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==Essentials==
* [http://www.ibm.com/contact/employees/us/ IBM Employee Directory] – Look up the contact information about most IBM Employees.
* [http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/Redbooks.nsf/pages/xref?Open IBM BC & System x Reference (xRef)] – The xRef ocument provides detailed server technical information (aka Dodson Sheets).
* [http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/xbc/cog/ IBM Config Tools: COG] – HTML and PDF document that details server configuration. It contains config info about IBM® products and supported options.
* [https://www-01.ibm.com/products/hardware/configurator/americas/bhui/launchNI.wss IBM Hardware Configurator (Web)] – Configure multi-product systems with one racked server or one chassis (for purchase from IBM Direct)
* [http://www-947.ibm.com/support/entry/portal/docdisplay?brand=5000008&lndocid=MIGR-4NWS2T IBM Config, install, & planning support] – List of resources to aid in selecting, installing, and configuring IBM System x servers.
* [http://www.ibm.com/planetwide/index.html IBM Worldwide Support Directory] – IBM Directory of worldwide support contacts.
* [https://www-947.ibm.com/systems/support/myview/subscription/css.wss/folders?methodName=listMyFolders IBM Support Notifications] – Configure proactive notifications of updates to your IBM products.
* [http://www-128.ibm.com/developerworks/forums/dw_esforums.jsp IBM Systems Forums] – IBM forums created for use by customers, to assist other customers, and answer each others questions.
* [http://ibmdsseries.com/ IBM DS3000/5000 Series Portal] – DS3000/5000 DS series Portal.-}
* [http://www-03.ibm.com/support/techdocs/atsmastr.nsf/Web/CSPs IBM Customer Support Plan (CSP): Worldwide] – Document that details IBM support process. Do a search to see them all.
* [http://www-03.ibm.com/servers/eserver/serverproven/compat/us/index.html IBM ServerProven: Home page] – IBM ServerProven program to determined supported environments.
* [http://www-947.ibm.com/support/entry/portal/ IBM New Support Portal for System x & BladeCenter] – Starting point for most System x & BladeCenter downloads and support information.
* [http://www-933.ibm.com/support/fixcentral/ IBM Support for System x – Fix Central] – If skipping above `portal` to directly find and download fixes.


NOTE: You need an IBM ID for Fix Central, so don’t wait for an emergency, ensure you have an ID (try `support notifications` above)

* [http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/toolsctr/v1r0/index.jsp IBM System x Tools Center] – Resource for many System x technical information, tools, and instructions.
* [http://www-947.ibm.com/support/entry/portal/docdisplay?lndocid=SERV-XPRESS IBM UpdateXpress Matrix] – Tool to update drivers and firmware on System x servers.
* [http://www-1.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=psg1SERV-DSA IBM DSA download matrix] – A system information collection and analysis tool used to aid in the diagnosis of system problems.
* [http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/software/director/downloads/ IBM Director] – : downloads
* [http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/management/director/index.html IBM Director: Web Portal] – IBM Systems Director Web Portal homepage.
* [https://www-947.ibm.com/support/entry/myportal/wlup/ Single Warranty Lookup]
* [https://www-947.ibm.com/support/entry/myportal/%21ut/p/c4/04_SB8K8xLLM9MSSzPy8xBz9CP0os3gfAyMDd0d3A0sLC1cXA0_HwIBAA5NAA38_Q_2CbEdFAGGzjkg%21/?currentTask=overview Multiple Warranty Status Lookup] – Used to determine authorized service levels, warranty start, and expiration dates. Requires IBM ID
* [http://www-935.ibm.com/services/us/index.wss/so/its/a1000229 IBM ServicePac: Technical Support] – Provides unlimited eletronic and phone hardware and software support for your solution.
* [http://www-935.ibm.com/services/us/index.wss/offering/its/a1001480 IBM ServicePac: Warranty] – Provides upgraded in-warranty and post-warranty repair service upgrades.
* [http://publib-b.boulder.ibm.com/redbooks.nsf/portals/systemx IBM ITSO: Redbooks: System x] – Solution oriented technical documents.
* [http://www.xseries.org/ http://www.xseries.org] – Site with xSeries tips, documentation, and reference materials.
* [http://www.x4live.com/ http://www.x4live.com] – News, links and tutorials for IBM System x, IBM Director and Remote Deployment Manager.
* [http://www.visiocafe.com/ http://www.visiocafe.com] – Official Visio stencils for IBM System x, p5, i, and z, BladeCenter, and TotalStorage.

