First let's not forget that there have been many an LPP that was chargeable
in the past - yet there was no way to control access as there is today with
license keys -  so many folks installed but did not pay for the option.
They then complained when they were called on it at V4R4 and above.

As for MSE, it is a prerequisite for BRMS and has been listed on the Keyed
Stamped Media Distribution since V4R4. If you were to use an application
which hits any of the APIs that are a part of MSE, then yes you would need
to license that program.

MSE is not required for the "normal" OS/400 save commands, although having
it installed and expired can prevent them from functioning properly.

As for whether or not this should be a chargeable feature. . . . . . . that
is most likely up for some debate.

Kevin E. Mort
iSeries Technical Support
Support Net, Inc.
Ph: 888.480.TECH
Fx: 954.428.3991

IBM Certified Expert - e(logo)server iSeries 400 Technology
Lotus Certified Specialist

" i want everything to work. i choose iSeries. "

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Has anyone heard about this?  What do you think?

We want to let you know about a decision that IBM recently made. When you
upgrade to OS/400 V5R1, you will have to license the IBM Media and Storage
Extensions (MSE) feature to run any backup and recovery software program,
including Robot/SAVE. This is because IBM has now included a necessary
tapeexit API in MSE. This API was FREE for many years. Now, IBM wants you
pay for it. The license for this feature will cost you about $1,000 per
machine...... If
you would like to voice your concerns to IBM, write to Kimberly Stevenson,
Vice President, iSeries, Marketing, Server Group. Her e-mail address is She can reverse this decision, if she wants to.

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