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IBM AIX Version 6.1 provides leadership virtualization, security features, availability, and management capabilities

IBM United States Software Announcement 207-271
November 6, 2007

 

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TOC link At a glance TOC link Offering Information
TOC link Overview TOC link Publications
TOC link Key prerequisites TOC link Technical information
TOC link Planned availability date TOC link Ordering information
TOC link Description TOC link Terms and conditions
TOC link Product positioning TOC link IBM Electronic Services
TOC link Statement of direction TOC link Prices
TOC link Reference information TOC link Order now
TOC link Base operating system  
 
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At a glance

AIX V6.1, the IBM strategic UNIX operating system for mission-critical, core business applications, offers new function for virtualization, security, reliability, and system management. AIX V6.1 features include:

  • Workload partitions — software-based virtualization 64-bit kernel for higher scalability and performance
  • Live Application Mobility with the IBM Workload Partitions Manager for AIX
  • Dynamic logical partitioning and Micro-Partitioning™
  • Automated load balancing
  • Online addition or removal of processors, memory, and I/O resources
  • Support for dedicated and shared processor logical partition (LPAR)

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

The AIX® operating system is an open standards-based UNIX® operating system that provides the enterprise-class IT infrastructure for thousands of clients around the world. IBM is making available a new version of AIX V6, which will include significant new capabilities for virtualization, security features, availability features, and manageability. AIX V6.1 is the first generally available version of AIX V6.

Applications from earlier AIX releases: Applications created on previous versions of AIX V5 should run on AIX V6.1 without recompilation as long as those programs do not use nonportable programming techniques.

Additional information on binary compatibility can be found at


 
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Key prerequisites

AIX V6.1 supports IBM systems based on the following processor technologies:

  • IBM POWER4™
  • IBM PPC-970
  • IBM POWER5™
  • IBM POWER6™

Exceptions are listed in the Hardware requirements section.
 
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Planned availability date

November 9, 2007
 
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Description

AIX V6.1 will include significant new capabilities for virtualization including:

  • Workload partitions: Workload partitions (WPARs) provide a virtualized operating system environment within a single instance of the AIX operating system. WPARs secure and isolate the environment for the processes and signals that are used by enterprise applications. WPARs complement other AIX virtualization technologies. WPARs can improve efficiency by reducing the number of system images to maintain, providing easy setup and management, and higher system utilization through server consolidation. WPARs provide good isolation and administrative separation. Two types of WPARs are supported:
    • System WPARs are autonomous virtual system environments with their own private file systems, users and groups, resource controls, login, network space, and administrative domain. A system WPAR shares the kernel with the global AIX environment in which it runs, and can share or have its own copies of the system /usr and /opt file systems.
    • Application WPARs provide an environment for isolation of applications and their resources; the application WPAR inherits all resources and execution environments from the global environment.
  • Live Application Mobility: Live Application Mobility is a new capability that allows a client to relocate a running WPAR from one system to another, without requiring the workload running in the WPAR to be restarted. Live Application Mobility is intended for use within a data center and requires the use of the new Licensed Program Product, the IBM AIX Workload Partitions Manager (WPAR Manager). Both system and application WPARs can be relocated with the WPAR Manager. Refer to the Reference information section for more information.

AIX V6.1 will also include significant new capabilities to enhance the already strong security features available with AIX. Some of these capabilities include:

  • Role Based Access Control: Role Based Access Control (RBAC) is designed to improve security and manageability by allowing administrators to delegate system administrative duties to non-root users. RBAC in AIX has been enhanced to provide very fine granular authorizations, which by name identify the privileged operation that they control. These authorizations can be used to create the required roles necessary and assign those roles to the users required to manage the system. Such non-root users will be able to assume the role and perform the allowed privileged operations.
  • Trusted AIX: Trusted AIX extends the security capabilities of the AIX operating system by supplying integrated multi-level security. Trusted AIX is implemented as an installation option that can provide the highest levels of label-based security to meet critical government and private industry security requirements.
  • Encrypting file system: IBM Journaled Filesystem Extended (JFS2) provides for even greater data security with the addition of a new capability to encrypt the data in a file system . Clients can select from a number of different encryption algorithms. The encrypted data can be backed up in encrypted format, reducing the risk of data being compromised if backup media is lost or stolen. The JFS2 encrypting file system can also prevent the compromise of data even to root-level users.
  • Enhancements to the AIX Security Expert: The AIX Security Expert was introduced with Technology Level 5 update to the AIX V5.3 operating system and provides clients with the capability to manage more than 300 system security settings from a single interface and the ability to export and import those security settings between systems. AIX V6 includes an enhancement to the Security Expert to store security templates in a Lightweight Directory Protocol (LDAP) directory for use across a client's enterprise.
  • Trusted Execution: The Trusted Execution feature provides an advanced mechanism for checking and maintaining system integrity. A signature (SHA256/RSA) database for the important system files is created automatically as part of regular AIX installation. The Trusted Execution tool can be used to check the integrity of the system against the database. Also, administrators can define policies such that the loads of files listed in the database are monitored and execution/loads not allowed if hashes do not match. Additionally, administrators can lock the signature database or the files in the database from being modified by any one in the system, including root.
  • Secure by Default: The AIX V6.1 installation process will offer a new option, Secure by Default, that installs only the minimal number of services to provide the maximum amount of security. The Secure by Default option works particularly well when used in conjunction with the AIX Security Expert to only enable the system services required for the system's intended purpose.
  • Availability features: Improved reliability, availability, and serviceability have become the most important requirements for many clients, particularly clients that have consolidated multiple workloads onto a single system. Over the past several years, IBM has included many availability features in the AIX operating system. AIX V6.1 includes many mainframe-inspired availability features including:
    • Concurrent AIX kernel updates: Concurrent AIX kernel updates will deliver some kernel updates as Interim Fixes that will not require a system reboot to be put into effect. This new capability will provide IBM with a tool to reduce the number of planned outages required to maintain a secure, reliable system.
    • POWER6 Storage Keys: POWER6 Storage Keys exploitation of the POWER6 processor storage key feature brings a mainframe-inspired reliability and capability to the UNIX market for the first time. Storage keys can reduce the number of intermittent outages associated with undetected memory overlays inside the kernel. Applications can also use the POWER6 Storage Key feature to increase the reliability of large, complex applications running under the AIX V5.3 or AIX V6.1 operating system.
    • Dynamic tracing with Probevue: AIX V6.1 provides a new dynamic tracing capability that is designed to simplify debugging complex system or application code without requiring code changes and recompilation. This dynamic tracing facility will be introduced via a new tracing command, Probevue, that allows a developer or system administrator to dynamically insert trace break-points in existing code without having to recompile the code. A developer or system administrator can use Probevue to dynamically place probes in existing code, and specify the data to be captured at probe point.
    • Serviceability and Live Dump enhancements: AIX V6.1 continues to build upon the first failure data capture and nondisruptive service aid features introduced in prior AIX releases. A new live dump feature allows selected subsystems to dump their memory state and traces to the file system for subsequent service analysis, without requiring a full system dump and outage. As for those problems that still require a partition restart in order to recover, AIX V6.1 provides a firmware-assisted dump mode. In this new mode, AIX cooperates with system firmware to write the FFDC information to the dump device using the restarted AIX image, rather than writing to the dump device using the failed AIX image. The intended result is fewer dump failures and a more reliable system dump facility.
  • Improving manageability: AIX V6.1 includes many new capabilities to improve the manageability of the AIX operating system, including NFSv4 support for the Network Installation Manager (NIM), a new graphical installation tool, and a new graphical systems console, the IBM Systems Director Console for AIX. The Systems Director Console for AIX provides a responsive Web access to common systems management tools such as the Systems Management Interface Tool (SMIT) and offers integration into the IBM Systems Director. The Systems Director Console for AIX is included with AIX V6.1.
    • Name resolver caching daemon: The network resolver caching daemon caches requests to resolve a hostname, service, or netgroup to improve the efficiency of subsequent requests for the same information.
    • Support for long password phrases: The AIX V6.1 operating system and AIX V5.3 Technology Level 7 support greater than eight-character passwords for authentication of users. These releases provide for passwords using the SHA/256/512, MD5, and other encryption algorithms. System-wide controls can be configured by the administrator to choose the algorithm as well as the size of the password, which could be up to 255 characters.