==Products==

===Products: General===
* [http://www.ibm.com/ibm/puresystems/us/en/ IBM PureSystems] – Expert Integrated Systems, (x86 and Power)
* [http://ibmremote.researchlabs.ibm.com/IBM_Mobile_Systems_Remote/Welcome.html IBM Product guide on iPhone]
* [http://wireless.ibm.com/ IBM Mobile web site] – Mobile web optimized version of the IBM web site
* [http://www.ibm.com/contact/employees/us/ IBM Employee Directory] – Lookup the contact information about (nearly) any IBM Employee.
* [http://www.ibm.com/account/us/en/ IBM My IBM Site] – Sign up for automatic customized notification of sales and marketing related information based on your profile.
* [http://www.logostore-globalid.com/ IBM Logo Merchandise Store] – Purchase IBM logo items like shirts, jackets, golf gear, and other items with an IBM logo on them.
* [http://www-01.ibm.com/common/ssi/index.wss?buttonpressed=NAV002PT090 IBM Offering Information] – Site that lists all IBM product offerings.
* [http://www-01.ibm.com/common/ssi/index.wss?buttonpressed=NAV002PT090 IBM Announcements: Search] – Site for all IBM announcement letters – Search.
* [http://www-01.ibm.com/common/ssi/index.wss IBM Announcements: Recent] – Site for all IBM announcement letters – Most recent.
* [http://www-304.ibm.com/jct03001c/software/tivoli/features/knowledge/isource.html IBM Tivoli iSource news and info] – IBM Tivoli iSource information source.
* [http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/express/systemsadvisor/index.html IBM Systems advisor tool] – The Systems advisor can identify the best products that can help meet your business needs.
* [http://www.partnerpages.info/ibm/ IBM Avocent KVM Solutions] – Information on the Avocent KVM solutions sold and supported by IBM.
* [http://www.demos.ibm.com/systems/ IBM Recorded Demonstation Portfolio] – The best way to understand IBM systems is to see them in action. Mostly demos of IBM Director Plugins.
* [http://www-200.ibm.com/partnerworld/pwhome.nsf/weblook/index_us.html IBM PartnerWorld] – A comprehensive marketing and enablement program providing many benefits for all IBM Business Partners. Need Auth

===Products: BC & System x tools===
* [http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/bladecenter/resources/powerconfig.html IBM System x Power Calculator] – Discover the energy savings a System x server and BladeCenter can bring to your business.
* [http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/Redbooks.nsf/pages/xref?Open IBM BC & System x Reference (xRef)] – The xRef ocument provides detailed server technical information (aka Dodson Sheets).
* [http://www.pc.ibm.com/us/eserver/xseries/library/configtools.html IBM Config Tools] – Provides links to configuration tools and guides.
* [http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/xbc/cog/ IBM Config Tools: COG] – HTML and PDF document that details server configuration. It contains config info about IBM® products and supported options.
* [http://www-03.ibm.com/servers/eserver/xseries/library/configtools.html IBM Config Tools: SSCT] – Build server and rack configurations. Supposed to replace SCA Spreadsheet Tool and Rack Configurator.
* [https://www-01.ibm.com/products/hardware/configurator/americas/bhui/launchNI.wss IBM Hardware Configurator (Web)] – Configure multi-product systems with one racked server or one chassis.
* [http://www-304.ibm.com/jct01005c/partnerworld/mem/pat/pat_sas_x_advtool.html Product Advisor Tool for System x] – Synchronized catalog app that provides up-to-date prices, tech specs and compatibility information online and offline.
* [http://www.youtube.com/IBMTom IBMTom’s Hardware video collection] – Some great overviews of IBM systems vs competition

