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Status Future consideration
Created by Guest
Created on Feb 1, 2021

Possibility to store SSH key file in HMC user profile

Please create a possibility to store a SSH key file ( in the HMC user profile.
Adding the key via SSH always causes problems on the HMC and takes several attempts until it finally works.
In IBM storage systems it is also possible and works always fast and smooth.

Idea priority Medium
  • Guest
    Mar 29, 2021

    Hi IBM Developer Team,

    yes, I use the mkauthkey command, but it's terrible.
    It would be much easier just to store the file like possible in the storage systems.

    Thank you !

  • Guest
    Mar 24, 2021

    Hi Stefan,

    HMC command mkauthkeys can be used to add SSH key as an authorized key. Rudi also has mentioned about the steps that can be used. Please let us know if this addresses the requirement or if there is any additional requirement.


  • Guest
    Mar 16, 2021

    Hello Stephan,

    We have used the information which can be found in a IBM KB item:

    Sending HMC commands from a CL program:

    After doing that we have not had any problems, sending commands to the HMC from IBM i.

    Hopefully that helps.

    Greetings Rudi

  • Guest
    Mar 15, 2021

    The CEAC has reviewed this requirement and recommends that IBM view this as a MEDIUM priority requirement that should be addressed.
    We see this as an improvement in useability that might promote more secure interactions with the HMC. Since this function is available in the Flash/Storewize family it would have a consistent approach.

    Background: The COMMON Europe Advisory Council (CEAC) members have a broad range of experience in working with small and medium-sized IBM i customers. CEAC has a crucial role in working with IBM i development to help assess the value and impact of individual RFEs on the broader IBM i community and has therefore reviewed your RFE.

    To find out how CEAC help to shape the future of IBM i, see CEAC @ and the article "The Five Hottest IBM i RFEs Of The Quarter" at

    Therese Eaton – CEAC Program Manager, IBM