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V4.1.x - Recommended Software Levels for SAN Volume Controller

Preventive Service Planning


Abstract

The documents titled Supported Hardware List and Recommended Software Levels provide the operating systems, host adapters, SAN fabric elements, RAID controllers and selected other hardware that have been tested or qualified by IBM.

For operating systems, we show the latest tested release levels and service packs. Only the listed operating systems are supported. For host adapters, SAN fabric elements and RAID controllers, we list our currently recommended firmware and/or BIOS levels and formally support only the hardware listed.

While these levels are not mandatory levels for a customer to be supported by IBM, they are the recommended levels. There may be known operational issues with older firmware and BIOS levels and, in these cases, a customer working with the IBM Support Centre may be directed to upgrade a component to a recommended level.

Content

Whilst IBM recommends these levels based upon the most recent testing, the

following levels were tested against previous versions of SVC and IBM will support
the use of these levels with SVC V4.1.x.

V3.1.0 - Recommended Software Levels for SAN Volume Controller

V2.1.0 - Recommended Software Levels for SAN Volume Controller






SAN File System V2.2.3

SAN File System V2.2.3
Link
Notes
Please refer to the following link for a list of systems supported by SAN File System Version 2.2.3
SLES 8 Metadata Server (System x)
SLES 9 Metadata Server (System x)



Host Operating System Levels

Operating System
Maintenance Level
Notes
AIX 4.3.3
Maintenance Level 11
AIX 5.1
Maintenance Level 9 (ML09)
AIX 5.2
Technology Level 10 (TL10)
From TL08, Maintenance Levels will now be referred to as Technology Levels

TL10 requires the following APAR for use with SDDPCM:
IY99799
AIX 5.3
Technology Level 6 (TL06)
From TL04, Maintenance Levels will now be referred to as Technology Levels

TL06 requires the following APAR
for use with SDDPCM:
IY99798
Windows NT 4
SP6a
Windows 2000:
Server
Advanced Server
Datacenter Server
SP4 Update Rollup 1



Windows Server 2003:
Standard Edition
Enterprise Edition
Datacenter Edition
Standard x64 Edition
Enterprise x64 Edition
Datacenter x64 Edition
Enterprise Itanium Edition Datacenter Itanium Edition
SP2

Please click on the following link to refer to the Microsoft Help and Support article 909360:

Microsoft Help and Support
Windows 2003 R2 is supported. Please refer to the following link for additional support information

Windows Server 2003 R2 Partners
Red Hat EL Advanced Server 2.1
U7
2.4.9-e.62 EL Kernel
Fabric maintenance and CCL restrictions apply, please visit Software Restrictions for further details
Red Hat EL Advanced Server 3.0
U7
2.4.21-40 ELHugemem Kernel
U7
  2.4.21-32.0.1.ELsmp Kernel
IBM System p & System p
Fabric maintenance and CCL restrictions apply, please visit Software Restrictions for further details
Red Hat EL Advanced Server 4.0
U3
2.6.9-34 EL Kernel
IA32 and x64 based systems
U5
2.6.9-55 EL Kernel
U3
2.6.9-34 EL Kernel
IBM eServer p5 systems
Fabric maintenance and CCL restrictions apply, please visit Software Restrictions for further details
U4
zLinux 2.6.9-42.EL.m3
System z Notes:

Supported Machines:

System z z800 - IBM 2066
System z z800 - IBM 2086
System z z900 - IBM 2064
System z z990 - IBM 2084
System z z9-109

Mode: LPAR (31 / 64 bit) and z/VM (31 / 64 bit)

Restrictions apply, please visit the restrictions document for details IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller V4.1.x - Host Attachment Guide Errata

30Sept2009: This document has been removed from the web as SAN Volume Controller V4.1.x is no longer supported.
SLES 8
United Linux 1.0
SP4
2.4.21-306 Kernel
System z
SP4
2.4.21-295 Kernel



System z Notes:

Kernel requires fix for IBM bugzilla 16690

Mode: LPAR (31 / 64 bit) and z/VM (31 / 64 bit)

Running under z/VM 64 bit V5 R1.0 service level 0501

Models Supported:

