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Is it licensed to the serial number?
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Depends on what you mean by "it". Generally OS products are licensed to the serial number.
Now, if you have a mix of IBM i, vios, aix, linux, then there are considerations like you do not have to license IBMi for the total processors in the machine, just to those processors consumed by IBMi.

Not only is there IBM to consider but there are vendor packages.

Some are licensed to the lpar number also. See the "PARTITION ID" below.

Some, HelpSystems for example, seem to find every possible thing they can charge you for. Number of processors, number of processors licensed for IBMi, number of processors in the lpar's shared processor pool, ...
Have one of their products on one lpar but not on the other? Well you better make sure they are in different shared processor pools or you're paying for the processors consumed by both. I guess the argument is that the using lpar could borrow processors from the other one(s). I have one system carved up into multiple shared processor pools. One for the lpars replicated by H/A software (licensed by that), one shared processor pool for the lpar running GoAnywhere, one for other lpars using IBMi. Then there's the AIX and vios...

See also:
CALL QLZARCAPI
Message ID . . . . . . : CPF9897
Message . . . . : PARTITION INFO -> NETWORK NAME: GDIHQ . PARTITION NAME:
GDIHQ. PARTITION ID: 5. SHARING TYPE: SHARED. SHARING MODE: UNCAPPED. MIN
PROCESSING CAPACITY: 2.00. DESIRED PROCESSING UNITS: 4.00. MAX PROCESSING
CAPACITY: 6.00. ENTITLED PROCESSING CAPACITY: 4.00. MIN VIRTUAL PROCESSORS:
2. DESIRED VIRTUAL PROCESSORS: 10. MAX VIRTUAL PROCESSORS: 12. ONLINE
VIRTUAL PROCESSORS: 10


Rob Berendt

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