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Status Future consideration
Workspace IBM i
Categories Core OS
Created by Guest
Created on Feb 11, 2023

Add System Name, Serial No & LPAR No to all DST/SST Screens

Please consider adding  System Name, Serial No & LPAR No to all DST/SST Screens, preferably in the same place and ideally in the top line of each screen.

We are seeing and increasing number of IBM i LPARs on a typical Power server, so by definition we need to work on DST/SST environments for multiple LPARs on the same system, or from the same HMC.

The current DST/SST screens by definition look very similar on all IBM i LPARs, in there current design there are limited places where you can get unique identification of which LPAR you ware working on ( in order to know this for sure you would need to see System Name, Serial No & LPAR No).  

This is becoming increasingly important for SysAdmins who concurrently manage many LPARs and especially valuable when running long running processes like Storage Management, which by there nature may run for many hours and and single SysAdmin maybe overseeing many of them on multiple LPARs at the same time. 

Adding this extra LPAR unique information to each screen in DST/SST would make it simple to identify which LPAR you are currently looking at, this would make life easier for a SysAdmin and reduce the chance of confusing LPARs

Idea priority Medium
  • Guest
    May 5, 2023

    For many, LPAR Name = System Name, even though that is not facutally accurate.

    In SST/DST it makes most sense to me to see something like this in the upper right corner where - in the OS - we see the system name as it is in DSPNETA

    SYSTEM NAME - as in DSPNETA (e.g. SuperCo)

    LPAR NAME(#) - as on HMC (e.g. PROD(5) )

    CEC MTM/SN - (e.g. 900922A-78xxyzz)

  • Guest
    May 3, 2023
    Thanks so much for your reply, Steve. If other voters would like to add their favorites, please add your suggestions to this Idea.

    We are also looking for any input/clarification on the definition of the term "system name." Would you prefer the "Partition name" on the displays, or did you really mean "System name?" Or do you need both?

    IBM Power Systems development
    1 reply
  • Guest
    May 1, 2023
    This is a good suggestion. However, there are thousands of DST/SST displays, and this would impact many SLIC components. Would it be possible to provide a list of what you consider the most important displays where this idea would be most useful?

    For example: Add unit to ASP, replace suspended unit, start mirror protection, display disk configuration, display NVMe namespaces, Work with Error Logs, Hardware Service Manager display configuration, etc.

    Thank you in advance for your input,
    IBM Power Systems development
    1 reply
  • Admin
    Sabine Jordan
    Mar 21, 2023

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

    The bigger systems get - more cloud-like etc. the more important it becomes to not take down the system by error....

    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

    Sabine Jordan + Sara Anrdres – CEAC Program Manager, IBM