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IBM CBB Providers for IBM x86 series Servers Support on ESXi 5.0 (2004168)

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This article describes the IBM CBB providers for IBM x86 series servers.  There are 3 providers:
  • smbios provider – retrieves SMBIOS raw data, IMM version, uEFI version, and pDSA version
  • pciinfo provider – retrieves PCI-related information
  • hwckvm provider – retrieves the ckvm firmware version and machine type

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


Supported hardware and/or software

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 included.
  • Download the separate CIM-provider bundle and then install the providers on vSphere 5.0 via the vSphere CLI.
With the IBM CIM providers, IBM ToolsCenter and IBM Systems Director can manage a system with ESXi 5.0. Details on IBM ToolsCenter and IBM Systems Director can be found at  Details on the VMware vSphere 5.0 with IBM Customization Image can be found on the IBM Web site at

IPMI Extensions


Implementation schema detail

The IBM CBB providers do not follow any DMTF and SMI-S specification. Instead, they follow a private OEM profile.

CIM client plug-in support


Support information

See Also

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