IBM United States
Software Announcement 200-283
August 22, 2000

Tivoli Software Distribution V4.0 and Tivoli Management Framework V3R7 Extend Your Enterprise Systems Management Capabilities

 ENUS200-283.PDF (39KB)

At a Glance

Tivoli Software Distribution Version 4.0 , using the infrastructure provided by Tivoli Management Framework V3R7 , eases software deployment in large distributed networks by:

  • Providing a centralized software management system
  • Improving remote distribution and enhancing scalability
  • Facilitating superior software package preparation
  • Allowing full automation of software distribution and installation
  • Distributing files to systems simultaneously throughout your enterprise

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


Challenged by software deployment in large distributed systems networks? Now you can install software faster and more easily with the combined enhancements found in Tivoli® Software Distribution Version 4.0 and Tivoli Framework V3R7.

Tivoli Software Distribution Version 4.0

By eliminating the manual tasks to install, configure, and update programs on numerous systems, Tivoli Software Distribution provides an efficient, scalable solution to software deployment problems. Significant functional capability enhancements have been made to:

  • Software Packaging
    • New flexible object model supporting installation and removal of multiple object types
    • Single software package for different target systems through support for variables and conditions in package definitions
    • Multiple software package creation techniques using the new Software Package Editor , AutoPack differencing technology, or text editing of package definitions.
  • Delivery
    • Exploitation of asynchronous multiplexed distribution provided by Tivoli Management Framework
    • Storage of packages on intermediate nodes closer to target systems
    • A graphical user interface for access and control of distribution
    • Automatic restart of distributions after system or power failure
  • Installation
    • Change management actions and modes contained in the Software Package can be administered through visual dialogs or command line interface

Tivoli Management Framework V3R7

Tivoli Management Framework provides the base services for communication, distribution, authentication, and authorization as well as the management infrastructure used by other Tivoli applications.

Functional enhancements include:

  • Distribution with asynchronous, simultaneous, multiplexed delivery
  • Support of Novell NetWare gateway
  • Enhanced security, scalability, and availability
  • Support of disconnected endpoints
  • Superior control of software distribution

Using Tivoli applications, administrators can distribute desktop and client-server applications, automate system inventories, monitor configuration changes, and manage the software life cycle.

Key Prerequisites

Tivoli Software Distribution — Tivoli Management Framework V3R7

Planned Availability Date

August 25, 2000


Tivoli Software Distribution V4.0 is an application for installing and configuring software across homogeneous or multiplatform enterprise networks. It can deploy new applications, update existing software with newer versions, and synchronize software releases on distributed systems. The remote, receiving systems can be configured with UNIX®, Windows NT™, NetWare, Windows™ 98, Windows 95, or OS/2® operating systems.

Tivoli Software Distribution V4.0 introduces the Software Package Editor , a package preparation facility that provides several ways to create and edit software packages for distribution. The Software Package Editor makes use of a simplified single file format, called the Software Package , for content packaging. Software packages can be generated by different means, including:

  • Visual editing performed by use of the Software Package Editor
  • Automatic generation, using the differencing technology of AutoPack
  • Text Editing of package definitions

All of the techniques used to create software packages are based on the single file format of the Software package. Therefore, packages that are created automatically by AutoPack are identical to packages created manually by the Software Package Editor.

With Tivoli Software Distribution, you establish a central point of control for automated software distribution. Through use of Variables , which allow you to make the software package more generic, and Conditions , which allow you to define the circumstances under which a specific action will take place, you expand the flexibility of the software package. This eliminates the need to create a different package for each type of platform within your enterprise. These powerful tools allow you to make good use of your time and resources.

In addition, Tivoli Software Distribution supports common third party packaging formats, and content prepared in these formats and their associated utilities and response files can be incorporated within the Software Package .

Tivoli Software Distribution, utilizing the multiplexed distribution services of Tivoli Management Framework V3R7, performs asynchronous, simultaneous delivery of large amounts of data to multiple target systems. This enables you to perform rapid and optimal software distributions.