===Products: BladeCenter===
* [http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/bladecenter/ IBM BladeCenter Global Homepage] – IBM BladeCenter Home Page.
* [http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/Redbooks.nsf/RedbookAbstracts/tips0843.html?Open#chassis 03/08/12 new HS23 includes chassis power cooling etc.]
* [http://www-01.ibm.com/common/ssi/apilite?infotype=PM%9d%9d1%9d%9dinfosubt=SP%9d%9d1%9d%9dlastdays=1825%9d%9d1%9d%9dhitlimit=200%9d%9d1%9d%9dctvwcode=US%9d%9d1%9d%9dpubno=BLD*USEN%9d%9d1%9d%9dappname=STG_BC_USEN_SP%9d%9d1%9d%9dadditional=summary%9d%9d1%9d%9dcontents=keeponlit IBM BladeCenter Literature] – IBM BladeCenter Literature.
* [http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/info/x86servers/blades/itvideos/index.html IBM BladeCenter Videos] – new 01/15/12
* [http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/data/flash/bladecenter/hardware/servers/tour/ IBM BladeCenter Virtual Tour] – IBM BladeCenter Virtual Tour – Flash based tour.
* [http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/migratetoibm/systems/bladecenter/compare.html IBM BladeCenter Advantages] – Learn how IBM’s BladeCenter solutions provide distinct advantages over Dell and HP’s blade systems.
* [http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/bladecenter/resources/benchmarks/news/intel/index.html IBM BladeCenter Benchmarks] – IBM BladeCenter performance and benchmarking site.
* [http://www.blade.org/ Blade.org community] – Developer community focused on accelerating the development and adoption of open blade server platforms.
* [http://www.backhomeproductions.net/ibm/ftp/ThermalTest_Revised.wmv IBM BladeCenter vs HP BS power] – Developer community focused on accelerating the development and adoption of open blade server platforms.

===Products: System x===
* [http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/x/ IBM System x Global Homepage] – IBM System x Global Home Page.
* [http://www-01.ibm.com/common/ssi/apilite?infotype=PM&infosubt=SP&doctype=XXS_%20and%20M0_DST&lastdays=1825&ctvwcode=US&appname=STGE_XS_XS_USEN_SP&additional=summary&contents=keeponlit IBM System x Literature] – IBM Systemx, xSeries, Intellistation, and BladeCenter Literature.
* [http://www-947.ibm.com/support/entry/portal/docdisplay?brand=5000008&lndocid=MIGR-61112 IBM XDA Competitive Videos] – IBM Videos that compare System x to the competition.
* [http://www-947.ibm.com/support/entry/portal/docdisplay?brand=5000008&lndocid=MIGR-4NWS2T IBM Config, install, & planning support] – List of resources to aid in selecting, installing, and configuring IBM System x servers.
* [http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/x/resources/benchmarks/intel/news/index.html IBM System x Benchmarks] – IBM System x performance and benchmarking site.

===Products: System p===
* [http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/p/ IBM System p Global Homepage] – IBM System p Global Home Page.

===Products: System i===
* [http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/i/ IBM System i Global Homepage] – IBM System i Global Home Page.
* [http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/i/advantages/integratedserver/index.html IBM System i with BC & System x] – System i® integration allows integration and management of Windows or Linux in i5/OS environment
* [http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/i/advantages/integratedserver/ixvideo/ IBM System i integration video] – Overview video that shows the features and benefits of integrating System i with BladeCenter and System x.
* [http://www-912.ibm.com/estimator/index.html IBM System i Workload Estimator (WLE)] – Web-based application used to estimate the workload a system is capable of servicing.
* [http://www-912.ibm.com/s_dir/slkbase.nsf/slkbase IBM System i Software KB] – System i® related software information including OS and application information.

===Products: System z===
* [http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/z/ IBM System z Global Homepage] – IBM System z Global Home Page.
* [http://www-919.ibm.com/servers/eserver/fact/welcome.htm IBM System z Find & Compare (FACT)] – Web tool for selecting System i and System z thatt compares them, estimates pricing, and shows upgrade paths.

===Products: Storage===
* [http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/storage/ IBM Storage Global Homepage] – IBM Storage Global Home Page.
* [http://www-01.ibm.com/common/ssi/apilite?infotype=PM&infosubt=SP&doctype=TSSANNAS&lastdays=1825&hitlimit=200&ctvwcode=GB&pubno=TSD*GBEN&appname=STG_TS_GBEN_SPSN&additional=summary&contents=keeponlit IBM System Storage Literature] – Literature is a quick way to remember the IBM Storage offerings.
* [http://www-306.ibm.com/common/ssi/apilite?infotype=PM%9d%9d1%9d%9dinfosubt=BR%9d%9d1%9d%9ddoctype=TSTOTSTR%9d%9d1%9d%9dlastdays=1825%9d%9d1%9d%9dhitlimit=200%9d%9d1%9d%9dctvwcode=US%9d%9d1%9d%9dappname=STG_TS_USEN_BRTS%9d%9d1%9d%9dadditional=summary%9d%9d1%9d%9dcontents=keeponlit IBM System Storage Home Page] – Home page for all IBM System Storage offerings

