reach through IBM Business Partners to provide an unmatched portfolio of capabilities. Together, we provide the global reach, intellectual capital, industry insight, and technology leadership to support any critical business need.

To learn more about IBM Software Services or to contact a software services sales specialist, visit

To locate an IBM Business Partner, visit


 
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Ordering information

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

Product information

                                                Product
Licensed function title         Product group   category
 
IBM Communications Server for   IBM             Communications
 Linux                           Communications  Server
                                 Server
IBM Communications Server for   IBM             Communications
 Linux on System z               Communications  Server
                                 Server
 
 
Program name                         PID       Charge unit
                                     number    description
 
IBM Communications Server for Linux  5724-I33  Concurrent
                                                User(s)
IBM Communications Server for Linux  5724-I34  Processor(s)
 on System z
IBM Communications Server for Linux  5724-I34  SubCapacity
 on System z                                    Processor
IBM Communications Server for Linux  5724-I34  Concurrent
 on System z                                    User(s)
IBM Communications Server for Linux  5724-I34  Processor Day
 on System z

Charge metrics definitions

Processor: A processor (commonly called a CPU or core ) is a functional unit within a computing device that interprets and executes instructions. A processor consists of at least an instruction control unit and one or more arithmetic or logic unit. With multi-core technology, each core is considered a processor. With full capacity licensing, a proof of entitlement (POE) must be acquired for all activated processors on the server available to the program or a component of the program.

Sub-capacity processor: A processor is a functional unit within a computing device that interprets and executes instructions. A processor consists of at least an instruction control unit and one or more arithmetic or logic unit. With multi-core technology, each core is considered a processor. With sub-capacity licensing, a POE must be acquired for all activated processors in partitions (utilizing eligible partitioning technologies) on the server available to the program or a component of the program.

Concurrent user: A concurrent user is one and only one individual within or outside your enterprise. The number of POEs required is for the highest number of users simultaneously accessing the program or any program components either directly or indirectly (via a multiplexing program, device, or application server) through any means on behalf of the user.

Passport Advantage program licenses

Communications Server for Linux

Part description                  Part number
 
IBM Communications Server for
 Linux
Comm Svr Linux 6.2 Concurrent     D53SDLL
 User(s) License & SW Maintenance
 12 Months
Comm Svr Linux 6.2 Concurrent     D53SBLL
 User(s) License & SW Maintenance
 12 Months
Comm Svr Linux 6.2 Concurrent     E01A4LL
 User(s) SW Maintenance Annual
 Renewal
Comm Svr Linux 6.2 Concurrent     D53SCLL
 User(s) SW Maintenance
 Reinstatement 12 Mont
 

Communications Server for Linux on zSeries

 
Part description                  Part number
 
IBM Communications Server for
 Linux on System z
CommSvr Linux Sys z Concurrent    D53S8LL
 User(s) License & SW Maintenance
 12 Months
CommSvr Linux Sys z Concurrent    D53SALL
 User(s) License & SW Maintenance
 12 Months
CommSvr Linux Sys z Concurrent    E01A3LL
 User(s) SW Maintenance Annual
 Renewal
CommSvr Linux Sys z Concurrent    D53S9LL
 User(s) SW Maintenance
 Reinstatement 12 Mon
CommSvr Linux Sys z Processor(s)  D58HRLL
 License & SW Maintenance 12
 Months
CommSvr Linux Sys z Processor(s)  E02KTLL
 SW Maintenance Annual Renewal
CommSvr Linux Sys z Processor(s)  D58HSLL
 SW Maintenance Reinstatement 12
 Months

