5765-PVS IBM PowerVM Standard Edition and PowerVM Enterprise Edition V2.2

IBM United States Sales Manual
Revised:  November 06, 2018.

Table of contents
TOC Link Product life cycle dates TOC Link Operating environment
TOC Link Program number TOC Link Planning information
TOC Link Abstract TOC Link Publications
TOC Link Highlights TOC Link Security, auditability, and control
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Product life cycle dates
Program NumberVRM Announced Available Marketing Withdrawn Service Discontinued
5765-PVX02.02.002010/08/172010/09/10 2014/08/012015/09/30
5765-PVX02.01.002008/10/072008/11/14 2010/09/102012/09/30
5765-PVX01.01.002008/01/292008/02/08 2008/10/072011/09/30
5765-PVS02.02.062017/10/102017/10/27 2019/02/192020/09/30
5765-PVS02.02.052016/10/112016/11/11 2019/02/192020/09/30
5765-PVS02.02.042015/10/052015/12/04 2019/02/192018/09/30
5765-PVS02.02.032015/05/112015/05/29 2019/02/192017/09/30
5765-PVS02.02.002010/08/172010/09/10 2019/02/192020/09/30
5765-PVS02.01.002008/10/012008/11/14 2010/09/102012/09/30
5765-PVS01.05.002008/04/082008/04/11 2008/10/012011/09/30
5765-PVE02.02.062017/10/102017/10/27 2019/02/192020/09/30
5765-PVE02.02.052016/10/112016/11/11 2019/02/192020/09/30
5765-PVE02.02.042015/10/052015/12/04 2019/02/192018/09/30
5765-PVE02.02.032015/05/112015/05/29 2019/02/192017/09/30
5765-PVE02.02.002010/08/172010/09/10 2019/02/192020/09/30
5765-PVE02.01.002008/10/012008/11/14 2010/09/102012/09/30
5765-PVE01.05.002008/04/082008/04/28 2008/11/012011/09/30

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Program number
  • PowerVM Standard Edition V2.2.6 (5765-PVS)
  • PowerVM Standard 1 yr SWMA V1.5 (5771-PVS)
  • PowerVM Standard 3 yr SWMA V1.5 (5773-PVS)
  • PowerVM Standard After License Charge V1.5 (5771-ALS)
  • PowerVM Enterprise Edition V2.2.6 (5765-PVE)
  • PowerVM Enterprise 1 yr SWMA V1.5 (5771-PVE)
  • PowerVM Enterprise 3 yr SWMA V1.5 (5773-PVE)
  • PowerVM Enterprise After License Charge V1.5 (5771-EAL)
  • PowerVM Express Edition V2.2 (5765-PVX)
  • PowerVM Express Edition SWMA 1 year V1.5 (5771-PVX)
  • PowerVM Express Edition SWMA 3 year V1.5 (5773-PVX)

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IBM PowerVM, which delivers industrial-strength virtualization for IBM AIX, IBM i, and Linux environments on IBM POWER processor-based systems, PowerVM V2.2.3 has been enhanced with the following:

  • Shared Storage Pools have been enhanced to help improve flexibility, scalability, and resiliency. These improvements include mirroring of the storage pool, dynamic contraction of the storage pool, dynamic disk growth within the storage pool, and scaling improvements.
  • Live Partition Mobility performance has been enhanced, giving clients more business flexibility by allowing workloads to move faster between servers.
  • The Virtual I/O Server's Performance Advisor has been enhanced to provide support for NPIV and Fibre Channel, Virtual Networking and Shared Ethernet Adapter, and Shared Storage Pool configurations.
  • The PowerVM Enterprise Edition now includes PowerVP, a graphical monitor that provides intelligence to understand the mapping of virtualized workloads to physical hardware. This allows Power virtualized systems to be optimized and easily monitored to pinpoint performance bottlenecks.
  • Simplified Shared Ethernet Adapter Failover configuration setup. This simplification removes the requirement to configure a control channel for redundant shared Ethernet adapters and has a prerequisite on firmware 7.8, or higher, which is available on selected Power Systems. For further details of supported machine model types, see

    https://www-304.ibm.com/webapp/set2/sas/f/power5cm/po wer7.html"

  • Shared Ethernet Adapter changes include the enablement of the largesend attribute of Shared Ethernet Adapter by default, and two new device attributes to manage Shared Ethernet Adapter Failover behavior.
  • Improved virtual Ethernet link status reporting.

