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new function virtual serial number

  • 1.  new function virtual serial number

    Posted Fri April 09, 2021 02:08 PM
    There is a new function available: virtual serial number (VSN )  since V9R2M950 and FW950 at P9.  I found in DOCS ( was before in KC ) following statement: "  A list of virtual serial numbers is activated in the POWER® Hypervisor by using a Capacity on Demand (CoD) code that is provided by IBM® ", source: Assigning the virtual serial number to a logical partition
    How can a customer order / request these virtual serial numbers ? Where will CoD code provided by IBM for this function?  Note, I found nothing about this for example at well known page:        IBM Systems Support: Power Enterprise Pools


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    Edelgard Johanna Schittko, IBM Germany
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  • 2.  RE: new function virtual serial number

    Posted Mon April 12, 2021 03:56 AM
    Hello,
    I went thru this topic couple of months ago. According to the discussion with IBM developers (Rochester) , this function will not be possible to use on POWER9.Very likely it should be allowed on P10. IMHO, technically it is ready to be used, but there are missing all legal agreements which will be affected by this "feature". 
    I also complained it is frustrating that a new feature pops ups, asking for CoD code, but you can't get it... IBM confirmed it is confusing... for me it looks some team delivered a functionality without general coordination.
    I'm going to describe it on my blog www.theibmi.org
    Bart,

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    Bartlomiej Grabowski
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  • 3.  RE: new function virtual serial number

    Posted Mon April 26, 2021 11:36 AM
    Hello Bart
    Indeed, they cannot be serious not to provide it for POWER9.
    Hopefully, it will be requested by PowerVS offering, as all they need is quickly developed...
    Hope you are well,
    Marc

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    Marc Rauzier
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  • 4.  RE: new function virtual serial number

    Posted Tue April 27, 2021 08:40 AM
    Hello,

    It is very strange. There is a procedure how to assign a virtual serial number - how https://www.ibm.com/docs/en/power9/9008-22L?topic=hmc-assigning-virtual-serial-number-logical-partition but it is available only for Power LINUX machines.

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    Bartlomiej Grabowski
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  • 5.  RE: new function virtual serial number

    Posted Tue April 27, 2021 09:03 AM
    Hello,

    The same procedure exists for non "Linux only" POWER9.
    https://www.ibm.com/docs/en/power9/9009-42G?topic=hmc-assigning-virtual-serial-number-logical-partition
    https://www.ibm.com/docs/en/power9/9009-42A?topic=hmc-assigning-virtual-serial-number-logical-partition
    https://www.ibm.com/docs/en/power9/9080-M9S?topic=hmc-assigning-virtual-serial-number-logical-partition
    https://www.ibm.com/docs/en/power9/9009-22G?topic=hmc-assigning-virtual-serial-number-logical-partition

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    A list of virtual serial numbers is activated in the POWER® Hypervisor by using a Capacity on Demand (CoD) code that is provided by IBM®. The virtual serial number is used for licensing and for tracking the usage of the logical partition.
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    Marc

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    Marc Rauzier
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  • 6.  RE: new function virtual serial number

    Posted Wed April 28, 2021 11:33 AM
    The "problem" is - everything is ready on the server / HMC side of things - what is not yet available is the procedure / administrative tasks to REQUEST virtual serial numbers to then assign them to your server...

    Sabine

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    Sabine Jordan
    Technical Sales Power Systems
    IBM Deutschland GmbH
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  • 7.  RE: new function virtual serial number

    Posted Wed April 28, 2021 11:58 AM
    A couple of weeks ago, I opened a PowerVM software case to try to understand how it works.
    Through the case, I have been told that the COD infrastructure was targeted to be ready in Q3 2021. This is the reason why I was surprised by the reply Bart got from Rochester.

    Regards

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    Marc Rauzier
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  • 8.  RE: new function virtual serial number

    Posted Mon July 26, 2021 06:20 AM
    We also just got two new 41G which offer this possibility and i am keen on using it. 
    Due to NDA (CEAC) i may not tell more but it should arrive soon...

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    Holger Scherer
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  • 9.  RE: new function virtual serial number

    Posted Tue August 10, 2021 04:22 AM
    Holger Scherer, please update your new 41G.

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  • 10.  RE: new function virtual serial number

    Posted 6 days ago
    we *are* on most current firmware - looking for the method to request / assign VSN as Sabine wrote...

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    Holger Scherer
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