System z z800 - IBM 2066
System z z890 - IBM 2086
System z z900 - IBM 2064
System z z990 - IBM 2084
SLES 9
Novell/SuSE
SP3
2.6.5-7.267 Kernel
System x Intel Servers Only
(x86 and x86_64 architectures)
SP2
2.6.5-7.191-pSeries64 Kernel
System p (IBM p5 Only)
SP3
Requires a minimum kernel of 2.6.5-7.243-S390
System z Notes:

Supported Machines:

System z z800 - IBM 2066
System z z800 - IBM 2086
System z z900 - IBM 2064
System z z990 - IBM 2084
System z z9-109
SP1
2.6.5.7.151-smp Kernel
HS20 / HS40 Blade
SLES 10
Novell/SuSE
2.6.16.21-0.8-bigsmp
IA32EM64T, Opteron, Xeon
(64 bit)
2.6.16.21-0.8-ppc64
IBM eServer p5 systems & IBM System p
HP-UX 11.0
for PA-RISC
(64 bit only)
The following patches should be applied to the base OS:

HWE1100 (B.11.00.0403.3)
QPK1100 (B.11.00.64.4)
plus the latest PDC firmware for the model

Set PV (Physical Volume) timeout to 90 seconds when multipathed with SDD, and 60 seconds when using PV Links. This is to avoid I/O timeouts during fabric maintenance and SVC CCLs (Concurrent code loads)
HP-UX 11i
v1 for PA-RISC
(64 bit only)
The following patches should be applied to the base OS:

BUNDLE11i(B.11.11.0306.1) HWEnable11i(B.11.11.0509.430)
GOLDQPK11i(B.11.11.0606.446)

plus the latest PDC firmware for the model

Set PV (Physical Volume) timeout to 90 seconds when multipathed with SDD, and 60 seconds when using PV Links. This is to avoid I/O timeouts during fabric maintenance and SVC CCLs (Concurrent code loads)
v2 for PA-RISC and Itanium
(64 bit only)
The following patches should be applied to the base OS:

BUNDLE11i(B.11.23.0409.3) HWEnable11i(B.11.23.0609.053)FEATURE11i(B.11.23.0609.051)QPK1123(B.11.23.0609.053a)


Set PV (Physical Volume) timeout to 90 seconds when multipathed with SDD, and 60 seconds when using PV Links. This is to avoid I/O timeouts during fabric maintenance and SVC CCLs (Concurrent code loads)

SunOS / Solaris
V5.10 / 10
(64 bit only)
V5.9 / 9
(64 bit only)
V5.8 / 8
(64 bit only)
Novell NetWare 6.5
SP5
VMware ESX 3.02
Please visit the Supported Hardware List for Guest OS and HBA support information
Support for Virtual Center/VMotion
VMware ESX 3.01
Customers who are running the VMware 3.01 build are required to move to a minimum VMware level of 3.02 for continued support.
VMware ESX 2.5.3
Build 22981
Guest OS - Windows 2000 and 2003 ( Clustered & Non Clustered)

RH2.1, RH3.0, SLES8, SLES9


Support for Virtual Center/VMotion
VMware ESX 2.5.2
Build 16390
Guest OS - Windows 2000 and 2003 ( Clustered & Non Clustered)

RH2.1, RH3.0, SLES8, SLES9


Support for Virtual Center/VMotion
VMware ESX 2.1 with VMFS disks
Build 7728
Novell 6.5 as a guest operating system only

Supported in single path mode only, please visit Software Restrictions for further details

Only VMFS mode disk are supported

Vmotion is not supported
Tru64
5.1A





LUN numbering:
When mapping vdisks to hosts, only LUNs in the range 0 to 254 can be used

Expanding SVC vdisks
is supported (upon vdisk expansion, the disk label still shows original size however the disk needs to be re labelled
and AdvFS file system extended)

Shrinking SVC vdisks is not supported

SVC Copy Services Configuration / LUN Synthesis:

With AdvFS, it is possible to map a FC target to the same machine as a FC source. In order to use the same domain
name, manual link to the new disk (ln -s /dev/disk/dskNc) has to be created in the /etc/fdmns/domain_name directory
5.1B:
5.1B-1 PK 3
5.1B-2 PK 4
5.1B-3 PK 5
OpenVMS
7.3-2
LUN numbering:
When mapping vdisks to hosts, only LUNs in the range 0 to 254 can be used

Expanding SVC vdisks
is not supported

Shrinking SVC vdisks is not supported
8.2
8.2-1
Bot h Alpha and Integrity Itanium Servers are supported
LUN numbering:
When mapping vdisks to hosts, only LUNs in the range 0 to 254 can be used


Expanding SVC vdisks
is
not supported

Shrinking SVC vdisks is not supported
SGI-Irix
6.5.28 f

Multipathing / Host Drivers, Clustering and SAN Boot support - By Host Operating System

Please refer to the Host Attachment Guide for more detailed information on the supported functions below.