Note: As of November 14, 2014, customers who have purchased PowerVM Enterprise Edition for Small Servers (5765-PVD) may want to take advantage of an upgrade to PowerVM Enterprise Edition (5765-PVE).
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IBM Power Systems servers coupled with PowerVM technology are designed to help clients build a dynamic infrastructure, helping to reduce costs, manage risk, and improve service levels.

Among the improvements in this release, Shared Storage Pools have been enhanced with the following:

  • Mirroring of the storage pool
  • Dynamic contraction of the storage pool
  • Dynamic disk growth within the storage pool
  • Scaling improvements

The no-charge software license feature code for 5765-PVE (PowerVM Enterprise edition) is only valid on POWER8 Enterprise Systems (9119-MME) and (9119-MHE).

IBM PowerVM V2.2.4

IBM PowerVM V2.2.4 delivers industrial-strength enterprise virtualization for IBM AIX, IBM i, and Linux environments on IBM POWER processor-based systems, and has expanded function and management capabilities.

  • A NovaLink partition can enable improved cloud scalability and performance for POWER8 processor-based systems by allowing direct host connection to PowerVM from OpenStack solutions like PowerVC. NovaLink is initially available on IBM Power systems that are not managed with an HMC. PowerVM NovaLink is available as part of PowerVM v2.2.4 for HMC managed systems through a technology preview program that can be used for nonproduction evaluation. For further information on the technology preview program for PowerVM NovaLink, see the release notes section in the documentation.
  • A vNIC facility enables efficiency, performance, and VM mobility when used with SRIOV adapters. This provides all the benefits of SRIOV adapters, including improved bandwidth control and the added benefit of VM mobility.
  • Shared Storage Pools have been enhanced with the following capabilities:
    • Storage tiers within a Shared Storage Pool allow greater flexibility and control for quality of service, isolation, and redundancy of storage. The storage tier facility allows up to 10 tiers of storage to be defined within a storage pool. This facility allows customer control over the creation of a storage tier and the placement of data on the proper class of storage.
    • The ability to dynamically grow a virtual disk has been added.
  • Live Partition Mobility improvements include the following:
    • Better NPIV storage validation
    • Improved performance
    • Improved resiliency by allowing LPM even when one VIOS has failed
    • Ability to select a target vSwitch, which is a virtual network on the target

VIOS rules that automate best practice settings for repeatable deployment and simplify initial VIOS setup and maintenance.

HMC V8.4 introduces additional storage topology views that simplify PowerVM systems management.

IBM PowerVM V2.2.3

PowerVM V2.2.3.50 delivers industrial-strength virtualization for IBM AIX, IBM i, and Linux environments on IBM POWER processor-based systems. PowerVM is updated with support for Little Endian Guest VMs, including RHEL 7.1, SLES 12, and Ubuntu Server 15.04. This allows applications running in Little Endian mode to share resources on the same server as workloads running on AIX, IBM i, and older Linux versions.

PowerVM also supports the Power E850 server.

Note: PowerVM has modified service strategy for the VIOS component that is documented on the webpage on

http://www-304.ibm.com/webapp/set2/sas/f/vios/svcstra tegy.html

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PowerVM V2.2.6

PowerVM is enhanced with the following new functions:

  • SSP Flash Acceleration enhancements
    • Flash-based caching technology that transparently accelerates AIX, Linux, and IBM i workloads
    • Supports active/active concurrent data access to shared SSP devices across the landscape and is LPM compatible
  • Live Partition Mobility (LPM) enhancements (PowerVM Enterprise only)
  • VIOS packaging optimizations
    • Removal of unnecessary content/packages (that is, out of support, not needed for VIOS operation, and so on) to reduce storage footprint and security vulnerabilities
  • SEA failover/failback enhancement
    • Reverse ARP handling
  • Software-defined storage
    • PowerVM now supports software-defined storage when paired with PowerVC and IBM Spectrum Scale through PowerVM Open I/O.
    • Enables users to build a SAN-less PowerVM cloud.

