IBM AIX 5L for POWER V5.3 offers new levels of innovative and self-management technologies on advanced POWER5 systemsIBM United States Software Announcement 204-155
July 13, 2004
|At a glance|
AIX 5L V5.3 offers:
- Improved POWER5 system performance
- Improved system resilience
- Dynamic logical partitioning and micro-partitioning support
- Networking enhancements
- Network File System (NFS) V4 protocol
- Simplified system update process
- Advanced accounting
- Affinity with Linux
- POSIX real-time API support
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AIX® 5L is emerging as a preferred platform for UNIX® users and independent software vendors (ISVs). AIX 5L delivers industrial-strength UNIX reliability, availability, and security while offering flexible system administration and ease of integration with Linux™. With innovative support for virtualization and micro-partitioning, AIX 5L allows you to accept no compromises or limits in the on demand world.
AIX 5L V5.3 exploits a 64-bit system and software architecture. This release supports new IBM p5 hardware systems, advanced POWER™ virtualization and symmetric multi-threaded POWER5™ processors for improved system performance and utilization. AIX 5L V5.3 offers scalability for up to 32-way systems.
New system management tools, security enhancements, and support for NFS V4 and POSIX Real-time are key highlights of this AIX 5L release. Additional features for enterprise distributed storage, networking, and advanced accounting build on AIX's strong record of innovation.
AIX 5L V5.3 supports the Advanced POWER Virtualization hardware feature which includes:
- Micro-partitioning support for a single processor being shared by up to 10 logical partitions
- Virtual SCSI disks that allow partitions to access storage without requiring a physical storage adapter
- Virtual networking: Virtual Ethernet provides high-speed connections between partitions; Shared Ethernet Adapter provides connectivity between internal and external VLANs
AIX 5L V5.3 is also available for IBM eServer i5 systems and supports micro-partitioning, virtual Ethernet, and virtual storage on the IBM i5.
The recently announced POWER based IBM eServer BladeCenter™ JS20 will only support AIX 5L V5.2
effective August 20, 2004.
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AIX 5L V5.3 supports the following systems that implement the common hardware reference platform (CHRP) architecture:
- PowerPC® systems
- POWER3™ systems
- POWER4™ systems
- POWER5 systems
|Planned availability date|
August 20, 2004
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AIX 5L V5.3 supports micro-partitioning which enables flexible and efficient use of system hardware resources by allowing physical processors to be shared by up to 10 separate LPARs. IBM pSeries® micro-partitioning support is provided for POWER5 processor-based systems by means of the Advanced POWER Virtualization feature.
Among the key customer environments where micro-partitioning is beneficial are ones in which multiple system images are needed due to isolation requirements (security, software fault), each with generally low processor requirements, but capable of requiring more. Historically, each of these system images ran on separate hardware systems, each able to handle spikes in processor requirements, but generally each hardware system was underutilized. Micro-partitioning enables these system images to be consolidated onto a single set of physical processors, which allows more efficient use of hardware resources. The Advanced POWER Virtualization hardware feature is required to run virtualization on eServer p5 servers.
Advanced accounting provides a framework in which chargeback and capacity planning activities can be performed. Advanced accounting produces resource usage-based information for processes, file systems, transactions, and hardware resources like processors, memory, disks, and network adapters. Applications and middleware may be instrumented to provide transaction data by means of APIs which are provided for this purpose.
Network File System (NFS)
NFS V4 adds support for core features of the NFS V4 protocol described in IETF RFC 3530. This initial support places an emphasis on security with support of the optional NFS V4 ACL model when using the AIX Enhanced Journaled Filesystem. Support for managing accesses from foreign NFS V4 domains is also included. The NFS V4 provided RPCSEC-GSS RPC authentication flavor supporting the Kerberos V5 security mechanism (may also be used with the NFS V3 protocol).
Reliability, availability, and serviceability
The dump command has been enhanced to support the following:
- ISVs with custom scripts to collect their custom problem data as part of the snap process.
- Splitting large outputs into smaller files for ease of transport
Extended system failure status information captured as part of the dump success, or failures
Dump compression is turned on by default.
System trace facility has been enhanced to support process and thread-based tracing. You can restrict the tracing to a process and capture the events in relation to the process for better debugging. Also the trace mechanism supports setting of larger trace buffers for regular users.
Support for better core file management has been implemented. A command provides for management of location of core files.
Refer to the command documentation for more detail on the trace, trcctl, chcore, sysdumpdev commands.
Enterprise storage management
Enterprise storage management tools include:
- JFS2 to handle extended ACL attributes and finer grain permissions in order to support NFS V4.
- Support will be provided to limit filesystem space to a specified quota for users and/or groups.
- AIX support will enhance concurrent mode that allows only a single host to open logical volumes with write access, thus creating an owning host. Support is added to change the owning host so that on failover reserves are not broken on all disks in the volume groups. HACMP™ would use these to start a volume group and fail it over to another node.
- AIX support to include the limit on the number of disks in a volume group from 128 to 1024.
LVM enhancements are designed to:
- Provide ability to shrink a JFS2 filesystem in place
- Improve LVM HotSpot Management
- Increase I/O throughput via LVM Large Block I/Os
- Implement scalable volume group types
Service Update Management Assistant (SUMA) will provide flexible options that will automate the download of AIX APARs, PTFs, Security Fixes, Latest Fixes, and Maintenance Levels from the IBM eServer Support Fix Central Web site, and move administrators away from the task of manually retrieving maintenance updates from the Web.
When performing remote execution on clients, NIM makes use of the remote shell server (rshd). The server provides remote execution facilities with authentication based on privileged port numbers from trusted hosts. AIX 5L V5.3 has a new service, NIM Service Handler (nimsh), which will eliminate the need for rsh services during NIM client communication.
Cluster Systems Management (CSM) V1.4 is designed for simple, low-cost management of distributed and clustered IBM eServer, pSeries, and xSeries® servers. For organizations with both Linux and AIX applications, a single AIX 5L V5.2 or V5.3 management console can provide management services to AIX 5L and Linux clients in distributed and clustered configurations.
System administrator can setup AIX for supporting long user names (longer than the traditional user name size of 8 characters) for up to 255 characters. The default limit will continue to be eight characters. Refer to chdev command security guide for additional information. Various functions of the operating system have been enhanced to recognize the support for greater than 8 character user name size.
Support for Access Control Lists (ACLs) for file system objects have been enhanced. The operating system now provides infrastructure for support of multiple ACL types based on the underlying physical file system. The JFS2 file system continues to support the existing AIX ACL (now called AIXC type for AIX classical ACL) and also a new ACL type, NFS V4. The NFS V4 ACL type provides access control as per the ACL model described in the NFS V4 protocol. Various ACL management tools and file management tools have been enhanced to support multiple types of ACLs on AIX. Refer to Security Guide documentation for additional details.
LDAP based user management infrastructure on AIX has been enhanced to support the following:
- LDAP server based authentication is supported. This allows system administrator to manage the passwords on the LDAP server using one of many encryption algorithms.
- Kerberos bind is enabled for LDAP client to server authentication.
- Increased control over generation of the directory information tree (DIT) when configuring the server with the mksecldap command.
The csum command has been added to help calculate cryptographic hash values for files.
Default maximum number of user logins supported on the system has been increased to 32,767.
NIS infrastructure has been enhanced to support netgroups with LDAP.
The AIX 5L V5.3 NIS client supports the use of shadow passwords in a passwd.adjunct file. The primary benefits are increased security for NIS environments and increased interoperability with Solaris NIS infrastructure.
Development and performance tools
AIX 5L V5.3 improves dbx application debugging capabilities including additional facilities for examining process information, file descriptors, kernel threads, and core files, as well as new functionality for suspending breakpoints and managing loaded modules.
AIX 5L V5.3 introduces a new memory allocation algorithm, MALLOCTYPE=watson. The Watson malloc() setting can provide improvement over the default malloc in areas of memory fragmentation and performance in massively multi-threaded applications, particularly with respect to small requests. New features have been added to the malloc debugging facility to aid in the diagnosis of memory allocation problems, and malloc debugging capabilities have been integrated into the dbx symbolic debugger.
Added support for using copy-on-write semantics for fork(). This implementation helps reduce overall virtual memory consumption on a system and improve fork() as well as exec() performance for some workloads.
New performance tools are added to AIX 5L V5.3. Enhancements to performance tools and libraries supporting new POWER5 and PowerPC processors have been included as well as micro-partitioning and Simultaneous Multi-threading (SMT).
The following programs are the fully supported versions:
- VisualAge® C++ Professional for AIX, V6.0
- C for AIX, V6.0
- XL Fortran for AIX, V8.1.1
The IBM 32-bit SDK for AIX, Java™ 2 Technology Edition, V1.4 ships with AIX 5L V5.3. The IBM 64-bit SDK for AIX, Java 2 Technology Edition, V1.4 is available on the AIX 5L V5.3 Expansion Pack and the AIX Java Web site
Click on the download and service information link. For more information, consult the User's Guide which is available from the AIX Java Web site.
Performance Toolbox V3.1
Performance Toolbox (PTX) V3.1 adds support for new pSeries Partition Load Manager and Advanced POWER Virtualization technology.
On system running Partition Load Manager, PTX can monitor special load/utilization averages, active processor counts and memory allocations that control the operation of the Load Manager. This allows customers to visualize the system performance as Partition Load Manager dynamically controls and adjusts resources to the system workload. For Advanced POWER Virtualization, the PTX instrumentation can now collect over 30 new performance metrics related to SMT and micro-partitioned environments. These metrics include processor allocations (logical, physical, virtual counts, and capacities), memory allocations and capacities, and defined partition entitlements. The PTX jtopas and 3dmon applications have been updated to provide views of the new Advanced POWER Virtualization metrics.
The 3dmon application will automatically identify the set of partitions residing on the same pSeries hardware platform. Multiple partitions can be viewed simultaneously in relationship to one another, for an overall view of system utilization. Changes in partition allocations are dynamically discovered and displayed for monitoring, recording, and playback.
The Performance Aide V3.1 fully supports the collection and recording of the new Partition Load Manager and Virtualization metrics identified above.