===Products: Racks & related===
* [http://www-947.ibm.com/support/entry/portal/docdisplay?lndocid=MIGR-52898 IBM Rack Planning Guide]

==Support==

===Support: General===
* [http://www.ibm.com/planetwide/us/ IBM US Support Directory] – Find local contact and support information for United States.
* [http://www.ibm.com/planetwide/index.html IBM Worldwide Support Directory] – IBM Directory of worldwide support contacts.
* [http://www.ibm.com/planetwide/us/ IBM Support (US: 800-IBM-SERV)] – IBM list of support phone numbers for various brands.
* [https://www-947.ibm.com/systems/support/myview/subscription/css.wss/folders?methodName=listMyFolders IBM Support Notifications] – Configure proactive notifications of updates to your IBM products.
* [https://www-304.ibm.com/systems/support/forums.html IBM Forums and communities] – IBM support listing of forums and communities for the various platforms.
* [http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/forums/dw_esforums.jspa IBM Forums] – IBM forums created for use by customers, to assist other customers, and answer each others questions.
* [http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/forums/forum.jspa?forumID=819 IBM Forums: IBM BladeCenter] – IBM forum dedicated to BladeCenter.
* [http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/forums/forum.jspa?forumID=759&start=0 IBM Forums: IBM Director] – IBM forum dedicated to IBM Director.
* [http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/forums/forum.jspa?forumID=740 IBM Forums: IBM System x] – IBM forum dedicated to System x servers.
* [http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/forums/forum.jspa?forumID=1852 IBM Forums: IBM Director SDK] – IBM forum dedicated to IBM Director’s SDK.
IBM services that allow IBM hardware platforms to automatically contact IBM service when a failure occurs.
This is now a function incorporated in Systems Director
* [https://www-930.ibm.com/support/esc/signin.jsp Open an Electronic Service Call] – ESC+ allows customers to enter, then track all their support cases worldwide in one tool free of charge.

===Support: BC & System x===
* [http://www-947.ibm.com/systems/support/supportsite.wss/search?brandind=5000008 IBM Support site: Search] – Allows you to search the entire System x and BladeCenter support site.
* [http://www-947.ibm.com/support/entry/portal/Overview IBM Support Portal] – Replaces all `fastpath` and such entries (Crossed off below)
* [http://www-03.ibm.com/support/techdocs/atsmastr.nsf/Web/CSPs IBM Customer Support Plan (CSP): Worldwide] – Document that details IBM support process. Do a search to see them all.
* [http://www-947.ibm.com/support/entry/portal/docdisplay?brand=5000008&lndocid=MIGR-50556 IBM BC & System x: Troubleshoot topic] – Additional method for troubleshooting issues – by Topic.
* [http://www-947.ibm.com/support/entry/portal/docdisplay?brand=5000020&lndocid=MIGR-40462 IBM Problem Determination and Service Guide Index] – Index of Hardware Manuals for the x-series servers.
* [http://www-947.ibm.com/systems/support/supportsite.wss/docdisplay?brandind=5000008%9d%9d1%9d%9dlndocid=SERV-MOVIES IBM CRU service parts movies] – View the parts installation and removal movies for customer replaceable parts

===Support: ServerProven===
* [http://www-03.ibm.com/servers/eserver/serverproven/compat/us/index.html IBM ServerProven: Home page] – IBM ServerProven program to determined supported environments.
* [http://www-03.ibm.com/servers/eserver/serverproven/compat/us/eserver.html IBM ServerProven: BladeCenter] – IBM ServerProven shows certified and supported hardware, OS, and Software Environments.
* [http://www-03.ibm.com/servers/eserver/serverproven/compat/us/iserver.html IBM ServerProven: Intellistation] – IBM ServerProven shows certified and supported hardware, OS, and Software Environments.
* [http://www-03.ibm.com/servers/eserver/serverproven/compat/us/openpower.html IBM ServerProven: OpenPower] – IBM ServerProven shows certified and supported hardware, OS, and Software Environments.
* [http://www-03.ibm.com/servers/eserver/serverproven/compat/us/indexsp.html IBM ServerProven: System x] – IBM ServerProven shows certified and supported hardware, ActivePCI, OS, and Software Environments.