PowerVM Integrated Virtualization Manager (IVM) will not be supported in the following PowerVM components in 2018:

  • IBM POWER8 is the last Power processor with IVM support.
  • VIOS 2.2 is the last version of VIOS to bundle and support IVM.

IBM PowerVM Integrated Virtualization Manager (IVM) will no longer be supported for PowerVM 2.2 after June 15, 2019.

PowerVM NovaLink, V1.0.0.8

PowerVM NovaLink, which provides a scalable direct OpenStack cloud management connection for OpenStack solutions like PowerVC, has been enhanced with the following new functions:

  • Support for PowerVM Open I/O software-defined environments (SDE) mode.
  • Support for automated installation of RHEL by using a configured kickstart file. Users can automate NovaLink installations in the RHEL environment by using a configured kickstart file.
  • Support for enhanced failure data collection for Live Partition Mobility operations. Automatically collect all available logs across different components when there is a Live Partition Mobility failure.
  • Support for SR-IOV adapters in the NovaLink installer. Users can assign SR-IOV port in the NovaLink installer.

PowerVM V2.2.5

PowerVM is enhanced with the following new functions:

  • SR-IOV vNIC Failover, which provides automated failover for SR-IOV network configurations.
  • Shared Ethernet Adapter (SEA) large send performance improvements, which now enable improved performance for IBM i and Linux workloads running on PowerVM based systems.
  • Shared Ethernet Adapter (SEA) improvements include failover health checks and failover controls to disable automatic failback.
  • Scalability and resiliency improvements for Shared Storage Pools allow clients to have larger Shared Storage Pool clusters with greater resiliency.
  • Reduction of hypervisor memory usage through large page exploitation, which is specifically helpful for workloads like SAP HANA. This is available in firmware level v860.
  • Multiple LPM data movers increase reliability and performance.
  • Software-defined networking (SDN) using OpenStack integration with Open vSwitch. This will be introduced with a technology preview. These SDN capabilities include network overlays that enable functionality like cross physical network (subnet) Live Partition Mobility and provide an open networking solution for PowerVM

IBM PowerVM NovaLink V1.0.0.4

PowerVM NovaLink, which provides a scalable direct OpenStack cloud management connection for OpenStack solutions like PowerVC, has been enhanced with the following new functions:

  • Partition support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux
  • Support for SR-IOV configurations

These improvements are typically controlled by systems management solutions like PowerVC or they could be managed by OpenStack community editions. SDN orchestration can be achieved through the OpenStack PowerVM drivers and the standard OpenStack Neutron agents.

PowerVC V1.3.2 (5765-VCC v1.3.2 and 5765-VCS v1.3.2)

PowerVC is an advanced virtualization management and cloud offering for Power Systems based on OpenStack technology. This comprehensive virtualization and cloud management offering is simple to install and use, and enables virtual machine setup and management. PowerVC can help achieve the following goals:

  • Simplify deployment and management of Power Systems based private clouds.
  • Increase agility and execution to quickly respond to changing business requirements.
  • Increase IT productivity and responsiveness.
  • Simplify Power Systems virtualization management.
  • Accelerate repeatable error-free virtualization deployments.

PowerVC can manage AIX, Linux, and IBM i VMs running under PowerVM virtualization and Linux VMs running under PowerKVM virtualization.