  • Asynchronous Delivery means that the status of each distribution to each target system operates independently, and the status is reported without waiting until the distribution has completed for all targets.
  • Assured Delivery resumes distributions after network errors or power failures. The data is maintained in local caches on each repeater until a connection is reestablished.
  • Checkpoint Restart provides additional efficiency by resuming from where the interruption occurred rather than restarting from the beginning of the package.
  • Distribution Control , implemented through a graphical user interface (GUI), allows administrators to initiate, pause, resume, or cancel distributions for all distribution destinations.
  • Priority Levels determine the timing and the number of network connections used by a specific software package distribution.
  • Depoting enables temporary or permanent storage of software packages at an intermediate node (known as a depot) that is closer to the target systems.

Tivoli Software Distribution supports operating system upgrades for the Microsoft™ Windows operating system family, and eliminates the need to create scripts and programs to configure an application. By simply incorporating the required actions in the software package you are installing, the package performs such actions as changing the registry, adding desktop icons, or creating folders and shortcuts.

Through integration with other Tivoli applications, the capabilities available to an administrator are expanded beyond distribution. A system administrator can:

  • Use Tivoli Inventory and the Tivoli Management Framework query facility to query a configuration repository to determine the appropriate targets of a distribution, as well as to track information about software distributions and the change management status of software packages on target systems. (Tivoli Inventory V3R6.2 — required for use of Historical Database.)
  • Use the Tivoli Management Framework Scheduler to schedule jobs at a future time, or repeat scheduled jobs a specified number of times.
  • Send distribution operations events to the Events Console through integration with Tivoli Enterprise Console® (Tivoli Event Console V3R6.2 — required for use of TEC Integration).
  • Use the Tivoli Software Distribution Web Interface to retrieve and install Tivoli Software Distribution profiles from UNIX and Windows NT endpoints, using a web-enabled browser.
  • Manage and optimize network and system resources using the GUI interface, powerful command line interface, and advanced text-based options.

Year 2000

These products are Year 2000 ready. When used in accordance with their associated documentation, they are capable of correctly processing, providing, and/or receiving date data within and between the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, provided that all products (for example, hardware, software, and firmware) used with the products properly exchange accurate date data with them.

Euro Currency

These programs are not impacted by euro currency.

Product Positioning

Tivoli Management Framework, which is packaged with Tivoli core enterprise IT system management applications, provides the infrastructure or base services, that is, communication, authentication, authorization, and distribution used by those applications.

Tivoli Software Distribution is a key application for efficiently and cost-effectively promulgating and maintaining end-user software configurations. It also integrates with other Tivoli applications to provide a complete IT system management suite.

Reference Information

For additional information on Tivoli's Value-Based Pricing and the associated terms and conditions, refer to Software Announcement 200-017 , dated February 15, 2000.


OS/2 is a registered trademark of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
Windows, Windows NT, and Microsoft are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.
UNIX is a registered trademark in the United States and other countries exclusively through X/Open Company Limited.
Tivoli is a registered trademark of Tivoli Systems, Inc. in the United States or other countries or both.
Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

Offering Information

Product information will be available on day of announcement through Offering Information (OITOOL) at:


The following publications can be ordered after planned availability. To order, contact your IBM/Tivoli® representative or your IBM/Tivoli Business Partner.

Tivoli Software Distribution V4.0

Publication Name                                     Number
Tivoli Software Distribution                         GC32-0651
 User's Guide, V4.0
Tivoli Software Distribution                         GC32-0652
 Reference Manual, V4.0
Tivoli Software Distribution                         GI11-0764
 Release Notes, V4.0
Tivoli Software Distribution                         GI11-0765
 Read Me First, V4.0
Tivoli Software Distribution                         SH19-4341
 for NetWare Up & Running
Tivoli Software Distribution for                     SH19-4342
 NetWare Command Reference
Tivoli Software Distribution                         GI10-8019
 Release Notes, V3.6.2
Tivoli Software Distribution                         GC31-8330
 User's Guide, V3.6
Tivoli Software Distribution                         SC31-8331
 Reference Manual, V3.6
Tivoli Software Distribution                         GC32-0294
 AutoPack Guide, V3.6
Tivoli Software Distribution                         GI10-3014
 Release Notes, V3.6
Tivoli Software Distribution                         SH19-4333
 for AIX(R), V3.1.3
Tivoli Software Distribution                         SH19-4334
 for OS/2(R), V3.1.3
Tivoli Software Distribution                         SH19-4335
 for Windows NT(TM), V3.1.3
Publication Name                                     Number
Tivoli Software Distribution Client                  SH19-4337
 Install & Configuration, V3.1.3
IPLA Pamphlet                                        Z125-3301
License Information Document                         LC23-4470
Tivoli Management Framework V3R7
Tivoli Management Framework                          GC31-8433
 User's Guide, V3.7
Tivoli Management Framework Planning                 GC32-0393
 for Deployment Guide, V3.7
Tivoli Management Framework Maintenance              GC32-0394
 & Troubleshooting Guide, V3.7
Tivoli Management Framework Task                     SC31-8436
 Library Developers' Guide, V3.7
Tivoli Management Framework                          SC31-8434
 Reference Manual, V3.7
Tivoli Enterprise Installation                       GC32-0395
 Guide, V3.7
Tivoli Management Framework                          GI10-3028
 Release Notes, V3.7
Tivoli Management Framework                          GI10-4834
 Read Me First, V3.7
Tivoli Enterprise Installation                       GI11-0725
 Release Notes, V3.7
Tivoli Key Memo                                      GI10-3041
IPLA Pamphlet                                        Z125-3301
License Information Document                         LC23-4470

