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Brad,

Thanks for that item and for Jim weighing in with the HWMA vs Firmware note.  Don't get me wrong, I LOVE the developer discount program, it allows me to continue to economically develop open source solutions on the platform even though it isn't my primary platform anymore.  But the difficulty in maintaining the SWMA (I need to let IBM know that it's time to renew my SWMA....what?) and the lack of an easy UAK renewal so I can continue to apply firmware updates which allows me to apply software updates makes it a bit of a challenge to stay in the program.

I am with you Jim.  Making it easier for developers and customers to get access to the platform and maintain it would be a plus. IBM i is such a great platform...warts and all...

Pete Helgren
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On 3/31/2023 10:21 AM, Brad Stone wrote:
Yes, I am all up to date on HWMA. I actually just got my note that it's
due in a month or so because in the past I've had to track someone down to
pay it instead of waiting for them to contact me (which they normally
don't... love those late fees I guess!)

I did talk with IBM and they said you need to go into ESS first and renew
the key, Then use Go SERVICE option 20 and it should grab the new key.

I just did the ESS renewal and for some reason the expiration date is still
today.. I don't know if I have to wait until it expires to actually renew
it or now (ie, it expires today, so maybe wait until tomorrow to renew?)

Seems like a lot of pointless busy work. 😄

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