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Status Future consideration
Workspace IBM i
Created by Guest
Created on Dec 11, 2020

licensing without depending on system serial number

Need a new API to make licensing without depending on system serial number.


Use Case:

Rocket iCluster is a HA/DR tool on IBM Power system for 20+ years.
We use GENLICKEY command to generate license keys for our customers. This command requires the SYSTEM SERIAL NUMBER info as you know.
Now, we need to provide license keys to some IBM Cloud users as well. But there is no such SYSTEM SERIAL NUMBER in their LPM environment. So we need to find another way to create the license keys with LPAR UUID (or something like).


Idea priority High
  • Guest
    Feb 9, 2021

    The CAAC has reviewed this requirement and recommends that IBM view this as a high priority requirement that is important to be addressed. We agree with CEAC's reasoning in the previous Comment below.

    Background: The COMMON Americas Advisory Council (CAAC) members have a broad range of experience in working with small and medium-sized IBM i customers. CAAC has a key 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.

    For more information about CAAC, see www.common.org/caac

    For more details about CAAC's role with RFEs, see http://www.ibmsystemsmag.com/Blogs/i-Can/May-2017/COMMON-Americas-Advisory-Council-%28CAAC%29-and-RFEs/

    Nancy Uthke-Schmucki - CAAC Program Manager

  • Guest
    Jan 18, 2021

    The CEAC has reviewed this requirement and recommends that IBM view this as a HIGH priority requirement that is important to address.

    With cloud usage growing for IBM i clients and the number of IBM i LPARs needing this functionally will offer more flexibility to MSPs and users alike.

    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 @ ibm.biz/BdYSYj and the article "The Five Hottest IBM i RFEs Of The Quarter" at ibm.biz/BdYSZT

    Therese Eaton – CEAC Program Manager, IBM