IBM Director for AIX 5L and Linux on POWER, V5.20 provides comprehensive IBM Systems management from a single point of control

IBM United States Software Announcement 206-286
November 14, 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 Ordering information
TOC link Planned availability date TOC link Terms and conditions
TOC link Description TOC link IBM Electronic Services
TOC link Product positioning TOC link Prices
TOC link Offering Information TOC link Order now
 
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At a glance

The flexible capabilities of IBM Director V5.20 help you realize outstanding system availability and lower IT costs. IBM Director delivers comprehensive, remote hardware management with:

  • Auto-discovery of existing or new systems in the environment
  • Support for hardware and software system inventory
  • Easy-to-use, powerful GUI that works the way you do
  • Open, standards-based design that facilitates management of heterogeneous hardware environments, including select non-IBM systems
  • Integration with higher-level management products from IBM
  • Cross-platform hardware management solution; serves as the common thread across IBM server platforms
  • Self-managing smart tools
  • Easy installation and setup
  • Comprehensive BladeCenter support: Easy single point of configuration, deployment, and management

For ordering, contact:

Your IBM representative, an IBM Business Partner, or IBM Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: YE001).
 
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Overview

IBM Director V5.20 is a new release of IBM's leading-edge hardware management solution. This impressive suite of systems management tools delivers superior hardware manageability and enables you to realize outstanding system availability and lower IT costs. Director helps you get started faster and be more productive with enhancements that improve ease of use and deliver an even more open, integrated toolset.

Featuring broad platform and operating system support, Director's industry-standard foundation provides comprehensive management of a multiplatform environment from a single point of control. Director's functionality includes:

  • Inventory of hardware and software configuration
  • System health and status monitoring with automated responses
  • Resource and process monitoring
  • System firmware update for BladeCenter® JS21 blades

Leveraging industry standards, Director can easily be integrated with other systems management tools and applications.

Powerful optional feature

Software Distribution Premium Edition is a powerful optional priced feature of IBM Director that enables you to easily create and distribute software packages for AIX 5L™ and Linux™ environments to the systems on your network, helping reduce travel and labor costs. The standard software distribution included with IBM Director enables you to distribute IBM-provided software packages.
 
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Key prerequisites

Any IBM System p™ POWER5+™ processor-based system with any of these supported operating systems:

  • AIX 5L for POWER™ V5.3
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 for POWER
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS 4 for POWER

 
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Planned availability date

January 12, 2007
 
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Description

Use IBM Director V5.20 stand-alone or with existing enterprise or workgroup management environments to access and manage distributed IT assets more efficiently. Flexible capabilities help you realize outstanding system availability and lower IT costs. With IBM Director, IT administrators can view and track the hardware configuration of remote systems in detail and monitor the usage and performance of critical components such as processors, disks, memory, and many others.

In addition to the improvements to IBM Director, enhanced extensions are also available. These tools are tightly integrated with IBM Director for consistent management from a single console.

IBM Director features

  • A powerful user interface that works the way you do. It helps improve productivity by enabling you to accomplish more in a shorter period of time. The customizable console enables you to decide which management tasks to perform and which information is displayed.
  • An easy-to-use, integrated toolset helps you get started faster, accomplish more in a shorter period of time, and manage systems more efficiently.
  • Easy installation and setup. Installing IBM Director is fast. You can easily choose which components you want to install. The lighter installation limits the impact on network traffic. There is no need to reboot your system when an update is applied.
  • You can select the level of management you need. IBM Director can provide basic management capabilities for systems even without an agent. Move from the basic services level to the full agent to use the advanced capabilities of IBM Director.
  • Support for non-IBM hardware: Innovative use of industry standards from Common Information Model (CIM) to SNMP enables heterogeneous hardware management, protecting your existing IT investment.
  • Seamless integration helps protect your investments in other management packages with more extensive hardware manageability and upward integration.
  • Integrated, centralized database: An internal database makes system-related data available, even when the specific system is not directly available.
  • Multiple operating system support: IBM Director smoothly handles a variety of operating systems. Refer to the Software requirements section for details.
  • Support for server, workstation, desktop, and notebook systems.