Network technology and communications
- The AIX multi-path routing capability has been extended to add new schemes, besides round-robin, for route selection which would allow for more fine-grained control of the route selection policy.
- The AIX Path MTU discovery mechanism discovers PMTU using TCP packets and UDP datagrams rather than using extra ICMP packets.
- Support has been added for the Advanced Sockets API for IP V6.
- Support has been added for the Streams Control Transmission Protocol (SCTP) in AIX.
- AIX now supports Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) for IPV6 as described by RFC 3315.
- Dynamic membership in EtherChannel support allows users to add or remove an adapter from a running EtherChannel without having to first detach its interface. This is useful when hot-swapping adapters that belong to an EtherChannel.
- AIX supports TCP/IP over Fibre Channel interface (IP over FC). This is the AIX implementation of IETF's RFC 2625, which specifies encapsulation of IP and Address Resolution Protocol (ARP) over Fibre Channel (FC).
AIX Fast Connect V3.2.0 offers the following enhancements:
- Implementation of directory change notification
- Support of direct hosting of Server Message Block (SMB) over TCP/IP
- Implementation of level II oplocks
- Support of large files
- Support of 32-bit Microsoft™ Windows NT™ status codes
- Implementation of SMB signing
- Support of long user names
- Support of complete Microsoft Windows NT ACLs and ACL inheritance
- Dynamic user creation on AIX
Base operating system
System libraries and headers incorporate APIs from the ISO/IEC 9899:1999 C language standard and the single UNIX specification Version 3.
A device mount facility, explicitly enabled, provides a mechanism to mount CD and DVD filesystems. The facility is included in the bos.cdmount fileset.
The Perl V5.8.2 language is installed with AIX.
System V proc commands display information in the /proc filesystem in the System V format.
AIX 5L V5.3 provides new functionality in base commands including tree-based process listing, timestamped shell histories, cron logging controls, recursive file searching, restricted Korn shells, tar recursion control, new date formats, and vi backtagging, as well as other new capabilities for the make, find, fuser, restore, man, tar, at, nohup, and cron commands. The awk, ed, grep, head, and vi commands can now process lines of at least 8192 characters.
IBM eServer BladeCenter JS20
The recently announced POWER processor-based IBM eServer BladeCenter JS20 will support AIX 5L V5.2 effective August 20, 2004. This enables customers to consolidate and integrate AIX-based applications such as database, IT infrastructure, e-mail, and Web serving onto the BladeCenter platform. With its low price point the IBM eServer BladeCenter JS20 is IBM's entry level POWER processor-based product into the AIX market.
Models 8842-21x are supported on the eServer BladeCenter JS20. eServer BladeCenter JS20 is in AIX 5L processor group classification E5. The quantity of AIX 5L V5.2 licenses ordered for use on either single or multiple BladeCenter JS20s must be equal to the number of processors on which the AIX 5L V5.2 is intended to be used at a single end user customer (single IBM customer number) location. Additionally, ordering of AIX 5L V5.2 (processor group E5) licenses for BladeCenter JS20 require order placement for either a one-year or three-year SWMA for AIX 5L Operating Systems contract at the same time of order placement for AIX 5L V5.2 licenses. Neither AIX 5L V5.2 licenses nor SWMA for AIX Operating Systems contracts (processor group per processor usage) are included in the eServer BladeCenter JS20 offering price.
Accessibility by people with disabilities
Using AIX documentation
The AIX product documentation library is available online at
The information center is accessible through assistive technologies, such as screen-reader software and digital speech synthesizers, to hear what is displayed on the screen. In addition, features of the information center can be accessed through the keyboard. The AIX man pages are available from the command line and are accessible through the same assistive technologies used to access commands and output.
Using the command line
AIX makes all of its functions available for use through the command line so that they can be supported by assistive technologies that support the Emacs environment. The command interface is also accessible remotely using assistive technologies, such as JAWS, which support Telnet or terminal emulator environments in the Windows™ operating system.
Using Web-based System Manager and System Management Interface Tool (SMIT)
Web-based System Manager supports keyboard accessibility for almost all operations available from the graphical user interface. Limited support for changing font sizes and background colors is also available. Screen reader support in the Web-based System Manager Remote Client is significantly improved in this release. Refer to the README file for more information. The Configuration Assistant (invoked via the configassist command) has also been modified to provide improved accessibility support in this release.
SMIT menus are accessible through the same assistive technologies that provide command line accessibility. The character-based version of SMIT (which is activated with the smitty command on a graphical terminal) should be used instead of the Motif, or GUI, version activated with the smit command.
Using X Keyboard Extensions to Increase Accessibility in the X Windows System Environment
If you are using Telnet or a terminal emulator program to access AIX, keyboard-accessibility features are provided by either the application or your operating environment. For example, in the Windows operating system you can open the Control Panel and select Accessibility Options to enable and adjust keyboard accessibility settings. Keyboard-accessibility options are also available on an AIX graphical console running the X Window System software or the Common Desktop Environment (CDE). Refer to the Accessibility link on the pSeries Information Center, or your AIX or CDE documentation, for more information on configuring and using accessibility features of the X Window and CDE environments.
Installation menus and other screens displayed during base AIX installation are not accessible. Use Network Installation Manager (NIM) as an alternative means of installing AIX. IBM assumes that Section 508 applies only to normal and routine end-user operations, and not to setup and service functions.
The performance tool, xprofiler, is a Motif program that does not meet all accessibility requirements. Use the text-based tool, gprof, to provide the same information in tabular form.
Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act
IBM AIX 5L for POWER V5.3 is capable as of August 20, 2004, when used in accordance with
IBM's associated documentation, of satisfying the applicable requirements of Section 508 of the
Rehabilitation Act, provided that any assistive technology used with the product properly
interoperates with it.
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AIX 5L is the IBM strategic UNIX operating system for mission-critical, core business applications.
Industrial-strength features and functions of AIX have been proven in a wide variety of computing environments:
- Relatively small, single-processor systems
- Massively parallel IBM RS/6000® Scalable POWER Parallel (SP) servers
- Full range of new POWER5 microprocessor-based IBM eServer p5 and eServer i5 systems
AIX 5L features include:
- State-of-the-art 32-bit and 64-bit kernels
- Support for 32-bit and 64-bit APIs
- Dynamic logical partitioning and micro-partitioning
- Automated CPU and memory reconfiguration
- Real-time partition configuration and load statistics
- Support for dedicated and shared processor LPAR groups
- Support for manual provisioning of resources
- Integrated security for intrusion detection and user authentication
- Dynamic configuration and device attachments
- Robust journaled file system and Logical Volume Manager (LVM) software
- Tools for managing your systems environment — SMIT and Web-based System Manager graphical user interface.
AIX 5L represents the most advanced version of AIX. Fortified with open technologies from some of the world's top providers, AIX 5L builds on a solid heritage of supplying integrated, enterprise-class support for RS/6000 and pSeries systems.
With AIX 5L, IBM offers a UNIX operating system with increased levels of integration, flexibility, and performance for meeting the high demands of today's mission-critical e-business applications.
AIX 5L is an advanced operating system with a strong affinity with Linux and built-in capabilities
designed to accommodate future IBM POWER-based servers. AIX 5L is the IBM strategic UNIX operating
system for mission-critical, core business applications.
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|Statement of direction|
Withdrawal of support for AIX 32-bit kernel in AIX 5L V5.4
AIX 5L V5.3 is the last release of AIX that will support the 32-bit kernel. Future releases of AIX, beginning with AIX 5L V5.4, which is scheduled for availability in fourth quarter 2006, will only support the 64-bit kernel. The AIX 5L V5.4 64-bit kernel will continue to support 32-bit applications, but will not support 32-bit kernel extensions or device drivers.
Applet mode of Web-based System Manager
IBM will remove the ability to manage AIX systems via the Applet mode of Web-based System Manager in future releases. Remote system management will continue to be supported via the remote-client and Java Web Start functions. Current users of Applet mode will find that Java Web Start offers enhanced performance and stability compared to Applet mode. The recommended method for remote management of AIX systems using Web-based System Manager is Java Web Start, which is enabled for all supported Web-based System Manager configurations. AIX 5L V5.3 will be the last release to support Applet Mode for the Web-based System Manager.
Kerberos support on PSSP
Support for Kerberos V4 used by PSSP software on SP systems will be withdrawn with AIX 5L V5.4, which is scheduled for withdrawal in fourth quarter of 2006.
Windows 95 client on Fast Connect
The support of Windows 95 client on Fast Connect will be withdrawn with the AIX 5L V5.4, which is scheduled for withdrawal in fourth quarter 2006.
Support for cluster licensed programs
IBM intends to provide support for the following cluster licensed programs on AIX 5L for POWER V5.3 only in a switchless environment in fourth quarter 2004:
- Engineering and Scientific Subroutine Library for AIX 5L
- Parallel ESSL for AIX 5L
- General Parallel File System for AIX 5L
- LoadLeveler® for AIX 5L
- Parallel Environment for AIX 5L
- High Availability Cluster Multi-Processing for AIX 5L
Sub-capacity licensing for middleware products
To continue to lead the industry in developing On Demand Business solutions, IBM intends to provide flexible pricing and financing that enable clients to exploit new technology. IBM has already taken important steps in this area with the announcement of complementary On/Off Capacity on Demand offerings for hardware and software.
IBM considers sub-capacity licensing to be a strategic offering within the on demand portfolio. Sub-capacity licensing enables the licensing of software products for use on less than the full capacity (in processors) of the machine when used within a logical partition. IBM currently offers sub-capacity licensing for selected software, including WebSphere® Application Server running on IBM iSeries™.
Within the next twelve months, IBM intends to announce sub-capacity licensing terms and conditions for additional middleware products, such as WebSphere Application Server and DB2® Enterprise Server Edition, on other platforms such as AIX 5L, i5/OS, OS/400®, and Linux on POWER. IBM also plans to deliver license management tools to assist clients in tracking and reporting their software assets to take advantage of these flexible pricing models. Contact an IBM sales representative for details.
All statements regarding IBM's future direction and intent are subject to change or withdrawal
without notice, and represent goals and objectives only. Contact your local IBM office or IBM
authorized reseller for the full text of a specific Statement of General Direction.