Technical Information

Specified Operating Environment

Hardware Requirements

Hardware Requirements — Tivoli Servers and Managed Nodes

The following tables list the estimated disk space required for the Tivoli Management Framework. The estimated disk space includes space for the Tivoli libraries, binaries, server database, client database, manual pages, and message catalogs.

When binaries and manual pages can be shared from a Network File System (NFS) file server, the disk space required is minimized without affecting performance.

Note: It is strongly recommended that you do not share these files across TMR boundaries. Upgrading to future releases and installing Tivoli service packs cannot be completed on a TMR-by-TMR basis if these files are shared across TMR boundaries.

Windows NT binaries can be shared from a New Technology File System (NTFS) file server with some performance loss. For this reason, the Tivoli server should always have a local copy of the binaries. The database must be locally installed on an NTFS file system.

As each Tivoli product is added to the Tivoli installation, additional disk space will be required. Consult the appropriate application guide for application planning information and disk space requirements.

Supported                     Server   Client   Man     Message
Platform      Lib     Bin     DB       DB       Pages   Catalogs
AIX           10 MB   48 MB   30 MB    10 MB    1 MB    0.5 MB
HP-UX         10 MB   94 MB   30 MB    10 MB    1 MB    0.5 MB
Solaris       10 MB   43 MB   30 MB    10 MB    1 MB    0.5 MB
SunOS         10 MB   55 MB   30 MB    10 MB    1 MB    0.5 MB
Windows NT    57 MB combined in the same location
                              30 MB    10 MB    5 MB    0.5 MB

The following table presents the minimum memory requirements for Tivoli:

                                       Managed          Managed
                                       Node             Node
Supported           Management         (with            (without
Platform            Server             Desktop)         Desktop)
AIX                 64 MB              48 MB            32 MB
HP-UX               64 MB              48 MB            32 MB
Solaris             64 MB              48 MB            32 MB
SunOS               48 MB              48 MB            32 MB
Windows NT          48 MB              32 MB            24 MB

Note: The swap space should be twice the amount of RAM on each computer.

Hardware Requirements — Tivoli Endpoints

The endpoint client uses approximately 1 to 2 MB of memory. It runs on any system configured to the vendor's recommended specifications.

Software Requirements

Software Requirements — Tivoli Management Framework V3R7

This section contains information about the supported operating system versions and required patches (if any) for each supported hardware architecture. Tivoli does not distribute or maintain operating system patches from hardware vendors. Contact your hardware vendor for information on obtaining and installing operating system patches. If you are not sure how to contact your hardware vendor, contact your Tivoli support provider for details on the recommended procedure.

Platform Support:

Platform                        Supported Versions
IBM  AIX 4.3                    Managed Node, Endpoint:
                                 RS/6000(R) series running
                                 AIX, Version 4.3
AS/400(R)                       Endpoint: V4R3, V4R4, V4R5
NetWare                         Gateway, Endpoint:
                                 Versions NW4.x and NW5
Platform                        Supported Versions
OS/2                            Tivoli Desktop for Windows(TM),
                                 Gateway, Endpoint:
                                 IBM-compatible PCs 486 or
                                 higher running IBM OS/2
                                 Warp Server, OS/2 Warp 4.0,
                                 or OS/2 Warp Server for
Solaris                         Managed Node, Endpoint:
                                 Sun SPARC series running
                                 Solaris, Version 2.6
Windows                         Tivoli Desktop for Windows,
                                 Endpoint:  IBM-Compatible
                                 PCs 486 or higher running
                                 Microsoft(TM) Windows 95
                                 or Windows 98
Windows NT                      Tivoli Desktop for Windows,
                                 Managed Node, Endpoint:
                                 IBM-compatible PCs 486 or
                                 higher running Microsoft
                                 Windows NT 4.0, Service SP3,
                                 SP4 and SP5, Windows 2000

Note: Motif Version 1.2 is supported. Tivoli Software Distribution V4.0 does not support AS/400.