Potentially lower the total cost of managing and supporting your networked systems. IBM Director is designed to help you achieve reductions in ownership costs through:

  • Reduced downtime.
  • Increased productivity of IT personnel and end users.
  • Reduced service and support costs.
  • Supported non-IBM hardware: Innovative use of industry standards from CIM to SNMP enables heterogeneous hardware management, protecting your existing IT investment.

IBM Director V5.20 enhancements: IBM Director V5.20 includes new features and support for new operating systems and enhancements to existing functions. Together, these provide significantly richer and broader systems management capabilities for superior hardware management. Enhancements include:

  • A new IBM Director Express Installation that provides a simplified installation option using default values and a simplified task list for essential operations. Users can add other tasks after installation, if desired.
  • A new Update Manager task that provides integrated management of firmware updates on BladeCenter JS21 blades.
    • Profiles can be used to define approved sets of updates.
    • New updates are automatically downloaded based on defined profiles.
    • Levels on managed systems can be compared against defined profiles.
    • Reports are generated and systems can be brought up to date.
  • IBM Director V5.20 provides several security improvements:
    • Support for LDAP server authentication
    • Support for a hierarchy of global or domain local user groups
    • Task authorization for both parent tasks and subtasks
    • Command line support for user and group authorization tasks
  • The IBM Director command-line interface is expanded to allow command-line creation of dynamic groups.
  • Inventory collection now collects firmware information for more devices, including hard disk drives, SCSI tape drives, NIC adapters, and RSA video BIOS for most managed systems.
  • IBM Director V5.20 provides support for monitoring and viewing system event logs of baseboard management controllers and Remote Supervisor Adapters on systems being managed with IBM Director core services.
  • IBM Director V5.20 includes support for new IBM hardware.
  • An updated, comprehensive, Web-based information center provides easy access to the most up-to-date product information.

IBM Director extensions: IBM Director can be extended for even greater management and optimization of System p and BladeCenter servers with optional tools that integrate into the IBM Director interface for consistent, single point of management.

  • Software Distribution Premium Edition enables you to easily create and distribute software packages to the systems on your network, helping save travel and labor costs. The standard software distribution included with IBM Director enables you to distribute IBM-provided software packages. Premium Edition is an optional priced feature for IBM Director that enables you to both build and distribute your own software packages for Microsoft™ Windows™ and Linux environments.
  • System availability tracks and offers a variety of graphical views of system downtime or uptime for an individual system or group of systems, saving labor costs associated with remotely managing and tracking server performance and availability. It can also schedule system availability reports and generate these reports in XML formats.

Accessibility by people with disabilities

A U.S. Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template containing details on the products accessibility compliance can be requested at

Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act

IBM Director for AIX 5L and Linux on POWER, V5.20 is capable as of January 12, 2007, when used in accordance with IBM's associated documentation, of satisfying the applicable requirements of Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act, provided that any assistive technology used with the product properly interoperates with it.
 
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Product positioning

IBM Director V5.20 offers an integrated suite of software tools for consistent management and automation from a single point of control. It helps you realize outstanding system availability and lower IT costs. IT administrators can view and track the hardware configuration of remote systems in detail and monitor the usage and performance of critical components, such as processors, disks, and memory. IBM Director also complements and integrates with higher-level management software such as Tivoli®.

Its open design and support for industry standards enable heterogeneous hardware management with broad platform and operating system support, helping to protect your IT investment. IBM Director enables monitoring and event management across a heterogeneous IT environment, including IBM Systems and non-IBM x86 compatible systems from a single GUI. From one access point, users can monitor system resources, take inventory, receive events, perform corrective actions, and control their systems.