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Refer to Hardware Announcement 104-257 , dated July 13, 2004 for IBM 9117-570 Mid-range, Rack-mounted Server.
Refer to Hardware Announcement 104-252 , dated July 13, 2004.
Refer to Hardware Announcement 104-253 , dated July 13, 2004.
Refer to Software Announcement 204-157 , dated July 13, 2004, for Cluster System Management V1.4.
Refer to Software Announcement 204-078 , dated April 27, 2004 for pSeries SPO Delivery of Supply Features for IBM LP, SWMA, ITS, and Bonus Pack.
Refer to Software Announcement 204-079 , dated April 27, 2004 for Restructure of Software Maintenance for AIX.
Refer to Software Announcement 204-161 , dated July 13, 2004, for Virtual I/O Server and Partition Load Manager.
Advanced accounting supports tagging of the accounting data with system administrator-defined strings, so that the billable entity can be directly associated with accounting data. This is accommodated through system administrator-defined policies, which are downloaded into the kernel. The policy mechanism supports the manual assignment of project codes so non-privileged users with multiple clients can easily switch back and forth between a controlled set of projects. APIs are also provided, so application-defined projects can be established. This is required for on demand and cluster computing environments where the set of users is very fluid.
Advanced accounting also supports interval accounting, which may be used to profile the use of system resources and capture accounting data for long running jobs. Interval accounting is an important tool for capacity planning, performance analysis, and billing.
Advanced POWER™ Virtualization supports virtual Ethernet as an in-memory, point-to-point connection to help avoid a failed or misbehaving operating system from being able to impact the communication between two well-behaved operating systems. Each pair of partitions wishing to communicate through this channel will need to create an additional in-memory channel. This will require the ability for a user to request the creation of an in-memory channel between partitions on the hardware system console. The kernel would create a virtual device for each memory channel indicated by the firmware. A normal AIX® configuration routine would create the device special files. This function is supported only on future systems with POWER Hypervisor function.
Virtual Storage, supported via the Advanced POWER Virtualization hardware feature, facilitates the sharing of physical resources (I/O slots, adapters and devices) between logical partitions (LPARs). Virtual SCSI (VSCSI) enables partitions running on AIX 5L V5.3 to access SCSI disk devices without requiring physical resources be allocated to the partition.
Advanced POWER Virtualization partitions maintain a client/server relationship in the VSCSI environment. Partitions that contain virtual SCSI devices are referred to as client partitions while the partitions that own the physical resources (adapters, devices) are the server partitions. AIX 5L V5.3 supports booting from virtual SCSI disks.
A fairly common business model is to allocate a partition to a single account and to charge only for the resources that are actually used. Interval accounting supports this model by collecting system level resource utilization information for processors, memory, network adapters, and disks. The accounting subsystem is highly tuned to efficiently deal with large amounts of data. For example, the subsystem internally buffers accounting data and uses asynchronous I/O to write to the accounting file, which is pre-allocated to ensure that disk blocks are contiguously allocated. The system administrator can also configure advanced accounting in different ways to minimize the overhead of running advanced accounting. The administrator can select the type of accounting data to be collected and can specify that it should be automatically aggregated to minimize the volume of data that is produced.
Modern wide issue superscalar processors have the ability to execute numerous instructions in a single cycle. However, the execution of single real life code sequences rarely comes close to using the full bandwidth of these processors.
AIX 5L V5.3 supports Simultaneous Multi-threading (SMT) which is a processor technology that allows the simultaneous execution of multiple thread contexts within a single processor core.
SMT offers a way to leverage the parallelization of multi-threaded software to achieve a higher use of the processor by dispatching instructions from more than one instruction stream simultaneously.
To the operating system, each hardware thread is treated as an independent logical processor. The result is a natural mapping of the existing SMP capabilities of the operating system to the multi-threaded execution capabilities of the processor. There are two hardware threads per processor. System administrators may enabled or disable SMT at the partition level and it may be used with either dedicated or shared partitions.
- Dynamic Reconfiguration (DR) support for large pages allows customers to change the size of large page memory without rebooting.
- The virtual memory pager is enhanced to release paging space blocks earlier, so that paging space may be more efficiently used when a large number of pages have to be paged out at the same time like in a memory removal operation.
- The memory algorithm is enhanced to page out large blocks of memory. This provides more flexibility for scientific and technical computing and enhances high availability.
AIX 5L V5.3 is designed to conform to the following:
- Single UNIX® Specification V3 (SUS V3)
- ISO/IEC 9899:1999 international standard for the C programming language, commonly referred to as C99.
SUS V3 Realtime Option Group, which consists of the following options from within IEEE Standard
AIX Expansion Pack and Web Download Pack
The AIX Expansion Pack and the AIX Web Download Pack complements the AIX Operating System with the benefit of additional packaged software at no additional cost. For detailed information, visit
The service and support terms and conditions of the products shipped on the Expansion Pack may be different than the terms and conditions for AIX 5L V5.3.
Enterprise storage management
Extension to the chfs command will allow a JFS2 filesystem to be shrunk in place, without taking it offline and without requiring a reboot. This will eliminate unused filesystem space. This also includes the Logical Volume Manager (LVM) necessary to shrink a logical volume in place. This implementation replaces the need to copy the data, take the old version offline (which may require a reboot), and delete the old version.
A new RPM Package Manager (RPM) will allow customers to perform network installations of AIX and a limited set of maintenance operations from a Linux™ server.
New support provides basic language enablement and localization for the following languages:
- TA_IN — Tamil
- TE_IN — Telugu
- GU_IN — Gujarati
- MR_IN — Marathi
- KK_KZ — Kazakh
The Unicode 4.0 standard contains many new character definitions to support the various language scripts of the world. This provides support for all defined Unicode 4.0 characters to the AIX UTF-8 locale set.
New system enablements and functions for existing applications use Web-based System Manager in addition to availability through SMIT, or standalone applications. Enhancements or new functions include:
Functionality for Web-based System Manager
- Resource sets
- Jobs scheduling
- System hang detection options
- Remote reboot facility
- General Web-based System Manager changes to facilitate accessibility enablement
- Improved color/contrast on overview panels
- ConfigAssist ported to AUIML to facilitate accessibility enablement.
Base Operating System Install now offers a choice to have the hard disk being installed to, erased of all data, with selectable erasure patterns. This choice is available for New and Complete Overwrite installs from CD and available for Network (NIM) installs using new variables in the bosinst_data NIM resource. Other disks can be erased by entering the maintenance mode in the BOS Install menus.
Support for multiple NIM masters. Customers will be able to define an alternate NIM master, synchronize the NIM database between masters, and failover between masters. This provides a basic way for customers to create a more reliable NIM environment.
The NIM client daemon will have its service ports registered as well-known ports (3901 and 3902) and will install as part of the bos.sysmgt.nim.client fileset. The daemon will serve two purposes:
- Receive/process NIM master service requests
- Receive/process NIM master registration requests by passing machine information necessary for defining a client in a NIM environment
While nimsh eliminates the need for rsh and interactive shell environment access, it does not provide a trusted authentication approach based on key encryption. If users wish to have cryptographic authentication during nimsh usage, OpenSSL may be configured within the NIM environment. When OpenSSL is installed on NIM clients, SSL socket connections are established during nimsh service authentication. Options are provided for SSL key generation and includes all cipher suites supported in SSL V3.
In addition to cryptography options, nimsh allows customers the flexibility of 'querying' network machines by hostname. The NIM Service Handler processes query requests and returns NIM client configuration parameters used for defining hosts within a NIM environment. Using nimsh, customers may define NIM clients without knowing any system or network specific information.
Web-based system manager support for LVMs are enhanced to:
- Reduce the number of icons used in volume group
- Clearly show the type of volume group in the properties
- Suppress inappropriate columns in the volume group sub-plugin
- Hide FS specific properties in the logical volume plugin
CSM is also a key element of the IBM eServer® Cluster 1600 and Cluster 1350, platforms that are ideal for workload consolidation or for achieving high degrees of scalability and performance for applications that take advantage of clustered systems architectures. Primary examples are computational modeling in high-performance computing or multi-terabyte data warehouses in large corporations.
CSM is enabled on AIX 5L V5.3 on a trial basis. For production use of CSM, obtain a valid license and key by ordering CSM for AIX 5L (5765-F67).
Starting with AIX 5L V5.3, IBM pSeries® and AIX documentation will be available in one of two information centers:
- pSeries and AIX Information Center on the Web
- AIX Information Center on the documentation CD
The pSeries and AIX Information Center is more than a portal to documentation. Visit the following Web site
From this Web site you can access the following tools and resources:
- A message database that shows what error messages mean and, in many cases, how you can recover. This database also provides information for LED codes and error identifiers.
- How-to tips with step-by-step instructions for completing system administrator and user tasks.
- FAQs for quick answers to common questions.
- The entire AIX software documentation library for V5.1, V5.2, and V5.3. Each publication is available in PDF format and abstracts are provided for books for V5.2 and V5.3.
Centralized information, previously located throughout the library,
allows easier access to information about some new AIX functions:
- A new selection in the navigation bar centralizes all partitioning information, including planning, installation, and implementation information for partitioned-system operations.
- Understanding the Advanced Accounting subsystem provides system administrators with conceptual and procedural information about how to set up, administer, and manage Advanced Accounting. Information about projects, policies, transactional accounting, interval accounting, and data aggregation is included in this topic. This publication is also available on the documentation CD that is shipped with the operating system.
- A new Partition Load Manager for AIX Guide and Reference provides experienced system administrators with information about how to perform such tasks as installing, configuring, and managing Partition Load Manager for AIX. This guide also provides the administrator with reference information about commands and files that are used to run and manage Partition Load Manager for AIX.
- Links to the entire pSeries hardware documentation library.
- A resources page that links users to other IBM and non-IBM Web sites proven useful to system administrators, application developers, and users.
- Links to related documentation from IBM, including white papers, IBM Redbooks™, and technical reports on topics such as RS/6000®, SP™, and HACMP™ for AIX. Release Notes® and readme files are also available through the information center.