30Sept2009: This document has been removed from the web as SAN Volume Controller V4.1.x is no longer supported.

AIX
Operating System
Multipath Driver
Host Attachment Script
SAN Boot Support
Clustering Support
Notes
AIX 4.3.3
No
No
AIX 5.1
No
HACMP 4.5

SVC Supports up to 32 nodes per HACMP cluster
HACMP 5.1

SVC Supports up to 32 nodes per HACMP cluster
HACMP 5.2

APAR Requirements:

HACMP #IY68370
HACMP #IY66135
HACMP #IY69084
HACMP #IY70300
HACMP #IY70301
HACMP #IY70337

AIX ML 5100-07

SVC Supports up to 32 nodes per HACMP cluster
AIX 5.2
No
HACMP 5.2

APAR Requirements:

HACMP #IY68370
HACMP #IY66135
HACMP #IY69084
HACMP #IY70300
HACMP #IY70301
HACMP #IY70337

Technology Level 8 (TL08)

AIX #IY65814+
HACMP 5.3

APAR Requirements:

HACMP IY84883

Technology Level 8 (TL08)

HACMP/XD 5.3

Please refer to HACMP flash for support information and restrictions
HACMP 5.4

Technology Level 8 (TL08)

HACMP/XD

5.4
Please refer to HACMP flash for support information and restrictions
Veritas DMP
N/A
Yes
with APAR IY67584
IY65717 IY59620
Veritas Storage Foundation HA v4.0 with MP3
with Point Patch
The point patch for VSF 4.0 MP3 related to IBM SVC can be obtained via Symantec Tech support.

IBM does NOT support I/O fencing of VCS on AIX for SVC at this time
HACMP 5.2
Technology Level 8 (TL08)


HACMP volume groups must be defined as Enhanced Concurrent Mode, in either concurrent or non-concurrent resource groups
SDDPCM requires the following APARs for use with TL10 IY99799

For Restrictions please Visit the following Flash Announcement:


Operating SAN Volume Controller with MPIO / SDDPCM
AIX 5.3
No
-
HACMP 5.1

APAR Requirements:

HACMP APAR #IY61441
RSCT APAR #IY61740
AIX APAR #IY60930
AIX APAR #IY61034
AIX APAR #IY62191

HACMP 5.2

APAR Requirements:

HACMP #IY68370
HACMP #IY66135
HACMP #IY69084
HACMP #IY70300
HACMP #IY70301
HACMP #IY70337

Technology Level 4 (TL04)

AIX #IY65664
AIX #IY65815
HACMP 5.3

APAR Requirements:

HACMP IY84883


Technology Level 4 (TL04)


HACMP/XD 5.3
Please refer to HACMP flash for support information and restrictions
HACMP 5.4

Technology Level 4 (TL04)

HACMP/XD

5.4
Please refer to HACMP flash for support information and restrictions
SVC Supports up to 32 nodes per HACMP cluster
Veritas DMP
N/A
Yes
Veritas Storage Foundation HA v4.0 with MP3
with Point Patch
The point patch for VSF 4.0 MP3 related to IBM SVC can be obtained via Symantec Tech support.