Accessibility by people with disabilities

Using AIX documentation

The AIX product documentation library is available online at

The information center is accessible through assistive technologies, such as screen-reader software and digital speech synthesizers, that enable users to hear what is displayed on the screen. In addition, features of the information center can be accessed through the keyboard. The AIX man pages are available from the command line and are accessible through the same assistive technologies used to access commands and output.

The AIX Information Center is provided on the Web and on a DVD, which contains English plus translated documentation. IBM intends to make the information center with all translations available on DVD in orders processed after December 9, 2007. The AIX Information Center may be installed from or be viewed directly from the DVD on any AIX or Microsoft® Windows® system that is capable of reading a DVD. If you require a translated version of the documentation and cannot access the Web site or use a DVD, then you may be able to download a copy of the DVD contents from the "Entitled Software Service" site under the terms of your AIX Software Maintenance Agreement if electronic download is offered in your country. Information about using the electronic software delivery site for upgrades and updates is provided at

Click Help. The electronic install image will be provided in a tar.gz format. After downloading the compressed tar image, decompressing it, and unpacking it, run the "install_aix" executable to start the install wizard.

The AIX Information Center DVD media will be shipped with all orders for AIX V6.1 physical media, including orders specifying CD-ROM deliverables. If you order AIX V6.1 before December 9, 2007, and require the DVD, you will need to re-order the AIX V6.1 installation media under the terms of an active AIX Software Maintenance Agreement. It is currently IBM's intention to provide an installable version of the AIX Information Center on CD-ROM media within the first half of 2008. At that time, if you require the AIX Information Center on CD-ROM media, you can obtain a set of the AIX Information Center CD-ROMs free of charge by re-ordering the AIX V6.1 installation media under the terms of an active AIX Software Maintenance Agreement and specifying CD-ROM as the media for delivery.

All statements regarding IBM's plans, directions, and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice.

Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act

IBM AIX V6.1 is accessible via command line using remote assistive technologies, satisfying the applicable requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, provided that any assistive technology used with the product properly interoperates with it.
 
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Product positioning

Industrial-strength features and functions of AIX have been proven in a wide variety of computing environments from small one- or two-processor systems for small workloads to large 64-processor systems to meet the demanding requirements for vertically scaled applications such as databases.

AIX V6.1 features include:

  • Workload partitions — software-based virtualization
  • Live Application Mobility with the IBM Workload Partitions Manager for AIX
  • 64-bit kernel for higher scalability and performance
  • Dynamic logical partitioning and Micro-Partitioning support
    • Automated load balancing
    • Online addition or removal of processors, memory, and I/O resources
  • Support for dedicated and shared processor LPAR groups
  • Trusted AIX: Multi-level, compartmentalized security
  • Integrated Role Based Access Control
  • Encrypting JFS2 file system
  • Kernel exploitation of POWER6 Storage Keys for greater reliability
  • Concurrent AIX kernel updates, which can reduce need for planned outages
  • Dynamic tracing with Probevue
  • Designed to comply with the Open Group UNIX03 standard
  • Robust journaled file system and Logical Volume Manager (LVM) software, including integrated file system snapshot
  • Tools for managing your systems environment — SMIT and the Systems Director Console for AIX

AIX V6.1 represents the most advanced version of AIX. AIX V6.1 builds on a solid heritage of supplying integrated, enterprise-class support for IBM System p™ and System i™ servers.

With AIX V6.1 , IBM offers a UNIX operating system with increased levels of virtualization, flexibility, and performance for meeting the demands of today's mission-critical On Demand Business applications.

AIX V6.1 is the IBM strategic UNIX operating system for mission-critical, core business applications regardless of the size of the application or client.
 
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Statement of direction

Planned new features of IBM Tivoli® Storage Manager V5.5 for AIX V6.1

The IBM Tivoli Storage Manager family of products is designed to help provide a solution focused on the key data-protection activities of backup, archive, recovery, space management, database and application protection, ERP, bare machine recovery, and disaster recovery planning. Tivoli Storage Manager also includes capabilities that can help protect your mission-critical data requiring 24 x 7 availability, as well as options for high-efficiency backup of key business applications, with virtually no backup-related performance impacts.

The next release of Tivoli Storage Manager V5.5 is planned to include additional backup, archive, and Hierarchical Storage Manager support specifically for AIX V6.1 Workload Partitions including:

  • Backup and restore of local partition file data within the global partition using the local partition namespace available within the global partition.
  • Migration and transparent recall of local partition file data (JFS2 and GPFS™) within the global partition.
  • Backup and restore of application data by Tivoli Storage Manager for Databases, for Mail, and for ERP is supported on AIX for applications running in the global partition.
  • Storage and retrieval of application data using Tivoli Storage Manager APIs supported from global partition.

The next release of Tivoli Storage Manager is also planned to include backup-restore support for the AIX V6.1 Encrypted File System. Tivoli Storage Manager will be able to back up and restore files in either clear text or in raw (encrypted) format. In raw format, the data is not decrypted on backup. The keys must be available to use the data after restore. In clear text format, the data is decrypted (by EFS) as it is being read on backup. This is a good approach for long-term archival. Using the option to decrypt and back up with Tivoli Storage Manager encryption makes it easier to manage keys for long-term data archival using key managed encryption. AIX keystore must be backed up separately.

The AIX V6 Information Center will be available on CD media in the first half of 2008.

All statements regarding IBM's plans, directions, and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice.
 
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Reference information
  • Refer to 207-273 , dated November 6, 2007, Update to Passport Advantage® Sub-Capacity Licensing Offering.
  • Refer to 207-269 , dated November 6, 2007, IBM System p Virtualization Overview.
  • Refer to 207-272 , dated November 6, 2007, Workload Partitions Manager for AIX.
  • Refer to 207-270 , dated November 6, 2007, IBM Usage and Accounting Manager Virtualization Edition for System p.

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 207-271

Trademarks

 
POWER4, POWER5, POWER6, Micro-Partitioning, System p, System i, and GPFS are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
AIX, Tivoli, and Passport Advantage are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
Microsoft and Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.
 
UNIX is a registered trademark of the Open Company in the United States and other countries.
 
Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

Java™ Version 1.3.1 Support Extension

IBM intends to extend support for Java Version 1.3.1 until December 31, 2009. Support will be provided as part of the AIX® Software Maintenance Agreement (SWMA) for AIX versions that are still generally supported or as part of an AIX extended support contract for versions of AIX no longer generally supported. IBM offers AIX extended support for an additional charge in addition to AIX SWMA. For more information, contact your IBM representative.

All statements regarding IBM's plans, directions, and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice.

AIX V6.1 is the last release of AIX that will support the following:

  • Fast Response Cache Accelerator (FRCA)
  • Memory Load Control
  • Late paging space allocation policy
  • tcbck facility that is currently part of the Trusted Computing Base (TCB)
  • Web-based System Manager
  • I/O adapters:
    • IBM POWER™ GXT6000P (128 MB) PCI Graphics Adapter
    • IBM POWER GXT4000P (128 MB) PCI Graphics Adapter
    • Fiber 155Mb ATM (#4957)
    • UTP 155Mb ATM (#4963)
    • 4/16 Mbps Token Ring (#4959)
    • 1Gb Fiber FDX — 64-bit adapter (#2969)
    • 1Gb UTP FDX — 64-bit adapter (#2975)

The AIX Expansion Pack will no longer ship the IBM Text-to-Speech runtime package starting fourth quarter 2008.
 