- Several new videos are available for customer-installable features and customer-replaceable parts.
A new application, the AIX Information Center, will be available for installation beginning with AIX 5L V5.3. The information center will provide navigation and search capabilities for all installed AIX 5L V5.3 publications and will be included on the AIX Documentation CD. It can be installed and used on a local system or installed on a documentation server for intranet use. The information center is powered by Eclipse technology.
To order publications included in the AIX documentation library for AIX 5L V5.3, go to the IBM Publications Center at
The IBM Publications Center offers customized search functions to help you find the publications that you need. A growing number of publications is available for you to view or download free of charge. In a number of countries or regions, you can also order publications listed on the site.
Pluggable Authentication Module (PAM) infrastructure has been enhanced to include additional authentication modules. Use of PAM as an authentication mechanism is now a system wide decision rather than per user. Many native operating system applications have been PAM enabled to recognize this configuration choice.
Even though it is possible to increase or decrease the size of the user name, it is advised that the user name size should never be decreased. However if there is a need to decrease the user name, current user names on the system be studied carefully to make sure that the none of the user have names greater the size being planned to be set. If this is not done, system behavior in regards to login and other functions in regards to these users will be unpredictable.
Tivoli® Security Clients/Agents for pSeries AIX 5L
Tivoli security-ready clients and agents will be pre-installed on pSeries POWER5™ servers running AIX 5L V5.2 beginning in August 2004. Pre-installed Tivoli security-ready clients and agents for pSeries POWER4+™ and POWER4™ servers running AIX 5L V5.2 will also be available beginning in August 2004. IBM intends to pre-install security-ready clients and agents on pSeries POWER servers that support AIX 5L V5.3 in the future.
The Tivoli security clients and agents software when coupled with optional corresponding and extra cost server-based Tivoli security management solution offerings can provide pSeries customers with security capabilities to help address a fundamental and heightened customer need for more secure on demand systems.
Tivoli security (identity) management solutions provide two critical layers of additional defense beyond the traditional perimeter defense provided by firewalls, anti-virus software and intrusion detection software a security control layer and a security policy compliance layer.
The Tivoli control layer determines which server users can access and what users may view and do. The Tivoli security compliance layer helps to ensure that customers are, and remain in, compliance with security policies while helping assess security risk and initiating responses to security events.
The Tivoli security-ready client and agent software available for pSeries POWER5, POWER4+, and POWER4 server with AIX 5L V5.2 is:
- Client for Tivoli Access Manager for Operating System AIX
- Agent for Tivoli Identity Manager
- Agent for Tivoli Risk Manager
- Client for Tivoli Security Compliance Manager
To use each Tivoli security-ready client or agent, acquisition of the following corresponding server-based Tivoli security management product offering is required.
- Tivoli Access Manager for Operating System AIX
- Tivoli Identity Manager
- Tivoli Risk Manager
- Tivoli Security Compliance Manager
When pre-installed, the security-ready clients/agents help simplify the implementation and enablement of Tivoli security management solutions. These Tivoli security management solutions enable a consistent enforcement of security management policies across pSeries and AIX 5L as well as across heterogeneous server environments running UNIX, Linux, and Microsoft™ Windows™ operating systems.
Optional Tivoli Security Management Offerings for pSeries AIX 5L
Tivoli security-ready clients and agents for pSeries AIX 5L servers provide the means for Tivoli security management software running on a pSeries AIX 5L server to provide and manage two different layers of security (a control layer and/or a security policy compliance layer) for each connected and enabled server "client." One Tivoli security management server can manage up to thousands of pSeries AIX 5L server "clients." Security management capabilities include:
- Secure and manage the pSeries AIX 5L server : Tivoli Access Manager for Operating System AIX is optional extra cost server-based enablement software that provides multiple pSeries AIX 5L server clients with IBM main-frame class security. Access Manager can lock down and harden the AIX 5L operating system at the root level thereby helping to secure applications and protect data, meet customer security audit requirements and reduce security administration costs.
- Setup and manage the users : Tivoli Identity Manager is optional extra cost server-based enablement software that automates the creation and management of multiple user accounts. Identity Manager helps to significantly shorten the time for provisioning users from weeks to minutes and automatically discovers invalid user accounts.
- Manage security operations : Tivoli Risk Manager is optional extra cost server-based enablement software that centrally monitors, reports and manages security events. Risk Manager helps to radically improve the administration of the whole security management environment.
- Audit security policies for compliance : Tivoli Security Compliance Manager is optional extra cost server-based enablement software that checks the server system, middleware and applications for vulnerability and adherence to customer security policies. Security Compliance Manager determines violations against security policies that are provided by IBM or modified or written by the customer.
Complementary (security) offering — Tivoli Directory Server
Store users and their identities : Tivoli Directory Server is server-based enablement software. Directory Server is foundation service software for building security-rich and standards compliant identity infrastructure solutions. It provides a robust and light weight directory access protocol (LDAP) and offers a choice of providing simple user ID and password authentication or robust digital certificate-based authentication. Directory Server is provided as a part of the AIX 5L V5.2 Expansion Pack.
Tivoli security management solutions for pSeries AIX 5L can significantly help meet the heightened and growing customer need for a more secure on demand IT and server operating environment.
Tivoli security-ready client and agent software provides customer value when pre-installed. Pre-installation with AIX 5L will help save installation planning and implementation time when the clients/agents are security enabled by Tivoli security management (server) offerings.
Significant additional customer value is provided when the Tivoli security-ready clients/agents are connected to and enabled by Tivoli security management (server) software:
- Helps protect and optimize IT resources by controlling "who has access to what"
- Helps reduce the cost of security administration and support
- Helps manage complexity with a single user sign-on and unified user experience
- Helps validate compliance against security policies and audits requirements
SOSWOS (Sell Our Stuff With Our Stuff)... Tivoli security-ready clients/agents and Tivoli security management solution offerings help to further differentiate the value of pSeries and AIX 5L when compared to UNIX-based competitors such as HP and Sun Microsystems. HP and Sun do not have the security management solution portfolio capabilities of IBM. When marketed and sold together as an integrated security management solution, pSeries, AIX 5L and Tivoli is a winning combination.
Tivoli Security Management solutions information sources
- Tivoli sales support — ibm.com Web site
- Tivoli technical support
Tivoli security sales
- IBM Direct: Bob Kalka, email@example.com
- IBM Business Partners: Rob Ciampa, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tivoli sales and technical support: 800-426-7378
- Tivoli security sales: Craig J. Lund, email@example.com
- Tivoli technical support
- Tivoli security sales: Con Yianakos, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tivoli security support: Chris Thompson, email@example.com
- Tivoli security sales: Pierre Bertin, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tivoli security support: Dexter Henderson, email@example.com
Development and performance tools
The following performance tools and libraries have been enhanced:
- PMAPI library now supports threaded applications running in M to N mode, and the new POWER5 and PowerPC970 processors.
- The perfstat library, and the vmstat, iostat, sar, topas, curt, and splat tools have been enhanced to support micro-partitioning and SMT. Filemon, netpmon, and pprof have been enhanced to support micro-partitioning. Support for SMT will be added to those three tools in a future release.
- Iostat, vmstat, and sar now detect and tolerate dynamic configuration changes
- Using the -d option of the sar command, average queue size, and service and wait time can now be monitored for selected disk types.
- The gprof tool now supports multi-process and multi-threaded applications
- Trace now support single process and thread tracing.
The following new tools are available:
- Lparstat which displays partition configuration information and allows monitoring of a set of partition level performance metrics.
- Mpstat which can be used to monitor a large set of detailed performance metrics at the logical processor level
Network technology and communications
Additional route selection policies will include Random, Weighted Random, Lowest Utilization, Weighted Round-Robin, and Hash based on destination IP address.
The discovered PMTU information is stored in a dedicated table and has a method to manage the table. Separating the PMTU and the routing table makes multi-path routing work better with PMTU discovery.
Wake on LAN® technology is used to remotely wake up a machine by sending the machine a specific packet of information, called a Magic Packet. AIX provides a command (wol) to construct and send a Magic Packet frame to wake up a remote machine.
Upgrades to the AIX tcpdump and the libpcap library improve the network traffic debugging capabilities of AIX.
Support has been added for the Service Location Protocol client side API on AIX. Service Location Protocol is described by RFC 2608 and the client side API is described by RFC 2614.
New functions include socket options, ancillary data, library functions, macros to manipulate ancillary data, structure, and constant definitions based on the RFC standard 3542.
Support has been added for the Streams Control Transmission Protocol (SCTP) in AIX. SCTP is a reliable transport layer protocol which runs over IP and is described in RFC 2960. A socket API for applications to communicate using SCTP is also provided.
Support is provided for both the DHCP server (dhcpsdv6) and client (dhcpcdv6) and retains much of the flexibility and ease of configuration that users are accustomed to in the AIX DHCP for IP V4. The DHCP relay agent (dhcprd) has been enhanced to support both IP V4 and IP V6 environments.
AIX TCP/IP remote commands continue to support Kerberos V5 for authentication. Support for Kerberos V4 used by PSSP software on SP systems will be withdrawn.
Fibre Channel is a high-speed, networking technology primarily used for Storage Area Networking (SAN). Currently with AIX, Fibre Channel is only used for communication between storage devices and servers using the SCSI protocol (FCP). This AIX feature adds the support to enable IP packets to be sent over a physical Fibre Channel connection as well. When a Fibre Channel adapter's IP protocol driver is configured and the IP over FC properties are assigned, the Fibre Channel adapter may also be used as a LAN device. Its network activity will function just as if an Ethernet or Token-Ring adapter were being used. In a SAN environment, this will allow servers and storage systems to communicate and perform networking type of management services without additional LAN equipment and infrastructure.
IP over FC is only supported on the IBM 2 Gigabit Fibre Channel Adapter for 64-bit PCI Bus (#6228) and the IBM 2 Gigabit Fibre Channel PCI-X Adapter (#6239) with the configuration of an IP enabled Fibre Channel switch. The Fibre Channel switches that have been verified to work with this feature are: both 1 GB and 2 GB Fibre Channel switches manufactured by Brocade and Cisco.