Passport Advantage supply

                                                         Part
Program name/description                                 number
 
Comm Svr Linux V6.2.2
Media Pack Multilingual(English International, French,   BM03RML
 Korean, Chinese — Simplified, Spanish,
 Portuguese-Brazilian, German, Japanese, Chinese —
 Traditional) Linux for x86Series Intel-based servers
 CD-ROM Digital Disk — ISO 9660 Standard V6.2.2
CommSvr Linux zSeries V6.2.2
Media Pack Multilingual(English International, French,   BM03SML
 Korean, Chinese — Simplified, Spanish,
 Portuguese-Brazilian, German, Japanese, Chinese —
 Traditional) Linux for zSeries Enterprise Servers
 (Mainframes) CD-ROM Digital Disk — ISO 9660 Standard
 V6.2.2

Passport Advantage customer: Media pack entitlement details

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

CommSvr Linux zSeries V6.2.2

Entitled maintenance                                    Part
offerings description       Media packs description     number
 
Communications Server for   CommSvr Linux zSeries       BM03SML
 Linux Sys z Processor       Multilingual(English
                             International, French,
                             Korean, Chinese —
                             Simplified, Spanish,
                             Portuguese-Brazilian,
                             German, Japanese, Chinese
                             — Traditional) Linux for
                             zSeries Enterprise Servers
                             (Mainframes) CD-ROM
                             Digital Disk — ISO 9660
                             Standard
Communications Server for   CommSvr Linux zSeries       BM03SML
 Linux Sys z Subcapacity     Multilingual(English
 Processor                   International, French,
                             Korean, Chinese —
                             Simplified, Spanish,
                             Portuguese-Brazilian,
                             German, Japanese, Chinese
                             — Traditional) Linux for
                             zSeries Enterprise Servers
                             (Mainframes) CD-ROM
                             Digital Disk — ISO 9660
                             Standard
IBM Communications Server   CommSvr Linux zSeries       BM03SML
 Linux Sys z Per Concurrent  Multilingual(English
 User                        International, French,
                             Korean, Chinese —
                             Simplified, Spanish,
                             Portuguese-Brazilian,
                             German, Japanese, Chinese
                             — Traditional) Linux for
                             zSeries Enterprise Servers
                             (Mainframes) CD-ROM
                             Digital Disk — ISO 9660
                             Standard
 

Comm Svr Linux V6.2.2

 
Entitled maintenance                                    Part
offerings description       Media packs description     number
 
IBM Communications Server   Comm Svr Linux              BM03RML
 for Linux Per User          Multilingual(English
                             International, French,
                             Korean, Chinese —
                             Simplified, Spanish,
                             Portuguese-Brazilian,
                             German, Japanese, Chinese
                             — Traditional) Linux for
                             x86Series Intel-based
                             servers CD-ROM Digital
                             Disk — ISO 9660 Standard

Sub-capacity

IBM Communications Server for Linux on System z

Part description                      Part number
 
CommSvr Linux Sys z SubCapacity       D58HPLL
 Processor License & SW
 Maintenance 12 Mont
CommSvr Linux Sys z SubCapacity       E02KSLL
 Processor SW Maintenance Annual
 Renewal
CommSvr Linux Sys z SubCapacity       D58HQLL
 Processor SW Maintenance
 Reinstatement 12

Sub-capacity for selected middleware products

Sub-capacity licensing on a per-processor or per-value-unit basis is available for selected middleware products. To offer sub-capacity licensing, IBM software products implement IBM Tivoli® License Manager within their offerings so that customers can monitor and report quarterly to IBM on their use of the programs on a continuous basis.

More information can be found on the Passport Advantage Web site

Eligibility requirements for sub-capacity licensing

To be eligible for sub-capacity licensing terms on this product, you must agree to install and configure IBM Tivoli License Manager for IBM Software, in accordance with the IBM Tivoli License Manager publications, and to enable the collection of program use data on all eligible machines subject to sub-capacity terms.

For those machines running programs with sub-capacity licensing terms, you must use IBM Tivoli License Manager for IBM Software to monitor program use and submit to IBM an IBM Use Report each calendar quarter. Multiple copies of IBM Tivoli License Manager for IBM Software or IBM Tivoli License Manager are not required. You can use more copies if you need them to support your operational environment, but only one copy is required to monitor all your sub-capacity licensed products.

