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POWER8 – No hardware maintenance-no firmware upgrade

Back in the day, downloading of a server firmware from IBM Fix Central website was limited only to users and serial numbers with valid IBM hardware maintenance contract. With POWER8 servers IBM put such a lock into the servers. Thus, if your hardware maintenance contract expired, you cannot install any newer firmware beyond this date.Doing this IBM eliminates 3rd party companies which offers a HW maintenance independently, and usually cheaper than IBM. Personally I have no idea how it will impact the market, but it certainly will.

Does it mean that my server stops if I don’t buy a hardware maintenance in IBM? No! you server will still run, but you cannot install any firmware which was delivered after this date.

If your server run for last 3 years without any problems you might think – ‘I don’t need any new firmware’. Well, what about a situation that a firmware become vulnerable just after the maintenance expired? For instance, recently we have seen ssl poodle vulnerability? You are in big troubles.

How I can check when a server maintenance expires?

IBMi- DSPFMWSTS

dspfmwsts

AIX – lscfg -vpl sysplanar0 |grep Date

AIX

HMC – Lunch the ASMI, and right upper corner

ASMI

Keys can be downloaded from My Entitled Systems Support

 

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