IBM Endpoint Manager V9.2 delivers new security access controls for user role management, enhanced capability for bare-metal imaging on Linux

IBM Europe, Middle East, and Africa Software Announcement ZP14-0525
October 14, 2014


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IBM® Endpoint Manager V9.2 delivers a unified platform for system's lifecycle and security management of enterprise devices, including data center servers, laptops, desktops, and mobile devices.

Key new features:



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Overview
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IBM Endpoint Manager V9.2, built on BigFix® technology, delivers endpoint lifecycle and security management using a unified, lightweight, extensible infrastructure. This solution enables organizations to proactively manage their servers, desktops, and laptops. Endpoint Manager provides a clear path for improving control and compliance with clear, accurate reporting, and easy integration with systems such as ticketing and change management databases.

Endpoint Manager provides the modern IT enterprise with a solution capable of securely managing local and remote users regardless of network connectivity. All devices under management receive continuous updates to ensure that corporate policies and regulatory compliance goals are achieved without the common problem of compliance drift seen in competing products. This dynamic, content-driven messaging and management system allows for quick delivery and adoption of new product capabilities, such as IBM Endpoint Manager for Server Automation that can help enable organizations to tailor solutions to meet their specific requirements.

Endpoint Manager unified management platform includes multiple capabilities grouped by the following product areas:



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Key prerequisites
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For details, refer to the Software requirements section.



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Planned availability date
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Refer to the Availability of national languages section for national language availability.



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Description
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IBM Endpoint Manager V9.2 provides new capabilities in the Endpoint Manager Console for both Endpoint Manager site administrators and junior operators. Endpoint Manager site administrators can tailor these new capabilities to provide only the minimum required access needed for junior operators to accomplish their tasks.

The IBM Endpoint Manager core platform, the foundation architecture on which IBM Endpoint Manager applications are delivered, includes powerful new user and role-based security controls, new platform coverage for the agent, and numerous improvements to the stability and performance throughout the console.

This new release includes significant updates to the breadth and depth of capabilities in the individual applications built on the Endpoint Manager platform. Highlights of the updates include bare metal imaging on Linux, software distribution portal support on UNIX, clustered Microsoft operating system patching support, expanded patch management on Sun Solaris, new CIS security checklists for middleware applications, additional deployment health widget, and improved representational state transfer (REST) API for Software Use Analysis.

Endpoint Manager

Endpoint Manager adds new core capabilities and extends its platform coverage to include:

IBM Endpoint Manager for Datacenters

Endpoint Manager for Datacenters helps solve common server management needs and incorporates the features in IBM Endpoint Manager for Lifecycle Management, IBM Endpoint Manager for Security and Compliance, and IBM Endpoint Manager for Server Automation.

Endpoint Manager for Datacenters addresses key server management needs for:

This release provides new cluster patching support for Microsoft operating systems and allows administrators to perform the following functions:

IBM Endpoint Manager for Lifecycle Management

IBM Endpoint Manager for Security and Compliance

Security configuration checklists are updated to align with the most up-to-date industry and government benchmarks such as provided by the Center for Internet Security (CIS), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA).

IBM Endpoint Manager for Patch Management:

IBM Endpoint Manager for Software Use Analysis:

IBM Endpoint Manager for Core Protection:

IBM Endpoint Manager for Server Automation

Multiple enhancements to the automation plan feature allows users to automate the management of their servers.

Also included are usability enhancements and new middleware content to support the applications Microsoft Exchange 2010 Clustering and Microsoft SQL Server.



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IBM Endpoint Manager V9.2 provides consolidated security and operations management, simplifying and streamlining endpoint management, while increasing accuracy and productivity.

IBM Endpoint Manager drives cost savings for software licensing and compliance with sophisticated detection capabilities across Microsoft Windows and UNIX platforms.

IBM Endpoint Manager extends visibility and control to data center servers and the cloud through advanced clustered server patching capabilities and enhanced integration of Endpoint Manager and IBM Cloud Orchestrator for one stop patching, software distribution, and operating system deployment. All of this can be achieved through IBM Cloud Orchestrator's interface.



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Reference information
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Refer to:



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Availability of national languages
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IBM Endpoint Manager V9.2 supports the following languages, and will be available on October 17, 2014:

Note that Brazilian Portuguese is not precisely the same as European Portuguese.



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Program          Program
number    VRM    name
 
5725-C43  9.2    IBM Endpoint Manager for Lifecycle Management
5725-C43  9.2    IEM Starter Kit for Lifecycle Management
5725-C44  9.2    IBM Endpoint Manager for Security and Compliance
5725-C44  9.2    IEM Starter Kit for Security and Compliance
5725-C45  9.2    IBM Endpoint Manager for Patch Management
5725-C46  9.2    IBM Endpoint Manager for Power® Management
5725-F57  9.2    IBM Endpoint Manager for Software Use Analysis
5725-D25  9.2    IBM Endpoint Manager for Core Protection
5725-D25  9.2    IEM for Core Protection Data Protection Add-on
5725-H27  9.2    IBM Endpoint Manager for Server Automation
5725-Q67  9.2    IBM Endpoint Manager for Datacenters


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For additional information, visit the following website

http://www-306.ibm.com/software/tivoli/education/

Contact your IBM representative for course information.



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Product information is available via the Offering Information website

http://www.ibm.com/common/ssi

Also, visit the Passport Advantage® website

http://www.ibm.com/software/passportadvantage


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Global Technology Services®

Contact your IBM representative for the list of selected services available in your country, either as standard or customized offerings for the efficient installation, implementation, or integration of this product.



