In my last blog posting, I introduced you to IBM Features on Demand (FoD). Here, I’ll describe the process to apply a key if you’ve purchased the upgrade after taking delivery of your System x server.
In a nutshell, here’s what you do – see the figure below for a picture of the process.
- Buy a FoD upgrade using the appropriate part number
- Receive an authorization code
- Enter that authorization code on the IBM FoD web site, together with the unique identifier that identifies the system you want to upgrade
- Download the activation key in the form of a .key file
- Upload that file to the IMM of your server
Once you reboot, your new upgrade is now active and ready for use.
Figure: The FoD ordering process when you order the FoD upgrade separate from your server
The IBM Redpaper “Using IBM System x Features on Demand” describes the process in more detail and shows you lots of screenshots.
The paper also describes what the unique identifier is for your system. This is usually a concatenation of the machine type and serial number of the server (eg 7160KQ5N05V), but for some components like Emulex adapters, the UID is different. Read the Redpaper for details on how to get the UID. Appendix A lists the UID you need for every FoD upgrade currently available.
Your turn: If you’ve already purchased FoD upgrades, have you ordered them as part of your system order, or did you buy the upgrades afterward and used this process I described to enable the feature?