IBM Systems Director for Linux on System z , V6.2 gives IT professionals the tools they need to better manage their virtual and physical resourcesIBM United States Software Announcement 210-106
April 13, 2010
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|At a glance|
New features in IBM® Systems Director V6.2:
- Designed to improve the performance and scalability of IBM Systems Director in managing large environments
- Simplifies the end-to-end installation and update processes and improves the usability of the Discovery manager
- Extends platform support to discover and manage IPv6-capable devices
- Enables hierarchical management of multiple IBM Systems Director Servers from a single IBM Systems Director Server
- Extends data center integration using Representational State Transfer (REST) interfaces
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IBM Systems Director V6.2 and its plug-ins provide a unified family of platform management offerings with a common toolset for managing physical and virtual resources together -- servers, storage, and networks. IBM Systems Director is designed around a modular, industry standards-based approach that leverages existing client investments in IBM platform management offerings and provides seamless integration with IBM Integrated Service Management offerings from Tivoli®.
IBM Systems Director, along with advanced managers, is designed to help improve IT personnel productivity by easily finding and identifying systems on the network, determining if those systems are working properly, and configuring and deploying new systems.
The family of IBM Systems Director products helps to manage multiple IBM systems as a single entity which aids in reducing virtualization complexity. This platform management family can help IT personnel address important IT challenges, such as keeping system firmware and drivers current, managing IT energy usage, and improving system availability.
New features and functions in IBM Systems Director V6.2:
- Improves scalability with a 64-bit IBM Systems Director Server allowing additional server, storage, and network resources to be managed
- Discovers and manages IPv6-capable devices to participate in larger networks
- Enhances the IBM Systems Director installer for IBM Systems Director Server, Common Agent, and Platform Agent to reduce many manual steps that were previously required
- Simplifies the update process for IBM Systems Director components by providing a single-button update capability
- Simplifies discovery through a single interface to discover target systems, exclude systems, and use predefined and user-created discovery profiles
- Enables multiple IBM Systems Director Servers and their associated resources to be managed by a single IBM Systems Director Server providing a unified view of all management servers
- Provides Representational State Transfer (REST) interfaces to help integrate IBM Systems Director functions with other data center management solutions and Tivoli service management solutions
- Provides the capability to launch some other products from the IBM Systems Director Web interface
IBM Systems Director helps bring it all together -- designed to manage the physical and virtual infrastructures, improve deployment of resources, and take on many of the more redundant time-consuming management tasks in the data center.
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|Planned availability date|
- Web download: On or before June 25, 2010
- ESW: June 25, 2010
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IBM Systems Director V6.2 is a platform-management foundation that streamlines the way you manage physical and virtual systems across a heterogeneous environment. By using industry standards, IBM Systems Director supports multiple operating systems and virtualization technologies across IBM platforms and non-IBM x86 platforms. IBM Systems Director V6.2 is the single-point-of-control for managing data centers. It integrates IBM's virtualization capabilities to provide new and radically improved ways to simplify the management of physical and virtual platform resources.
A key feature of IBM Systems Director is a consistent user interface focused on driving common tasks. IBM Systems Director provides a unified view of the total IT environment, including servers, storage, and networks. This unified view allows end-user tasks to be driven with a single tool. IBM Systems Director performs life cycle administration of physical, virtual, storage, and network-based resources in a data center from a single converged Web-based user interface, command-line interface, or remotely using the Representational State Transfer (REST) interface.
IBM Systems Director V6.2 can reduce the total cost of ownership and decrease management costs by eliminating the need to maintain multiple tools, and improving the utilization of existing IT resources. With IBM Systems Director V6.2, you can optimize the utilization of the heterogeneous hardware, including IBM System z®, IBM Power Systems, IBM System x®, IBM BladeCenter®, IBM Storage Systems and select non-IBM servers (x86) and systems software, such as AIX®, IBM i, Linux® on IBM platforms, Microsoft® Windows®, and Linux on x86 platforms, as well as z/VM®, VMware, and PowerVM virtualization technologies.
IBM Systems Director V6.2 delivers a suite of management tasks for the end-to-end platform management, including discovery, inventory, configuration, system health and status, resource monitoring, updates, event notification, and automation. IBM Systems Director V6.2 supports new hardware and operating system platforms for discovery, inventory, status, configuration, and updates. This includes adding support for new devices and endpoint types plus enhancements to existing infrastructure support for endpoint.
IBM Systems Director V6.2 offers the following new features and enhancements:
- Simplifies the overall usability, including discovery, installation, the
update process, and the Web interface:
- Simplifies discovery through a single interface to more easily discover target systems, exclude systems, and use predefined and user-created discovery profiles.