Business Partner information

If you are a Direct Reseller - System Reseller acquiring products from IBM, you may link directly to Business Partner information for this announcement. A PartnerWorld ID and password are required (use IBM ID).

BP Attachment for Announcement Letter 206-286

Trademarks

 
AIX 5L, POWER5+, System p, and POWER are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
BladeCenter and Tivoli are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
Microsoft and Windows 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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Offering Information

Product information is available through the Offering Information Web site at


 
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Publications

No licensed hardcopy publications are shipped with this program.

IBM Director V5.20 and Director Software Distribution Premium Edition Information Center

The Information Center is a comprehensive, browser-based information system. It provides easy access to tasks, concepts, reference information, tutorials, scenarios, and other product information. It contains assistance for the tasks that users must perform and links to additional information.

To find information, users can search, browse the contents, follow links from one topic to related topics, and print the topics they want to read offline. The information center for IBM Director V5.20 is available at

Printable documents

  • Hardware and Software Support Guide
  • Planning, Installation, and Configuration Guide
  • Express Planning, Installation, and Configuration Guide
  • Systems Management Guide
  • Troubleshooting and Support Guide
  • Commands Reference

Note: The PDFs are not available in publib, but you can get them at

The information center for IBM Director Software Distribution Premium Edition V5.20 is available at

Printable document

  • Installation and User's Guide

This publication can be downloaded and viewed at


 
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Technical information

Specified operating environment

Hardware requirements

Any of the these IBM platforms with supported operating system:

  • System p™
  • System i™
  • OpenPower™
  • IntelliStation® POWER™ 275
  • IntelliStation POWER 285
  • BladeCenter® JS20 and JS21

Software requirements

  • IBM Director for System p Server requires one of the following operating systems:
    • AIX 5L™ for POWER V5.3
    • SUSE Linux™ Enterprise Server 9 for POWER
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS 4 for POWER
  • IBM Director for System p Agent requires one of the following operating systems:
    • AIX 5L for POWER V5.2
    • AIX 5L for POWER V5.3
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 for POWER
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 for POWER
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS 3 for POWER
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS 4 for POWER

IBM Director will be available in the following languages:

  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Simplified Chinese
  • Traditional Chinese

Planning information

Packaging: The IBM Director package contains the following items:

  • IBM International Program License Agreement (IPLA) and License Information in multilanguages in electronic copy on the CD-ROM
  • Two CD-ROMs that include documentation
  • One Start Here sheet (SC23-5193)

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

Information about how you may obtain program services will be provided by the party (either IBM or its authorized reseller) from whom you acquired the program. This program when downloaded from a Web site, contains the applicable IBM license agreement, and License Information (LI), if appropriate, and will be presented for acceptance at the time of installation of the program. The license and LI will be stored in a directory such as LICENSE.TXT for future reference.

Security, auditability, and control

IBM Director for AIX 5L and Linux on POWER, V5.20 uses the security and auditability features of the AIX 5L or 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.

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


 
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Ordering information

Charge metric

Program name                    PID number  Charge metric
 
IBM Director for AIX 5L and     5765-DR1    Per processor
 Linux on POWER, V5.20
 
IBM Director Software
 Distribution Premium Edition   5765-DR1    Per server
 
 
SW Maintenance Registration/    5660-DR1    Per processor/
 Renewal 1 Year                             Per block of 250
                                            processors
 
SW Maintenance Registration/    5662-DR1    Per processor/
 Renewal 3 Year                             Per block of 250
                                            processors

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 multicore technology each core is considered a processor. With full capacity licensing, a POE must be acquired for all activated processors available for use on the server.

Server

A server is a computer system that executes requested procedures, commands, or applications to one or more user or client devices. A POE, or the original paid sales receipt, must be obtained for each server regardless of the number of processors and partitions in the server on which the program runs or for each server managed by the program. Where blade technology is employed, each blade server is considered a separate server.