Additionally, if this is the first product you have licensed under sub-capacity terms, you must agree to the terms of an attachment to your Passport Advantage or Passport Advantage Express contract and submit a new Passport Advantage enrollment form. First-time sub-capacity clients also have an opportunity to ensure a primary business contact is established for their contracts.

For more information on required and entitled license capacity, license requirements, and reporting, refer to Software Announcement 205-093 , dated April 19, 2005.

If you order this product under sub-capacity terms, IBM Tivoli License Manager for IBM Software will be made available to you if you do not already have one. You must install and configure this tool for your sub-capacity products. Alternately, you can use Tivoli License Manager. Once the license manager software is installed, you will be required to register online (IBM may need to contact you in order to finalize the registration process). You must monitor program use on a continuous basis with an IBM Tivoli License Manager for IBM Software and submit IBM Use Reports to IBM on a calendar quarterly basis.

IBM Tivoli License Manager for IBM Software is documented in the following customer publications, which are available from IBM Publications Center at

Publication                       Form
 
Planning, Installation, and       SC32-1431
 Configuration
Administration                    SC32-1430
Problem Determination             SC32-9102
 
Data Dictionary                   SC32-1432
Release Notes                     SC32-1429

For IBM Tivoli License Manager configuration guidance and instructions for specific products (including this product) acquired with sub-capacity terms, refer to

The Web site will give you information about how to set up the product for detection by IBM Tivoli License Manager, any required maintenance, and any required steps that are unique to this product.

On/Off Capacity on Demand

IBM Communications Server for Linux on System z

                                              Part
Part description                              number
 
CommSvr Linux Sys z Processor Day Per         D58HZLL
 Use-DAY, On Off Capacity on demand T

 
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Terms and conditions

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

Agreement: IBM International Program License Agreement and License Information document. POEs are required for all authorized use.

Part number products only, offered outside of Passport Advantage, where applicable, are license only and do not include Software Maintenance.

License information form numbers

                                   Program
Program name                       number     Form number
 
Communications Server for Linux    5724-I33   L-LCOX-6MQM4X
 V6.2.2
Communications Server for Linux    5724-I34   L-LCOX-6MQMET
 on System z9 and zSeries V6.2.2

On or near the planned availability date, the LI will be available for review on the IBM Software License Agreement Web site

Limited warranty: Yes

Money-back guarantee: If for any reason you are dissatisfied with the program and you are the original licensee, 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.

For programs acquired under the IBM International Passport Advantage offering, this term applies only to your first acquisition of the program.

For programs acquired under any of IBM's On/Off Capacity on Demand (On/Off CoD) software offerings, this term does not apply since these offerings apply to programs already acquired and in use by the customer.

Copy and use on home/portable computer

                                               Copy and use
                                               on
                                               home/portable
Product name                                   computer?
 
Communications Server for Linux                Yes
Communications Server for Linux on zSeries     Yes

Volume orders (IVO): No

Passport Advantage applies: Yes, and through the Passport Advantage Web site at

IBM Operational Support Services — SoftwareXcel: No

iSeries™ Software Maintenance applies: No

Educational allowance available: Not applicable

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 prior to use.
 
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Prices

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.

Passport Advantage

For Passport Advantage information and charges, contact your IBM representative or authorized IBM Business Partner. Additional information is also available at

Business Partner information

If you are an IBM Business Partner — Distributor for Workstation Software acquiring products from IBM, you may link directly to Business Partner pricing information. An ID and password are required (use IBM ID).

Trademarks

 
System z, OpenPower, POWER5, System p, IBMLink, and iSeries are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
Passport Advantage, S/390, zSeries, Tivoli, Lotus, pSeries, and PartnerWorld are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
Intel and Pentium are registered trademarks of Intel Corporation.
 
Windows and Microsoft are trademarks of Microsoft 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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