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Most Frequently Requested Links
  IBM Support - Main page IBM Forums (System x group) IBM System x Literature Site  
  IBM System x Support Site System x Forum IBM BladeCenter literature site  
  BladeCenter Forum  
  IBM ToolsCenter Storage Forum Consolidated driver and firmware list  
    ServerGuide CDs Power Systems Forums  
  Current UpdateXpress CDs Systems Management Forum  
  Bootable Media Creator IBM xSeries Configuration Tools  
Planning tools
  IBM ServerProven (xSeries centric) IBM xSeries Configuration Tools xSeries install tips  
  IBM xSeries ServerProven NOS pages Config & Options Guide (CoG)  
  IBM BladeCenter ServerProven NOS pages IBM xRef sheets (chipset details) Performance comparison info  
  Standalone Solutions Config Tool (SSCT)  
  Solutions Assurance Review & associated goodness Power Configurator DS4000 interoperability matrix  
  Generic Customer Support Plan (CSP) BladeCenter Interop Guide  
  IBM SAR site DDR3 Memory Configurator IBM Director & management tools  
  Support Repository - tech sheets & sims IBM Redbooks IBM's Daylight Saving Time Page  
All things power (as in electricity)
  BladeCenter H power planning - pdf Pictures and names of commonly used Power connectors IBM PDU Handout - North America - pdf  
  BladeCenter (orig) power planning - pdf  
  BladeCenter 20amp power planning - pdf IBM PDU Details - ppt download dated
  BC-H UPS suggestions - pdf  
  Places to buy IEC 309 receptacles IBM PDU Decision Tree - NA  
  BC and System x Power Calculator IBM PDU Decision Tree - EMEA  
  Wiring for IBM/APC 10kva UPS - pdf  
  IBM's rack options site IBM PDU Power Planning Templates  
Install and support tools
  IBM Forums (System x group) IBM ToolsCenter Consolidated driver and firmware list  
  System x Forum   ServerGuide CDs  
  BladeCenter Forum Current UpdateXpress CDs  
  Storage Forum Bootable Media Creator  
  Power Systems Forums UpdateXpress upgrade whitepaper Management SW download site  
  Systems Management Forum UpdateXpress automation whitepaper  
  UpdateXpress server updating whitepaper ServeRaid 3.50C Diskettes  
  IBM Support - Main page  
  Hardware Maint Manuals WinImage - disk image extraction tool  
All things IBM BladeCenter
  see all thing power (above) BladeCenter InterOp Guide BladeCenter mgmt tool  
  IBM BladeCenter literature site Blade Exp Unit compability Matrix (pdf) Mounting a BC in the APC AR3100 Rack  
  IBM BladeCenter page Chassis & switch interop Matrix (pdf) HS21 firmware update process (pdf)  
  cute pictoral tour of the blade products Ports for Mgmt Module (and RSA) JS21 firmware update process (pdf)  
  HP vs IBM blade - RAM thermals BladeCenter Products & Tech Redpiece BladeCenter Cisco Switch guideline docs  
  gigE Switch (CIGESM) setup (pdf)  
  FC  SAN Switch licensing config (pdf)  
Sales related sites
  IBM System x Page IBM System x Literature Site Announcement letters and other goodies  
  IBM BladeCenter page IBM BladeCenter literature site  
  IBM ServicePack info & activation IBM ServicePack part numbers IBM out of production equipment purchase  
  includes warranty, post-warranty, RTS, and education ITXchange  
Other useful Sites
  IBM Linux Portal IBM Lab Services (billable people) IBM Storage Website  
Education and training
  IBM Online Systems Training IBM Online xSeries training - Technical  
Support & Maintenance (break/fix)
  IBM phone support Buy parts  
  800 IBM-SERV  
  Boulder parts center  
  IBM electronic repair ticket system IBM ServicePack info & activation 800-388-7080   
  Electronic Service Agent (eSA) IBM ServicePack part numbers ITXchange  
  includes warranty, post-warranty, RTS, and education IBM Options Continuation Program  
  IBM Warranty Status  
  IBM DSA Tool Check ITXchange before ordering from Boulder Parts. Items are often less expensive and in stock.  
  Lenovo Warranty Status problem determination tool  
IBM PartnerWorld Links
  IBM Partnerworld PartnerWorld Link Page There are simply too many specialized links, so they have been moved to their own page.  
Associated products sites
  vmWare Website Aurema Website RackSolution Website (3rd party rails)  
Other grassroots sites
            IBM Quicklinks  
  xSeries pSeries  
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