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Base operating system

Decimal floating point native math routines

AIX includes a math library, libm.a, which contains a collection of various mathematical APIs. Beginning in AIX V6.1 (and 5.3 Technology Level 07), a collection of new math APIs are introduced that perform operations on Decimal Floating Point types (DFP). There are three DFP types, specified as _Decimal32, _Decimal64, and _Decimal128, which represent widths of 32 bits, 64 bits, and 128 bits, respectively. Each of these three types has 27 new APIs to handle data for their types, for a total of 81 new math APIs. These APIs are analogous to existing APIs that operate on the current binary floating point types, float, double, and long double. To use the new DFP types and APIs, you will need a compiler that has DFP support, such as the IBM XL C/C++ Enterprise Edition for AIX, V9.0.

Resource management

AIX V6.1 along with AIX V5.3 supports Live Partition Mobility. Live Partition Mobility provides the ability to relocate a running LPAR from one physical machine to another physical machine without disrupting the LPAR's operation. Live Partition Mobility provides clients significant flexibility in their management of workloads. Live Partition Mobility can be used to balance loads between physical servers without incurring downtime. It can also be used to move LPARs off of a server in order to perform planned maintenance on the server without incurring an outage. Live Partition Mobility can also improve system availability by allowing LPARs to be moved off of a server in response to a pending system outage.

Globalization

Unicode 5.0 support: AIX V6.1 updates the existing Unicode locales on AIX to the latest version. Unicode is the standard for the universal character encoding, maintained by the Unicode Consortium. This encoding standard provides the basis for supporting the worldwide interchange, processing, and display of the written texts of the diverse languages used throughout the world. AIX 5 supports Unicode 4.0. AIX V6.1 supports the Unicode 5.0 version, published in July 18, 2006, by the Unicode Consortium. Unicode 5.0 provides standardized character positions for over 1,369 additional glyphs and 99,022 glyphs in all.

NLS Olson time zone support

AIX V6.1 enhances the time zone feature to recognize and process time zone conventions throughout the world. The previous implementation was based on the POSIX time zone specifications, which did not adequately handle the frequent and often idiosyncratic ways in which different time zones change their processing rules, particularly as it pertains to the usage of daylight savings time. AIX V6.1 uses the Olson time zone data and rules to process and format all time zones correctly.

NLS Update ICU4C to latest version

AIX V6.1 updates the ICU4C packages to the latest 3.6 version and provides both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the ICU libraries. International Components for Unicode (ICU) is the premier software internationalization package, providing robust features that allow programmers to effectively work with Unicode data and create globalized applications.

National Language Support (NLS) Azerbaijani support for AIX

AIX V6.1 provides full Unicode Transformation Format-8 (UTF-8) locale support for the Azerbaijani-Latin language. Azerbaijani, also referred to as Azeri Turkish or Azerbaijani Turkish, is the official language of Republic of Azerbaijan. There are approximately 30 million native Azerbaijani speakers in the Republic of Azerbaijan, Iran, and other countries in Central Asia. This Turkic language historically relates to Turkish, Persian, and Arabic languages. The official Azerbaijani language uses Latin alphabets.

NLS Maltese support for AIX

AIX V6.1 provides full UTF-8 locale support for the Maltese language in the Republic of Malta. There are approximately 330,000 Maltese speakers in the Republic of Malta. Maltese is the only Semitic language written in the Latin alphabet.

NLS Urdu India and Pakistan support for AIX

AIX V6.1 provides full UTF-8 locale support for the Urdu language in Pakistan and India. Urdu is the national language in Pakistan and is one of the official languages in India. It is also spoken in Afghanistan and other countries in Eastern Asia. Nearly 100,000,000 people in 20 countries use Urdu as a first or second language.

NLS Welsh locales

AIX V6.1 provides full UTF-8 locale support for the Welsh CY_GB language. More than 20% of the population of Wales speaks Welsh. The percentage of speakers in Wales continues to grow, since the introduction of the Welsh Language Act of 1993 and Government of Wales Act of 1998 requiring English and Welsh languages to be treated on an equal basis.

NLS new euro support

AIX V6.1 adds euro support for the following languages/locales/regions:

  • Bulgaria (BG_BG)
  • Czech Republic (CS_CZ)
  • Denmark (DA_DK)
  • Estonia (ET_EE)
  • Hungary (HU_HU )
  • Latvia (LV_LV)
  • Lithuania (LT_LT)
  • Malta (MT_MT)
  • Poland (PL_PL)
  • Romania (RO_RO)
  • Slovakia (SK_SK)
  • Slovenia (SL_SI)
  • Sweden (SV_SE)
  • Welsh/United Kingdom (CY_GB)

Support for the euro currency has been introduced for new EU (European Union) member countries in parallel with their current national currencies. Once a new EU member country qualifies to join the EMU (European Monetary Union), the default currency can be switched to the euro. Since forecasting the official change date and enabling the new default locale introduces a timing challenge, AIX V6.1 ships both the @euro and @preeuro locale modifiers for all the listed locales at the same time, thus adding more flexibility in selecting currencies.

JISX0213 utilities

Windows Vista®, which supports JISX0213 (known as new MS-JIS), will be generally available in January 2007. Although AIX has already supported JISX0213 in JA_JP locale, there are some differences between AIX and Microsoft® Windows® in behavior of the character set. In order to check JISX0213 characters and handle differences between AIX and Windows, an independent tool (character-level checker "kjlck" ) has been provided. This tool checks the level of characters included in a text file (for example, level 1-4 Kanji categorized in JISX0213). It also removes or modifies the difference between AIX and Windows files (for example, removes undefined code points from a file). Data conversion utilities ( iconv() ) between Japanese DBCS Host CCSID 1390/1399 and Unicode have also been enhanced to support full JISX0213 characters.

  • Functions and features of kjlck: Shows types and levels of the characters included in an input file, and shows summary of an input file, number of characters, and lines. Deletes targeted characters defined by selected rules from an input file, replaces targeted characters defined by selected rules from an input file, and provides rule selections.
  • Unicode conversion for IBM-1390/1399: Ucmaps for IBM-1390/1399 can only support UCS-2 conversion for AIX iconv. Also provides programmed converters for AIX iconv so that 32-bit Unicode can be enabled.

Virtualization

In addition to the software-based WPARs, AIX V6.1 also includes enhanced support for LPARs on systems based on the POWER6™ processor.

Shared dedicated processors: Shared dedicated processors is a new configuration option that allows a system administrator to donate some of the unused processing capacity of a dedicated processor LPAR to a shared processor pool. When the workload in a dedicated processor LPAR drops below a threshold, some of the processors can temporarily serve workloads running in LPARs that are served by a shared processor pool. This new capability can increase overall system utilization and efficiency.

  • Multiple shared processor pools: Multiple shared processor pools is a POWER6 virtualization feature that allows a system administrator to group micro-partitions into separate pools and set limits on the amount of processor capacity each pool can consume. This gives a system administrator more granular management of how CPU capacity is consumed by uncapped micro-partitions. Multiple shared processor pools allow a system administrator to implement tiered quality of service policies for different micro-partitions on a system. AIX V6.1 and AIX V5.3 support multiple shared processor pools.

