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See IBM i Functional Enhancements Details for more announcement details about each item listed in these tables:

 IBM i Functional Enhancements

IBM i 7.5
IBM i 7.4
IBM i 7.3
Enhancements from December 2022
Manual disable of a disk path Tech Refresh 1 Tech Refresh 7 -
Password protection for data on NVMe devices Tech Refresh 1 Tech Refresh 7 -
 
 
Items in the next table were before the IBM i 7.5 General Availability date of 10 May 2022, but they are all supported by the base release of IBM i 7.5.

 IBM i Functional Enhancements

IBM i 7.4
IBM i 7.3
IBM i 7.2
Enhancements from November 2020
IPL Time Improvement Tech Refresh 3 Tech Refresh 9 -
Improved Performance for Duplicating Tape Media Tech Refresh 3 Tech Refresh 9 PTF SI74083
Enhancements from November 2019
Enhanced Unmap Support for IBM Spectrum Virtualize Tech Refresh 1 Tech Refresh 7 -
Dynamic LUN expansion with the IBM DS8900 Tech Refresh 1 Tech Refresh 7 -
Enhancements from May and June 2019
OS Limits increased for Max Disk Arms and LUN Size Base - -
OS Limits increased for Multi-core and Multi-thread Base -
 
Items in the next table were before the IBM i 7.4 General Availability date of June 21, 2019, but they are all supported by the base release of IBM i 7.4.

 IBM i Functional Enhancements

IBM i 7.3
IBM i 7.2
Enhancements from Sep 2018
Unmap for IBM Spectrum Virtualize configurations Tech Refresh 5 Tech Refresh 9
SAN Multipath Support for Tape Drives - Extended to more tape drives Tech Refresh 5 Tech Refresh 9
Enhancements from Mar 2018
Unmap for IBM FlashSystems configurations Tech Refresh 4 Tech Refresh 8
Enhancements from Oct 2017
Increase in max LUNs per port for Fibre Channel configurations Tech Refresh 3 Tech Refresh 7
IBM i system backup saves LAN console configuration as part of the LIC data Tech Refresh 3 Tech Refresh 7
Automatic sorting of volumes in optical container media Tech Refresh 3 Tech Refresh 7
Maximum disk and load source size increase to 4 TB for 4160-byte sectors Tech Refresh 3 Tech Refresh 7
No maximum for USB flash drive capacity Tech Refresh 3 Tech Refresh 7
Improved debug for storage IOAs Tech Refresh 3 Tech Refresh 7
Improved performance for some IBM DS8000 storage configurations Tech Refresh 3 Tech Refresh 7
Enhancements from March 2017
Serviceability improvements for severe errors Tech Refresh 2 Tech Refresh 6

Flash drive no longer requires a physical pull or push when exported

Tech Refresh 2 Tech Refresh 6
Default setting for 4096 sector disk has been changed Tech Refresh 2 Tech Refresh 6
DS8000 HyperSwap disks no longer require resume of normal replication before IPLing Tech Refresh 2 Tech Refresh 6
Enhancements from Nov 2016
Containers make USB Flash and RDX look like a stack of DVDs Tech Refresh 1 Tech Refresh 5
New format for tape volume statistics Tech Refresh 1 --
Identifying a partition with a UUID Tech Refresh 1 Tech Refresh 5
Enhancements from May 2016
SSD Fuel Gauge Base Tech Refresh 4
 
Items in the next table were before the IBM i 7.3 General Availability date of April 15, 2016, but they are all supported by the base release of IBM i 7.3.

 IBM i Functional Enhancements

IBM i 7.2
IBM i 7.1
Enhancements from Nov 2015
DUPOPT of IPL-capable media enhancement Tech Refresh 3 --
SAN Multipath Support for Tape - Automatic Fail-over Tech Refresh 3 --
HDD RAID array start time reduced Tech Refresh 3 --
IBM i supports SVC/Storwize HyperSwap Volumes Tech Refresh 3 --
Enhancements from May 2015
SAN Multipath Support for Tape Drives Tech Refresh 2 --
SAN Adapter Availability Improvement Tech Refresh 2 Tech Refresh 10
Enhancements from Nov 2014
Decreased Minimum Load source Size Tech Refresh 1 --
Enhancements from May 2014
IBM i support for "WAN over LAN" configurations Base --
Increase in maximum file size for IFS QOPT files Base --
Improved status display for aggregated Ethernet ports Base --
Usability enhancements for vary o of tape and tape library devices Base --
Items in the next table were before the IBM i 7.2 General Availability date of May 2, 2014, but they are all supported with the base release of IBM i 7.2.
IBM i Functional Enhancements IBM i 7.1 IBM i 6.1
(with 6.1.1 Machine Code)
November 2013
-- LACP for Aggregate Ethernet Line Descriptions

Tech Refresh 7

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June 2013
-- Variable LUN sizes for DS8870

Tech Refresh 6

Resave RS-611-K

February 2013
-- Ethernet Link Aggregation Enhancements
-- Performance Improvement to LIC PTF Apply


Tech Refresh 6
Tech Refresh 6

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Resave RS-611-K

October and November 2012
-- Enhanced administrative SMT controls for POWER7
-- EB33 Dynamic Platform Optimizer
-- Large Tape Library Enhancement


Tech Refresh 5
Tech Refresh 5
Tech Refresh 5

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Resave RS-611-J
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May 2012
-- Performance improvement for Record Locks


Tech Refresh 4

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October 2011
-- Ethernet Link Aggregation
-- Thin Provisioning for DS8000 and VIOS Shared Storage Pools
-- Bus level statistics for 12x loops


Tech Refresh 3
Tech Refresh 3
Tech Refresh 3

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PTF SI43498
May 2011
-- More advanced multipath algorithms
-- Enablement for IBM Disk Sanitizer PRPQ to include SSDs

Tech Refresh 2
Tech Refresh 2

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September 2010
-- Installation of new partitions via network
-- CEC node level mirroring
-- SSD performance enhancement

Tech Refresh 1
Tech Refresh 1
Tech Refresh 1

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