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A methodology to prevent Power enterprise pool total pool resource entitlement conflict

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000239768D
Publication Date: 2014-Dec-01
Document File: 3 page(s) / 58K

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Abstract

A method to prevent Power enterprise pool total pool resource entitlement conflict is disclosed.

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A methodology to prevent Power enterprise pool total pool resource entitlement conflict

Disclosed is a method to prevent Power enterprise pool total pool resource entitlement conflict.

A power enterprise pool is a group of servers that share resource licenses. The total pool resource entitlement is persisted in one of the servers in the pool. Since servers in a pool don't communicate directly to each other, if the user persists the pool resource entitlement in two different servers in the pool, conflict occurs. This article describes a method of preventing the attempt.

Power enterprise pool allows servers to be grouped into a pool so that processors and memory licenses can be shared among the servers. Each pool has a total entitlement of processors and/or memory. In Power enterprise pool environment, each type of total pool resource entitlement, i.e. total pool processors, total pool memory, is persisted in one of the servers in the pool through a CoD key activation. If a total pool resource activation key has been entered on server A, another total pool resource activation key of the same resource type can still be entered on server B, because server B doesn't know the key activation history of server A, So it could cause total pool resource entitlement conflict. A method is needed to prevent this situation. A sequence number for each type of total pool resource is defined. The sequence number is stored in the server that persists the total pool resource entitlement and is also stored in the Management Console. A two-step validation of the sequence number makes sure the Management Console always keeps the valid total pool resource information.

The disclosed method has the following characteristics and steps:
1) The sequence number is not visible/controllable by the end user.


2) When the Power enterprise pool representative generates a pool total resource activation key, the representative will enter a sequence number and a total pool resource value, and both information will be encrypted in the activation key.


3) The activation of the key requires two steps between the Manageme...