IBM Tivoli Provisioning Manager for Images System x Edition, now available as a standalone offering in the System x channel, provides x86-based virtual image managementIBM United States Software Announcement 210-088
March 23, 2010
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IBM® Tivoli® Provisioning Manager for Images System x® Edition V7.1.1 offers:
- Enhanced WinPE Windows® deployments
- Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 cryptographic compliance for Microsoft® Windows/Linux on Intel® for the storage and transmission of images
- Federal Desktop Core Configuration (FDCC) cloning for Microsoft Windows XP and Microsoft Windows Vista
- CD-ROM-, DVD-, and USB-based booting, deployment, and restoration
- Discovery of virtual system images from x86 hypervisor or physical machine images (VMware, KVM, Hyper-V, and Xen)
- Support for multiple Windows/Linux virtual formats
- Repository image importing and exporting
- Ability to copy, convert, or migrate an image - I2I manipulation (P2V, V2V, V2P)
- Ability to deploy an image to new hypervisor
- OVF 1.0 support of importing and exporting of images using the OVF standard
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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IBM Tivoli Provisioning Manager for Images System x Edition V7.1.1 can now be configured and ordered for IBM System x servers, and BladeCenter® blades with offered operating systems, using the System x ordering system.
The Tivoli Provisioning family of leading virtualization management products has a new offering now available in the Systems and Technology Group ordering systems. IBM Tivoli Provisioning Manager for Images System x Edition (TPM for Images SxE) V7.1.1 is based on the Tivoli solution, and delivers unified physical and virtual image management. TPM for Images SxE eases the path to virtualization for organizations that were previously concerned about transitional risk when moving images between x86 hardware or virtualization hypervisors (P2V, V2P, V2V). TPM for Images SxE provides a superset of TPM for OS Deployment's functionality plus virtual image management features including:
- Provide hardware- and hypervisor-independent imaging across x86 platforms
from a single easy-to-use console
- Simplify the hardware driver installation through the ability to group and select the appropriate drivers by computer manufacturer
- Optimize server assets with anywhere-to-anywhere server image conversions
- Physical-to-virtual (P2V), virtual-to-physical (V2P), or virtual-to-virtual (V2V) across virtual platforms (hypervisors)
- Reduce the total number of images
- For heterogeneous systems through universal image, driver injection, and optimized image repository features
- Automate the server consolidation operations and help reduce energy costs
- Through physical-to-virtual (P2V) migration
- Help reduce labor costs by better managing "image sprawl"
- Discover, capture, store, convert, and deploy virtual images and physical server images from a single repository
- Improve agility, flexibility, and recovery
- Through snapshot/recover of servers with hardware independence
- Image-to-virtual or image-to-physical server recovery
- Help avoid vendor lock-in
- By converting almost any image format to your desired format; virtual to virtual (V2V) migration across virtual platforms (hypervisors)
- Efficiently store thousands of images
- Through a shared repository for file-based and block-based images, smart sector mode capture, and image delta features
- Help to minimize security risks
- By aiding your efforts to ensure that your data is safe and that your desktop systems conform to best-practice secure configurations
- Through Federal Desktop Core Configuration (FDCC) clone deployment for Microsoft Windows XP and Microsoft Vista
- Manage and maintain your images from a single interface
- Automate remote deployment of operating systems, which helps eliminate costly on-site support
Eligible software products, offered and selected during the configuration process with each hardware system, will be enabled for electronic download for the system unit for which the product was ordered. Optionally, software and license-only configurations can be created for these products based on existing supported hardware system units in your business environment. Offerings in this announcement are available exclusively via electronic download.
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|Planned availability date|
March 26, 2010
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Tivoli Provisioning Manager for Images System x Edition (TPM for Images SxE) is an automated, holistic image management tool that supports both physical and virtual hypervisor environments from a single Web console. This intuitive solution helps organizations to optimize physical and virtual infrastructure resources, and business service levels to help effectively reduce enterprise data center costs and administration complexity. An extensible architecture that allows for flexible integration with IBM Systems Director, VMControl, the Tivoli Software family, and third-party solutions will help protect previous investments, and allow organizations to grow the solution according to business needs.
