IBM Systems Director 6.3 Arrives 10 Days Early
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IBM Systems Director 6.3 Arrives Early
Yes, you read that right - it arrived earlier than the date in the IBM Announcement - a free to use unexpected Xmas present from IBM. I have never heard of an early delivery before - perhaps I am getting to old and cynical :-)
The Base Server download for AIX is a larger 1.9 GB file (was 1.3 GB for 6.2) but that includes includes AEM,VMControl (and Service and support manager but we probably don't need that as we have the function in Power Systems via the HMC). They all get installed in one go but you can activate the plug-ins when you like - this lets you postpone the start of your now 90 trial use (was 60 days). This means that we in AIX land just need to add WPAR Mgr (61MB). Then you should go find in your AIX DVDs or order the AIX Profile Manager 1.1.+ media - this is the hot new AIX 6.1 TL6 and AIX 7.1 TL1 performance setting, security and compliance tool to reduce system admin work and enforce consistent settings across the server farm. Recently, seen demos of this and want to give it ago.
For me the Systems Director features of most interest for Power Systems and AIX are
You need new plug-ins too
Don't forget, when you upgrade from Systems Director 6.1 or 6.2 to 6.3 that you will need the matching upgraded plug-ins too for 6.3 support. Froma quick look around they all seem to be there ready for download - we had to wait a week or two last time - well done guys.
Now it has a DB2 default database
One major improvement with 6.3 is that the default RDBMS installed with the Server code is now a single purpose dedicated function DB2. The Apache Derby was the default database but that had scaling and memory use and only really for a quick proof of concept. The DB2 embedded version is largely invisible to the System Director users. You can also use Oracle, SQLServer and a regular DB2 database for those with a single RDBMS strategy or site policy and already have the skills. If you have Apache Derby for 6.2 installed then installing 6.3 will migrate you to DB2 - that is a really nice feature to get you off Derby without the horrors of "smreset" and starting again from scratch with a scalable database.
Where to go?
Go to http
Of course, the first few days will be a busy time for the download servers and it is a big file so start early or even better over night (I am using VNC to a AIX machine running Firefox for the download).
If you are setting up a new Systems Director server then I recommend:
I also noted there is to useful packages on the top download page:
1) IBM Systems Director Pre-Installation Utility
Performs prerequisite checks to ensure that your environment satisfies the requirements for installing IBM Systems Director.
2) IBM Systems Director Sizing Tool
Web-based sizing tool which can be used to size a new system, to size an upgrade to an existing system, or to size a consolidation of several systems.
So we can quickly get the right CPU, RAM, disk resources with the sizing tool and the pre-install tool will make sure you have the right software pre-reqs before you start. They should make for a good install experience.
These are good tools to use while you are waiting for the main 1.9 GB to download :-)
Well, I am off to give it all a go and plan to record my experience in a movie and will blog the results here.
Thanks Nigel Griffiths