PowerVC includes the following features and benefits:

  • Cloud self-service portal for VM deployment and lifecycle management
  • Virtual machine image capture, deployment, resizing, and management
  • Policy-based VM placement to help improve usage and reduce complexity
  • Policy-based workload optimization using either VM migration or resource movement using mobile capacity on demand
  • VM mobility with placement policies to help reduce the burden on IT staff in a simplified GUI
  • A management system that manages existing virtualization deployments
  • Integrated management of storage, network, and compute that simplifies administration

PowerVC Standard Edition has been enhanced with the following new features and functions. These new functions are also in IBM Cloud PowerVC Manager release because it includes all functions of the PowerVC Standard Edition.

High availability

  • Automated policy-based remote restart of VMs for both NovaLink and HMC configurations, which enables faster recovery from server failures. This function allows the administrator to set a policy for automatically restarting VMs on other healthy systems in the case of a host failure.
  • VM restart is now possible for HMC-managed systems that are powered off.

Storage management

Storage zoning has new options (initiator zoning) that enable fewer storage zones to be used, which gives clients with large storage configurations more flexibility and control.

Dynamic Resource Optimizer (DRO)

DRO will now balance workloads based on host memory utilization for PowerVM NovaLink environments. This enables dynamic optimization for either compute or memory resources.

PowerVM NovaLink V1.0.0.3

PowerVM NovaLink, which provides a scalable direct OpenStack cloud management connection for OpenStack solutions like PowerVC, has been enhanced with the following new functions:

  • Management of simplified remote VM restart without the need of an HMC
  • Management of configurations with Power Enterprise Pools
  • Management of IBM i VMs

These improvements are typically controlled by systems management solutions like PowerVC or they could be managed by OpenStack community editions.

PowerVM delivers industrial-strength virtualization for AIX, IBM i, and Linux environments on IBM POWER processor-based systems. Power Systems servers coupled with PowerVM technology are designed to help clients build a dynamic infrastructure, reducing costs, managing risk, and improving service levels.

IBM PowerVM V2.2 contains the following enhancements:

  • Live Partition Mobility provides a 2X improvement in Live Partition Mobility concurrency.
  • Network Load Balancing balances network traffic across redundant Shared Ethernet Adapters.
  • Active Memory Deduplication detects and removes duplicate memory pages to optimize memory usage in Active Memory Sharing configurations.
  • Shared Storage Pools (which requires PowerVM 2.2 Service Pack available December 2011, creates pools of storage for virtualized workloads), and can improve storage utilization, simplify administration, and reduce SAN infrastructure costs. The enhanced capabilities enable four systems to participate in a Shared Storage Pool configuration, which can improve efficiency, agility, scalability, flexibility, and availability.
    • Shared Storage Pools flexibility and availability improvements include:
      • Storage Mobility is a function that allows data to be moved to new storage devices within Shared Storage Pools while virtual machines remain completely active and available. This ability to move data to new devices can improve performance allow for the retirement of old storage devices without incurring any application outages.
      • VM Storage Snapshots/Rollback is a function that allows multiple point-in-time snapshots of individual virtual machine storage. These point-in-time copies can be used to quickly roll back a virtual machine to a particular snapshot image. This functionality can be used to capture a VM image for cloning purposes or before applying maintenance.
    • Shared Storage Pools:
      • Increases storage utilization by allowing underutilized storage trapped in traditional storage configurations to be used by a pool of servers. Thinly provisioned virtual disks are an option with Shared Storage Pools, which eliminates the waste of disk resource that are not in use. In cases where full provisioning of storage is desired up front, thickly provisioned virtual disks are also available.

IBM PowerVM Virtual I/O Server (VIOS) life cycle enhancements:

The VIOS release and service strategy is being enhanced to provide up to three years of service pack support for each release. Additionally, there will be limited support for some new hardware on previous technology levels. This release and service policy is limited to future VIOS updates starting with VIOS V2.2.1 and will not include previous VIOS versions.

Improved PowerVM software manageability:

IBM intends to provide support for future releases via service pack, and interim fixes for the entire service life of the release. By providing support through service packs and interim fixes throughout the entire service life of a Technology Level, clients would be able to use more consistent service procedures for maintaining VIOS.