Clients who require physical media (CD-ROM including program code and documentation) may order media packs through the IBM Configurator for e-business ordering system, either directly or through their IBM representative or IBM Business Partner. The Director media pack may be ordered as part of a hardware system order or as an independent software order for eligible customers.

Orders may be placed beginning with configurator availability.

IBM Director for AIX 5L and Linux on POWER, V5.20 will replace Version 5.10 with new media. The configurator will not be affected.

For new orders for IBM Director for AIX 5L and Linux on POWER, V5.20 or the optional priced feature IBM Director Software Distribution Premium Edition, select from the following table.

                                                   OTC(1)
                                         Program   feature
Description                              number    number
 
IBM Director for AIX 5L and Linux on     5765-DR1
 
 
 POWER, V5.20
Per processor                                       0001
Per 250 processors                                  0002
 
IBM Director Software Distribution       5765-DR1
Premium Edition
Per server                                          0003
Per 250 servers                                     0004
 
(1) OTC = One-time charge

Ordering entitled upgrades made easier

For clients who purchase the separately orderable Software Maintenance agreement for IBM Director, a new, streamlined process for ordering entitled software upgrades over the Internet is now available for System i clients and IBM Business Partners selling System p. The new Web tool can be found at

The new process and Web tool significantly reduces the time and effort needed to prepare and submit orders for entitled software upgrades. IBM Business Partners, authorized by their clients through a simple, one-time registration process, can continue to place these orders on behalf of their clients. Highlights of the new order process are:

  • Direct ordering of entitled software upgrades via the Web, providing ordering on demand
  • Simple, easy-to-use interface
  • Configurator reports no longer required for ordering
  • Automated entitlement checking process, eliminating need for producing other acceptable forms of proof of entitlement
  • Both online and e-mail order confirmations provided
  • Linkage provided for order status and tracking
  • Extensive online help provided
  • Free 24 hour / 7 days per week help desk support available at 800-446-8989
  • Simple registration process ensures only authorized personnel are permitted to place upgrade orders for entitled software

As a practical example, if you are using IBM Director Software Distribution Premium Edition to distribute software packages to 25 servers that you are managing, then 25 licenses would be required.

Software Maintenance

Software Maintenance (SWMA) is not included with the product license for either IBM Director for AIX 5L and Linux on POWER, V5.20 or IBM Director Software Distribution Premium Edition. SWMA for the base IBM Director product is offered separately and this SWMA also covers IBM Director Software Distribution Premium Edition running on the same machines. This Director SWMA may be obtained by ordering the following:

                                                       OTC
                                                       billing
                                             Program   feature
Feature description                          number    number
 
IBM Director for AIX 5L and Linux
 on POWER, V5.20
SW Maintenance Registration/Renewal 1 Year   5660-DR1
Per processor registration                              0755
Per block of 250 processors registration                0756
SW Maintenance Registration/Renewal 3 Year   5662-DR1
Per processor registration                              0075
Per block of 250 processors registration                0076

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-DR1) 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. Specify feature number 3410. 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.

                                                   5692-A5L
                                                   SPO
Program                                            feature
number     Program/function name                   number
 
5765-DR1   IBM Director for AIX 5L and Linux       1461
            on POWER, V5.20
 
5765-DR1   IBM Director Software Distribution      1480
            Premium Edition

Note: Both the Linux and AIX 5L deliverables are shipped on the same SPO 5692-A5L feature.

Basic machine-readable material: Select one of the following priced feature numbers for media type under 5692-A5L. The media process charge is a one-time, non-discountable charge per SPO order when media is selected.

                     Media            Media process
                     feature          charges feature
Media type           number           number
 
CD-ROM               3410             1004
CD-ROM               3410             1005

Under SPO 5692-A5L, feature number 3470 can be used to suppress hardcopy documentation. To order entitled hardcopy documentation only, order feature number 3430.
 
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Terms and conditions

Licensing: IPLA and License Information document. POEs are required for all authorized use.