Reliability, availability, and serviceability

  • Dynamic tracing: AIX V6.1 provides a new dynamic tracing capability that can simplify debugging complex system or application code. This dynamic tracing facility is introduced via a new tracing command, Probevue. Probevue allows a developer or system administrator to dynamically place probes in existing application or kernel code, without requiring special source code or even recompilation. Probevue is very flexible, in that it allows dynamic specification of the data to be captured at probe points, and also provides the ability to associate predicate conditions with a given probe.
  • Concurrent AIX kernel update: Concurrent AIX kernel updates provide a new capability to deliver some kernel and kernel extension updates as Interim Fixes that will not require a system reboot to put into effect. This can reduce the number of planned outages required to maintain a secure, reliable system.
  • Kernel support for POWER6 Storage Keys: This AIX V6.1 feature brings a mainframe-inspired error detection and reliability capability to the UNIX® market for the first time. Enabled by the POWER6 processor, Storage Keys can reduce the number of intermittent outages associated with undetected memory overlays by erroneous kernel extension or kernel code. Applications can also use the POWER6 Storage Key feature to increase the reliability of large, complex applications running under the AIX V5.3 or AIX V6.1 releases.
  • Enhanced software first failure data capture: First Failure Data Capture (FFDC) technology involves detecting problems close to their source, with sufficient diagnostic information available for problem determination. This dramatically reduces the need to re-create the problem (and degrade performance and availability) at a later time just to generate diagnostic information. AIX V6.1 contains many improvements in error checking and FFDC trace, which can be exploited by service personnel for rapid problem resolution.
  • Nonintrusive Service Aids: AIX V6.1 serviceability aids are designed to minimally impact performance and availability. Second failure data capture (SFDC) technology involves building diagnostic and data capture features into the product code, but only enabling them after problem diagnosis has started. These aids are tunable and can be localized to specific subsystems, further mitigating any performance impact. The result is faster, less-disruptive problem determination, without the need to install special debug code. AIX 6 also introduces a mainframe-inspired live dump facility. This allows selected subsystems to dump their diagnostic information for subsequent service analysis, without requiring a full system dump and partition outage.

Scalability

AIX V6.1 supports simultaneous multithreading (SMT), which is a processor technology that allows the simultaneous execution of multiple thread contexts within a single processor core.

SMT offers a way to leverage the parallelization of multithreaded software to achieve a higher use of the processor by dispatching instructions from more than one instruction stream simultaneously.

To the operating system, each hardware thread is treated as an independent logical processor. The result is a natural mapping of the existing SMT capabilities of the operating system to the multithreaded execution capabilities of the processor. There are two hardware threads per processor. System administrators may enable or disable SMT at the partition level and it may be used with either dedicated or shared partitions. SMT is supported on systems based on POWER5™ or POWER6 processors. The POWER6 processors include enhancements to SMT that can provide even more throughput improvement than the original SMT implementation on POWER5 processors.

Automatic Variable Pagesize

With Automatic Variable Pagesize support, AIX will automatically select optimal page sizes that will result in better performance for some applications. All of this is done transparently to the applications and does not require any application changes or recompilation. AIX will choose optimal page sizes for an application's data, heap, stack, shared memory, and anonymous mmap() memory dynamically based on reference and use patterns. POWER6 systems are required for this feature, as AIX exploits a new capability of the POWER6 processor to dynamically promote, demote, and mix 4 KB and 64 KB page sizes within the same memory region. This feature is active by default and includes system administrator controls to disable or to tell AIX to be even more aggressive with this new page promotion feature.

Standards

AIX V6.1 is designed to conform to the following:

  • Single UNIX Specification V3 (SUS V3) 2004 Edition
  • ISO/IEC 9899:1999 international standard for the C programming language, commonly referred to as C99
  • SUS V3 Realtime Option Group, which consists of the following options from within IEEE Standard 1003.1-2004:
    • POSIX_ASYNCHRONOUS_IO
    • POSIX_FSYNC
    • POSIX_MAPPED_FILES
    • POSIX_MEMLOCK
    • POSIX_MEMLOCK_RANGE
    • POSIX_MEMORY_PROTECTION
    • POSIX_MESSAGE_PASSING
    • POSIX_PRIORITY_SCHEDULING
    • POSIX_REALTIME_SIGNALS
    • POSIX_SEMAPHORES
    • POSIX_SHARED_MEMORY_OBJECTS
    • POSIX_SYNCHRONIZED_IO
    • POSIX_TIMERS
  • SUS V3 Realtime Threads Option Group, which consists of the following options from within IEEE Standard 1003.1-2004:
    • POSIX_THREAD_PRIO_INHERIT
    • POSIX_THREAD_PRIO_PROTECT
    • POSIX_THREAD_PRIORITY_SCHEDULING
  • SUS V3 Advanced Realtime options from within IEEE Standard 1003.1-2004:
    • POSIX_ADVISORY_INFO
    • POSIX_BARRIERS
    • POSIX_CLOCK_SELECTION
    • POSIX_CPUTIME
    • POSIX_MONOTONIC_CLOCK
    • POSIX_SPIN_LOCKS
    • POSIX_THREAD_CPUTIME
    • POSIX_TIMEOUTS
  • Common Criteria Common Access Protection Profile (CAPP) at the Evaluation Assurance Level (EAL)4+, Labeled Security Protection Profile (LSPP), and Role Based Access Control Protection Profile (RBACPP)

AIX Expansion Pack and Web Download Pack

The AIX Expansion Pack and AIX Web Download Pack complement the AIX operating system with the benefit of additional packaged software at no additional cost. For detailed information, visit

The service and support terms and conditions of the products shipped on the Expansion Pack may be different than the terms and conditions for AIX V6.1.

Enterprise storage management

  • NFS support for WPARs: Mounting NFS file systems from within a system WPAR behaves the same as a regular NFS mount (Versions 2, 3, and 4 supported). NFS statistics (nfsstat) and tunables (nfso) from within a WPAR are specific to that WPAR. NFS mounts from within a mobile WPAR will be relocated with the WPAR.
  • NFS proxy server enhancements: The ability for the NFS server to be configured to export a view of another server's data (proxy serving) has been available since AIX V5.3 at Technology Level 5. This functionality has been extended in the following areas:
    • End-to-End Kerberos Authentication in AIX V5.3: Kerberos authentication was supported from the NFS client to the proxy, but not from the proxy to the back-end NFS server. In AIX V6.1, the Kerberos authentication is used from the client all the way to the back-end NFS server.
    • Support NFSv4 Global View in AIX V6.1 makes it possible for an NFS client of a proxy server to traverse the NFSv4 global namespace exported from a back-end server. The administration on the proxy server is simplified by only needing to mount the root of the NFSv4 global namespace from the back-end server (instead of all the exported file systems).
    • Support NFSv3 export of NFSv4 Global View in AIX V6.1 makes it possible for the proxy server to export via NFSv3 the NFSv4 global namespace exported from the back-end server. This allows NFSv3 clients of the proxy server to traverse the NFSv4 global namespace.
  • AES Wire Encryption with NFS: NFSv3 and NFSv4 client and server using Kerberos security can now use the AES encryption and checksum algorithms by updating the /etc/krb5/krb5.conf file to specify AES as the preferred method. This results in better security and computational efficiency over the previous DES algorithm.
  • HACMP™ enhanced support for NFSv4: The AIX NFSv4 server has been enhanced to allow for HACMP resource groups to each have NFSv4 exports. Each resource group can fail over to a different take-over node (either active or standby), allowing for a greater than 2-node NFSv4 HACMP cluster. The NFSv4 Grace Period is exploited by HACMP, which allows the failovers to appear seamless to client applications.

    JFS2 integrated snapshots: A snapshot is a point-in-time consistent image of a file system. The snapshot stays stable even as the file system image continues to change. JFS2 has provided support for snapshots in external logical volumes since AIX V5.2. In AIX V6.1, snapshots can be created in the same storage device as the file system. This new feature allows:

    • Ease of management by removing management of separate logical volumes for snapshots. The snapshot resides in the same host storage object as the primary file system. These snapshots are referred to as internal snapshots to contrast with the snapshots in separate logical volumes, which are now referred to as external snapshots.
    • The number of snapshot generations per file system has been increased to 64. This provides better support for real-world environments where snapshots are taken at weekly, daily, and hourly intervals compared to the external snapshot limit of 15.
    • The new integrated snapshot facility provides superior ease of use. Because the snapshot is in the primary file system, earlier versions of files can be accessed by nonprivileged users without requiring a separate mount of the snapshot. Additionally, this new facility allows NFS client access to snapshot data for exported file systems.

