IBM® Features on Demand (FoD) is a new licensing procedure to enable features on System x®, BladeCenter®, and Flex System servers and components. The components activated by FoD are already integrated into the server or adapter or other option. These components remain locked until the upgrade is activated and applied to the server.
Features on Demand enables you to buy the features that you need now with the ability to enhance your system later without costly hardware upgrades. An example is the x3630 M4 and x3530 M4 servers that have two Intel Gigabit ports as standard but also include the hardware for two additional Gigabit ports should you later wish to activate them.
If you instead choose to purchase a server and the FoD upgrades at the same time, IBM manufacturing can install the activation key on the server so that the FoD function is ready for you to use when you receive the server.
This paper describes the processes involved with activating and installing the FoD upgrades. We also cover activation key backup and what to do when servicing a system that has FoD upgrades already installed. This paper is meant for IBM employees, Business Partners, and customers wishing to better understand the Features on Demand offerings and needing to purchase, install, or service a system with FoD upgrades.
May 2013: Added QLogic adapters to the table in Appendix A.
Table of contents
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Acquisition
Chapter 3. Installation
Chapter 4. Backing up activation keys
Chapter 5. Servicing
Appendix A. FoD Component Reference