Support for new hardware on previous releases:

Beginning with the VIOS V2.2.1 release, service updates will be delivered through both service packs and interim fixes for the entire service life of the VIOS release. Enhancements such as processor speed improvements, I/O adapters, and new processors within a family (for example, IBM POWER7) may be supported on previous releases by installing a service pack.

Clients can get support for the new hardware by installing a service pack that contains the necessary changes to support the new hardware on a previous release. This support will typically only include toleration of the new hardware, not exploitation of new hardware features such as additional page sizes.

Exploitation of hardware features will generally require installing the latest release, although in some cases, upgrading to a later VIOS release is necessary to fully exploit new hardware features.

New hardware that requires pervasive changes will not be supported on previous releases. Examples of hardware that would require pervasive changes would include things such as a new processor family or a new I/O bus.

Systems that offer preload or pre-installation of VIOS will only include the latest available release. Preload and pre-installation for previous releases of VIOS will not be available.

Blade Network Technologies (BNT) VMready Switch

An IBM BNT switch feature called VMready recognizes PowerVM and preserves the IBM BNT switch attributes during Live Partition Mobility events. This switch feature simplifies the Live Partition Mobility process when BNT VMready switches are deployed in conjunction with IBM Power systems running PowerVM virtual machines.

IBM PowerVM technology offerings deliver industrial-strength virtualization for AIX, IBM i, and Linux environments on IBM POWER processor-based systems. Power Systems servers coupled with PowerVM technology are designed to help consolidate and simplify IT environments.

Key capabilities include:

  • Improved server utilization and shared I/O resources to help reduce total cost of ownership and make better use of IT assets
  • Improved business responsiveness and operational speed by dynamically re-allocating resources to applications as needed to better match changing business cycles or handle unexpected surge in demand
  • Simplified IT infrastructure management by making workloads independent of hardware resources, thereby enabling clients to make business-driven policies to deliver resources based on time, cost, and service-level requirements

Enhancements to PowerVM Standard Edition and PowerVM Enterprise Editions for POWER6 processor-based servers are both optional on IBM Power Systems, hardware. These IBM Power software options deliver;

  • Micro-Partitioning support for a single processor being shared by up to 10 logical partitions.
  • VIOS V1.5.2.0 is an appliance that resides in a POWER5, POWER6, or IBM BladeCenter JS12, JS21, or JS22 partition. It facilitates the sharing of physical I/O resources between client partitions within the server. VIOS provides virtual SCSI devices and Ethernet bridging between virtual and physical networks. In addition, the VIOS facilitates other POWER virtualization function including Live Partition Mobility.
    • Virtual SCSI: Enables the sharing of physical storage adapters and storage devices (disk and optical) between LPARs. Virtual SCSI devices include virtual disk and optical devices. These virtual devices may be backed by a variety of physical storage or files providing flexibility in provisioning and management.
    • Virtual networking: The shared Ethernet Adapter is a layer-2 Ethernet bridge that enables connectivity between physical and virtual networks.
    • Live Partition Mobility (Available only with PowerVM Enterprise Edition)
    • Several enterprise management solutions have been enabled for the VIOS.
    • VIOS Expansion Pack: VIOS-installed media will include an expansion pack that delivers additional VIOS security functionality. These include Kerberos and Secure SNMP, and Secure LDAP.