IBM does NOT support I/O fencing of VCS on AIX for SVC at this time
HACMP 5.2, 5.3, 5.4
Technology Level 4 (TL04)


HACMP volume groups must be defined as Enhanced Concurrent Mode, in either concurrent or non-concurrent resource groups


HACMP/XD 5.3,5.4

Please refer to HACMP flash for support information and restrictions

SDDPCM requires the following APARs for use with TL06
IY99798

For Restrictions please Visit the following Flash Announcement:


Operating SAN Volume Controller with MPIO / SDDPCM


Virtual IO Server

Operating System
Multipath Driver
*Host Attachment Script
SAN Boot Support
Clustering Support
Notes
No
No
Customers running AIX 5300-03 or earlier must have the following APARs:
With AIX APAR IY79360

With AIX APAR IY79165
No
No
The following critical fix contains a readme.txt file with important information about applying this fix:
APAR IY91828
Yes


Red Hat Linux

Operating System
Multipath Driver
SAN Boot Support
Clustering Support
Notes
Red Hat AS 2.1
No
No
Red Hat AS 3.0
No
No
San Boot is supported on QLA2340 & QLA2342 only
SAN boot (IPL) is supported from SVC however the IPL processes can fail because there is no multipath support
during the boot process
Red Hat AS 3.0 on System p
No
No
Red Hat AS 4.0
Red Hat AS 4.0
No
Veritas DMP
No
VSF 4.1 with
Maintenance Pack 3 (MP3)
(consisting of ASL, APM and DMP fix for SAN.VC array)
Supported with 32bit platforms only
Red Hat AS 4.0 (System z)
device-mapper-multipath-0.4.5-16.1.RHEL4

device-mapper-1.02.07-4.0.RHEL4


lvm2-2.02.01-1.3.RHEL4
Yes
No
SAN boot (IPL) is supported from SVC however the IPL processes can fail because there is no multipath support
during the boot process


SLES

Operating System
Multipath Driver
SAN Boot Support
Clustering Support
Notes
SLES 8
(x86)
No
No
SLES 8
(ppc)
No
No
SLES 8
(System z)
LVM version
lvm-1.0.5-125
Yes
No
SAN boot (IPL) is supported from SVC however the IPL processes can fail because there is no multipath support
during the boot process
SLES 9
(x86 and x86_64 architectures)
SDD 1.6.2.0-1.1
We recommend using the 2.6.5-7.267 kernel.

Please note:
2.6.5-7.193 and 2.6.5-7.257 kernels are not supported
Yes
No
SLES 9
(SGI Altix)
OS Internal
(incl. in SLES SP3 & SGI Pro Pack 4)
No
No
SLES 9
(System p)
Yes
No
(IBM p5 Only)
SLES 9
(System z)
multipath-tools-0.4.5-0.11
Yes
No
SAN boot (IPL) is supported from SVC however the IPL processes can fail because there is no multipath support
during the boot process
SLES 9
(HS20 / HS40 / LS20 Blade)
SDD 1.6.2.0-1.1

We recommend using the 2.6.5-7.267 kernel.

Please note:
2.6.5-7.193 and 2.6.5-7.257 kernels are not supported
Yes
No
SLES 10
(x86 and x86_64 architectures)
multipath-tools-0.4.6-25.8
No
No
Vdisk expansion & contraction is not supported
SLES 10
(System p)


Windows

Operating System
Multipath Driver
SAN Boot Support
Clustering Support
Notes
Windows NT
No
No
Windows 2000
Yes - Using QLogic 23xx adapters
and Emulex LP8000,LP9000,LP9802 only
SVC supports up to 2 Windows 2000 nodes per MSCS cluster
Please visit the V4.1.0 Software Restrictions document for information regarding Windows SAN Boot Clusters (MSCS)
Symantec VERITAS Storage Foundation v4.3
No
VERITAS Storage Foundation High Availability v4.3
We strongly recommend you install maintenance pack 1 of VERITAS Storage Foundation v4.3. This can be downloaded with the help of VERITAS Technical Support. Please visit the following release notes:
VERITAS Storage Foundation and High Availability Solutions 4.3 Release Notes
Windows 2003
(32 bit editions)
Yes - Using QLogic 23xx adapters
and Emulex LP8000,LP9000,LP9802 only
SVC supports up to 8 Windows 2003 nodes per MSCS cluster
Please visit the V4.1.0 Software Restrictions document for information regarding Windows SAN Boot Clusters (MSCS)
SDDDSM 2.1.2.1-1 (Uses MPIO)
Yes
SVC supports up to 8 Windows 2003 nodes per MSCS cluster
Using QLogic 23xx and 24xx adapters only
Please visit the V4.1.0 Software Restrictions document for information regarding Windows SAN Boot Clusters (MSCS)
Symantec VERITAS Storage Foundation v4.3
No
VERITAS Storage Foundation High Availability v4.3
We strongly recommend you install Maintenance Pack 1 of VERITAS Storage Foundation v4.3. This can be downloaded with the help of VERITAS Technical Support. Please visit the following release notes:
VERITAS Storage Foundation and High Availability Solutions 4.3 Release Notes
Windows 2003
(x64 editions)
SDDDSM 2.1.3.0-1 (Uses MPIO)
SVC supports up to 8 Windows 2003 nodes per MSCS cluster
Using QLogic 23xx and 24xx & Emulex LP10xx & 11xx adapters only
(see Supported Hardware List )
Please visit the V4.1.0 Software Restrictions document for information regarding Windows SAN Boot Clusters (MSCS)
Windows Server 2003
for Itanium based systems
No
No