Software Requirements — Tivoli Software Distribution V4.0

Tivoli Management Framework V3R7

Tivoli Inventory V3R6.2 is a prerequisite for installing and using the Historical Database to update the Tivoli Inventory configuration repository with Software Distribution operations.

Tivoli Event Console V3R6.2 is required for use of TEC integration.


Compatibility/Interoperability — Tivoli Management Framework V3R7

(Compatibility and interoperability information for previous releases of Tivoli Management Framework is provided in the Tivoli Migration Toolkit Migration Guide .)

Term's compatibility and interoperability are defined as follows:

Compatibility — Whether different versions of a Tivoli Enterprise product can communicate with different versions of Tivoli Management Framework.

The following table shows the compatibility of Tivoli Management Framework, Version 3.7 with the other Tivoli products.

Tivoli Product                                      V3R7
Tivoli Distributed Monitoring 3.0.2                 No
Tivoli Distributed Monitoring 3.0.3                 No
Tivoli Distributed Monitoring 3.5                   No
Tivoli Distributed Monitoring 3.5.1                 No
Tivoli Distributed Monitoring 3.5.2                 No
Tivoli Distributed Monitoring 3.6                   Yes
Tivoli Distributed Monitoring 3.6.1                 Yes
Tivoli Distributed Monitoring 3.6.2                 Yes
Tivoli Enterprise Console(R) 2.6                    No
Tivoli Enterprise Console 3.1                       No
Tivoli Enterprise Console 3.6                       Yes
Tivoli Enterprise Console 3.6.1                     Yes
Tivoli Enterprise Console 3.6.2                     Yes
Tivoli Inventory 3.0                                No
Tivoli Inventory 3.1                                No
Tivoli Inventory 3.2                                No
Tivoli Inventory 3.6                                Yes
Tivoli Inventory 3.6.1                              Yes
Tivoli Inventory 3.6.2                              Yes
Tivoli Remote Control 2.0                           No
Tivoli Remote Control 2.1                           No
Tivoli Remote Control 2.1.1                         No
Tivoli Remote Control 3.6                           Yes
Tivoli Remote Control 3.6.1                         Yes
Tivoli Remote Control 3.6.5                         Yes
Tivoli Security Management 3.2                      No
Tivoli Security Management 3.6                      Yes
Tivoli Security Management 3.6.1                    Yes
Tivoli Security Management 3.6.2                    Yes
Tivoli Software Distribution 3.0                    No
Tivoli Software Distribution 3.1                    No
Tivoli Software Distribution 3.1.1                  No
Tivoli Software Distribution 3.1.2                  No
Tivoli Software Distribution 3.6                    Yes
Tivoli Software Distribution 3.6.1                  Yes
Tivoli Software Distribution 3.6.2                  Yes
Tivoli Software Distribution 4.0                    Yes
Tivoli Software Installation Service1.0             No
Tivoli Software Installation Service 3.6            No
Tivoli Software Installation Service 3.6.1          Yes
Tivoli Software Installation Service 3.7            Yes
Tivoli User Administration 3.0                      No
Tivoli User Administration 3.0.1                    No
Tivoli User Administration 3.1                      No
Tivoli User Administration 3.1.2                    No
Tivoli User Administration 3.1.3                    No
Tivoli User Administration 3.1.4                    No
Tivoli User Administration 3.6                      Yes
Tivoli User Administration 3.6.1                    Yes
Tivoli User Administration 3.6.2                    Yes

The new NetWare gateway supports the following applications:

  • Tivoli Remote Control, Version 3.6.x
  • Tivoli User Administration, Version 3.6.x
  • Tivoli Software Distribution, Version 4.0
  • Tivoli Security Management, Version 3.6.x
  • Tivoli Inventory, Version 3.6.x

The NetWare gateway will not support the following applications:

  • Tivoli Enterprise Console, Version 3.6.x
  • Tivoli Distributed Monitoring, Version 3.6.x

Interoperability — Whether different versions of the same Tivoli Enterprise product can communicate with each other.