===Support: BladeCenter===
* [http://www-947.ibm.com/systems/support/supportsite.wss/brandmain?brandind=5000020 IBM Support for BladeCenter] – Starting point for most platform downloads and support information.
* [http://www-947.ibm.com/support/entry/portal/docdisplay?brand=5000020&lndocid=MIGR-5073016 IBM BC Interoperability] – Quick reference tool that outlines interoperability of BladeCenter components
* [http://www.ibmquicklinks.com/downloads/docs/ibm_bladecenter_support_quick_guide_10012004.pdf IBM BC support quick guide] – Quick Guide to IBM BladeCenter Support (Hosted with permission from IBM).
* [http://www-1.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=tss1wp100564 IBM BC Deployment Guide] – Guide to the steps necessary to successfully deploy IBM blades in the IBM® eServer BladeCenter.
* [http://www-947.ibm.com/systems/support/supportsite.wss/docdisplay?lndocid=MIGR-5073016%9d%9d1%9d%9dbrandind=5000020 IBM BC Interoperability Guide] – Guide BladeCenter Interoperability information. It assembles data from other published IBM tools.
* [http://www-947.ibm.com/systems/support/supportsite.wss/docdisplay?brandind=5000008%9d%9d1%9d%9dlndocid=MIGR-57563 IBM BC SAN Boot: IBM] – Official documentation on booting IBM BladeCenter blades from a SAN.
* [http://www.emulex.com/artifacts/4f6391dc-32bd-43ae-bcf0-1f51cc863145/enabling_boot_ibm.pdf IBM BC SAN Boot: Emulex] – Emulex Whitepaper: Enabling Emulex Boot from SAN on IBM BladeCenter
* [http://www.netapp.com/us/library/technical-reports/tr-3547.html IBM BC SAN Boot: Netapp] – Netapp Whitepaper: Booting IBM BladeCenter from Network Appliance FCP SAN Attached Storage
* [http://www.ibm.com/support/techdocs/atsmastr.nsf/WebIndex/WP101063 IBM BC SAN Boot: IBM] – IBM Whitepaper: SAN Boot with IBM DS3400 and QLogic/Emulex Host Bus Adapters on IBM
* [http://www.ibm.com/support/techdocs/atsmastr.nsf/WebIndex/WP101063 IBM BC SAS Boot System] – IBM Whitepaper: SAN Boot with IBM DS3400 and QLogic/Emulex Host Bus Adapters on IBM
* [http://bladenetwork.net/IBM-BladeCenter-support.html IBM BC BNT switch Support] – BNT and Nortal switch for BladeCenter documentation
* [http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/abstracts/tips0756.html?Open BladeCenter Product Publications Quick Reference]

===Support: System x===
* [http://www-304.ibm.com/jct01004c/systems/support/supportsite.wss/brandmain?brandind=5000008 IBM Support for System x] – Starting point for most platform downloads and support information.
* [http://www-947.ibm.com/systems/support/supportsite.wss/resourceselect?brandind=5000008%9d%9d1%9d%9dtaskind=2%9d%9d1%9d%9dpubs=Y IBM Publications for System x] – Starting point for most System x publications information.
* [http://www-304.ibm.com/jct01004c/systems/support/supportsite.wss/brandmain?brandind=5000004 IBM Support for Intellistation] – Starting point for most Intellistation downloads and support information.

===Support: System p===
* [http://www-304.ibm.com/jct01004c/systems/support/supportsite.wss/brandmain?brandind=5000008 IBM Support for System p] – Starting point for most platform downloads and support information.

===Support: System i===
* [http://www-947.ibm.com/systems/support/supportsite.wss/brandmain?brandind=5000027 IBM Support for System i] – Starting point for most platform downloads and support information.

===Support: System z===
* [https://www-304.ibm.com/systems/support/supportsite.wss/brandmain?brandind=5000026 IBM Support for System z] – Starting point for most platform downloads and support information.

