New HMC Interface Available
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A new version of Hardware Management Console code with a browser-based graphical user interface is now available. HMC Version 7 Release 3.1.0 is required to support the recently announced 9117-MMA IBM System p 570, the first POWER6 server to be introduced. This code can also support POWER5 and POWER5+ managed servers, although HMC V6R1.2 with its Web-based System Manager interface continues to be available. (POWER4 managed servers are supported by HMCs running HMC V3R3.7.)
The support notice on HMC V7R3.1.0 can be found at this web page:
There's a link from that page to a document that provides tips for using the new interface. The new screens are intended to make management more intuitive.
Until third quarter 2007, English is the only language in which messages will be displayed in the new HMC code.
There may be some confusion over how new HMCs are designated. We have, for example, a 7042-C06 and a 7310-C06. The former will be shipped with HMC V7 code (Feature Code #0962), and the latter will default to HMC V6R1.2 (Feature Code #0961). A 7310 HMC can be ordered new or upgraded to HMC V7 with Feature Code #0962. From a hardware point of view, the machines are identical. Likewise, a 7042-CR4 and 7310-CR4 are the same rack-mounted HMC hardware loaded with HMC V7 and HMC V6.1.2, respectively.