Solaris

Operating System
Multipath Driver
SAN Boot Support
Clustering Support
Notes
Solaris 8
(64 bit only)
No
No
Symantec/VERITAS Volume Manager 4.1
Yes - Using Emulex LP8000 adapters
Symantec/VERITAS Cluster Server v4.1

SVC Supports up to 4 nodes per cluster
Solaris 9
(64 bit only)
No
No
Symantec/VERITAS Volume Manager 4.1
Yes
Symantec/VERITAS Cluster Server v4.1

SVC Supports up to 4 nodes per cluster
MPxIO
No
Sun Cluster 3.1
(Supported on Sun-badged HBA's only)


SVC Supports up to 4 nodes per cluster
Limit the number of paths per device to 2. (4-server cluster)
No unattended concurrent code loads. Any activity that involves some paths to the disks going offline needs manual intervention to check path status and to switch them to online state if required
Solaris 10
(64 bit only)
Limit the number of paths per device to 2. (4-server cluster)
No unattended concurrent code loads. Any activity that involves some paths to the disks going offline needs manual intervention to check path status and to switch them to online state if required


HP-UX

Operating System
Multipath Driver
SAN Boot Support
Clustering Support
Notes
HP-UX 11.0
(64 bit only)
No
No
See Host Operating System table above for patches

PV Links
Yes
Service Guard V11.14

SVC Supports up to 16 nodes per cluster
HP-UX
11i v1
(64 bit only)
No
Service Guard V11.16
PV Links
Yes
Service Guard V11.16

SVC Supports up to 16 nodes per cluster
HP-UX 11i v2
(64 bit only)
No
Service Guard V11.17
PV Links
Yes
Service Guard V11.17


Novell Netware

Operating System
Multipath Driver
SAN Boot Support
Clustering Support
Notes
Novell Netware
Native Netware Multipathing Driver
Yes - SP4a only
Novell Cluster Services v 1.7

SVC Supports up to 32 nodes per cluster


VMware

Operating System
Multipath Driver
SAN Boot Support
Clustering Support
Notes
VMware ESX2.1
Multipathing driver not supported
Boot support limited to guest operating systems only
Neither VMware or Guest OS can be clustered
Guest OS:
Novell Netware installed on VMFS disks only.
Also
single path only. See Restrictions page
VMware ESX2.5.3
Native VMware Multipathing Driver
Boot support for guest operating systems & Servers
Clustering support on Windows Guest OS only
Guest OS:
W2k
W2K3
Clustered
& Stand Alone
RH2.1
RH3.0
SLES8
SLES9
VMware ESX2.5.2
Native VMware Multipathing Driver
Boot support for guest operating systems & Servers
Clustering support on Windows Guest OS only
Guest OS:
W2k
W2K3
Clustered
& Stand Alone
RH2.1
RH3.0
SLES8
SLES9
VMware ESX3.01
Customers who are running the VMware 3.01 build are required to move to a minimum VMware level of 3.02 for continued support.
VMware ESX3.02
Native VMware Multipathing Driver
SVC supports the MRU multipath policy only
Boot support for guest operating systems
Clustering of VMware server only
Guest OS clustering is not supported
Please visit the Supported Hardware List for Guest OS and HBA support information


Tru64

Operating System
Multipath Driver
SAN Boot Support
Clustering Support
Notes
Tru64
Native Tru64 Multipathing Driver
Yes on HP AlphaServer hosts
TruCluster Server Software

OpenVMS

Operating System
Multipath Driver
SAN Boot Support
Clustering Support
Notes
OpenVMS 7.3-2
Native
Yes
(see notes)
Yes
Please contact your IBM representative to obtain a patch for SAN boot support
(APAR IC53881)
OpenVMS 8.2
OpenVMS 8.2-1


Multipath Driver Co-existence with SDD

The following multipath drivers have been tested for co-existence with SDD.