- Provides a full installer refresh and migration from IBM System Director V6.1 and new installation images for Platform Agent, Common Agent, and IBM Systems Director Server across the different platforms.
- Streamlines initial V6.2 management server installation with future IBM System Director V6.2 patches and updates.
- Simplifies the update process by providing a single-button updates capability.
- Adds the ability to put managed endpoint (MEP) resource in maintenance mode.
- Maintains a summary status view that is always visible on the web console, indicating the number of systems that are having problems and/or out of compliance.
- Adds the "Authorize User Group" and "Remove User Group" buttons to the user interface.
- Streamlines the legacy Launch in Context (LiC) task to the Web browser by removing all IBM Director V5.x legacy UIs and dependence on "mini-console" infrastructure and redesigns the legacy UIs to match the IBM Systems Director Web interface.
- Helps improve security with firewall friendliness and auditing compliance.
- Enhances the data center integration with Tivoli and other third-party management
- Provides the capability to launch some other products from the IBM Systems Director Web interface.
- Updates the IBM Systems Director Software Development Kit (SDK) to document and externalize the REST interface based on JAX-RS specifications and the asynchronous notification framework based on JMS specifications.
- Enhances integration with IBM Tivoli products to better manage and troubleshoot by launching Systems Director product tasks from the IBM Tivoli Enterprise Portal, thus eliminating the need to switch consoles.
- Enhances the auditing and security components to verify and setup LDAP configuration from the Web interface.
- Supports new platform and operating system updates:
- Discovers and unlocks endpoints using IPv6 or IPv4 by allowing the IBM Systems Director V6.2 management server to be installed and run on Linux on System z that has both IPv6 and IPv4 addresses configured. IBM Systems Director V6.2 Common Agent and Platform Agent can only be run on Linux on System z endpoints with IPv4 addresses.
- Provides availability, performance, and scalability enhancements:
- Increases the performance and scalability for managing large environments with a new 64-bit Systems Director management server, replacing the 31-bit management server.
- Improves the performance of accessing the IBM Systems Director database using Java Persistence Query Language (JPQL) and a Java Persistence API (JPA).
- Improves the scalability by providing hierarchical management of multiple IBM Systems Director Servers and their associated resources from a single IBM Systems Director Server.
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Virtualization has transformed enterprise-class IT. Virtualized solutions unlock technological resources such as processing power and storage from specific hardware, and redelivers them so that you can allocate them in real time to achieve business goals.
New virtualized infrastructures, however, require new management tools. Older tools generally lack the modern feature set and focus required to achieve the highest performance and most flexible response from virtualized solutions. As a result, the overall business value these outdated tools generate can be suboptimal. Furthermore, when different tools are used to manage different virtual technologies, management complexity can increase. An alternative, simplified solution would empower administrators to manage both virtual servers and virtual storage from a single source.
With IBM Systems Director V6.2, the underlying technical differences across different hardware and software virtual solutions can be viewed, allowing administrators to manage the overall virtualized infrastructure as one. Furthermore, through its next-generation feature set, extensible via a plug-in architecture, Systems Director V6.2 can help you accomplish more than ever before.
IBM Systems Director V6.2 is designed to help you achieve the full potential of virtualization: simplified management, a faster time-to-solution in the event of a problem, a tailored fit between features, functions, and the specific needs of your organization, and an accelerated, more flexible response to changing business goals and strategies.
The cost of managing the IT infrastructure has become the largest and fastest-growing component of overall IT spending for many organizations. Virtualization helps address this cost through the consolidation of physical resources. However, it also adds complexity by creating a sharp increase in the number of managed virtual resources. IT professionals are seeking more advanced capabilities and tools for managing both their physical and virtual systems across multiple architectures and environments. IBM Systems Director V6.2 is a significant new release for platform management. It gives IT professionals the tools they need to better coordinate and manage their virtual and physical resources in the new enterprise data center.
Systems Director also complements and integrates with higher level enterprise management software such as Tivoli. Systems Director, a hardware platform management solution, and Tivoli Software are complementary and can be used either individually or together to deliver superior end-to-end IT management.
Systems Director's focus is on hardware platform management, health, and configuration to help deliver maximum system availability. It consists of a set of tools that delivers granular hardware management information that can be passed up and integrated into Tivoli products, putting it into an enterprise and business services context. The IBM Tivoli portfolio of products enables a broader set of management capabilities than Systems Director and is more scalable for enterprise-wide operations. Tivoli products also go beyond hardware management and deliver advanced, automated tools for managing software applications, networks, and storage.
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- For information on IBM Systems Director for Power Systems, V6.2, refer to Software Announcement 210-093, dated April 13, 2010.
- For information on IBM Systems Director for X86, V6.2 refer to Software Announcement 210-110, dated April 13, 2010.
