Use Promo code 35678 when making a reservation with the IBM Virtual Loaner Program and receive an extra week for your engagement. Instead of the normal two week engagement you will get three weeks. You can always save your reservations and come back again, but this allows more time to get those important projects completed. Just a little something extra from your place for Power systems, AIX, Linux and IBM i. And of course all of this is for no charge. World-wide remote access to the resources you need!
IBM Virtual Loaner Program
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.
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Have you every wondered what products are included in the VLP IBM i 7.1 image?
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 v188.8.131.52
DB2 Workgroup Server Edition 9.7.3a
WebSphere MQ 184.108.40.206
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
The AIX 7 Open Beta is now available on the Virtual Loaner Program.
When creating a new reservation select the AIX 7 Open Beta.http://www.ibm.com/systems/vlp
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 VLP IS MOVING!
The Virtual Loaner Program website and systems will be unavailable from 12:01AM CDT (GMT-06:00) on Friday, July 13, 2007 through 12:01 AM CDT (GMT-06:00) on Tuesday, July 17, 2007 as we move all VLP systems to a new Data Center. Please plan your work accordingly. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this extended outage may cause, but it is necessary as we continue to grow the VLP. We do not anticipate any major issues during the move -- all VLP systems will simply be shutdown, moved to the new location, and then restarted. Any active reservations that span the move period will be active and available again on Tuesday. If your reservation is scheduled to end during the outage period, it will be removed during the outage. We recommend that you save or backup any critical information on your active VLP reserved systems to a non-VLP repository prior to the move. If you have any concerns or questions, please contact us using the "VLP Support" tab on your reservation page at---> www.ibm.com/systems/vlp
Thank you for your continued interest, usage, and support of the VLP.[Read More
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:https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/wikis/display/LinuxP/RHEL+5.5+Checklist+for+POWER7
The Virtual Loaner Program now offers ISVs the ability to instantly connect to VLP support staff using the Live Help Chat function. This feature is a great addition to the existing email based support and will help users get answers to their questions or problems related to VLP.
VLP Live Chat is accessible from all VLP pages once users log on with their PartnerWorld Id. Our staff will be available 17x5 (2AM CDT to 7PM CDT, M-F) and support English only at this point. The page UI is updated automatically to reflect the Chat as unavailable during off hours in which case users can submit their question through the VLP support tab just as before.
In addition, this Chat client is connected to the Virtual Innovation Center (VIC) support team so users can receive platform (HW/SW) support from the same Chat client.
As a reminder, the VLP team provides support for issues related to VLP such as creating a system reservation, connecting to the system, or any program related questions. The VIC team provides technical support for IBM platforms such as installing IBM Middleware or configuring an OS. When initiating a Chat from any VLP page, the user can select VLP or VIC support (with examples to help decide). And the VLP and VIC teams can pass Chat sessions back and forth in case the user needs to be redirected
Important -- During the AIX 6 Open Beta trial, the System Workload Partitions (WPARs) are not automatically enabled. The automatic WPAR creation feature will be only available later this year when AIX 6 will be released officially.
AIX 6 open beta -- IBM is offering access to a prerelease version of AIX 6 during the no-charge open beta. AIX 6 provides support for the advanced features of the new IBM POWER6 systems and will include significant new capabilities for virtualization, security, continuous availability features and manageability. AIX 6 is fully binary compatible with AIX 5L. For more information on AIX 6 and the open beta program see: AIX6 Open Beta - Early Programs
Now IBM Business Partners can try the AIX 6 open beta preinstalled and ready to use in VLP. With this beta offering, you will receive easy, no-cost access to an AIX 6 image to develop, test or demonstrate your solutions.
Test and develop on the JS22 POWER6 blade
Users are now able to reserve LPARs on JS22 Power6 blade hardware for development. If you prefer to develop on the blade hardware or simply want to test/validate your solution simply select the POWER Blade JS22 hardware architecture when filling out the resource reservation.
Learn more about IBM Bladecenters and Power blades:
When you are using VLP, you may be tempted to partition your /dev/sdb disk. After all, you've ran a few commands on your reserved system and it looks like you have an extra disk:
172_29_136_133:~ # sfdisk -s
total: 41943040 blocks
<code>172_29_136_133:~ # df
Filesystem 1K-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda2 16281352 2746832 13534520 17% /
udev 506988 96 506892 1% /dev
98631680 89152064 9479616 91% /stage/middleware
1310720 446208 864512 35% /home/u0000653</code>
In this case what you really have is two paths to a single disk. If you partition the second disk /dev/sdb, you will wipe out /dev/sda. This will destroy the root filesystem, a bad thing to do.
As VLP has evolved, we have improved the infrastructure to make it more reliable, but those changes did not keep in synch with the operating systems that we host. So, multipath IO is not enabled in some operating systems. The best course of action in VLP in general is to use the system but do not attempt to alter hardware configuration of the system that you have reserved. We give each user access to root with the understanding that users will use root carefully. But, in this case, even careful Linux root users could get themselves into trouble without this warning about multipath IO.
Be safe! As always, your questions and comments are appreciated.
The IBM Virtual Loaner Program new offering - IBM i 7.1 early program. Try out the latest IBM i now!
Details about the VLP IBM i 7.1 Early Program
- VLP will offer i 7.1 Beta level code on POWER6, and Beta level i 7.1 will also be available on POWER7 after April 23rd.
- Reservations can be made for up to 21 days duration, 2 CPU / 4 GB RAM / 100 GB of Storage
- VLP will offer new beta images until a GA level image is available, approximately 30 days after GA of IBM i 7.1
- Once the GA image is available, no NEW Beta images will be allowed, but saved Beta images can be restored for 30 days to allow information to be moved from the image to a GA level image.
- A beta image cannot be upgraded to a GA level image.
- VLP will dispose of all IBM i 7.1 Beta saved images 30 days after GA level images are available in the VLP.
- After the 30 day post GA availability period, the beta promo code will be removed to prevent restore of saved images
Please contact Bill Schulz at email@example.com
for more details
Please join us here for a VLP Live Q&A Chat session, Thursday May 28 at 2:00PM-3:00PM Central US Time. The VLP Team will be there to answer your questions. Please mark your calendars and come join in the discussion.
The VLP team is looking forward to the Live Chat session and hope to have a good turnout from our users!
We want to keep the discussions general to benefit everyone attending and not dive into issues relating to a particular system/application. If you have a specific question or issue with your VLP reservation please submit those to the VLP support team by going to the VLP support tab.
Examples of topics for the Live Chat include: connectivity/performance, security, VLP usage models, save and restore, using the Software Access Catalog, managing reservations, new virtualization features, etc. These are just examples which do not cover everything - please feel free join us and ask questions. We want to provide useful information for our users and gain your input so we can continue to provide a valuable offering in the VLP.