Power Development Platform (PDP)
VLP System Users,
There was a catastrophic failure at the electric power substation which supplies power to the data center housing the IBM Virtual Loaner Program, the morning of 24-Feb. The VLP data center has a fully functional and frequently tested backup electrical power system which includes diesel generators. However, the erratic nature of the failure at the substation resulted in the loss of part of the backup configuration. As such, the entire remote access computing environment was shutdown in an abrupt but organized fashion rather than expose the equipment to a shutdown caused by the sudden and total loss of electric power.
Most of you experienced an outage from about 0930 CT to about 1900 CT. With a few exceptions, the VLP is again fully functional. If you are still having trouble, please contact VLP Support via the Support tab on our website or Live Chat so we can help you resolve the issue.
The VLP team, Dallas sincerely regrets the inconvenience caused by this failure. The events and associated logs will be carefully reviewed and appropriate preventative measures will be implemented.
Thanks for using the VLP
The newly updated VLP FAQ is now on IBM developerWorks, everything you wanted to know and weren't afraid to ask!
Virtual Loaner Program FAQ on IBM developerWorks - General
Virtual Loaner Program FAQ - AIX
The IBM Industry Application Platform (IAP) pre-configured stack on the Virtual Loaner Program is now available with AIX 7.1 in addition to AIX 6.1 and AIX 5.3 systems. We have also updated the software components and user guide.
The IBM Industry Application Platform is a pre-configured instance of IBM WebSphere Application Server, IBM DB2 and WebSphere MQ that is available for your IBM AIX 7.1, AIX 6.1 and AIX 5.3 operating- system images on the IBM Virtual Loaner Program (VLP). You can use VLP to develop, test and validate applications by using these products. After reserving your VLP partition, which includes choosing the hardware configuration and operating system, install the IBM Industry Application Platform on that partition. This is a great way to reduce middleware setup time for ISVs!
For details on how to use the IAP on VLP, see the user guide - www.ibm.com/partnerworld/wps/static/pdf/IBM_Industry_Application_Platform_VLP_Guide_v1.pdf
The IBM Industry Application Platform contains the following software components:
WebSphere Application Server v184.108.40.206
DB2 Workgroup Server Edition 9.7.3a
WebSphere MQ 220.127.116.11
IBM Rational Agent Controller v8.3
Users can reference the IAP user guide from the VLP How To page - www.ibm.com/partnerworld/wps/pub/systems/vlp/howto
Have you every wondered what products are included in the VLP IBM i 7.1 image?
IBM Virtual Loaner Program Was Cloud before the CloudWith all the attention on cloud computing these days—including the recent architectural metaphors for private cloud solutions—you might be surprised to learn that IBM has been a cloud services provider since 2004. Through IBM’s Virtual Loaner Program (VLP), IBM’s PartnerWorld members can get access to IBM i, AIX, and Linux on POWER, running their very own instance with virtually total control.
Read the whole article - http://systeminetwork.com/article/ibm-virtual-loaner-program-was-cloud-cloud?ref=nf
IBM Virtual Loaner Program (VLP) Announces IBM Industry Application PlatformThe IBM Virtual Loaner Program now offers the IBM® Industry Application Platform (IAP) pre-configured stack on AIX 6.1 and AIX 5.3 systems. The IBM® Industry Application Platform is a pre-configured instance of IBM WebSphere® Application Server, IBM DB2® and WebSphere MQ. For details on how to use the IAP, check out the that is available for your IBM AIX® 6.1 and AIX 5.3 operating- system images on the IBM Virtual Loaner Program (VLP). You can use VLP to develop, test and validate applications by using these products. After reserving your VLP partition, which includes choosing the hardware configuration and operating system, install the IBM Industry Application Platform on that partition.
For details on how to use the IAP, check out the “IBM Industry Application Platform VLP guide”
The Virtual Loaner Program now offers the GA level of AIX 7.1 on POWER7, POWER6 and POWER5 systems. Try out the latest release of AIX at www.ibm.com/systems/vlp
IBM Systems magazine has an article about System i on the Virtual Loaner Program.
Test Drive IBM i For Free
Virtual Loaner Program gives you the keys to the newest OS
PartnerWorld provides how to setup for an evaluation of POWER7 technologies for RHEL 5.5 installed on your VLP system. By upgrading the Linux kernel, and adding a handful of updated tools, the operating system can easily exploit the POWER7 system.
For details go here:
IBM AIX 5.2 Workload Partitions for AIX 7
Workload partitions (WPARs) are virtualized operating system environments within a single instance of the AIX® operating system. WPARs secure and isolate the environment for the processes and signals that are used by enterprise applications.
