Friday, April 15, 2016
Enabling Call HomeCall Home is also referred to as ESA (electronic service agent) and this software is installed on the HMC (hardware management console) if you have one. Otherwise you need to install it on every server. Below are the instructions for configuring it on the HMC; on a server you would go to smitty and select electronic service agent. If that isn’t an option, then you may need to install it. The ESA home page has links with instructions on installation and configuration.
Configuring on the HMC
- On the HMC you configure ESA and then enable it for use
- The configuration will request your IBM customer number, contact information and details for sending notification emails
- You will need to allow communication to IBM servers through your firewall
- Verify connectivity between the HMC and IBM
So what is Call Home WebCall Home Web is a new feature that was added to Call Home. It provides a dashboard that gives a view into your most recent events along with a summary of the past seven days. The system summary can be exported for later use. Call Home Web supports most Power Systems, Power-based PureFlex Systems, and IBM Storage Systems that report Call Home information. In order to use Call Home Web, the system must either be under warranty or be included in a maintenance support contract. When the system is added to Call Home Web, an entitlement check occurs⎯if a warranty or support contract cannot be found then the system cannot be added. At that point, you can request manual entitlement assistance.
Features provided by Call Home Web include:
Where you view your most recent events and a summary of the past seven days
Manage my systems
Where you edit information about your systems and organize systems into groups
Which allows you to group systems into logical groups. You may want to group all the HR systems together or all the database ones or you may prefer other groupings
Keeps track of information on your warranty and support contract, including when it expires. It can be set up to notify you when your contract is close to expiring
Events by my inventory
Shows events for your system, on an individual or group basis if groups have been set up
How to and help information
Also called Call Home Assistance. Provides information on how to set up and enable Call Home and Call Home Web as well as on how to register systems and general usage. You can also get additional site assistance such as descriptions of what the various icons mean
Risk analysis indicators
From the dashboard you can go to the system summary section to get a breakdown of indicators of current risks to your systems, specifically backlevel software.
Recommended software level
Under system details there is a risk analysis section that provides details on whether your system is at the minimum recommended level. If it’s not at the minimum recommended level, then links are provided to download that level.
Notifications for back-level software
Under system details is an associated users section, where you can request notifications when Call Home determines that your software is backlevel
System summary by group
If you have setup groups, then on the dashboard under system summary you can choose to display by group, sort by group and filter by group. This lets you quickly drill down into groups of systems that maybe having issues.
Adding SystemsAnother feature added to Call Home Web is the ability to request a boarding spreadsheet. If you have a large number of systems to add then you can send an email to email@example.com and request a boarding spreadsheet. This comes with instructions and allows you to put all your systems in a spreadsheet that will then be uploaded by the Call Home helpdesk. Individual systems are added using the Managing My Systems tab. You start by clicking on the Register New Systems button and then follow the instructions. Using an S824 8246-42A serial 02-0012345 as an example, you will need to be able to provide the following information:
- 4 digit Machine type – i.e. 8246
- 3 digit Machine model – i.e. 42A
- 7 digit Machine serial – i.e. 0012345
- Call Home Web System name – whatever name you want Call Home Web to refer to this system by
- Country where the system gets its entitlement
- Your IBM customer number – 7 characters