Systems management

  • IBM Systems Director Console for AIX: The IBM Systems Director Console for AIX is built on a lightweight infrastructure and provides an easy-to-use interface for the Web-enabled administration of AIX management tasks. The console provides a single user interface for system management and administration operations and can be accessed from any supported Web browser. IBM Systems Director Console for AIX gives the user a powerful interface to manage AIX servers and software and provides a graphical Web-based interface to enable the user to manage remote systems and resources.
  • The IBM Systems Director Console includes these features:
    • AIX V6.1 provides browser-based access to the popular System Management Interface Tool (SMIT). Users can access AIX operating system management functions in a Web browser.
    • Distributed Command Execution Manager provides the capability to securely execute systems management commands on multiple systems. AIX V6.1 includes all the infrastructure needed for the IBM Systems Director Console for AIX. The Console is not a prerequisite for IBM Systems Director, but it is designed to have a similar management interface and shares a common technology base.
  • AIX Graphical Installer: The AIX Graphical Installer is intended to provide new or inexperienced AIX users with a simplified, easy-to-use version of the AIX installer. Users will be presented with a graphical user interface to start a system installation rather than the existing text-based installation menu. The Graphical Installer is limited to users that boot DVD media on a system that does not have an existing operating system on its disks. If the installation code finds a root volume group on a disk, which indicates an existing version of AIX, then the traditional BosMenus will be presented.

Documentation technology

With the IBM Systems Information Center, users can use a single interface to access product documentation for IBM Systems hardware, operating systems, and server software. Through a consistent framework, users can efficiently find information and personalize their access to that information. The IBM Systems Information Center is at

Development and performance tools

IBM XL compilers are available for all major IBM operating systems and platforms. The latest compiler releases boast advanced compiler and optimization technologies for generation of highly optimized 32-bit or 64-bit application code to run efficiently on a wide variety of processors and processor families. The generated code can also be tuned to run most efficiently on a specific processor or processor family. These XL compilers are built on a common code base allowing for easier porting of applications between platforms.

The following XL compilers introduce new functionality to exploit the capabilities of the POWER6 processors:

Network technology and communications

  • Network Data Administration Facility enhancements: The Network Data Administration Facility (NDAF) provides centralized creation, placement, replication, ongoing management, and namespace federation of file system data across a network of machines. NDAF was introduced in AIX V5.3 with the 5300-05 Technology Level as part of the Expansion Pack. In AIX V6.1, NDAF has been moved to the base media. The AIX V6.1 release includes improved scalability and performance, and the support of an rsync-like protocol for efficient updates of replicas.
  • Network Service Caching Daemon: Currently, any network application that is calling for network service (for example, hostbyname API), the answer returned is not cached. If the application is making a lot of this type of call, it will have a performance hit to the application. In AIX 6, the "netcd" daemon caches the network service-related information to enhance the performance of the application that is querying this kind of information. The AIX netcd daemon supports caching information of these map types: hosts, protocols, services, networks, netgroup, passwd, and group. It caches the information from local file (for example, /etc/hosts, and so on), and also caches information returned from dns, nis, nisplus, ULM (User Loadable Model) and YP (Yellow Page).
  • IPv6 Enhancement: The IPv6 Enhancement feature is designed to make AIX V6.1 compliant with many of the IETF standard RFCs. This provides compliance with the ICPMv6 protocol or control messages in an IPv6 environment and is defined in IETF RFC 4443. It also implements the infrastructure to encode and enforce the scope zone capabilities that have been introduced into IPv6 as a mechanism to create the concept of zones in/across IPv6 subnets as defined in RFC4007.

Network interoperability

New I/O support: 10 Gigabit Ethernet PCI-X 2.0 DDR device driver: AIX V6.1 supports a new offload capability for the 10 Gigabit Ethernet PCI-X 2.0 DDR device driver. These networking accelerations include IPv6 TCP hardware checksum offload for transmit and receive, IPv6 hardware transmit TCP resegmentation, and UDP hardware checksum offload for both full and fragmented frames on receive. A new device attribute (udp_cso) was added to enable/disable the new UDP checksum offload function.

AIX V5.3 Technology Level 7. (5300-07) and AIX V6.1 support the following USB audio devices:

  • Logitech — USB Headset 250
  • Logitech — USB Premium Headset 350
  • Logitech — V20 Portable Notebook Speakers
  • Cyber Acoustics — CA2908 Portable USB Powered Speaker System
  • Lenovo™ — USB/Analog Headset by Sennheiser, Lenovo (40Y8518)

 
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Offering Information

Product information is available via the Offering Information Web site


 
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Publications

The following publications can be ordered from IBM immediately. To order, contact your IBM representative.

Title                                   Order number
 
AIX Version 6.1 Installation Guide      SC23-6616-00

 
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Technical information

Hardware requirements

AIX V6.1 supports the following systems:

  • IBM systems that run on the POWER4™, PPC970, POWER5, or POWER6 processors including the IBM System p™, System p5™, eServer® p5, and System i™, and System i5™ servers with POWER5 or POWER6 processors
  • IBM eServer pSeries® server product lines based on POWER4 and POWER5 processors
  • IBM BladeCenter® JS2x blades and IntelliStation® POWER workstations

AIX V6.1 only supports the 64-bit kernel. Both 32-bit and 64-bit applications will continue to run unchanged on AIX V6.1, but 32-bit device drivers or kernel extensions are not supported on AIX V6.1.

Software requirements

Systems operating on AIX V6.1 are supported only when used within the system operating environments described in the appropriate hardware announcements and when used within the specified operating environment. When systems operating on AIX V6.1 are used with other software or software in later announcements, other limitations may be included.

AIX V6.1 supports systems and partitions with at least 256 MB of physical memory and a disk size of at least 2.2 GB.

Planning information

Packaging: The AIX V6.1 package contains the following items:

  • IBM International Program License Agreement (IPLA) and License Information (LI) (multilanguage)

    AIX V6.1 delivers IPLA and LI documentation in electronic softcopy.

  • AIX V6.1 Installation Guide
  • One set of DVDs or CD-ROMs for operating system and publications

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, 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.

Security, auditability, and control

AIX V6.1 uses the system and network security features for security and auditability. These features are:

  • System security:
    • Role Based Access Control
    • Trusted AIX: Multi-level security
    • AIX Security Expert
    • Trusted Execution
    • Native Kerberos V5 KDC Server/Client Support
    • Trusted Computing Base available as an optional preinstall feature
    • AIX LDAP Security Audit plug-in
    • Pluggable Authentication Mechanism
    • IBM SecureWay® Directory Version 3.2.1
  • Network security:
    • PKCS support
    • IP Key Encryption Security
    • Directory-based resolvers

The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.

AIX V6.1 introduces new security extensions to FTP based on RFC 4217. These extensions provide data and control channel integrity by means of the TLS/SSL (Transport Layer Security and Secure Socket Layer) protocols.

Software Services

IBM Software 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

                 Part number or
Program name     PID number           Charge metric
 
AIX V6.1         5765-G62             Processor Group

New orders for AIX V6.1 should select from the following table:

                                                  OTC*
                           Program     Processor  Feature
Description                number      group      number
 
Per processor              5765-G62    N/A        0001*
Per 250 processors         5765-G62    N/A        0002*
 
* Announcing for support of legacy machines only.
 