===Support: System Storage===
* [http://www-947.ibm.com/systems/support/supportsite.wss/brandmain?brandind=5345868 IBM Support for System Storage] – Starting point for most platform downloads and support information.

===Support: Management software===
* [http://www-947.ibm.com/systems/support/supportsite.wss/brandmain?brandind=5000016 IBM Support for Systems Management software] – Starting point for most platform downloads and support information.

===Software: BC & System x tools===
* [http://www-947.ibm.com/systems/support/supportsite.wss/docdisplay?lndocid=TOOL-CENTER&brandind=5000016 IBM ToolsCenter web portal] – Collection of server management tools to help manage your IBM System x and BladeServer environment
* [http://www-947.ibm.com/systems/support/supportsite.wss/docdisplay?lndocid=SERV-GUIDE%9d%9d1%9d%9dbrandind=5000008 IBM ServerGuide download] – IBM’s System x and BladeCenter OS installation tool.
* [http://www-947.ibm.com/support/entry/portal/docdisplay?brand=5000008&lndocid=MIGR-53564 IBM ServerGuide Scripting Toolkit] – Used for scripting configurations and installations.
* [http://www-947.ibm.com/support/entry/portal/docdisplay?lndocid=SERV-XPRESS IBM UpdateXpress Matrix] – Tool to update drivers and firmware on System x servers.
* [http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/management/xpress/uxsrv.html IBM UpdateXpress Server] – Tool to centralized drivers and firmware downloads.
* [http://www-947.ibm.com/systems/support/supportsite.wss/docdisplay?brandind=5000008%9d%9d1%9d%9dlndocid=MIGR-54033 IBM UpdateXpress Automation] – Automating System Firmware Updates with RemoteUX and UpdateXpress version 3.02A White Paper.
* [http://www-947.ibm.com/support/entry/portal/docdisplay?brand=5000008&lndocid=MIGR-54034 IBM UpdateXpress Update Drivers] – Upgrading UpdateXpress CD device drivers with UXLive Packages White Paper.
* [http://www-1.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=psg1SERV-DSA IBM DSA download matrix] – A system information collection and analysis tool used to aid in the diagnosis of system problems.
* [http://www-947.ibm.com/support/entry/portal/docdisplay?brand=5000008&lndocid=MIGR-39400 IBM Tools: IBM Tapetool] – Utilities, drivers, guides, manuals, and firmware for drives, libraries, and autoloaders.
* [http://www-947.ibm.com/support/entry/portal/docdisplay?brand=5000008&lndocid=MIGR-4GSU4F IBM Tools: Hard Drive Update] – Contains hard disk drive firmware updates for systems with specific SCSI hard disk drives.
* [http://www-947.ibm.com/systems/support/supportsite.wss/docdisplay?lndocid=TOOL-CENTER&brandind=5000016 IBM ToolsCenter: BC & System x] – Tools for configuration and deployment, health monitoring, manage updates, and remote troubleshooting.
* [http://www-947.ibm.com/support/entry/portal/docdisplay?brand=5000008&lndocid=MIGR-54216 IBM Mgmt Processor CLI (MPCLI)] – Command line tool for configuring the management processors.
* [http://www-947.ibm.com/support/entry/portal/docdisplay?brand=5000008&lndocid=MIGR-62389 IBM Systems Update for SMS] – Simplifies deployment of firmware, software, and drivers when using Microsoft SMS.
* [http://www-947.ibm.com/support/entry/portal/docdisplay?brand=5000008&lndocid=MIGR-63877 IBM Service Console Utility] – Provides a quick way to capture hardware diagnostic (BMC) logs stored in NVRAM of your server.
* [http://www-947.ibm.com/support/entry/portal/docdisplay?brand=5000008&lndocid=MIGR-55019 IBM Adv. Settings Utility (ASU)] – Allows setting of firmware settings while the OS is running.
* [http://www-947.ibm.com/systems/support/supportsite.wss/docdisplay?lndocid=MIGR-55021%9d%9d1%9d%9dbrandind=5000008 IBM Adv. Settings Utility (ASU) v3.x] – Allows setting of firmware settings while the OS is running.
* [http://www-947.ibm.com/systems/support/supportsite.wss/docdisplay?brandind=5000008%9d%9d1%9d%9dlndocid=MIGR-5069735 IBM Windows security for aMM] – Snap-in tool to configure roles on an Active Directory server and to associate users/groups and AMMs to those roles.

