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Status Not under consideration
Workspace PowerVM
Created by Guest
Created on Dec 27, 2017

UAK Longer validated period

We want to have UAK validated period extended to 1 year at least. Currently implemented period of 180 days is considered too short. When system attention lamp turns on at UAK expiration, customers are forced to take reactive actions to decide if any trouble exist or they can simply turn off the lamp. We as a business partner are involved each time, which is quite troublesome to both customers and us.

For your reference, similar requirement was raised and rejected as below.

http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/rfe/execute?use_case=viewRfe&CR_ID=108638

Idea priority Medium
  • Guest
    Feb 22, 2022
    The Power UAK ensures that machine code updates are enabled for IBM Power8/9 servers, covered by IBM warranty, an IBM Hardware Maintenance Service Agreement (HWMA), or Machine Code Special Bid, (some exceptions apply).  

    HWMA agreements are typically procured with a multi-year term, allowing equipment to be added or removed throughout the contract period, in accordance with the HWMA agreement. Because of this flexibility permitted under the HWMA, there is no firm association between the life-cycle/planned usage of a machine and the term for which support has been procured. Because of this factor, UAKs are renewed in 180 day increments and not aligned to the HWMA termination date.

    In regards to UAKs that are about to expire, system generated messages will provide the user appropriate warning. A system's HMC will generate warning messages at 30, 20, 10, 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1 day(s) before the UAK expires. The Message will read: "The Update Access Key for this server expires in{number} days. Please note that an expired UAK will not impact the performance of a server and many clients simply choose to update the UAK during a planned Machine Code maintenance window. Managing UAKs manually can be avoided if users enable Electronic Support tools, which work in conjunction with the Call-Home feature. In addition, users may choose to request and replace UAKs manually via the the following site:
    http://www.ibm.com/servers/eserver/ess.
  • Guest
    Mar 22, 2018

    The Power UAK ensures that machine code updates are enabled for IBM Power8/9 servers, covered by IBM warranty, an IBM Hardware Maintenance Service Agreement (HWMA), or Machine Code Special Bid, (some exceptions apply).

    HWMA agreements are typically procured with a multi-year term, allowing equipment to be added or removed throughout the contract period, in accordance with the HWMA agreement. Because of this flexibility permitted under the HWMA, there is no firm association between the life-cycle/planned usage of a machine and the term for which support has been procured. Because of this factor, UAKs are renewed in 180 day increments and not aligned to the HWMA termination date.

    In regards to UAKs that are about to expire, system generated messages will provide the user appropriate warning. A system's HMC will generate warning messages at 30, 20, 10, 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1 day(s) before the UAK expires. The Message will read: "The Update Access Key for this server expires in{number} days. Please note that an expired UAK will not impact the performance of a server and many clients simply choose to update the UAK during a planned Machine Code maintenance window. Managing UAKs manually can be avoided if users enable Electronic Support tools, which work in conjunction with the Call-Home feature. In addition, users may choose to request and replace UAKs manually via the the following site:
    http://www.ibm.com/servers/eserver/ess.??