AIX EtherChannel feature allows Ethernet bandwidth aggregation from several Ethernet adapters. EtherChannel feature is currently available. Dynamic Membership feature allows systems administrators to add or remove adapters from a running EtherChannel and change EtherChannel attributes except Ethernet frame size without having to first detach its interface. This enables the dynamic reallocation or deallocation of adapters, particularly useful when hot-swapping adapters that belong to an EtherChannel.
The maximum number of Fibre Channel logical units supported per target was increased from 1023 to 4095 in AIX 5L V5.2. In FC, each end point is referred to as an N_Port. If that N_Port supports SCSI protocol, then it is also referred to as a target. Each target is composed of one or more logical units.
The iSCSI protocol driver is included as part of AIX Base Operating System. It allows the access of storage devices over gigabit Ethernet TCP/IP networks. The iSCSI driver has been verified to work with the Cisco MDS 9000 IPS module as the iSCSI target, using IBM TotalStorage® ESS F20 and IBM TotalStorage ESS 800 storage devices.
The current iSCSI driver is based on IETF RFC 3720 iSCSI standard, with certain limits and functional limitations as described in AIX 5L V5.2 and AIX 5L V5.3 release notes.
The configuration of EtherChannel and Virtual IP Address (VIPA) network interfaces will be added to the NIM secondary adapter support.
AIX Fast Connect offers file and print services for Windows clients on AIX 5L. It includes the following enhancements:
- Implementation of directory change notification support to improve the performance of the server. Some applications like biztalk can be installed on Fast Connect shares with this feature.
- Support of direct hosting of SMB over TCP/IP (aka NetBIOS-less connection support). It simplifies the transport of SMB traffic, removes WINS and NetBIOS broadcast as a means of name resolution and standardizes name resolution on DNS for file and printer sharing.
- Implementation of level II Oplocks helps improve the performance of the server by allowing multiple clients to access files in Read/Deny-Write lock-mode.
- Support of large files, large sends and large receives are added. Now Fast Connect can handle the file sizes and file offsets supported by AIX.
- Support of 32-bit NT status codes is added, which improves the communication between server and client and supports newly defined return codes.
- Implementation of SMB signing in Fast Connect supports mutual authentication of client and server, reduces the "man-in-the-middle" attacks.
- Fast Connect supports long user names, a new feature of AIX 5.3, which can eliminate the Windows to AIX users name mapping.
- Support of NT ACLs is implemented. Windows clients can add users or groups to grant NT ACL permissions to files/folders of Fast Connect server. The key/basic NT ACLs are supported prior to AIX 5L V5.3 levels, and complete NT ACLs and ACL inheritance are supported on AIX 5L V5.3.
- Fast Connect users can be dynamically created in passthrough authentication configuration by reducing the administrative overhead.
- Microsoft Windows 2003 clients are supported, in addition to existing support for Microsoft Windows 98, Windows NT™, Windows 2000, and Windows XP.
New system support
- IBM eServer p5 Model 520 (9111-520) — AIX 5L processor group E5
- IBM eServer p5 Model 550 (9113-550) — AIX 5L processor group E5
- IBM eServer p5 Model 570 (9117-570) — AIX 5L processor group F5
- IBM eServer i5 Model 520 (9406-520) — AIX 5L processor group E5
- IBM eServer i5 Model 570 (9406-570) — AIX 5L processor group F5
Existing systems supported
AIX 5L V5.3 also runs on existing IBM hardware system models that support AIX 5L V5.2 software.
New I/O support
AIX 5L V5.3 includes support for:
- 10 Gigabit Ethernet-SR PCI-X adapter. This adapter is designed to provide LAN connections for pSeries systems. The adapter has a 128 K x 8-bit boot FLASH ROM to support NIM functions.
- 1.44 MB external USB 1.1 diskette drive with an integrated USB attachment cable.
- DVD media as a dump device. System administrators can configure a DVD RAM as the dump device and the dump will be written out to the DVD media directly.
- AIX device driver for ATAPI (IDE) optical for write capability. This is important for support of IDE attached DVD-RAM.
- 2 Gigabit Fibre Channel PCI-X adapter provides connectivity to fibre channel storage area networks (SANs) as well as boot support from fibre channel attached storage.
- PCI-X Dual Channel Ultra 320 SCSI adapter provides connectivity to Ultra320 speed SCSI DASD as well as SCSI tape and optical devices.
- PCI-X Dual Channel Ultra 320 SCSI RAID adapter supports RAID 1,10, and 5 arrays, as well as standard SCSI JBOD disks, tapes, and optical devices. Boot support from a RAID array is supported with this adapter.
AIX 5L V5.3 support removal
The AIX 5L operating system previously contained both a uni-processor kernel and a multi-processor kernel. Effective with this AIX 5L V5.3 release, the operating system will only support the multi-processor kernel. The AIX 5L V5.3 multi-processor kernel will support the following systems: RS/6000, pSeries, or OEM hardware based on the Common Hardware Reference Platform (CHRP) architecture, regardless of the number of processors.
AIX 5L V5.2 will be the last release of AIX that will support the uni-processor kernel.
Removal of obsolete locales
The following is a list of obsolete locales:
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Specified operating environment
AIX 5L V5.3 supports the following systems that implement the CHRP architecture:
- PowerPC® systems
- POWER3™ systems
- POWER4 systems
- POWER5 systems
For Partition Load Manager hardware requirements, refer to the announcements in the Reference information section.
Systems operating on AIX 5L for POWER V5.3 are supported only when used within the system operating environments described in the appropriate hardware announcements and when used within the specified operating environment. When systems operating on AIX 5L V5.3 are used with other software or software in later announcements, other limitations may be included.
AIX 5L V5.3 supports systems and/or partitions with at least 128 MB of physical memory and a disk size of at least 2.2 GB.
Tivoli Directory Server V5.2 software requirements
To install the Tivoli Directory Server, your computer must meet the following minimum system requirements.
Tivoli Directory client
For the latest information on supported versions of AIX, refer to the client README file in /usr/ldap/doc/(lang)/client.txt
A minimum of 128 MB RAM is required; 256 MB is strongly recommended (the client is 32-bit)
Tivoli Directory Server (including the client)
For the latest information on supported versions of AIX, refer to the server README file in /usr/ldap/doc/(lang)/server.txt
In addition to the client requirements, the server requires the following:
- A minimum of 512 MB of RAM is required (1 GB or more is strongly recommended).
- DB2 Universal Database® for AIX V8.1 Enterprise Server Edition with Fixpack 2 is included with the Tivoli Directory Server. No previous versions of DB2® are supported. If You already have DB2 installed, You need approximately 45 MB of disk space to create the empty database and start the server. DB2 requires about 300-500 MB of disk space. Tivoli Directory Server (including the client and the server) requires about 160 MB of disk space. Disk space required for data storage is dependent upon the number and size of database entries.
- A 64-bit kernel on 64-bit hardware
For Partition Load Manager software requirements, refer to announcements in the Reference information section.
The following programs are the fully supported versions:
VisualAge® C++ Professional for AIX, V6.0
Install V6.0 by using your existing V6.0 CD, then apply APARs IY57427, IY57430, IY57431, IY57433, and IY57434.
C for AIX, V6.0
Install V6.0 by using your existing V6.0 CD, then apply APARs IY57427, IY57430, IY57431, and IY57434.
XL Fortran for AIX, V8.1.1
- Install V8.1.1 by using your existing V8.1.1 CD, then apply APARs IY57427, IY57430, IY57435, IY57436, and IY57434.
- XL Fortran Run-Time Environment for AIX, V8.1.1 is a fully supported version of this product. Install V8.1.1 by using your existing V8.1.1 CD, then apply APAR IY57436.
Applications from earlier AIX V5 releases
AIX 5L V5.1 and V5.2 applications written for RS/6000 POWER3-, POWER4-, POWER5-, and PowerPC-based models can be executed on AIX 5L V5.3 without recompilation for the same and newer models in that processor family (POWER3, POWER4, POWER5, or PowerPC). Exceptions are applications compiled using POWER3-, POWER4-, POWER5- or PowerPC-specific compiler options but executed on models other than POWER3, POWER4, POWER5, or PowerPC, respectively, or applications using:
- Non-shared compiles of AIX-shared libraries
- Features explicitly described as nonportable by IBM in the AIX V4 or V5 reference manuals
- Undocumented AIX internal features
- X11R5 Server Extensions
- Locales based on IBM-850 codesets
- Legacy security library interfaces executing on AIX V5 systems with long usernames enabled
Any program that must run in all environments — POWER3, POWER4, POWER5, and PowerPC (601 and newer PowerPC processors) — must be compiled using the common mode or PowerPC option of the compiler. Programs compiled to exploit:
- POWER5 technology must be run on POWER5 processor types
- POWER4 technology must be run on POWER4 or POWER5 processor types
- POWER3 technology may be run on POWER3, POWER4, or POWER5 processor types, though there may be some performance penalty when running on POWER4 or POWER5
- PowerPC-based technology must be run on PowerPC-based processors
Applications running on AIX V5 Releases with long usernames enabled
AIX 5L V5.3 systems can be configured to accommodate user and group names exceeding eight characters. Applications which have not been specifically structured to handle long user and group names and which use legacy security library interfaces with 8-character name limits or which depend on user and group names not exceeding 8 characters in length may not work correctly on systems which have been enabled for long user and group names. AIX 5.3 commands which display user and group names will truncate user and group names to 8 characters to accommodate existing use unless command-specific options are utilized to display long user and group names.
Legacy Security Long Username-Enabled Library Interface Alternative ckuserID() authenticatex() cuserid() getpwuid() getuinfo() getuinfox() getuinfo+r() getuinfox() getuserpw() getuserpwx() newpass() newpassx() putuserpw() putuserpwx() putuserpwhist() putuserpwxhist()
AIX 5L V5.3 systems running applications using security library interfaces should not be configured for long usernames unless the applications have been tested successfully for long username support.