Per processor              5765-G62    C5         0004
Per 250 processors         5765-G62    C5         0005
Per processor              5765-G62    D5         0007
Per 250 processors         5765-G62    D5         0008
Per processor              5765-G62    E5         0010
Per 250 processors         5765-G62    E5         0011
Per processor              5765-G62    F5         0013
Per 250 processors         5765-G62    F5         0014
Per processor              5765-G62    G5         0016
Per 250 processors         5765-G62    G5         0017
Per processor              5765-G62    H5         0019
Per 250 processors         5765-G62    H5         0020
 
Per processor express      5765-G62    D5         0023
Per 250 processors express 5765-G62    D5         0024
Per processor express      5765-G62    E5         0026
Per 250 processors express 5765-G62    E5         0027
 
Service Voucher            5765-G62    E5         0030
 per processor
Service Voucher            5765-G62    F5         0034
 per processor
Service Voucher            5765-G62    G5         0038
 per processor
Service Voucher            5765-G62    H5         0042
 per processor

New orders for AIX V6.1 should select from the following table:

                                                  OTC*
                           Program    Processor   Feature
Description                number     group       number
 
Upgrade from C5 to D5      5765-G62   C5 to D5    0046
Upgrade from C5 to E5      5765-G62   C5 to E5    0048
Upgrade from D5 to E5      5765-G62   D5 to E5    0049
Upgrade from C5 to F5      5765-G62   C5 to F5    0051
Upgrade from D5 to F5      5765-G62   D5 to F5    0052
Upgrade from E5 to F5      5765-G62   E5 to F5    0053
Upgrade from C5 to G5      5765-G62   C5 to G5    0055
Upgrade from D5 to G5      5765-G62   D5 to G5    0056
Upgrade from E5 to G5      5765-G62   E5 to G5    0057
Upgrade from F5 to G5      5765-G62   F5 to G5    0058
Upgrade from C5 to H5      5765-G62   C5 to H5    0060
Upgrade from D5 to H5      5765-G62   D5 to H5    0061
Upgrade from E5 to H5      5765-G62   E5 to H5    0062
Upgrade from F5 to H5      5765-G62   F5 to H5    0063
Upgrade from G5 to H5      5765-G62   G5 to H5    0064
 
Per processor C5 OOCOD     5765-G62   C5          0067
Per 250 processor C5 OOCOD 5765-G62   C5          0068
Per processor D5 OOCOD     5765-G62   D5          0071
Per 250 processor D5 OOCOD 5765-G62   D5          0072
Per processor E5 OOCOD     5765-G62   E5          0075
Per 250 processor E5 OOCOD 5765-G62   E5          0076
Per processor F5 OOCOD     5765-G62   F5          0079
Per 250 processor F5 OOCOD 5765-G62   F5          0080
Per processor G5 OOCOD     5765-G62   G5          0083
Per 250 processor G5 OOCOD 5765-G62   G5          0084
Per processor H5 OOCOD     5765-G62   H5          0087
Per 250 processor H5 OOCOD 5765-G62   H5          0088

Announcing G5 Service voucher feature for 5765-G03 AIX V5.3 in support of System i 590.

                                                  OTC*
                        Program      Processor    Feature
Description             number       group        number
 
Service Voucher
per processor           5765-G03     G5           0046

Upgrades

Upgrades from previous versions of AIX to AIX V6.1 are only available through IBM Software Maintenance for AIX Operating Systems (5771-SWM, 5773-SM3, or 5773-SWM) or, if entitled, by contract.

Clients with a current SWMA can download software upgrades online without having to wait for an order to be processed or physical media to arrive. Electronic delivery is available only for upgrades or product refreshes. For details on registration and more, refer to the Description section.

For more information, visit

New orders

System Program Order (SPO) (5692-A6P): A 5692-A6P SPO is mandatory for shipments of program distribution and publications. The individual licensed program orders (for example, (5765-XXX) are for registration and billing purposes only. No shipment occurs under these orders.

Machine-readable materials are only available on CD-ROM or DVD. To receive shipment of machine-readable materials under SPO (5692-A6P), order the CD-ROM media.

Specify feature number 3410 for CD or 3435 for DVD.

Billing for the media is generated under the SPO. To prevent additional billing expenses, place only one SPO order per machine.

Announcing the following features under new SPO 5692-A6P

                                                      Feature
Program number     Program name                       number
 
5765-G62           AIX 6 Base Operating System        0967
5765-G62           AIX 6 Update CD                    0970
5765-G62           AIX Expansion Pack                 0968
5765-G62           AIX 6 Toolbox for Linux(TM) Source 0957
5765-G62           Firefox for AIX                    1488
5765-G62           Upgrade Feature identifier         1431
5765-G62           TCB (preload only)                 1400
5765-G62           Open GL (preload only)             1401
5765-G62           PHIGS (preload only)               1402
5765-G62           AIX Japan Kit (Japan Only)         0952
 
Licensed Programs offered on 5692-A6P:
 
5765-E72           AIX Fast Connect                    0923
5765-E85           AIX Link/X.25                       0931
5765-E68           Performance Aide                    0971
5765-E74           Performance Toolbox                 0972
5765-F67           IBM Cluster Systems Management      2202
                    for AIX
5765-G34           Virtual I/O Server                  2201
5765-G34           Virtual I/O Server Expansion pack   1404
5765-WPM           AIX Workload Partitions Manager     1405
5765-WPM           AIX Workload Partitions Agent       1430
5765-ITM           ITM Server                          1428
5765-ITM           ITM Agents                          1429
5765-IMP           Systems Director Virtual Image Mgr  1481
5765-UAV           ITUAM Virtualization Edition        1482
5765-F62           High Availability Cluster           1489
                    Multiprocessor for AIX
5765-F62           HACMP Extended Distance Feature     1490
5765-F62           HACMP Smart Assist for WebSphere(R) 1491
5765-F82           IBM Engineering and Scientific      1496
                    Subroutine Library for AIX

Note: Feature numbers 0970 and 1482 are announcing in this announcement, but will not have any deliverable content until November 30, 2007.

All statements regarding IBM's plans, directions, and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice.

Announcing the following features under SPO 5692-A5L:

                                                       Feature
Program number     Program name                        number
 
5765-G34           Virtual I/O Server V1.5             2201
5765-G34           Virtual I/O Server Expansion pack   1404
5765-UAV           ITUAM Virtualization Edition        1482

Description                                            Feature
 
Ship backup media for preinstall                       3506

Basic machine-readable material: Select one of the following priced feature numbers for media type under 5692-A6P. The media process charge is a one-time, nondiscountable charge per SPO order when media is selected.

                                          Media
                                          process
                                Media     charges
                                feature   feature
Media Type                      number    number
 
CD-ROM                          3410      1004 Media charge
CD-ROM                          3410      1005 Media No charge
DVD-ROM                         3435      1100 Media charge
DVD-ROM                         3435      1101 Media No charge
ESD for Upgrades only           3450

Customization features for 5692-A6P

Description                     Feature
 
Do not ship pubs                3470
Do not ship media               3471
Do not ship media and pubs      3470, 3471
Preload                         5005
AAP Preload                     7305
Expedite                        3445
Ship backup media for           3506
 preinstall

Note: * For existing SPO orders already having feature number 1004 on the order, a no-charge feature 1005 will be added to prevent subsequent media charges on the SPO order.

Documentation: The amount of translation varies by language. Translated softcopy documentation general availability varies by language and manufacturing geography. Translations will become available over time as translations are released by language-specific country translation centers. With AIX 6, the English language documentation and other available translations will automatically ship when AIX 6 SPO feature number 0967 is selected. The documentation is also available at

Preinstall cultural convention: A matrix of logic is used at time of manufacture to select preinstall cultural convention (locale). The system keyboard is used as the primary selection criteria. In situations where a single keyboard is used across multiple locales, selection is refined by the country of origin for the hardware order. The following do not have unique System p keyboards and therefore must be explicitly ordered via software feature number:

                                                Feature
Cultural Convention                             number
 
Albanian                                        6995
Byelorussian                                    6916
Estonian                                        6902
Hindi                                           6907
Latvian                                         6900
Lithuanian                                      6901
Macedonian                                      6913
Simplified Chinese                              6989
Ukrainian                                       6917
Vietnamese                                      6905

Preinstall PII language section (language-dependent screens, panels, and messages):

                                                Feature
Language                                        number
 
Brazilian Portuguese                            5980
Czech                                           5975
French (Universal)                              5928
German (Universal)                              5929
Hungarian                                       5976
Italian (Universal)                             5932
Japanese-Kanji (Shift JIS)                      5962
Korean                                          5986
Polish                                          5978
Russian                                         5979
Spanish (Universal)                             5931
English                                         5924
Catalan                                         5997
Simplified Chinese                              5989
Traditional Chinese                             5987
Slovakian                                       5994
Install C-locale                                5999

Preinstall: The preinstall option is only valid if accompanied by a hardware system order for the preinstalled AIX V6.1 operating system specifying the preinstall option.