Tivoli Management Framework, V3R7, is interoperable with Version 3.6, Version 3.6.1, Version 3.6.2, Version 3.6.3, and Version 3.6.4.

Tivoli Management Framework Version 3.2 endpoint managers and gateways are not interoperable with Tivoli Management Framework, Version 3.7.

When you upgrade your Tivoli Management Region (TMR) server to Tivoli Management Framework V3R7, the endpoint manager is upgraded.

Note: It is recommended that you immediately upgrade your 3.6 gateways after upgrading your TMR server. You can upgrade 3.6 endpoints using a login_policy script to automatically upgrade an endpoint the first time.

Planning Information

Packaging: Tivoli Software Distribution V4.0

  • CDROMs (5)
  • Publications (15)
  • IPLA Pamphlet (1)
  • License Information Pamphlet (1)

Tivoli Management Framework V3R7

  • CDROMs (3)
  • Publications (9)
  • IPLA Pamphlet (1)
  • License Information Pamphlet (1)
  • Repricing License Information Pamphlet (1)
  • Tivoli Key Memo (1)

Security, Auditability, and Control

Tivoli Management Framework V3R7 and Tivoli Software Distribution Version 4.0 use the security and auditability features of the operating system platform on which they are installed.

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

Ordering Information

The products in this announcement are priced according to the Tivoli Value-Based Pricing structure. Refer to Software Announcement 200-017 , dated February 15, 2000.

Charge Features are unaffected by this announcement.

Customization Options: Order customization feature numbers are unaffected by this announcement.

Basic License: Ordering features and Tivoli Systems Support features are unaffected by this announcement.

Basic Machine-Readable Material: National Language features are unaffected by this announcement.

Customization Options: Order customization feature numbers are unaffected by this announcement.

Terms and Conditions

Agreement: IBM International Program License Agreement (IPLA), IBM Agreement for Acquisition of Support (IAAS) or IBM International Agreement for Acquisition of Programs and Support (IIAAPS), with the Attachment for Support and its Addendum for Tivoli Systems, and an Order Form.

Transferable: Applies except when Support is in effect

Limited Warranty Applies: Yes

Guarantee: Not applicable for these programs

Getting Started Period: Not applicable

Usage Restriction: Yes. Usage is restricted to the number of management points acquired.

Upgrade Protection: Covered as long as Support is in effect

Educational Allowance Available: Yes, to qualified education customers

Volume Orders: Not applicable

Licensed Program Materials Availability

  • Restricted Materials of IBM: None
  • Non-Restricted Source Materials: None
  • Object Code Only (OCO): All

Tivoli Support

Availability:            The first year of Tivoli Support is
                          available at no additional charge.
                          The first year starts when the
                          product is shipped to the customer.
                         Subsequent years of Tivoli Support
                          are available, for a fee, as part of
                          the IAAS, IIAAPS, or any equivalent
Support Center
 applies:                Yes
                         Access is available through
                          the Tivoli Support Center,
                          800-TIVOLI8 (848-6548)
Applicable for:          The current release level.
                         The immediate previous release
                          level for twelve months after
                          general availability of the
                          current release.
Available until
 the product
 discontinued:           Twelve months after written notice
                          of product discontinuance,
                          that is, End-of-Life (EOL).
APAR mailing             Tivoli Systems Incorporated
 address                 9442 Capital of Texas Highway
                         Austin, TX  78759
                         Attention:  Product Development

Complimentary Introductory Support: Not available


Charge features and charges are unaffected by this announcement.

Customer Financing: IBM Global Financing offers attractive financing to credit-qualified commercial and government customers and Business Partners in more than 40 countries around the world. IBM Global Financing is provided by the IBM Credit Corporation in the United States. Offerings, rates, terms, and availability may vary by country. Contact your local IBM Global Financing organization. Country organizations are listed on the Web at:

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AIX, OS/2, RS/6000, and AS/400 are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
Windows NT, Windows, and Microsoft are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.
Tivoli is a registered trademark of Tivoli Systems, Inc. in the United States or other countries or both.
Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

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