IBM enables ordering of virtual serial numbers on selected IBM Power technology-based servers for use with IBM i

IBM Europe Hardware Announcement ZG22-0022
January 25, 2022

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IBM® now offers you the ability to acquire a virtual serial number and assign it to a logical partition, also known as a virtual machine (VM). IBM i software can then be ordered on or transferred to the virtual serial number instead of being tied to a physical IBM Power® serial number. Having the IBM i entitlement, keys, and support entitlement on the virtual serial number provides the flexibility to move a VM to a different Power machine.

Virtual serial number (feature EVSN) enablement

You can acquire virtual serial numbers by placing an order for feature EVSN on eligible Power9 and Power10 machines, which are specified in the “Virtual serial number” document at the IBM i License Topics website. Feature EVSN is available on new machine orders or as an upgrade on existing machines.

Feature EVSN enables you to acquire and install virtual serial numbers on your eligible Power machines. When feature EVSN is ordered and the order fulfills, go to the Entitled Systems Support website to get an activation code, which you will install on the Power machine on which the feature EVSN order was placed. The activation code contains the reserved virtual serial numbers for this machine. Installing the activation code makes the reserved virtual serial numbers available on the machine. You can then assign a virtual serial number to a partition.

At the time when the virtual serial number is reserved, an IBM inventory record is created for each virtual serial number, similar to physical machine inventory records. The IBM Virtual Server Serial (4850-VSN) is a new machine type and model created specifically for virtual serial numbers. The 4850-VSN is associated with each virtual serial number in IBM ’s inventory records. The 4850-VSN and its associated features are not orderable in the e-configurator, but they are automatically assigned to the virtual serial number record. When a virtual serial number record is retrieved from Inventory Services, the 4850-VSN is associated with the record.

For details on how to order, download, and use virtual serial numbers, see the “Virtual serial number” document at the IBM i License Topics website.

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For POWER9™ servers, firmware 950, or later, is required.

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Planned availability date

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January 25, 2022

Availability within a country is subject to local legal requirements.

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The following are newly announced features on the specific models of the IBM Power Systems 4850 machine type. 4850-VSN and its associated features are not orderable in the e-configurator:

                                                  Machine Model   Feature
Description                                       type    number  number
IBM Virtual Server Serial                         4850    VSN          
P05 for IBM i SW Tier                             4850    VSN     EVS1 
P10 for IBM i SW Tier                             4850    VSN     EVS2 
P20 for IBM i SW Tier                             4850    VSN     EVS3 
P30 for IBM i SW Tier                             4850    VSN     EVS4 
Processor Core Value                              4850    VSN     EVS5 
Processor Activation Value                        4850    VSN     EVS6 

The following are newly announced features on the specific models of the IBM Power Systems 9009 and 9080 machine type:

Planned Availability Date January 25, 2022

New Feature

                                                  Machine Model   Feature
Description                                       type    number  number

Enable Virtual Serial Number                      9009    22A     EVSN 
                                                  9009    22G          
                                                  9009    41A          
                                                  9009    41G          
                                                  9009    42A          
                                                  9009    42G          
                                                  9080    HEX          
                                                  9080    M9S          

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