• Subject: Re: low end AS/400's...
  • From: "Stephen Hunt" <deptit@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 7 Jan 1998 15:59:04 -0000

> > I've been looking around at the deals on older AS/400 systems...
> >
> You will run into a slightly sticky problem of acquiring the OS.  Unless
of
> course the seller decides to lease/rent you the equipment for a one time
fee
> where they retain title to the box and OS.

Now don't laugh, but I was given a B10...

.... long pause (until all jokes finished) ....

It worked fine until one day it wouldn't automatically IPL (SRC referred to
a system password that was required).  I thought that was the end of it,
but tried calling our IBM account manager for help.

Well, after the sob story about being given the box, that it would end up
in a skip rather than paying for the OS, and that it was only a play thing,
he agreed to take all the details as see what he could do.

Over the next month I received at least a dozen calls from different people
at IBM.  The outcome being that they updated their records as to the
current owner (they put down the company I work for rather than me), they
waived the OS charge, and they supplied the necessary system password.

So, good on you IBM... and if you do come across a great AS400 bargain, try
talking nicely to your IBM account manager first.

Regards,

Stephen Hunt
Technical Systems Manager
Harvestime Ltd
EMAIL  deptit@harvestime.co.uk
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