IBM Storage announces the end of support for back versions of specified host software solutions, effective December 31, 2014.

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IBM Storage announces the end of support for back versions of specified host software solutions, effective December 31, 2014. Please review the list of host software solutions and recommended actions.

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IBM announces the end of support for back versions of following host software solutions, effective December 31, 2014.
Updated host software versions deliver new features, bug fixes, microcode revisions, and updated ISV software and platform support.

The following host software solutions with support for IBM XIV Storage Systems will reach end of support on December 31, 2014:

-IBM Storage Device Driver for VMware VAAI, versions 1.2.0 and 1.1.0.1
-IBM Storage Host Attachment Kit, versions 1.7.1, 1.7.0, and 1.6.0
-IBM Storage Management Console for VMware vCenter, versions 2.6.0, 2.5.1, 2.5.0, 2.0.0, 1.0.1, and 1.0.0
-IBM Storage Management Pack for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager version 1.1.1
-IBM Storage Provider for VMware VASA, version 1.1.0
-IBM XIV Adapter for VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager, versions 4.1.0 and 4.0.2
-IBM XIV Provider for Microsoft Windows VSS, versions 2.3.1, 2.3.0, 2.2.4, 2.2.3 and earlier

Recommended actions for each solution are listed below.
For upgrades, the latest version available at the time of deployment is highly recommended.

IBM Storage Device Driver for VMware VAAI, versions 1.2.0 and 1.1.0.1 
Customers with extended VMware support and VAAI versions 1.1.0.x and 1.2.0 should upgrade to version 1.3.0 (Jun 2013) or above and must request an IBM RPQ to receive support for this configuration. 

IBM Storage Host Attachment Kit, versions 1.7.1, 1.7.0, and 1.6.0
Customers of versions 1.6.0 and 1.7.x should upgrade to version 2.0.0 (March 2013) or above. To reduce server footprint, the portable HAK versions are recommended.
Notes:
1) Windows and Solaris might require host reboot due to 3rd party software installation.
2) Version 1.6.0 is the last version to support SLES 10, Solaris 9 and HP-UX 11.2. Customers using version 1.6.0 for these specific OSes should request an IBM RPQ to receive support for this configuration.

IBM Storage Management Console for VMware vCenter, versions 2.6.0, 2.5.1, 2.5.0, 2.0.0, 1.0.1, and 1.0.0
Customers of versions 1.x and 2.x should upgrade to either:
– version 3.2.0 (Dec 2012) (supports vSphere 4.x)
– IBM Storage Integration Server 1.1.0 (Sep 2013 release) or above, with VMware Next Generation Client support
Note that in-place upgrade is not supported: When you run the installation on a system with an existing installation of the IBM® Storage Management Console, the uninstallation wizard is automatically invoked and you must uninstall the existing version.

The installation wizard of the new version starts only after the previous version has been uninstalled. During the uninstallation, the existing database is not removed, but kept for use by the new software version. However, if you have been using your own private SSL key and a signed SSL certificate, you should replace these files again after the upgrade, as described in Release Notes.

Note: The upgrade of the IBM Storage Management Console for VMware vCenter takes effect only after you close and restart the VMware vSphere client software.

IBM Storage Management Pack for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager version 1.1.1
Customers of versions 1.1.1 should upgrade to the latest version, currently 2.1.0 (July 2013)
Note that after the upgrade, you need to delete and then re-import the management packs. For more information, see “Removing a specific management pack” and “Importing management packs to Microsoft SCOM” sections in the User Guide.
In order to restore the earlier configurations, run the upgrade_config.cmd CLI utility after version 2.1.0 is installed.

Note: No IBM Storage events and alerts are kept in the database after the upgrade.

IBM Storage Provider for VMware VASA, version 1.1.0
Customers of version 1.1.0 should upgrade to one of the following:
-version 1.1.5 (May 2013)
This is the last version of the provider for VMware VASA in this platform for deployment.
-IBM Storage Integration Server 1.1.0 (Sep 2013 release) – preferable, as this is a later version of the provider for VMware VASA, and the platform will host ISV plugins going forward
The following IBM storage solution components are included in the software package:
1) IBM Storage Provider for VMware VASA – Improves the ability to monitor and automate storage-related operations on VMware platforms and adds support for the SVC/Storwize family.
2) IBM Storage Enhancements for VMware vSphere Web Client – Integrate into the VMware vSphere Web Client platform and enable VMware administrators to
independently and centrally manage their storage resources on IBM storage systems.

Note that in-place upgrade is not supported: The old version must be un-installed before the new one is installed. No server reboot is required. 

IBM XIV Adapter for VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager, versions 4.1.0 and 4.0.2
Customers should upgrade to VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5.x and the latest IBM XIV Adapter for VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager, currently v2.1.1 (May 2012).
Both releases support VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager 4.1. The general end of support date for Site Recovery Manager 4.1 is October 2012. Extended support after this date will not be available. Should customers reach an agreement for extended support of VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager 4.1 they must deploy IBM XIV Adapter for VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager, 4.1.0, and request an IBM RPQ to receive support for this configuration.

IBM XIV Provider for Microsoft Windows VSS, versions 2.3.1, 2.3.0, 2.2.4, 2.2.3 and earlier
Customers using versions 2.2.x and 2.3.1 should upgrade to version 2.4.0 (Jun 2013) or above

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