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IBM IMM Providers for IBM x86 series Servers support on ESXi 5.0 (2008776)

Purpose

This article describes the IBM IMM providers for IBM x86 series servers.  There are 4 providers
  • immpassthru
  • filetrans
  • fwupdate
  • concretejob

The immpassthru provider runs on ESXi and mirrors all the CIM functionality available in the IBM IMM. CIM requests to ESXi get the same response as requests directly to the IBM IMM.

The filetrans provider is used to transfer files to the ESXi host in preparation to fulfill a future requirement.

The fwupdate provider is used to update all IBM firmware supported by the IBM IMM. Currently, the IMM supports updating the IMM, pre-boot DSA, UEFI, and FPGA. 

The concretejob provider is an assistant provider. It is used by consumer providers (such as Filetrans, Fwupdate, or other providers) to support asynchronous operations. In addition, it provides a logging mechanism for all of the providers.

Disclaimer: The partner product referenced in this article is a software module that is developed and supported by a partner. Use of this product is also governed by the end user license agreement of the partner. You must obtain the application, support, and licensing for using this product from the partner. See http://www.ibm.com/.

Resolution

Supported hardware and/or software

All four providers must be installed together to work correctly.  Installation can be done in one of two ways:

  • Load the VMware vSphere 5.0 with IBM Customization Image via the ISO image or via the image available on a USB key, with the providers are included in the image.
  • Download the separate CIM-provider bundle and then install the providers on vSphere 5.0 via the vSphere command-line.

With the IBM providers, IBM ToolsCenter and IBM Systems Director can manage a system with ESXi 5.0.

Details for IBM ToolsCenter and IBM Systems Director can be found at http://www.ibm.com.

Details for the VMware vSphere 5.0 with IBM Customization Image can be found at http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/x/os/vmware/esxi/.

IPMI extensions

None.

Implementation schema details

immpassthru provider schema is mapped from IBM IMM and follows DMTF standard DSP1023.

Filetrans provider does not follow any DMTF or SMI-S specification. Instead, it follows a private OEM profile.

Fwupdate provider follows DMTF standard DSP1025.

Concretejob provider does not follow any DMTF or SMI-S specification. Instead, it follows a private OEM profile.

CIM client plug-in support

None.

Support information

Additional support information

As noted above, all four providers must be installed together to work correctly. Logging can be enabled to debug the providers with class IBM_RecordLog. The log is saved to the /tmp/IBMIMMLog.log file. 

 
To view the log:
  1. wbemcli cm -noverify 'https://username:password@192.168.0.1:5989/ibm/cimv2:IBM_RecordLog.InstanceID="IBM IMM Log"' 'SetLogStatus.Action=1'

    192.168.0.1:5989/ibm/cimv2:IBM_RecordLog.InstanceID="IBM IMM Log" SetLogStatus: 0
  2. wbemcli cm -noverify  'https://username:password@192.168.0.1:5989/ibm/cimv2:IBM_RecordLog.InstanceID="IBM IMM Log"' 'GetLogStatus'

    192.168.0.1:5989/ibm/cimv2:IBM_RecordLog.InstanceID="IBM IMM Log" GetLogStatus: 0 log_status:Open

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