This solution can be used for migrating data, simple applications, and operating systems across physical, virtual, blade, and image-based infrastructures in any direction. The discovery process enables virtual infrastructure resource mapping and portability between physical hosts and virtual environments. TPM for Images SxE's ability to do physical-to-virtual (P2V), virtual-to-virtual (V2V), and virtual-to-physical (V2P) conversions allows physical servers to be easily migrated into and out of virtual infrastructures quickly, to achieve the benefits of large-scale server consolidation, rapid provisioning, and workload mobility. It can also be used as a cost-effective, image-based, high availability/disaster recovery tool, and can help organizations simplify their application development and test lifecycles.
TPM for Images SxE includes a comprehensive Web-based console with access to source and target computers in customer-defined groups plus the ability to manage all of the necessary elements to prepare and use during deployments (for example, OS images, application packages, and OS configuration properties). The console is used to organize and execute the provisioning tasks on any number of computers at the same time.
A central database is utilized to store the components involved in a provisioning operation and to determine actions to perform. The provisioning operation is completely automated, from the initial preparation of the target disk, to the high-level configuration of the operating system (for example, creating a user, joining a Windows domain, or installing a software package). TPM for Images SxE enables a target computer, client or server, to go from bare metal to a fully configured system with minimal effort. Tivoli Provisioning Manager for Images System x Edition offers a full set of foundational operating system provisioning features designed to address a wide array of user-specific needs:
- Imaging engine: TPM for Images SxE can create file-based images of operating systems. The file-based image is more granular and flexible than typical sector-based images and helps reduce the number of images you need across your environment. Each file needs to be stored only once rather than storing each full image. This can mean significantly reducing the resources required to store captured images. In addition, the process of capturing a differential image can be much faster, therefore reducing the administrator time spent creating images that might have only a few differences from each other.
- Hardware inventory: Prior to an operating system being installed, TPM for Images SxE can collect key information about the hardware to better target the appropriate OS and configuration set. Some of the discovered attributes include the installed hardware devices, serial number, and model name.
- Universal image and driver injection: A key feature of the TPM for Images SxE imaging engine is the ability to create a universal image. By separating the device-specific drivers from the operating system image and injecting them at installation time, you can handle many different hardware types with a single image. This can mean less confusion about what operating system to install, fewer problems with missing drivers, and a better overall approach to managing images across the environment.
- Disk read-write access: TPM for Images SxE can create, read, and modify file systems such as NTFS, EXT-2, or EXT-3. This is a critical need in the provisioning process in order to fully automate the tasks.
- Network distribution: The product can leverage its network access to download and upload files on the network. In addition, for situations where broad distributions are required, TPM for Images SxE supports using multicast. This enables images to be deployed over the network to many endpoints at the same time, helping to minimize the impact on the network.
- Network database access: TPM for Images SxE leverages a network database to store and retrieve provisioning data, and to communicate with the Web console.
- OS configuration: Deployment is only part of the battle. Proper configuration of the operating system is critical to your efforts to ensure that a system will be stable and secure. TPM for Images SxE can read and write registry entries in Windows, configuration files in Linux®, and configuration files in AIX® to support a variety of operating system configurations. It can also modify settings for multiple Network Interface Cards (NICs), and Windows Internet Name Service (WINS). The ability to centrally manage the configuration files and reuse them helps organizations to make sure that their OS deployments are consistent and in compliance with corporate standards.
- Easy-to-use GUI: The Web-based GUI is streamlined to help reduce training needs, simplify tasks, and reduce the time-to-value. E-mail notifications about activity success or failure can be easily configured.
- CD-ROM-, DVD-, and USB-based provisioning: Though TPM for Images SxE offers touch-free network deployment capabilities, there are often times when you would like to boot a system from a CD, DVD, or USB device. With TPM for Images SxE, you can save an image to these media and manually insert it into the target drive for installation.
- Secure disk disposal: Permanently erasing the content of a hard disk can prove necessary for confidentiality reasons. When a computer changes hands or purpose, it can be important for users to ensure that the new user is not able to recover data previously stored on the hard disk. To do so, the hard disk can be completely written over with meaningless data, permanently erasing all previously stored data. Compatibility with Microsoft BitLocker Drive Encryption is provided to help render the content of a hard disk unreadable if stolen.
- Golden master: A master image can be retained in a separate partition on the local hard disk, enabling a restore to a desired configuration state or to undo unauthorized changes.
- Test or preproduction environments: These can be automatically populated from an existing production server, replicating all of the data without interference. To simplify multiple server environments, a summary of servers needing synchronization is generated.
- Virtualization support: VMware drivers can be automatically injected into a cloned image on a physical machine during deployment to a virtual machine (P2V) to enable business continuity.
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