Warning: FixCentral about to require an IBM ID to download AIX & VIOS updates
nagger 100000MRSJ Comments (2) Visits (9522)
The officials words I was sent:
Of course, lots of us already have an IBM ID including IBMers to gain access to downloadable content and to get sent email alerts and information on our favourite technologies. If you have not, it is actually simple enough to get but do remember to save those passwords safely.
I use KeePass to remember password. It has a master password to decrypt a tiny database (file) with all my passwords in and it is simple enough to add new items then cut'n'paste passwords from it. You can actually use it to generate passwords from hell (they look like very long hexadecimal SAN WW Port ID/Names/Thingys to me) but then I hit a problem that some sites have maximum password checks even when the password set webpage does not but that is another story! I am just a happy KeePass user - there may well be other tools that have a similar functions but I can use KeePass on my Android phone with a backup copy of the file, for peace of mind.
You also need that SWMA (Software Maintenance Agreement) and its details to get access - of course, downloading updates without a SWMA was illegal (I am not a lawyer but I think that is the correct term) but now you have to prove you have it. This is now in-line with most of the industry - so that is fair enough. I guess we should be grateful to have got away without having to prove we have paid for support for so long!!
Back the FixCentral - I have some concerns:
Perhaps, I will download the latest updates today!
Good luck on Monday, thanks Nigel Griffiths