It is recommended that backup media be chosen with preinstalled orders. Not all of the software offered under the licensed program will be preinstalled on the system disk. To take delivery of backup media, media feature 3410 or 3435 must be specified. Software preinstalled on the hard disk does not include all of the function included on the media.

The 5765-G62 order and SPO 5692-A6P must be for the same system type/system number and must have the same scheduled shipment date.

Feature number 5005 must be specified under the 5692-A6P SPO to facilitate preinstall of the licensed program on the system disk.

In addition to feature numbers 5005 and 0967 for preinstall of AIX under SPO (5692-A6P), you may select one or more additional "preinstall designation features" from the following table.

For Authorized Assemblers, feature number 7305 must be specified under the individual licensed program 5765-G62 and the 5692-A6P SPO to facilitate preinstall of the licensed program on the system disk. In addition to feature number 7305 for preinstall of AIX under SPO (5692-A6P), you may select the appropriate "preinstall designation feature" from the table below.

Products available for preinstall only:

                                                          Feature
Preinstall description                                    number
 
Optional Preinstall of the Trusted Computing Base         1400
 for AIX
Optional Preinstall OpenGL for AIX                        1401
Optional Preinstall PHIGS for AIX                         1402

Products available for preinstall option:

                                                          Feature
Preinstall description                                    number
 
AIX 6 Base Operating System                               0967
AIX 6 Update CD                                           0970
Firefox for AIX                                           1488
AIX Fast Connect                                          0923
AIX Link/X.25                                             0931
Performance Aid                                           0971
Virtual I/O Server                                        2201
AIX Workload Partitions Manager                           1405
AIX Workload Partitions Agent                             1430
High Availability Cluster Multiprocessor for AIX          1489
HACMP Extended Distance Feature                           1490
HACMP Smart Assist for WebSphere                          1491
AIX Japan Kit (Japan only)                                0952

The preinstall option is available at no additional charge.

No-charge features for Partition Preinstall for 5692-A6P

                                                          Feature
                                                          number
Partition Preinstall
 
Partition 1                                               2401
Partition 2                                               2402
Partition 3                                               2403
Partition 4                                               2404
Partition 5                                               2405
Partition 6                                               2406
Partition 7                                               2407
Partition 8                                               2408
Partition 9                                               2408
Partition 10                                              2410
Partition 11                                              2411
Partition 12                                              2412
Partition 13                                              2413
Partition 14                                              2414
Partition 15                                              2415
Partition 16                                              2416
Partition 17                                              2417
Partition 18                                              2418
Partition 19                                              2419
Partition 20                                              2420
Partition 21                                              2421
Partition 22                                              2422
Partition 23                                              2423
Partition 24                                              2424
Partition 25                                              2425
Partition 26                                              2426
Partition 27                                              2427
Partition 28                                              2428
Partition 29                                              2429
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Partition 31                                              2431
Partition 32                                              2432
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Partition 35                                              2435
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Partition 97                                              2497
Partition 98                                              2498
Partition 99                                              2499
Partition 100                                             2500

LPAR machines

Software ordering instructions for multiple AIX operating systems for LPAR machines

Since the availability of AIX 5L™ V5.2, IBM offers multiple operating system releases that support logical partitioning of LPAR-capable hardware. With this initial offering, you can order any combination of operating system releases for the same machine, but only one of the operating systems can be preinstalled (preinstall is not an option for eServer i5). On POWER4 processor-based machines, when the machine is preinstalled by manufacturing, it continues to be preinstalled in SMP mode, requiring clients who run LPARs to reinstall. Systems based on POWER5 or POWER6 processors will be preinstalled as a single partition that contains all the hardware. The client may be able to add partitions and reassign hardware to the new partitions without reinstalling.

Order structure

For LPAR-capable machines to be used in the LPAR-mode, you can order any available version of AIX V6.1, V5.2, and V5.3 for the same system during initial order creation. Only one of the AIX operating systems can be preinstalled at this time. The applicable preinstall designation feature must be specified on the AIX SPO containing the AIX release being requested for preinstall. Additional AIX SPO orders are required to take delivery of any other AIX release being requested. Media charges apply to each SPO order if media is requested. To order multiple releases of AIX for LPAR installation, you must also select either the one-year (5771-SWM) or three-year (5773-SM3 or 5773-SWM) Software Maintenance for AIX Operating Systems offering.

Under SPO 5692-A6P, feature number 3470 can be used to suppress hardcopy documentation. To suppress shipment of the machine readable media, use feature number 3471.
 
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Terms and conditions

The information provided in this announcement letter is for reference and convenience purposes only. The terms and conditions that govern any transaction with IBM are contained in the applicable contract documents such as the IBM International Program License Agreement, IBM International Passport Advantage® Agreement, and the IBM Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance.

Licensing: IBM International Program License Agreement including the License Information (LI) document govern your use of the program.

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

Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance: The IBM Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance (Z125-6011) agreement applies for maintenance and does not require customer signatures.

Limited warranty applies: Yes

Limited warranty: IBM warrants that when the program is used in the specified operating environment, it will conform to its specifications. The warranty applies only to the unmodified portion of the program. IBM does not warrant uninterrupted or error-free operation of the program or that IBM will correct all program defects. You are responsible for the results obtained from the use of the program.

IBM provides you with access to IBM databases containing information on known program defects, defect corrections, restrictions, and bypasses at no additional charge. Consult the IBM Software Support Guide for further information at

IBM will maintain this information for at least one year after the original licensee acquires the program (warranty period).

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. You 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 and you are the original licensee, you may obtain a refund of the amount you paid for it, if within 30 days of your invoice date you return the program and its PoE to the party from whom you obtained it. If you downloaded the program, you may contact the party from whom you acquired it for instructions on how to obtain the 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 you.

Authorization for use on home/portable computer: You may not copy and use this program on another computer without paying additional license fees.

Other terms

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 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.

IBM Operational Support Services — SoftwareXcel: No

System i Software Maintenance applies: No

Variable charges apply: Yes

Educational allowance available

Yes. A 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 V5.1, or later, on an IBM eServer pSeries 690 or later partition-capable operating system and machine
  • OS/400® V5R1, or later, running on an IBM System i

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.
  • Determine 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 them 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.

Eligible Products: AIX V6.1 is eligible for sub-capacity pricing, refer to specific product announcement information to determine if a given product is participating in sub-capacity pricing.

Sub-capacity 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. For programs eligible for sub-capacity licensing, a Proof of Entitlement (PoE) must be acquired for all activated processors available for use in each partition (utilizing eligible partitioning technologies) where the program runs. Refer to the International Passport Advantage Agreement Attachment for Sub-Capacity Terms or the program's license information to determine applicable sub-capacity terms.

IBM Passport Advantage Products: IBM's Passport Advantage offering has a separate set of sub-capacity terms for selected middleware products. For additional information about the IBM Passport Advantage Sub-capacity offering or sub-capacity licensing in general, refer to

Choose "Find out more about Passport Advantage and Passport Advantage Express", select "Licensing", and then select "Sub-capacity Licenses" to learn more about sub-capacity licensing options at IBM. There you will find links to the most current list of products and technology platforms eligible for sub-capacity licensing. IBM also has additional technical information for the key partitioning and virtualization technologies that are currently supported.

Sub-capacity utilization determination

Sub-capacity utilization is determined based on the eligible operating system and machine (for example, AIX running in Power Architecture™ (64 bit) mode on a POWER (or equivalent) server). Sub-capacity utilization is determined by comparing the number of CPUs licensed for AIX and the number of CPUs present and enabled in the machine. Sub-capacity utilization is the situation where fewer CPUs are licensed for AIX than are present and enabled in the machine.
 
