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Service and productivity tools

IBM Power Systems service and productivity tools

The service and productivity tools are available in a YUM repository that you can use to download and install all recommended packages for your Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), CentOS, SUSE LINUX ENTERPRISE SERVER (SLES), or Fedora Linux distribution. These packages include additional POWER specific functionality for cluster environments, serviceability, and RAS for the Linux on Power environment.

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What's new

New update available on February 28, 2020. The update contains packages for RHEL 7, and 8, SLES 11, 12, and 15, CentOS 7 and 8, and Fedora. This change includes an updated RSCT for most releases in addition to more generally updated content for SLES 11 and Fedora. All content, including RHEL 6, is current.

Start here

Start by manually downloading and installing the ibm-power-repo package. After installing the package, you need to run /opt/ibm/lop/configure and agree to the license. Once that is done you can install a helper package, such as ibm-power-managed, or pick and choose which packages to install.

Linux on Power includes three separate operating system environments: PowerVM LPARs (managed systems), PowerNV hosts (non-managed), and KVM guests. There are three helper packages to help you install the appropriate packages for your system: ibm-power-managed, ibm-power-nonmanaged, and ibm-power-kvmguest. After you install and set up ibm-power-repo, you can install the helper packages with your package manager (dnf, yum, or zypper). These packages install other packages to deliver everything you generally need for the respective operating system environment.

You should read the importance notices before you begin your install. They include urgent and timely information that could help you avoid problems during the installation of Linux on IBM Systems.

Available packages

*Not all packages are available on all distributions*

Package name Description
ibm-power-repo Linux on IBM Power platform Tools Repository Initialization
Sets up IBM Linux on Power repositories for service, productivity, and development tools. Start by manually downloading and installing this package.
ibm-power-managed IBM POWER Serviceability Tools for RHEL-Managed Systems and Blade
Install the recommended additional software packages for IBM Power Systems managed by an HMC or IVM. Enables additional RAS capabilities as well as virtualization capabilities, such as DLPAR and Live Partition Mobility.
ibm-power-nonmanaged IBM POWER Serviceability Tools for Non-managed Systems
Install the recommended additional software packages for KVM guests and non-managed Power Systems that don't use an HMC or IVM.
ibm-power-kvmguest IBM POWER Serviceability Tools for KVM Guests Systems
Install the recommended additional software packages for KVM guests systems on Power architecture.
DynamicRM DynamicRM (DRM) is a resource manager that provides a mechanism for receiving certain signals from an attached HMC. It allows the HMC to initiate dynamic reconfiguration operations, concurrent firmware updates, and certain shutdown or restart operations, and prints Capacity on-demand messages to the partition console.
devices.chrp.base.ServiceRM Service RM
The ServiceRM is an IBM resource manager that provides resource classes for IBM.ServiceFocalPoint and IBM.ServiceEvent. It provides the function to generate Service Events, detect them, filter them, modify and prune them.
rsct.basic Reliable Scalable Cluster Technology - Basic
rsct.basic provides the Group Services and Topology Services components.
rsct.core Reliable Scalable Cluster Technology
rsct.core provides all the Resource Monitoring and Control (RMC) functionality and infrastructure needed to monitoring and manage one or more Linux systems. RMC provides a flexible and extensible system for monitoring numerous aspects of a system and allowing customized responses to events that are detected.
rsct.core.utils Reliable Scalable Cluster Technology - Utilities
rsct.core.utils provides support functions for Monitoring and Control (RMC) functionality and infrastructure needed to monitoring and manage one or more Linux systems.
rsct.opt.storagerm Reliable Scalable Cluster Technology - StorageRM
rsct.StorageRM provides StorageRM
src System Resource Controller
SRC provides a facility for managing daemons on a system. It provides a standard command interface for defining, undefining, starting, stopping, querying status and controlling trace for daemons.
esagent.pLinux ESA for PowerLinux
Electronic Service Agent for PowerLinux Systems.
IBMinvscout IBM inventory utilities for Linux
IBMinvscout provides hardware inventory management. This version of the IBMinvscout is rewritten from scratch by using libvpd APIs.
ibmPMLinux IBM Performance Management for PowerLinux System (PMLinux)
System workload management tasks are an important aspect of a system administrator's role. The administrator has the responsibility to monitor and maintain the system, gather performance data, summarize results, and manage growth. Support for IBM Linux within PMLinux is designed to help you manage the performance of IBM Linux running on an IBM Power System or on the IBM PowerLinux System. Learn more
nmon nmon is a systems administrator, tuner, benchmark tool, which provides information about CPU, disks, network, etc., all in one view. nmon is a GPLv3 package with the source available in the src directory for each distribution and version.

Available distributions

The following table lists the available distributions, along with providing a direct link to the packages in case you need to create a local or satellite repository for systems that do not otherwise have direct access. For those repositories, you might need to manually download the key included with those packages in repodata/repomd.xml.key and import it into your rpm database.

For systems with internet access, installing the ibm-power-repo rpm automatically sets up your system to use these repositories and is the recommended way to configure a system to access the repositories directly.

Distribution Links
CentOS 8 ppc64le package
CentOS 7 ppc64le package, ppc64 package, and ppc64le POWER9 package
Fedora ppc64le package
RHEL 8 ppc64le package
RHEL 7 ppc64le package, ppc64 package, and ppc64le for POWER9 package
RHEL 6 ppc64 pacakge
SLES 15 ppc64le package
SLES 12 ppc64le package
SLES 11 ppc64 pakcage
Ubuntu RSCT PPAs