32-bit Applications from AIX V4 releases
AIX V4.1, 4.2, or 4.3 applications written for RS/6000 POWER3-, POWER4-, and PowerPC-based models can be executed on AIX 5L V5 without recompilation for same and newer models in that processor family (POWER3, POWER4, POWER5, or PowerPC). Exceptions are applications compiled using POWER3-, POWER4-, or PowerPC-specific compiler options executed on models other than POWER3, POWER4, POWER5, or PowerPC, respectively, or applications using:
- Non-shared compiles of AIX shared libraries
- Features explicitly described as nonportable by IBM in the AIX V4 or V5 reference manuals
- Undocumented AIX internal features
- X11R5 Server Extensions
- Locales based on IBM-850 codesets
- Legacy security interfaces executing on AIX V5 systems with long usernames enabled
Programs compiled to exploit:
- POWER5 technology must be run on POWER5 processor types
- POWER4 technology must be run on POWER4 or POWER5 processor types
- POWER3 technology may be run on POWER3, POWER4, or POWER5 processor types, though there may be some performance penalty when running on POWER4 or POWER5
- PowerPC-based technology must be run on PowerPC-based processors
Existing binaries need not be recompiled to operate on the target processors.
64-bit Applications from AIX V4 releases
Any 64-bit applications produced using AIX V4 will not execute on AIX 5L V5. These applications need to be recompiled from the source on AIX 5L V5 to execute on this version of AIX. The 64-bit applications produced using AIX 5L V5 on any of the 32-bit or 64-bit processor models will execute without recompilation on the 64-bit processor models. The 32-bit applications produced using AIX 5L V5 on either 32-bit or 64-bit processor models will execute without recompilation on both models.
X11R5/X11R6 compatibility issues on AIX V5
The AIX V5 X-server uses the X-Consortium release 6 of X (commonly known as X11R6). The libraries shipped by IBM with X11R6 are backward compatible and the client applications that access these libraries work as on AIX V4. As on AIX V4, IBM will also ship X11R3, X11R4, X11R5 compatibility installation options for maximum flexibility.
The majority of applications using X fall into this category and will not cause any difficulty. However, a small number of X-applications use the loadable extension facility provided by the X-server.
The X-server allows for the addition of new functionality through its extension mechanism. For each extension, part of the extension is loaded into the X-server before it can be executed. X11R6 has modified how this mechanism works in the course of improvements to X, and it is this part of the extension that must be made compatible with X11R6 to execute properly. All extensions supplied by IBM have been made compatible. In some circumstances, you may have an extension that does not work with X11R6, for example:
- Sample extension downloaded from the X-Consortium FTP site
- Customer-developed extension
- Third-party extension
In these cases, the extension needs to be made compatible with X11R6 before it executes properly. Customer-developed extensions and sample X consortium extensions need to be recompiled with the X11R6 environment. For third-party extensions, contact the vendor for a X11R6-compatible update.
If you use non-IBM display adapters, you may also be using vendor supplied software specific to those devices that uses X11R6 server capabilities. If so, this software must be compatible with X11R6 to operate properly. Contact the vendor of the display adapter for this software.
IBM plans to provide a porting guide with AIX V5 to assist customers and vendors who develop adapters or extensions for AIX.
Between AIX V3 and V5
All AIX applications using AIX V3R3.2 or later, for POWER-, POWER2™-, and PowerPC-based models that are written in accordance with the guidelines in this announcement and other AIX announcements run on AIX 5L V5 without recompilation for those same models. The exceptions to this statement are applications compiled using POWER2- or PowerPC- specific compiler options but run on models other than POWER2 or PowerPC, or applications using the following:
- Their own loadable kernel extensions
- Certain high-function terminal control interfaces
- X11R3 input device interfaces
- The CIO LAN device driver interface
- SCSI device configuration methods (IHVs)
- The nlist() interface
- DCE threads
- Legacy security interfaces executing on AIX 5L systems with long usernames enabled
Applications must have been created using the AIX shared libraries for these binary compatibility statements to apply.
- IBM Parallel System Support Programs (PSSP) for AIX is not supported running AIX 5L V5.3
- SP Switch and the SP Switch2 are not supported running AIX 5L V5.3
- Partition Load Manager for AIX (available via a hardware feature code of Advanced POWER Virtualization) is not targeted for customers that want to implement very small granularity CPU resource management (micro-partitioning) on shared-processor logical partitions. Memory management is fully supported on these configurations, but CPU management may not always give the desired result.
The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application system and communication facilities.
PMR Support for EMC, HDS, and STK: PMRs will be addressed on AIX 5L for selected configurations which include specific models of EMC disk subsystems, HDS disk subsystems, and STK tape drives, attached via Fibre Channel. Currently the list of models is as follows:
- EMC: All 3000, 5000, and 8000 Symmetrix Series, and all DMX models; CLARiiON 4700-2, CX400, CX500, CX600, and CX700 models
- HDS: 9910, 9960, 9970V, and 9980V
- STK: 9840, T9840B, T9940A, T9940B, and SN6000
Consult your IBM representative or Business Partner for information and included configurations. In particular, check for information on the availability of AIX 5.3 configurations.
Packaging: The AIX 5L for POWER V5.3 package contains the following items:
IBM International Program License Agreement (IPLA) and License Information (LI) (multilanguage)
AIX 5L V5.3 delivers IPLA and LI documentation in electronic softcopy.
- AIX 5L Installation Guide
- One set of CD-ROMs for operating system and publications
Your Proof of Entitlement (PoE) for this program is a copy of a paid sales receipt, purchase order, invoice, or other sales record from IBM or its authorized reseller from whom you acquired the program, provided that it states the license charge unit (the characteristics of intended use of the program, number of processors, number of users) and quantity acquired.
Information about how you may obtain program services will be provided by the party (either IBM or its authorized reseller) from whom you acquired the program.
Security, auditability, and control
AIX 5L for POWER V5.3 uses the system and network security features for security and auditability. These features are:
- Native Kerberos V5 KDC Server/Client Support
- Trusted Computing Base available as an optional preinstall feature
- AIX LDAP Security Audit plug-in
- Pluggable Authentication Mechanism
- IBM SecureWay® Directory V3.2.1
- PKCS support
- IP Key Encryption Security
- Directory-based resolvers
The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features,
administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication
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AIX 5L V5.3 on POWER5 and POWER4 systems
License entitlement for AIX 5L V5.3 is based on AIX hardware processor group classification.
Under each AIX processor group classification E5 and F5, licenses for AIX 5L V5.3 must be purchased/ordered based on the total number of active processors running AIX Operating System. For example, for a machine/type 9117-570 ordered with a four-way processor configuration on which the end user intends to run AIX 5L V5.3 on two of the four active processors, you should order two licenses for AIX 5L V5.3 under the appropriate processor group.
If additional processors are added after the initial system purchase and the intent is to run AIX 5L V5.3 or if AIX 5L is added to another active processor not previously running AIX 5L V5.3, additional licenses for AIX 5L V5.3 and SWMA for AIX for those processors must be acquired. Also, when adding additional processors, the AIX SWMA contract term (1 or 3 years) associated with the processor additions must be the same as selected for AIX 5L with the initial system purchase. This rule applies to other license programs offering SWMA as well.
AIX 5L V5.2 and V5.3 on POWER5 systems
License entitlement for AIX 5L V5.2 or V5.3 on POWER5 systems is based on the total number of active processors running AIX Operating System. For example, for a machine/type 9117-570 ordered with a four-way processor configuration on which the end user intends to run AIX 5L V5.2 or V5.3 on two of the four active processors customers should order two licenses under the appropriate processor group.
AIX 5L V5.2 and V5.3 on POWER4 systems
License entitlement for AIX 5L V5.2 or V5.3 on POWER4 systems is based on the maximum number of processors within a system (SP Systems included) based on the number of processors in each node. For example, a system ordered with a four-processor configuration will be licensed for use on four processors
For each AIX 5L V5.2 (5765-E62) or V5.3(5765-G03) license ordered, an order for either the one-year (5771-SWM) or three-year (5773-SM3 or 5773-SWM) SWMA for AIX Operating Systems must also be submitted. Pricing for SWMA for AIX Operating Systems is based on processor group classification with price times quantity ordered. The quantity of processors associated with SWMA for AIX Operating Systems must be equal to the quantity of AIX licenses specified.
Unbundled AIX on POWER5
AIX 5L willl be unbundled and separately priced for new POWER5 processor-based systems. For POWER4 processor-based systems, AIX 5L will continue to be included with the system purchase price.
The AIX 5L V5.3 license will be transferable to comparable processor systems ONLY within a customer's enterprise.
The AIX 5L V5.2 license will be transferable to comparable processor systems within a customer's enterprise and will also be transferable with the hardware outside the customer's enterprise.
AIX Program POWER4/ POWER5 version number POWER4+ Transferability 5.2 5765-E62 Transferable Transferable 5.3 5765-G03 within within enterprise enterprise only only Unbundling 5.2 5765-E62 Bundled w/HW Unbundled and priced 5.3 5765-G03 Bundled w/HW Unbundled and priced
Voucher for AIX 5L V5.2 or V5.3 operating system for select IBM eServer i5 systems
At IBM's discretion and for no committed time period, select eServer i5 systems may include a voucher that entitles the customer to a free processor-based license for AIX 5L V5.2 or V5.3 Operating System. The voucher is also for one year of SWMA for AIX Operating Systems coverage at no additional charge. IBM retains the right to extend or discontinue this offering at anytime without any written or formal notification to IBM Business Partners, IBM resellers, or IBM Direct representatives. Vouchers for the AIX 5L V5.2 or V5.3 Operating System license with select eServer i5 systems will be shipped at IBM's discretion.
Refer to the Ordering information section for further details. Only "certified" pSeries Business Partners and/or representatives will be allowed to place orders for this offering.
For SWMA order details, refer to Software Announcement 204-079 , dated April 27, 2004.