Certain Configurations for the host are required under these conditions. Please refer to the Configuration Guide and Host Attachment Guide for this information

30Sept2009: These documents have been removed from the web as SAN Volume Controller V4.1.x is no longer supported.
Operating System
Driver
Windows NT
RDAC
Windows 2000
RDAC
Windows 2003
RDAC
AIX 4.3.3/5.1/5.2/5.3
RDAC
Solaris 8
Symantec/VERITAS Volume Manager 4.1
Solaris 9
Symantec/VERITAS Volume Manager 4.1
HP-UX 11i v1
Service Guard V11.16
PVlinks


DS4000 Client Software and RDAC Levels

Please refer to the DS4000 website for the latest recommended DS4000 client software and RDAC levels


GPFS / RVSD Versions


AIX Level
GPFS
RVSD
RVSD/PSSP
Note
5.2
2.3 + 3.1 + 3.2
4.1
3.5
Peristent Reservations are not supported
5.3
2.3 + 3.1 + 3.2
4.1
N/A

VSS
Operating System
VSS
Note
Windows 2003
Please visit the following link for VSS support information

TotalStorage Productivity Center for Disk

TPC Level
Required SVC Levels
Required SVC Console Levels
Note
V3.1.3
V4.1.0.3 or later

However we recommend the latest SVC V4.1.x release available
V4.1.0.566 or later for SVC V4.1.0.x

V4.1.1.535 or later for SVC V4.1.1.x
Please visit the following link for the IBM TotalStorage Productivity Center for Disk

TPC V3.1.2 or above is required for SVC V4.1.x

Please visit the following Technotes:

VDisk Performance Statistics for Clusters with >128 VDisks May be Incorrectly Reported by SVC V4.1.0.x

Statistical Units are Incorrectly Reported in SVC V4.1.0.x

30Sept2009: These documents have been removed from the web as SAN Volume Controller V4.1.x is no longer supported.
V3.3.0
V4.1.1.3 or later
V4.1.1.543 or later for SVC V4.1.1.x
Please visit the following link for the IBM TotalStorage Productivity Center for Disk

TotalStorage Productivity Center for Replication


TPC Level
Required SVC Levels
Note
V3.1.2
V4.1.0.1 or later
TPC for Replication should only be used with Metro Mirror remote copy relationships.


Oracle

*Oracle Server Release
Minimum Operating System
Minimum SVC Level
Clustering Support
ASM
Note
8.1.7
Solaris 8
V2.1.0
No
Not Supported
Please refer to the V4.1.0 Restrictions for further information
9i
V3.1.0
9i
Solaris 9
Oracle 9i RAC with 2 Nodes Sun Cluster
9i
AIX 5.1
V2.1.0
No
10g
AIX 5.3
V4.1.0
Oracle 10g R2 RAC with 2+ Nodes
Supported




Master Console Software Levels

Application
Level
Note
Windows 2000 Service
Pack
SP4
Windows 2000 Hotfixes
- KB823559
- KB823980
- (SP4) Q818043
Windows 2003
SP1
Microsoft Internet Explorer
V6 SP1 (6.0.2800.1106)
Host Bus Adapter Driver
V 8.2.3.63
(if present)
PuTTY
V0.58
IBM Director Server
5.1
IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller Console (SVCC)
V4.1.1.544

Supported Browsers:
IE 6.2 w/ SP2
Netscape 7.0 (AIX)
Netscape 6.2 (Linux)
Netscape 6.2 (Windows)
Adobe Acrobat Reader
V7.0
IBM NetXtreme Gigabit Ethernet Adapters
2.91.0.0
Windows 2003
IBM Broadcom 570x-based Gigabit Ethernet Adapters
2.78 ndis v5 driver
Windows 2000

Document information

More support for: SAN Volume Controller
V4.1.x

Version: 4.1.0, 4.1.1

Operating system(s): Platform Independent

Reference #: S1002865

Modified date: 05 October 2009