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Status Future consideration
Workspace IBM i
Categories IBM i Access Family
Created by Guest
Created on Nov 19, 2021

Replace LAN Console with vHMC light support in ACS

Is there anybody on this earth that does not absolutely hate LAN Console?

Every Power system ships with an HMC port and a service processor behind it. Please use that as the one and only console interface.


Use Case:

Package the following components from vHMC into ACS:
- 5250 console (WITH 132 COLUMN SUPPORT!)
- the ability to specify the D-IPL adapter
- the ability to remote power the system up or down
- all the other stuff LAN Console supports that are necessary


Idea priority High
  • Guest
    May 29, 2022

    Thought I would point out the D-IPL rules from IBM:

    https://www.ibm.com/support/pages/node/1108539

    to support my dissatisfaction with the cost of vHMC on tiny single-LPAR systems which can use only a small fraction of the function provided by the full blown vHMC product, simply for the privilege to do D-IPL from tape


    Alternate restart (D-IPL) device rules

    If all the following conditions are met, you can do an alternate IPL from a fibre or SAS attached tape drive:

    • The system is POWER6, POWER7, POWER8, POWER9, or POWER10 hardware.

    • The system is HMC-managed.

    • The system is running IBM i 6.1.0 or higher of the IBM i operating system.

    • The tape drive is attached to an IOP-less IOA

  • Guest
    Feb 22, 2022

    The CAAC has reviewed this requirement and recommends that IBM view this as a medium priority requirement that should be addressed. There would be some benefit to some virtual HMC sort of support in ACS for those who don't appreciate LAN console.

    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

    Nancy Uthke-Schmucki - CAAC Program Manager

  • Guest
    Dec 16, 2021

    The CEAC has reviewed this requirement and recommends that IBM view this as a MEDIUM priority requirement that should be addressed.

    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

  • Guest
    Dec 2, 2021

    IBM has received this request and will consider it for a future code update. No commitment is made or implied.

  • Guest
    Nov 20, 2021

    I forgot to clarify that the "vHMC light" console should connect via one of the HMC ports on the system unit instead of a port on the LAN adapter.