This software license does not include Software Maintenance. Software Maintenance, previously referred to as Software Subscription and Technical Support, is optionally available.

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

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 clarification, note that 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: No

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

Passport Advantage® applies: No

Software Maintenance applies: Yes

IBM Director for AIX 5L and Linux on POWER, V5.20 and IBM Director Software Distribution Premium Edition do not include SWMA. SWMA is available as an option 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 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.

iSeries™ Software Maintenance applies: No

Variable charges apply: No

Educational allowance available

Yes, 15% education allowance applies to qualified education institution customers.
 
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IBM Electronic Services

IBM Global Services has transformed its delivery of hardware and software support services to put you on the road to higher systems availability. IBM Electronic Services is a Web-enabled solution that provides you with an exclusive, no-additional-charge enhancement to the service and support available on the IBM eServer platform. These services provide the opportunity for greater system availability due to faster problem resolution and preemptive monitoring. IBM Electronic Services is comprised of two separate, but complementary, elements: IBM Electronic Services news page and IBM Electronic Service Agent™.

IBM Electronic Services news page provides you with a single Internet entry point that replaces the multiple entry points traditionally used by customers to access IBM Internet services and support. The news page enables you to gain easier access to IBM resources for assistance in resolving technical problems.

The IBM Electronic Service Agent is no-additional-charge software that resides on your IBM eServer system. It is designed to proactively monitor events and transmit system inventory information to IBM on a periodic, customer-defined timetable. The IBM Electronic Service Agent tracks system inventory, hardware error logs, and performance information. If the server is under a current IBM maintenance service agreement or within the IBM warranty period, the Service Agent automatically reports hardware problems to IBM. Early knowledge about potential problems enables IBM to provide proactive service that may result in higher system availability and performance. In addition, information collected through the Service Agent will be made available to IBM service support representatives when they are helping answer your questions or diagnosing problems.

To learn how IBM Electronic Services can work for you, visit


 
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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.

For new orders for IBM Director for AIX 5L and Linux on POWER, V5.20, select from the following table:

                                              OTC
                                    Program   feature
Description                         number    number   OTC
 
IBM Director for AIX 5L and         5765-DR1
 Linux on POWER, V5.20
Per processor                                  0001    $     0
Per 250 processors                             0002          0
 
IBM Director Software Distribution  5765-DR1
 Premium Edition
Per server                                     0003    $    44
Per 250 servers                                0004     11,000

Software Maintenance

                                             OTC
                                             Billing
                                   Program   feature
Feature description                number    number   OTC
 
IBM Director for AIX 5L and
 Linux on POWER, V5.20
SW Maintenance
 Registration/Renewal 1 year       5660-DR1
Per processor registration                    0755    $   130
Per block of 250 processors
 registration                                 0756     32,500
SW Maintenance
 Registration/Renewal 3 year       5662-DR1
Per processor registration                    0075        351
Per block of 250 processors
 registration                                 0076     87,750

 
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Order now

To order, contact the Americas Call Centers, your local IBM representative, or your IBM Business Partner.

To identify your local IBM representative or IBM Business Partner, call 800-IBM-4YOU (426-4968).

 Phone:      800-IBM-CALL (426-2255)
 Fax:        800-2IBM-FAX (242-6329)
 Internet:   callserv@ca.ibm.com
 Mail:       IBM Americas Call Centers
             Dept. Teleweb Customer Support, 9th floor
             105 Moatfield Drive
             North York, Ontario
             Canada M3B 3R1
 
 Reference:  YE001

The Americas Call Centers, our national direct marketing organization, can add your name to the mailing list for catalogs of IBM products.

Note: Shipments will begin after the planned availability date.

Trademarks

 
System p, System i, OpenPower, POWER, AIX 5L, iSeries, and Electronic Service Agent are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
eServer, IntelliStation, BladeCenter, xSeries, and Passport Advantage are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
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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