New orders for AIX 5L V5.2 should select from the following table:
Program number 5765-E62 OTC(1) Processor feature Description group number AIX 5L for POWER V5.2 N/A 0001(1) per processor AIX 5L for POWER V5.2 N/A 0002(1) per 250 processors AIX 5L for POWER V5.2 E5 0003 per processor AIX 5L for POWER V5.2 E5 0009 per processor Value Pak AIX 5L for POWER V5.2 E5 0004 per 250 processors AIX 5L for POWER V5.2 E5 0010 per 250 processors Value Pak AIX 5L for Service E5 0018 Voucher per processor AIX 5L for POWER V5.2 F5 0005 per processor AIX 5L for POWER V5.2 F5 0006 per 250 processors AIX 5L for POWER V5.2 E5 to F5 0015 per processor (upgrade) AIX 5L for Service F5 0020 Voucher per processor
- Previously announced for support of legacy machines only.
New orders for AIX 5L V5.3 should select from the following table:
Program number 5765-G03 OTC(1) Processor feature Description group number AIX 5L for POWER V5.3 N/A 0001 per processor AIX 5L for POWER V5.3 N/A 0002 per 250 processors AIX 5L for POWER V5.3 E5 0003 per processor AIX 5L for POWER V5.3 E5 0009 per processor Value Pak AIX 5L for POWER V5.3 E5 0004 per 250 processors AIX 5L for POWER V5.3 E5 0010 per 250 processors Value Pak AIX 5L for Service E5 0018 Voucher per processor AIX 5L for POWER V5.3 F5 0005 per processor AIX 5L for POWER V5.3 F5 0006 per 250 processors AIX 5L for POWER V5.3 E5 to F5 0015 per processor (upgrade) AIX 5L for Service F5 0020 Voucher per processor
Orders associated with the Service Voucher for AIX 5L V5.2 or V5.3 licenses need to order the appropriate one-year or three-year SWMA features from the following table.
For 24 x 7 feature numbers associated with one-year SWMA for AIX (5771-SWM), refer to Software Announcement 204-079 , dated April 27, 2004.
Program number 5771-SWM OTC(1) Processor feature Description group number AIX 5L for Service E5 0729 Voucher per processor one-year SWMA AIX 5L for Service F5 0731 Voucher per processor one-year SWMA AIX 5L for Service E5 0679 Voucher per processor three-year SWMA AIX 5L for Service F5 0683 Voucher per processor three-year SWMA AIX 5L Ser Vchr Reg E5 0681 three-year per proc 24 x 7 Support AIX 5L Ser Vchr Reg F5 0685 three-year per proc 24 x 7 Support
Upgrades from previous versions of AIX to AIX 5L V5.3 are only available through IBM Software Maintenance for AIX Operating Systems (5771-SWM, 5773-SM3, or 5773-SWM) or, if entitled, by contract.
AIX software upgrade notification via the Web
To register for e-mail notifications of AIX product upgrades and updates, visit
- Select pSeries Software Maintenance
- Click on sign in first
- Use your IBM Common Registration userid/password to sign in or click register to create one
- Under the heading SUBSCRIBE/UNSUBSCRIBE, you can select to be notified for "all" updates or specific ones.
After receipt of upgrade or update notification, eligible customers, who want to request an upgrade or update via the Web, should fill out an online shipment request form at
Customization options: Select the appropriate feature numbers to customize your order with delivery options desired. These features can be specified on the initial or MES orders.
Note: Customization options are supported only under the 5692-A5L SPO.
Example: If publications are not desired for the initial order, specify feature number 3470 to ship media only. For publications only to ship, specify feature number 3430.
Initial Shipments Description Feature Ship Media only 3470 (suppresses initial shipment of documentation) Ship Documentation only 3430 (suppresses initial shipment of media) Expedite Shipments Description Feature Local IBM Office Expedite 3445 (for IBM use only)
Expedite shipments will be processed to receive 72-hour delivery from the time IBM Software Delivery and Fulfillment (SDF) receives the order. SDF will then ship the order via overnight air transportation.
System Program Order (SPO) (5692-A5L): A 5692-A5L SPO is mandatory for shipments of program distribution and publications. The individual licensed program orders (for example, 5765-E62 or 5765-G03) are for registration and billing purposes only. No shipment occurs under these orders.
To receive shipment of machine-readable materials on a CD-ROM requires an SPO (5692-A5L). To prevent additional billing expenses, place only one SPO order per release of the operating system.
Select from the following (5692-A5L) feature numbers for the programs to be delivered on the CD-ROM.
Feature Description number 5765-E62 AIX 5L for POWER V5.2 0947(2) AIX 5L Update CD 0965(2) AIX 5L V5.2 Expansion Pack 0949(2) AIX 5L Toolbox for 0957(2) Linux Source Mozilla V1.4 for AIX 0976(2) Customer Managed Microcode 0975(2) 5765-G03 AIX 5L for POWER V5.3 0967 AIX 5L V5.3 Expansion Pack 0968 AIX 5L Toolbox for 0957(2) Linux Source Mozilla V1.4 for AIX 0976(2) Customer Managed Microcode 0975(2)
- Previously announced features.
Basic machine-readable material: Select one of the following priced feature numbers for media type under5692-A5L. The media process charge is a one-time, non-discountable charge per SPO order when media is selected.
Media process Media charges Media feature feature type number number CD-ROM 3410 1004(3) CD-ROM 3410 1005
- For existing SPO orders already having feature number 1004 on the order, a no charge feature 1005 will be added to prevent subsequent media charges on the SPO order.
Documentation: The amount of translation varies by language. Translated softcopy documentation general availability varies by language and manufacturing geography. Translations will become available, over time, as translations are released by language-specific country translation centers.With AIX 5L V5.3, the English language documentation and other available translations will automatically ship when AIX 5L V5.3 SPO feature number 0967 is selected. Unlike earlier versions, the AIX 5L V5.3 documentation may not be viewed from the CD media. The documentation is also available on the Web via
Preinstall cultural convention: A matrix of logic is used at time of manufacture to select preinstall cultural convention (locale). System keyboard is used as primary selection criteria. In situations where a single keyboard is used across multiple locales, selection is refined by the country of origin for the hardware order. The following do not have unique pSeries keyboards and therefore must be explicitly ordered via software feature number:
Cultural Feature convention number(4) Albanian 6995 Byelorussian 6916 Estonian 6902 Hindi 6907 Latvian 6900 Lithuanian 6901 Macedonian 6913 Simplified Chinese 6989 Ukranian 6917 Vietnamese 6905
Preinstall PII Language Section (Language Dependent Screens, Panels, and Messages)
Feature Language number(4) Brazilian Portuguese 5980 Czech 5975 French (Universal) 5928 German (Universal) 5929 Hungarian 5976 Italian (Universal) 5932 Japanese-Kanji (Shift JIS) 5962 Korean 5986 Polish 5978 Russian 5979 Spanish (Universal) 5931 English 5924 Catalan 5997 Simplified Chinese 5989 Traditional Chinese 5987 Slovakian 5994 Install C-locale 5999
- Feature numbers previously announced under 5692-A5L and are applicable to AIX 5L V5.3.
Preinstall: The preinstall option is only valid if accompanied by a hardware system order for the preinstalled AIX 5L V5.3 operating system specifying the preinstall option.
Note: Preinstall is not an option for eServer i5 nor for IBM eServer BladeCenter™ JS20.
It is recommended that backup media be chosen with preinstalled orders. Not all of the software offered under the licensed program will be preinstalled on the system disk. To take delivery of backup media, media feature 3410 must be specified. Software preinstalled on the hard disk does not include all of the function included on the media.
The 5765-G03 order and SPO 5692-A5L must be for the same system type/system number and must have the same scheduled shipment date.
Feature number 5005 must be specified under the 5692-A5L SPO to facilitate preinstall of the licensed program on the system disk.
In addition to feature numbers 5005 and 0967 for preinstall of AIX under SPO (5692-A5L), you may select one or more additional "preinstall designation features" from the table below.
For Authorized Assemblers, feature number 7305 must be specified under the individual licensed program 5765-G03 and the 5692-A5L SPO to facilitate preinstall of the licensed program on the system disk. In addition to feature number 7305 for preinstall of AIX under SPO (5692-A5L), you must select the appropriate "preinstall designation feature" from the following table.
Preinstall Feature description number Optional Preinstall of 1400 the Trusted Computing Base for AIX 5L V5.3 Optional Preinstall OpenGL 1401 for AIX 5L V5.3 Optional Preinstall PHIGS 1402 for AIX 5L V5.3 Optional Preinstall 64-Bit 1403 Kernel for AIX 5L V5.3 Optional Preinstall of Tivoli 1432 Security Clients/Agents for AIX 5L V5.2 (this option is only available when AIX 5L V5.2 is requested preinstalled.)
The preinstall option is available at no additional charge.
Single pallet delivery: Single pallet delivery consolidates pSeries hardware, AIX 5L V5 and selected AIX licensed program orders into a single delivery when preinstall is selected. Programs that are shipped on AIX 5L V5 SPO will have their entitled publications and media consolidated with the pSeries system unit into a single delivery. The software orders affected are those programs ordered with the AIX 5L V5 SPO.
Software ordering instructions for multiple AIX operating systems for LPAR machines
Since the availability of AIX 5L V5.2, IBM offers multiple operating system releases that support logical partitioning of LPAR-capable hardware. With this initial offering you can order any combination of operating system releases for the same machine, but only one of the operating systems can be preinstalled (preinstall is not an option for eServer i5). On POWER4 based machines when the machine is preinstalled by manufacturing, it continues to be preinstalled in SMP mode, requiring customers who run logical partitions to reinstall. POWER5 based machines will be preinstalled as a single partition that contains all the hardware. The customer may be able to add partitions and reassign hardware to the new partitions without reinstalling.
For LPAR-capable machines to be used in the LPAR-mode, you can order any AIX 5L V5.1, V5.2, and V5.3 for the same system during initial order creation. Only one of the AIX operating systems can be preinstalled at this time. The applicable preinstall designation feature must be specified on the AIX 5L SPO (5692-A5L) containing the AIX release being requested for preinstall. Additional AIX 5L SPO (5692-A5L) orders are required to take delivery of any other AIX release being requested. Media charges apply to each SPO order if media is requested. To order multiple releases of AIX for LPAR installation, you must also select either the one-year (5771-SWM) or three-year (5773-SM3 or 5773-SWM) Software Maintenance for AIX Operating Systems offering.