      VIOS V1.5.2.0 content:

      • IPv6
      • TPC (Tivoli Productivity Center)
      • Additional CIM providers - Storage Virtualization
    • The System Planning Tool (SPT) is designed to ease the deployment of an IBM PowerVM virtualized infrastructure. This version of SPT expands on existing capabilities in the area of system plan conversion, support for installing operating environments, usability enhancements, and support for virtualization capabilities. Now when converting HMC and Integrated Virtualization Manager generated system plans into System Planning Tool format, a wizard can be used to identify adapter cards that cannot be uniquely identified automatically. Additionally, some disks can be recognized and included in the converted plan. A major feature in this version of SPT is support for installing AIX and Linux from the HMC V7.3.3, or later. The SPT includes usability features, such as the ability to copy partition specifications between system plans, additional validation for initial system orders, and identification of adapter card and slot performance characteristics. Planning for additional virtualization features, such as multiple shared processor pools, IBM i clients that utilize hosted resources, and support for planning POWER6 processor-based servers that are managed by the Integrated Virtualization Manager, have all been added. Support for staged deployment of client partitions that utilize VIOS hosted resources is now supported by HMC V7.3.3 and Integrated Virtualization Manager V1.5.2. The SPT is available as a no-charge download and more information about these enhancements and all the capabilities of the SPT, is available via the SPT website on


  • IVM is a browser-based system management interface for certain models that can manage a partitioned system without an HMC. IVM clients can cost-effectively consolidate multiple partitions onto a single server. With its intuitive interface, the IVM is easy to use and is designed to significantly reduce the time and effort required to manage virtual devices and partitions. Specific tasks that clients can perform using IVM include
    • Create LPARs on a single managed system
    • Manage the virtual storage and virtual Ethernet on the managed system
    • View service information related to the managed system
    • Connect with Live Partition Mobility support
    • Utilize integrated virtual Ethernet
    • Receive support for both shared and dedicated I/O

POWER6 feature support:

  • Live Partition Mobility support: Is designed to support the migration of an active partition between two physical managed systems with no application downtime. The partition must be using shared SAN storage or be running in diskless/dataless mode. Live Partition Mobility is licensed via PowerVM Enterprise Edition.
  • Integrated Virtual Ethernet Adapter (also known as Host Ethernet Adapter) allows multiple partitions to share a single physical Ethernet port without the need for the Shared Ethernet Adapter bridge.
  • Support for dedicated I/O: IVM now offers support for both shared and dedicated I/O, thus offering clients a choice when configuring their system.
  • Shared Dedicated Capacity allows for the donation of unused dedicated CPU cycles to the shared processor pool, thus increasing overall system performance.
  • Partition recovery priorities manages a processor failure, designed so that the partitions with the highest priority continue running.
  • IVM now supports assigning any number of virtual Ethernet adapters to partitions, assigning virtual Ethernet IDs, and full support for IEEE 802.1Q adapters. Virtual optical support has been extended to support loading and unloading of optical media files to a virtual optical device in the partition. Read-only support enables multiple partitions to access the same ISO image simultaneously. Read-write support allows partitions to treat the device as a DVD-RAM drive. In addition to the optical support, files may now be used for virtual disk in addition to physical and logical volumes.
  • The terminal or console of a partition may now be accessed via a secure encrypted (SSH) connection directly from the web browser.
  • User interface enhancements include items such as a more intuitive tasks layout and improved virtual Ethernet management.

Systems management enhancements

Central to the Power Systems Management layer is IBM Director which provides cross-platform core management functions at no charge for IBM systems. IBM Director 5.20.2 provides automatic discovery, inventory and visualization of physical and virtual resources on Power Systems servers, health and status monitoring and alerts, configuration of new servers, and cloning of existing servers. Additional features are available as fee-based extensions to IBM Director which provide management of virtualization resources (IBM Virtualization Manager), the definition and deployment of new virtual systems (Virtual Image Management), as well as monitoring and management of energy in selected Power Systems servers (Active Energy Manager).

IBM Director provides upward integration into enterprise systems management tools, such as IBM Management Edition for AIX. This solution provides a single integrated interface that enables you to discover IT components and their relationships, provides a visual representation of the components, monitor utilization and configuration changes, and collect and report resource usage. Management Edition for AIX is tailored specifically for managing virtualized environments on Power Systems and AIX, but offers the flexibility to manage heterogeneous environments across the datacenter.

