IBM i and PowerVM features and tools
How to automate update of Access Keys for POWER8
February 15, 2017Posted by on
The other day, I’ve wrote about POWER8 ‘feature’ which requires from an administrator update of access keys in order to keep a server eligible for the firmware upgrade POWER8 – No hardware maintenance-no firmware upgrade . An administrator needs to enter these every few months, if a maintenance contract is re-signed every few months. This can be a headache, or something bigger if someone runs multiple servers. There is a secret HMC function, which can update the keys automatically.
I think this function has been introduced in the HMC FW 8.8.6 but I can’t find it documented in the ‘Read me’. Older releases have different window and the function is unavailable.
No idea why IBM made this so hidden. Anyway, in order to activate it, go to Service Management -> Transmit Service Information and select Update Access Key Information with some interval.
Below you can find a picture where to find it in the Classic and the Enhanced GUI.