Note: AIX 5L V5.1 is not valid with POWER5 processor-based machines.
For LPAR preinstalled systems built in Rochester for U.S. delivery, feature 3483 must be included on the SPO (5692-A5L) orders that are not being preinstalled to take advantage of single pallet delivery if media and publications are requested. These additional SPO (5692-A5L) orders must have the same system type/system number and scheduled shipment date as the hardware machine it is being ordered with to enable single-pallet delivery.
Products Currently Supported on AIX 5L V5.3
Licensed program products currently supported on AIX 5L V5.2 that are not offered during order creation using ECFGPWR when AIX 5L V5.3 is selected for the AIX operating environment, may not currently be supported on AIX 5L V5.3.
The following licensed program products or features have declared that they will run on AIX 5L V5.3. Additional products will announce support at a later date. These programs or features are orderable under the AIX 5L SPO 5692-A5L, using the appropriate feature number.
SPO Program feature Description number number Performance Toolbox 5765-E74 0972 for AIX Performance Aide AIX 5765-E68 0971 AIX Fast Connect 5765-E72 0923 Virtual I/O Server 5765-G34 0999 Cluster Systems 5765-F67 0987 Management (Base) AIXlink/X.25 V2.1 5765-E85 0931
Under SPO 5692-A5L, feature number 3470 can be used to suppress hardcopy documentation. To order
entitled hardcopy documentation only, order feature number 3430.
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|Terms and conditions|
Agreement: IBM International Program License Agreement. Proofs of Entitlement (PoE) are required for all authorized use.
This software license includes Software Maintenance, previously referred to as Software Subscription and Technical Support.
The following agreements apply for maintenance and do not require customer signatures:
- IBM Agreement for Acquisition of Support (Z125-6011)
- Addendum for Support (Software Maintenance) for Select iSeries™ and pSeries Programs (Z125-6495)
Limited warranty applies: Yes
Warranty: This program has warranty for a minimum of one year from acquisition from IBM or authorized IBM Business Partner. The warranty provided to the customer, for at least one year from acquisition, is access to databases (read Web sites) for program information and FAQs, including any known fixes to defects, which the customer can download or obtain otherwise and install at leisure.
Program technical support: Technical support of a program product will be available for a minimum of three years from the general availability date, as long as your Software Maintenance is in effect. This technical support allows you to obtain assistance (via telephone or electronic means) from IBM for product-specific, task-oriented questions regarding the installation and operation of the program product. Software Maintenance also provides you with access to updates, releases, and versions of the program. Customers will be notified, via announcement letter, of discontinuance of support with 12 months' notice. If you require additional technical support from IBM, including an extension of support beyond the discontinuance date, contact your IBM representative or IBM Business Partner. This extension may be available for a fee.
Money-back guarantee: If for any reason you are dissatisfied with the Program, return it within 30 days from the invoice date, to the party (either IBM or its reseller) from whom you acquired it, for a refund. This applies only to your first acquisition of the Program.
Copy and use on home/portable computer: No
Volume orders (IVO): Yes, contact your IBM representative.
Passport Advantage® applies: No
Software Maintenance applies: Yes
All distributed software licenses include Software Maintenance (Software Subscription and Technical Support) for a period of 12 months from the date of acquisition, providing a streamlined way to acquire IBM software and assure technical support coverage for all licenses. Extending coverage for a total of three years from date of acquisition may be elected.
While your Software Maintenance is in effect: IBM provides you assistance for your routine, short duration installation and usage (how-to) questions and code-related questions. IBM provides assistance via telephone and, if available, electronic access, only to your information systems (IS) technical support personnel during the normal business hours (published prime shift hours) of your IBM support center. This assistance is not available to your end users. IBM provides Severity 1 assistance 24 hours a day, every day of the year. For additional details, consult your IBM Software Support Guide at
Software Maintenance does not include assistance for the design and development of applications, your use of programs in other than their specified operating environment, or failures caused by products for which IBM is not responsible under this agreement.
IBM operational support services — SoftwareXcel: No
AIX/UNIX upgrade protection applies: No
Entitled upgrade for current AIX/UNIX upgrade protection licensees: No
iSeries Software Subscription applies: No
Variable charges apply: Yes
Educational allowance available: Yes, 15% education allowance applies to qualified education institution customers.
Sub-capacity pricing terms and conditions
To be eligible for Sub-Capacity Pricing, the machine on which the eligible products are installed and running must be eligible for Sub-Capacity pricing terms and conditions. Software pricing at less than full machine capacity for eligible products apply when running
- AIX 5L V5.1, or later, on an IBM eServer pSeries 690 or equivalent partition capable operating system and machine
OS/400® V5.1, or later, running on an iSeries server
Note: i5/OS V5R3 is required on the eServer i5.
- Linux running in an LPAR under AIX 5L V5.1, OS/400 V5.1, or in a partition on an equivalent partition capable operating system and Server
Sub-Capacity Pricing for eligible products is based on the current Program pricing methodology but the number of processors will be determined based on the sum of processors for all partitions where the Program is defined(used). To obtain pricing at less than full machine capacity for eligible products, you are required to:
- Install and use, when available, IBM's license use management program which installs with eligible IBM Programs.
- Install available updates to the operating system and eligible products such that license use can be accurately managed.
- If the use of Sub-Capacity Pricing terms results in a reduced requirement for entitlements, you can reallocate the entitlement difference by distributing entitlements across a larger or different set of systems, or reserve then for future growth. There will be no refunds for these "freed up" entitlements. Subscription, Software Maintenance and Support volumes and entitlements for existing contracts will continue at the same levels as the acquired licenses.
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|IBM Electronic Services|
IBM Global Services has transformed its delivery of hardware and software support services to put you on the road to higher systems availability. IBM Electronic Services is a Web-enabled solution that provides you with an exclusive, no-additional-charge enhancement to the service and support on the IBM eServer. You should benefit from greater system availability due to faster problem resolution and preemptive monitoring. IBM Electronic Services is comprised of two separate, but complementary, elements: IBM Electronic Services news page and IBM Electronic Service Agent™.
IBM Electronic Services news page provides you with a single Internet entry point that replaces the multiple entry points traditionally used by customers to access IBM Internet services and support. By using the news page, it enables you to gain easier access to IBM resources for assistance in resolving technical problems.
The IBM Electronic Service Agent is a no-additional-charge software that resides on your IBM eServer system. It is designed to proactively monitor events and transmit system inventory information to IBM on a periodic customer-defined timetable. The IBM Electronic Service Agent tracks system inventory, hardware error logs, and performance information. If the server is under a current IBM maintenance service agreement or within the IBM warranty period, the Service Agent automatically reports hardware problems to IBM. Early knowledge about potential problems enables IBM to provide proactive service that maintains higher system availability and performance. In addition, information collected through the Service Agent will be made available to IBM service support representatives when they are helping answer your questions or diagnosing problems.
To learn how IBM Electronic Services can work for you, visit
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The prices provided in this announcement are suggested retail prices for the U.S. only and are provided for your information only. Dealer prices may vary, and prices may also vary by country. Prices are subject to change without notice. For additional information and current prices, contact your local IBM representative.
AIX 5L for POWER V5.2 OTC Processor feature Description group number OTC Program number 5765-E62 AIX 5L for POWER V5.2 E5 0009 $ 385 per processor Value Pak AIX 5L for POWER V5.2 E5 0010 96,250 per 250 processors Value Pak AIX 5L for Service E5 0018 0 Voucher per processor AIX 5L for Service F5 0020 0 Voucher per processor AIX 5L for POWER V5.3 Program number 5765-G03 AIX 5L for POWER V5.3 NA 0001 0 per processor AIX 5L for POWER V5.3 NA 0002 0 per 250 processors AIX 5L for POWER V5.3 E5 0003 480 per processor AIX 5L for POWER V5.3 E5 0009 385 per processor Value Pak AIX 5L for POWER V5.3 E5 0004 107,500 per 250 processors OTC Processor feature Description group number OTC AIX 5L for POWER V5.3 E5 0010 $ 96,250 per 250 processors Value Pak AIX 5L for Service E5 0018 0 Voucher per processor AIX 5L for POWER V5.3 F5 0005 1,225 per processor AIX 5L for POWER V5.3 F5 0006 306,250 per 250 processors AIX 5L for POWER V5.3 E5 to F5 0015 795 per processor (upgrade) AIX 5L for Service Voucher F5 0020 0 per processor
Orders associated with the Service Voucher for AIX 5L V5.2 or V5.3 licenses need to order the appropriate one-year or three-year SWMA features from the following table:
OTC Processor feature Description group number OTC Program number 5771-SWM AIX 5L for Service E5 0729 $ 0 Voucher per processor 1-year SWMA AIX 5L for Service F5 0731 0 Voucher per processor 1-year SWMA AIX 5L for Service E5 0679 1,106 Voucher per processor 3-year SWMA AIX 5L for Service F5 0683 1,233 Voucher per processor 3-year SWMA AIX 5L Ser Vchr E5 0681 448 Reg 3-year per proc 24 x 7 support AIX 5L Ser Vchr F5 0685 496 Reg 3-year per proc 24 x 7 support
Variable charges: The applicable processor-based one-time charge will be based on the group of the designated machine on which the program is licensed for use. If the program is designated to a processor in a group for which no charge is listed, the charge of the next higher group listed applies. For movement to a machine in a higher group, an upgrade charge equal to the difference in the then-current charges between the two groups will apply. For movement to a machine in a lower group, there will be no adjustment or refund of charges paid.
To order, contact the Americas Call Centers, your local IBM representative, or your IBM Business Partner.
To identify your local IBM representative or IBM Business Partner, call 800-IBM-4YOU (426-4968).
Phone: 800-IBM-CALL (426-2255) Fax: 800-2IBM-FAX (242-6329) Internet: firstname.lastname@example.org Mail: IBM Americas Call Centers Dept: IBM CALL, 11th Floor 105 Moatfield Drive North York, Ontario Canada M3B 3R1 Reference: YE001
The Americas Call Centers, our national direct marketing organization, can add your name to the mailing list for catalogs of IBM products.
Note: Shipments will begin after the planned availability date.
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