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Technical information
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Specified operating environment

Software requirements

IBM Endpoint Manager supports running the Endpoint Manager server on:

IBM Endpoint Manager V9.2 supports:

IBM Endpoint Manager V9.2 includes client platform support based on individual applications for the following operating systems:

View the system requirements, including the complete list of supported platforms for each Endpoint Manager product, at

http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?rs=1015&uid=swg21684809

The program's specifications and specified operating environment information may be found in documentation accompanying the program, if available, such as a readme file, or other information published by IBM, such as an announcement letter. Documentation and other program content may be supplied only in the English language.

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Access the online Service Request tool

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Planning information

Packaging

The programs in this announcement are delivered as electronic download. There are no physical deliverables.

Security, auditability, and control

IBM Endpoint Manager V9.2 uses the security and auditability features of the uses the security and auditability features of the operating system software. 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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Product group: IBM Endpoint Manager
Product:
         IBM Endpoint Manager for Lifecycle Management    (5725-C43)
         IEM Starter Kit for Lifecycle Management         (5725-C43)
         IBM Endpoint Manager for Security & Compliance   (5725-C44)
         IEM Starter Kit for Security and Compliance      (5725-C44)
         IBM Endpoint Manager for Patch Management        (5725-C45)
         IBM Endpoint Manager for Power Management        (5725-C46)
         IBM Endpoint Manager for Core Protection         (5725-D25)
         IEM for Core Protection Data Protection Add-on   (5725-D25)
         IBM Endpoint Manager for Server Automation       (5725-H27)
         IBM Endpoint Manager for Datacenters             (5725-Q67)
         IBM Endpoint Manager for Software Use Analysis   (5725-F57)
 
    Product category: TVCONFIG (Configurations and Operations)

For ordering information, consult your IBM representative or authorized IBM Business Partner, or visit

http://www.ibm.com/software/support/pa.html


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Terms and conditions
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The information provided in this announcement letter is for reference and convenience purposes only. The terms and conditions that govern any transaction with IBM are contained in the applicable contract documents such as the IBM International Program License Agreement, IBM International Passport Advantage Agreement, and the IBM Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance.

Licensing

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License Information number

IBM Endpoint Manager License Information documentation:
 
Form number     Description
 
L-TBRN-9N4JLK   IEM for Lifecycle Management
L-TBRN-9N4JWG   IEM Starter Kit for Lifecycle Management
 
L-TBRN-9N4JPR   IEM for Security and Compliance
L-TBRN-9N4JWD   IEM Starter Kit for Security and Compliance
 
L-TBRN-9M5JHU   IEM for Patch Management
 
L-TBRN-9N4JPX   IEM for Power Management
 
L-KAFZ-9NSH9N   IEM for Software Use Analysis
 
L-TBRN-9N4JZ6   IEM for Core Protection
L-TBRN-9N4JZ9   IEM for Core Protection Data Protection Add-on
 
L-TBRN-9N4K52   IEM for Server Automation
L-TBRN-9N4K5J   IEM for Datacenters

The program's License Information will be available for review on the IBM Software License Agreement website

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Limited warranty applies

Yes

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Volume orders (IVO)

No

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Passport Advantage applies

Yes, and through the Passport Advantage website at

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Usage restriction

Yes

Software Subscription and Support applies

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IBM Operational Support Services - SupportLine

No

System i® Software Maintenance applies

No

Variable charges apply

No

Educational allowance available

Education allowance does not apply.

Education software allowance does not apply.

Special education prices are available for qualified customers through Passport Advantage.



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Now integrated into the base operating system of AIX V5.3, AIX V6.1, and AIX V7.1, Electronic Service Agent is designed to automatically and electronically report system failures and utilization issues to IBM, which can result in faster problem resolution and increased availability. System configuration and inventory information collected by the Electronic Service Agent tool also can be viewed on the secure Electronic Support web portal, and used to improve problem determination and resolution by you and the IBM support team. To access the tool main menu, simply type smitty esa_main, and select Configure Electronic Service Agent. In addition, ESA now includes a powerful web user interface, giving the administrator easy access to status, tool settings, problem information, and filters. For more information and documentation on how to configure and use Electronic Service Agent, refer to

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Benefits

Increased uptime: The Electronic Service Agent tool is designed to enhance the Warranty or Maintenance Agreement by providing faster hardware error reporting and uploading system information to IBM Support. This can translate to less wasted time monitoring the symptoms, diagnosing the error, and manually calling IBM Support to open a problem record. Its 24x7 monitoring and reporting mean no more dependence on human intervention or off-hours customer personnel when errors are encountered in the middle of the night.

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More accurate reporting: Because system information and error logs are automatically uploaded to the IBM Support center in conjunction with the service request, you are not required to find and send system information, decreasing the risk of misreported or misdiagnosed errors. Once inside IBM, problem error data is run through a data knowledge management system and knowledge articles are appended to the problem record.

Customized support: Using the IBM ID entered during activation, you can view system and support information in the My Systems and Premium Search sections of the Electronic Support website at

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My Systems provides valuable reports of installed hardware and software using information collected from the systems by Electronic Service Agent. Reports are available for any system associated with your IBM ID. Premium Search combines the function of search and the value of Electronic Service Agent information, providing advanced search of the technical support knowledgebase. Using Premium Search and the Electronic Service Agent information that has been collected from your system, you are able to see search results that apply specifically to your systems.

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