IBM also provides component management tools that complement and extend the capabilities of IBM Director for Power Systems servers:

  • Systems Planning Tool helps you to size, order and set up a virtualized environment. You can then deploy the environment including installing VIOS, AIX and Linux partitions with just a few mouse clicks.
  • Integrated Virtualization Manager facilitates partitioning, logical partitions (LPAR) management, and virtual storage and Ethernet management on a single server. It is included at no additional charge with the purchase of PowerVM.
  • Hardware Management Console is a dedicated appliance that helps to configure and manage partitions, as well as Capacity on Demand processor and memory activations on Power Systems servers. PowerVM Workload Partitions Manager for AIX centralizes the creation and management of workload partitions (WPAR) across multiple systems, providing enablement for PowerVM Live Application Mobility. IBM Systems Directory Console for AIX provides web-based management access to common systems administration tasks on the AIX operating system.
PowerVM Express Edition (PowerVM Express) is offered exclusively on the System p550 and System p520 Express servers and is designed for users looking for an introduction to more advanced virtualization features at a highly affordable price. With PowerVM Express, users can create up to three partitions on the server, leverage virtualized disk and optical devices Virtual I/O server (VIOS), and even try out the Shared Processor Pool.
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Operating environment

Hardware requirements

PowerVM Enterprise and PowerVM Standard Editions including VIOS:

  • IBM systems that run on the POWER7 or POWER8 Power based processors.

Software requirements

PowerVM VIOS requirements:

  • AIX 5.3 TL7, or AIX V6.1 or later
  • IBM i operating system 6.1 (formerly known as i5/OS) V6R1, or later
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux V5.1 for POWER, or later
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 Service Pack 1 for POWER or later

Live Partition Mobility minimum requirements:

  • HMC V7R3.2.0, or later
  • Cec FW EM320_XXX, or later
  • AIX 5.3 TL7, or AIX V6.1, or later
  • VIOS 1.5, or later
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux V5.1 for POWER, or later
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 Service Pack 1 for POWER or later

PowerVM Standard and Enterprise Editions:

  • AIX 5.3 TL7, or AIX V6.1 or later
  • VIOS 1.5, or later
  • Redhat RHEL 5.1, or later
  • Suse SLES 10 SP1 or later

Partition Mobility minimum requirements:

  • HMC V7R3.2.0, or later
  • Cec FW EM320_XXX, or later
  • AIX 5.3 TL7, or AIX V6.1 or later
  • VIOS 1.5, or later
  • Redhat RHEL 5.1, or later
  • Suse SLES 10 SP1 or later

PowerVM Express:

  • AIX V5.3 TL7, or later, or AIX V6.1
  • VIOS 1.5, or later
  • Red Hat Enterprise 5.1, or later
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP1

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Planning information

When ordering a PowerVM Software Maintenance Upgrade, the original SWMA PID MUST BE REMOVED from the customer's inventory services records. It is the responsibility of the IBM representative handling the account to contact CSO/BPSO and request the removal of the original SWMA PID. If this is not done, the customer may be double billed in the future. The IBM representative should email their local CSO/BPSO contact with the customer name, customer number, machine type, serial number, and original PowerVM SWMA PID number and quantity to be removed. The email should also mention if there is a 24x7 uplift on the original SWMA.

Moving a customer from Advanced Power Virtualization (APV) to PowerVM also requires that the original SWMA PID be removed from the customer's Inventory Services records. The IBM representative handling the account should email their local CSO/BPSO contact with the same information mentioned previously.

Understand that if this original SWMA PID removal is not done, it may result in incorrect billing of the customer when SWMA renewals are processed. It may also result in support entitlement confusion and the possibility of denial of support.

  • Clients with 1 year SWMA can only upgrade across with 1 year SWMA (same logic for 3 year).
  • No internal processor group to group SWMA upgrades are allowed. Clients must go to the same processor group in the new edition as the processor group they came from.
  • There are no after license charges to clients that have an expired SWMA if they are upgrading to a higher edition.

Customer responsibilities

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

VIOS V1.5.2 uses the security and auditability features of the host hardware or software.


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