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I looked into it as well. There is a cost(nominal) and IBM assigns the VSN.
The VSN is assigned on the HMC so that makes me think that any retrieval method would bring back the VSN.
I wanted to test these theories but time is not my friend.

Bryan Dietz

On Mar 3, 2023, at 4:13 PM, James H. H. Lampert via MIDRANGE-L <midrange-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Ladies and Gentlemen:

The subject of virtual serial numbers came up on the List back in October. I really didn't fully understand the discussion (and looking at what I kept of it, I still don't fully understand it).

And now, we've received a customer question on the subject.

If a box has a virtual serial number, what serial number does QWCRSVAL return? And is there any effect on the model number returned?

And how does having a virtual serial number affect LPAR information returned by a MATMATR MI instruction?

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