Applications running in an AIX 5.2 WPAR use AIX 5.2 commands and libraries. If you have applications that have not been certified on newer versions of AIX, the AIX 5.2 commands and libraries provides a way to run them in an AIX 5.2 environment on top of AIX 7.1. Such a setup allows running those applications on currently available hardware that might not support the use of AIX 5.2 as the base operating system. The AIX 5.2 WPARs are also referred to as versioned WPARs. A versioned WPAR is always a system WPAR, and is not shared. Versioned WPARs own writable /opt and /usr file systems.
Quick how to:
To Create a versioned WPAR on the VLP, make an AIX 7 Open Beta Reservation on Power 7.
After the reservation is active, from the My Reservations page, select that reservation.
Under the Reservation(s) Information section, under the Select a reservation action drop down, choose "Add Versioned WPAR".
A new Versioned WPAR will be created on your AIX 7 system. Once completed, go back to the Reservation info page to see the IP address and the root password for the Versioned WPAR.
You can now ssh to the Versioned WPAR from yor VLP lpar or from the SSH Gateway using your normal VLP user ID and password.
ssh <user id>@<wpar IP address>
You can then "su -" to root for full access to the Version Wpar.
From the AIX 7 host, use the "lswpar" and the "lswpar -L" to see more information about your versioned wpar.
For more details on IBM AIX 5.2 Workload Partitions for AIX 7go here:
The AIX 7 Open Beta is now available on the Virtual Loaner Program.
When creating a new reservation select the AIX 7 Open Beta.
Welcome to the open beta for IBM’s premier UNIX operating system, AIX 7. AIX 7 is binary compatible with previous releases of AIX including AIX 6, 5.3, 5.2 and 5.1. AIX 7 extends the leadership features of AIX to include exciting new capabilities for vertical scalability, virtualization and manageability.
The open beta for AIX 7 is intended to give our clients, independent
software vendors and business partners the opportunity to gain early
experience with this new release of AIX prior to general availability.
This open beta can be run on any Power Systems, IBM System p or eServer
pSeries system that is based on POWER4, PPC970, POWER5, POWER6, or
For more AIX 7 Open Beta Info:
AIX 7 Open Beta Forum
Active Memory Expansion now available on VLP.
Find out how to use AME from the VLP user guide - http://cot.ag/byaXp6
Active Memory Expansion is an innovative POWER7 technology that allows the effective maximum memory capacity to be up to 100% larger than the true physical memory maximum for AIX 6.1 partitions.
Active Memory Expansion relies on compression of in-memory data to increase the amount of data that can be placed into memory and thus expand the effective memory capacity of a POWER7 system. The in-memory data compression is managed by the system, and this compression is transparent to applications and users.
Active Memory Expansion is configurable on a per-logical partition (LPAR) basis. Thus, Active Memory Expansion can be selectively enabled for one or more LPAR's on a system.
When Active Memory Expansion is enabled for a LPAR, the operating system will compress a portion of the LPAR's memory and leave the remaining portion of memory uncompressed. This results in memory effectively being broken up into two pools - a compressed pool and an uncompressed pool. The operating system will dynamically vary the amount of memory that is compressed based on the workload and the configuration of the LPAR.
Because Active Memory Expansion relies on memory compression, some additional CPU utilization will be consumed when Active Memory Expansion is in-use. The amount of additional CPU utilization needed for Active Memory Expansion will vary based on the workload and the level of memory expansion being used.
More info on DeveloperWorks wiki:
The next-generation Power Systems are here! On Tuesday, May 11 the IBM Innovation Center in Dallas will host a session to cover several new products and why they are important to our Partners.
Date : Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Time: 9 AM to 1 PM
Venue: IBM Innovation Center 13800 Diplomat Drive, Farmers Branch, TX 75234
To learn more on POWER7, please visit: http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/power
More details - IIC Briefing Agenda and Details
Please be advised that a planned outage is scheduled for the IBM Virtual Loaner Program website and reserved systems on Wednesday, April 21, 2010, from Noon CST until 6 pm CST. We will be upgrading the hosting environments for these systems as we prepare for exciting new offerings associated with the General Availability of the products and updates announce on April 13th, 2010. Please be aware that the reserved systems will be restarted during this process, and make appropriate plans. A normal system shutdown will be attempted first on all systems, but if that does not shut down a system, then a force power off will be used to shut down the system. The systems will be restarted after the upgrades are complete. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Virtual Loaner Program Administration
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New one page flyer that describe the features and functions offered through the Virtual Loaner Program. We now have them available in 4 languages:
English - https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/mydeveloperworks/blogs/vlp/resource/VLPflyer4-16-10Eng.zip
Simplified Chinese - https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/mydeveloperworks/blogs/vlp/resource/VLPflyer4-13-10CH.zip
Japanese - https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/mydeveloperworks/blogs/vlp/resource/VLPflyer4-16-10JA.zip
Korean - https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/mydeveloperworks/blogs/vlp/resource/VLPflyer4-16-10KO.zip