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IBM Electronic Services

Electronic Service Agent™ tool and the IBM Electronic Services Web portal comprise the IBM Electronic Services solution -- dedicated to providing fast, exceptional support to IBM eServer customers. IBM Electronic Service Agent tool is a no-additional-charge tool that proactively monitors and reports hardware events, such as system errors, performance issues, and inventory. The Electronic Service Agent tool can help you stay focused on your company's strategic business initiatives, save time, and spend less effort managing day-to-day IT maintenance issues. Servers enabled with this tool can be monitored remotely around the clock by IBM Support — all at no additional cost to you!

Now integrated into the base operating system of AIX 5L V5.3 Technology Level 6, AIX V6.1, and later, Electronic Service Agent V6 is designed to automatically and electronically report system failures and utilization issues to IBM, which can result in faster problem resolution and increased availability. System configuration and inventory information collected by the Electronic Service Agent tool also can be viewed on the secure Electronic Services Web portal, and used to improve problem determination and resolution by you and the IBM support team. To access the tool main menu, simply type "smitty esa_main", and select "Configure Electronic Service Agent". In addition, ESA V6 now includes a powerful Web user interface, giving the administrator easy access to status, tool settings, problem information, and filters. For more information and documentation on how to configure and use Electronic Service Agent V6.0, refer to

The Electronic Services Web portal is a single Internet entry point that replaces the multiple entry points traditionally used to access IBM Internet services and support. This Web portal enables you to gain easier access to IBM resources for assistance in resolving technical problems. The newly improved My Systems and Premium Search functions make it even easier for Electronic Service Agent tool-enabled customers to track system inventory and find pertinent fixes.

Benefits

Increased uptime: The Electronic Service Agent tool is designed to enhance the Warranty or Maintenance Agreement by providing faster hardware error reporting and uploading system information to IBM Support. This can translate to less wasted time monitoring the "symptoms", diagnosing the error, and manually calling IBM Support to open a problem record. 24 x 7 monitoring and reporting means no more dependence on human intervention or off-hours Customer personnel when errors are encountered in the middle of the night.

Security: The Electronic Service Agent tool is designed to be secure in monitoring, reporting, and storing the data at IBM. The Electronic Service Agent tool securely transmits either via the Internet (HTTPS or VPN) or modem, and can be configured to communicate securely through gateways to provide Customers a single point of exit from their site. Communication is one way activating Service Agent does not enable IBM to call into a customer's system. System inventory information is stored in a secure database which is protected behind IBM firewalls. It is viewable only by the customer and IBM. Customer's business applications or business data is never transmitted to IBM.

More accurate reporting: Since system information and error logs are automatically uploaded to the IBM Support center in conjunction with the service request, Customers are not required to find and send system information, decreasing the risk of misreported or misdiagnosed errors. Once inside IBM, problem error data is run through a data knowledge management system and knowledge articles are appended to the problem record.

Customized support: Using the IBM ID entered during activation, Customers can view system and support information in the "My Systems" and "Premium Search" sections of the Electronic Services Web site at

My Systems provides valuable reports of installed hardware and software using information collected from the systems by the IBM Electronic Service Agent tool. Reports are available for any system associated with the customer's IBM ID. Premium Search combines the function of search and the value of Electronic Service Agent information, providing advanced search of the technical support knowledgebase. Using Premium Search and the Service Agent information that has been collected from your system, customers can see search results that apply specifically to their systems.

For more information on how to utilize the power of Electronic Services, contact your IBM Systems Services representative, or visit


 
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Prices

For current prices, contact us at 888-Shop-IBM, or visit

Program name: AIX 6 Version 6.1

New orders for AIX V6.1 should select from the following table:

                                                  OTC*
                           Program     Processor  Feature
Description                number      group      number
 
Per processor              5765-G62    N/A        0001*
Per 250 processors         5765-G62    N/A        0002*
 
* Announcing for support of legacy machines only.
 
Per processor              5765-G62    C5         0004
Per 250 processors         5765-G62    C5         0005
Per processor              5765-G62    D5         0007
Per 250 processors         5765-G62    D5         0008
Per processor              5765-G62    E5         0010
Per 250 processors         5765-G62    E5         0011
Per processor              5765-G62    F5         0013
Per 250 processors         5765-G62    F5         0014
Per processor              5765-G62    G5         0016
Per 250 processors         5765-G62    G5         0017
Per processor              5765-G62    H5         0019
Per 250 processors         5765-G62    H5         0020
 
Per processor express      5765-G62    D5         0023
Per 250 processors express 5765-G62    D5         0024
Per processor express      5765-G62    E5         0026
Per 250 processors express 5765-G62    E5         0027
 
Service Voucher            5765-G62    E5         0030
 per processor
Service Voucher            5765-G62    F5         0034
 per processor
Service Voucher            5765-G62    G5         0038
 per processor
Service Voucher            5765-G62    H5         0042
 per processor

New orders for AIX V6.1 should select from the following table:

                                                  OTC*
                           Program    Processor   Feature
Description                number     group       number
 
Upgrade from C5 to D5      5765-G62   C5 to D5    0046
Upgrade from C5 to E5      5765-G62   C5 to E5    0048
Upgrade from D5 to E5      5765-G62   D5 to E5    0049
Upgrade from C5 to F5      5765-G62   C5 to F5    0051
Upgrade from D5 to F5      5765-G62   D5 to F5    0052
Upgrade from E5 to F5      5765-G62   E5 to F5    0053
Upgrade from C5 to G5      5765-G62   C5 to G5    0055
Upgrade from D5 to G5      5765-G62   D5 to G5    0056
Upgrade from E5 to G5      5765-G62   E5 to G5    0057
Upgrade from F5 to G5      5765-G62   F5 to G5    0058
Upgrade from C5 to H5      5765-G62   C5 to H5    0060
Upgrade from D5 to H5      5765-G62   D5 to H5    0061
Upgrade from E5 to H5      5765-G62   E5 to H5    0062
Upgrade from F5 to H5      5765-G62   F5 to H5    0063
Upgrade from G5 to H5      5765-G62   G5 to H5    0064
 
Per processor C5 OOCOD     5765-G62   C5          0067
Per 250 processor C5 OOCOD 5765-G62   C5          0068
Per processor D5 OOCOD     5765-G62   D5          0071
Per 250 processor D5 OOCOD 5765-G62   D5          0072
Per processor E5 OOCOD     5765-G62   E5          0075
Per 250 processor E5 OOCOD 5765-G62   E5          0076
Per processor F5 OOCOD     5765-G62   F5          0079
Per 250 processor F5 OOCOD 5765-G62   F5          0080
Per processor G5 OOCOD     5765-G62   G5          0083
Per 250 processor G5 OOCOD 5765-G62   G5          0084
Per processor H5 OOCOD     5765-G62   H5          0087
Per 250 processor H5 OOCOD 5765-G62   H5          0088

Announcing G5 Service voucher feature for 5765-G03 AIX V5.3 in support of System i 590.

                                                  OTC*
                           Program    Processor   Feature
Description                number     group       number
 
Service Voucher
per processor              5765-G03   G5          0046

Variable charges: The applicable processor-based one-time charge will be based on the group of the designated machine on which the program is licensed for use. If the program is designated to a processor in a group for which no charge is listed, the charge of the next higher group listed applies. For movement to a machine in a higher group, an upgrade charge equal to the difference in the then-current charges between the two groups will apply. For movement to a machine in a lower group, there will be no adjustment or refund of charges paid.
 
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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 Teleweb Customer Support
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Trademarks

 
POWER, POWER6, POWER5, HACMP, POWER4, System p5, System p, System i, System i5, AIX 5L, Power Architecture, and Electronic Service Agent are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
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Java is a trademark of Sun Microsystems, Inc.
 
UNIX is a registered trademark of the Open Company in the United States and other countries.
 
Linux is a trademark of Linus Torvalds in the United States, other countries or both.
 
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