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Program Program number VRM name 5648-DRZ 6.2 IBM Systems Director for Linux on System z 5648-DRS 1.1 IBM Systems Director for Linux on System z Subscription and Support
Product identification number
Subscription and Program PID number Support PID Number 5648-DRZ 5648-DRS
IBM Systems Director V6.2 Information Center Availability
The IBM Systems Director V6.2 Information Center Web site at
is planned to be updated with information pertinent to IBM Systems Director V6.2 and its associated plug-ins on or before June 25, 2010.
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Product information is available via the Offering Information Web site
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The following publication is initially shipped with the product on a DVD in U.S. English:
- IBM Systems Director for Linux on System z Planning, Installation and Configuration Guide
Documentation is also available from the IBM Systems Director Information Center
- IBM Systems Director Hardware and Software Support Guide
- IBM Systems Director Systems Management Guide
- IBM Systems Director Troubleshooting Guide
- IBM Systems Director Commands Reference
- IBM Systems Director Events Reference
- IBM Systems Director for Linux on System z Planning, Installation and Configuration Guide
- IBM Systems Director Hardware Command Line User's Guide
- IBM Systems Director Upward Integration Module for HP OpenView Network Node Manager Installation and User's Guide
- IBM Systems Director Upward Integration Module for Tivoli NetView® Installation and User's Guide
- IBM Systems Director Upward Integration Module for Tivoli Management Framework Installation and User's Guide
These publications can be downloaded and viewed from the IBM Director Resources and Documentation Web site at
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Specified operating environment
IBM Systems Director for Linux on System z, V6.2 Server will operate on:
- IBM System z10® Enterprise Class
- IBM System z10 Business Class
- IBM System z9® Enterprise Class
- IBM System z9 Business Class
Although the IBM Systems Director Server is supported on just System z10 and System z9 servers, IBM Systems Director Agents support all IBM System z servers including all IBM zSeries® servers.
Refer to the Preventive Service Planning (PSP) bucket for the minimum MCLs and any required updates for your particular server.
More detailed hardware requirements are available from documents accompanying the program and from the IBM Systems Director V6.2 Information Center at
- http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/director/v6r2x/topic/com. ibm.director.plan.helps.doc/fqm0_r_hardware_requirements.html
- One of the following operating systems:
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS, Version 4 for IBM System z
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS, Version 5 for IBM System z
- SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 for IBM System z with Service Pack 4, and earlier
- SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 for IBM System z with Service Pack 3, and earlier
More detailed software requirements are available from documents accompanying the program and from the IBM Systems Director V6.2 Information Center at
- http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/director/v6r2x/topic/com. ibm.director.plan.helps.doc/fqm0_r_operating_system_and_ software_requirements.html
When preparing to install IBM Systems Director, consider that the Platform Agent, V6.2 and IBM Director Core Services, V5.20.3 are the same agent.
Operating systems supported by IBM Systems Director V6.2
IBM Systems Director V6.2 provides support for many operating systems. However, support varies depending on the selected hardware and IBM Systems Director component.
IBM z/VM IBM Manageability Operating system Systems Access versions for Director Common Platform Point Agent 31-bit systems Server Agent Agent (see note 1) Red Hat Enterprise X X Linux AS, version 4.0, for IBM System z SUSE Linux Enterprise X X Server 9 for IBM System z
IBM z/VM Operating system IBM Manageability versions for Systems Access 64-bit systems Director Common Platform Point Agent (see note 2) Server Agent Agent (see note 1) Red Hat Enterprise X X X Linux AS, version 4.0, for IBM System z Red Hat Enterprise X X X X Linux AP, version 5.0, (see note 3) for IBM System z SUSE Linux Enterprise X X X X Server 9 for IBM (see note 4) System z SUSE Linux Enterprise X X X X Server 10 for IBM (see note 5) System z
- The IBM z/VM Manageability Access Point Agent is used by IBM Systems Director V6.2 to monitor the virtual machines and associated resources known as a z/VM system. The agent must be running in a virtual machine within the IBM z/VM, V5.4 or V6.1 system that is to be monitored.
- 64-bit support is by way of 31-bit compatibility mode only.
- IBM z/VM Manageability Access Point Agent requires Red Hat Enterprise Linux AP, version 5.0, for IBM System z, Update 3, or later.
- IBM z/VM Manageability Access Point Agent requires SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 for IBM System z, Service Pack 4, or later.
- IBM z/VM Manageability Access Point Agent requires SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 for IBM System z, Service Pack 2, or later.
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IBM Systems Director V6.2 supports the following languages:
- Brazilian Portuguese
- Chinese (simplified)
- Chinese (traditional)
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