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Pinned topic Differentiate the FW release ...interim fixes

‏2012-12-28T22:46:46Z |
I think it might be a dumb question.

Working with DP gurus like Steve with one Client ... I got to know there is a way to differentiate the FW release packages ...

But somehow I lost the track of it again.

Please let me know how to differentiate these ... for an example how to differentiate whether the given FW release version includes the features from previous releases or it is missing some ( like some of the packs will have the interim releases ).

Can someone throw some light here!!!
Thanks!
Salla
Updated on 2013-01-03T01:40:32Z at 2013-01-03T01:40:32Z by SystemAdmin
  • kenhygh
    kenhygh
    1613 Posts

    Re: Differentiate the FW release ...interim fixes

    ‏2012-12-29T00:36:58Z  
    Salla,
    Firmware releases are always cumulative. They always contain the features and fixes of previous releases.

    If you are, for instance, wanting to go from 4.0.0.13 to 5.0.0.4, you do not have to install 4.2.0.1 and then 5.0.0.4. You can (assuming your hardware supports it) always install the latest and greatest version.

    Firmware releases always come with cumulative release notes, so you can see exactly what fixes went in and when.

    Now, you do have to be aware of licenses in your firmware downloads. If you have a license for MQ but download and install a firmware version that does not include MQ, then your MQ calls will fail. But then it's a simple matter of downloading and installing the firmware that contains the support for the licenses you own.

    Ken
  • SystemAdmin
    SystemAdmin
    6772 Posts

    Re: Differentiate the FW release ...interim fixes

    ‏2012-12-29T01:05:15Z  
    • kenhygh
    • ‏2012-12-29T00:36:58Z
    Salla,
    Firmware releases are always cumulative. They always contain the features and fixes of previous releases.

    If you are, for instance, wanting to go from 4.0.0.13 to 5.0.0.4, you do not have to install 4.2.0.1 and then 5.0.0.4. You can (assuming your hardware supports it) always install the latest and greatest version.

    Firmware releases always come with cumulative release notes, so you can see exactly what fixes went in and when.

    Now, you do have to be aware of licenses in your firmware downloads. If you have a license for MQ but download and install a firmware version that does not include MQ, then your MQ calls will fail. But then it's a simple matter of downloading and installing the firmware that contains the support for the licenses you own.

    Ken
    ahh okie ... so that is feature and fix packs that is we've to looks for ... whether we've the features from previous releases ... but if it is FW's I shouldn't be worried at all ...gotcha ...

    Thanks so much Ken :)!!!

    Regards,
    Sall
  • HermannSW
    HermannSW
    4885 Posts

    Re: Differentiate the FW release ...interim fixes

    ‏2012-12-29T01:31:47Z  
    ahh okie ... so that is feature and fix packs that is we've to looks for ... whether we've the features from previous releases ... but if it is FW's I shouldn't be worried at all ...gotcha ...

    Thanks so much Ken :)!!!

    Regards,
    Sall
    For a list of the latest fix packs available, and links to the release notes, please see:
    http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21237631

     
    Hermann<myXsltBlog/> <myXsltTweets/>
  • SystemAdmin
    SystemAdmin
    6772 Posts

    Re: Differentiate the FW release ...interim fixes

    ‏2012-12-29T02:41:10Z  
    • HermannSW
    • ‏2012-12-29T01:31:47Z
    For a list of the latest fix packs available, and links to the release notes, please see:
    http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21237631

     
    Hermann<myXsltBlog/> <myXsltTweets/>
    Hermann ... Thanks so much!

    Regards,
    Salla
  • SystemAdmin
    SystemAdmin
    6772 Posts

    Re: Differentiate the FW release ...interim fixes

    ‏2012-12-29T02:47:28Z  
    Hermann ... Thanks so much!

    Regards,
    Salla
    Sorry again... seems it was answered above but just making I'd say 200% sure :) ... 4.X to 5.X got it ...

    I believe with in the same version I'm now assuming it'd be cumulative right ?

    i.e. for example ... I'll give a closer short with the numbers 4.0.0.12 to 4.0.0.13 ... I'm assuming 4.0.0.13 includes all from 4.0.0.1 through 4.0.0.12 + 4.0.0.13 any new feature .... correct me if my understanding is wrong.

    I do not want to get the FCI's ;) for messing with these :).

    Thanks!
    Salla
  • kenhygh
    kenhygh
    1613 Posts

    Re: Differentiate the FW release ...interim fixes

    ‏2012-12-29T11:12:27Z  
    Sorry again... seems it was answered above but just making I'd say 200% sure :) ... 4.X to 5.X got it ...

    I believe with in the same version I'm now assuming it'd be cumulative right ?

    i.e. for example ... I'll give a closer short with the numbers 4.0.0.12 to 4.0.0.13 ... I'm assuming 4.0.0.13 includes all from 4.0.0.1 through 4.0.0.12 + 4.0.0.13 any new feature .... correct me if my understanding is wrong.

    I do not want to get the FCI's ;) for messing with these :).

    Thanks!
    Salla
    4.0.0.13 will include everything in previous firmware releases.

    You will not get FCIs because something is missing in a later firmware release.

    However, every new release can contain new bugs. Just because all the previous fixes are included does not get you out of needing to do a full regression test.

    Ken
  • SystemAdmin
    SystemAdmin
    6772 Posts

    Re: Differentiate the FW release ...interim fixes

    ‏2012-12-31T13:46:06Z  
    • kenhygh
    • ‏2012-12-29T11:12:27Z
    4.0.0.13 will include everything in previous firmware releases.

    You will not get FCIs because something is missing in a later firmware release.

    However, every new release can contain new bugs. Just because all the previous fixes are included does not get you out of needing to do a full regression test.

    Ken
    Dear Ken and Hermann ... Thanks so much sir for your inputs!!!

    Happy New year!
    Thanks!
    Salla
  • swlinn
    swlinn
    1348 Posts

    Re: Differentiate the FW release ...interim fixes

    ‏2013-01-02T21:51:33Z  
    Dear Ken and Hermann ... Thanks so much sir for your inputs!!!

    Happy New year!
    Thanks!
    Salla
    Hi Salla,
    Also, if moving between major releases (for example, 4.0.2.x to 5.0.0.x), read the release notes on deprecated features. Once deprecated, a feature may work for some number of major releases, 3 I think is the general rule, but after that they may be removed. As an example, the use of var://service/system/lbhealth was deprecated in 3.8.0.x but continued to work through the 4.x release, but i would not be surprised if it has been removed from 5.x.

    Regards,
    Steve
  • SystemAdmin
    SystemAdmin
    6772 Posts

    Re: Differentiate the FW release ...interim fixes

    ‏2013-01-03T01:40:32Z  
    • swlinn
    • ‏2013-01-02T21:51:33Z
    Hi Salla,
    Also, if moving between major releases (for example, 4.0.2.x to 5.0.0.x), read the release notes on deprecated features. Once deprecated, a feature may work for some number of major releases, 3 I think is the general rule, but after that they may be removed. As an example, the use of var://service/system/lbhealth was deprecated in 3.8.0.x but continued to work through the 4.x release, but i would not be surprised if it has been removed from 5.x.

    Regards,
    Steve
    Hi Steve,

    I hope you had a great vacation.

    Surething. Thanks so much for these inputs!!!.

    Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year!!!

    Regards,
    Salla