===Software: IBM Director===
* [http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/management/ IBM Systems Mgmt Homepage] – Homepage for all System x related information including Director and all related plug-in tools.
* [http://www-947.ibm.com/support/entry/portal/docdisplay?brand=5000008&lndocid=MIGR-4WEP53 IBM Systems Mgmt Troubleshooting] – Systems management troubleshooting guide.
* [https://www14.software.ibm.com/webapp/iwm/web/reg/pick.do?source=dmp%9d%9d1%9d%9dlang=en_US IBM Director: Download] – Lists all Director related downloads.
* [http://www-947.ibm.com/systems/support/supportsite.wss/docdisplay?brandind=5000008%9d%9d1%9d%9dlndocid=SERV-DIRECT IBM Director: Download matrix] – Lists all Director related downloads.
* [http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/management/director/resources/index.html IBM Director: Documentation] – An outstanding overview of the various tools and resources available for IBM Director.
* [http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/management/director/index.html IBM Director: Web Portal] – IBM Director 5.xx homepage.
* [http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/management/director/flash/demo/pop_up_demo_director.html IBM Director: Online Demo] – Flash Presentation of IBM Director 5.xx.
* [http://www.ibm.com/common/ssi/fcgi-bin/ssialias?infotype=SA%9d%9d1%9d%9dsubtype=WH%9d%9d1%9d%9dappname=STGE_XB_XB_USEN%9d%9d1%9d%9dhtmlfid=XBW03006USEN%9d%9d1%9d%9dattachment=XBW03006USEN.PDF IBM Director: Director 6.1 Technical Paper] – Downloadable product brief of IBM Systems Director 6.xx.
* [http://www-947.ibm.com/support/entry/portal/docdisplay?brand=5000008&lndocid=MIGR-61788 IBM Director: Publications] – Documentation and technical information for IBM Director.
* [http://www-947.ibm.com/support/entry/portal/docdisplay?brand=5000008&lndocid=MIGR-60842 IBM Director: Support Tools] – Provides several Director tools including popup configuration tool and Dirclean (see bottom of the page).
* [http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/management/director/about/director52/extensions/ IBM Director: Extension Compatibility] – Shows the compatibility of the various IBM Director extensions for each supported platform.
* [http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/management/director/about/director52/extensions/vm.html IBM Director: Virtualization Mgr] – Discover, visualize, and manage physical and virtual systems from VMware, Microsoft, and Xen.
* [http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/management/director/about/director52/extensions/powerexec.html IBM Director: Power Executive] – Power Executive Application Tool. Displays power-consumption info about BladeCenter chassis and modules.
* [http://www-01.ibm.com/support/esa/ IBM Director: ESA] – Electronic Service Agent (ESA) helps Director to automatically contact IBM support when a PFA or failure occurs. May also run stand-alone
* [http://www.apcc.com/tools/download/ IBM Director: PowerChute integration] – Integrates Director with APC (and IBM branded) UPS’s (‘Management Platform Integration’).
* [http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/management/director/about/director52/extensions/sdpe.html IBM Director: Software Dist Premium] – Allows distribution of almost any file package to nearly any file Director agent.
* [http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/management/director/about/director52/extensions/rdm.html IBM Director: Remote Deploymnt Mgr (RDM)] – Allows distribution and automated customization of server, desktop, and laptop OS’s
* [http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/management/director/flash/demo/pop_up_demo_director.html IBM Director: RDM Software Delivery] – IBM Remote Deployment Manager (RDM) Flash Tour.
* [http://www-304.ibm.com/jct09002c/gsdod/solutiondetails.do?solution=27685%9d%9d1%9d%9dexpand=true%9d%9d1%9d%9dlc=en IBM Director: LifeKeeper Suite] – Provides high availability systems management protection by proving IBM Director Server redundancy.

===Software: IBM Tivoli===
* [ftp://ftp.software.ibm.com/software/tivoli/features/Migrate_HP_OpenView.pdf Migrate HP OV NNM to Tivoli Netcool®] – Whitepaper on how to migrate from HP OpenView NNM to Tivoli Netcool®

==Services==
Parts, service, and services information

===Services: Parts===
* [http://www-947.ibm.com/systems/support/supportsite.wss/docdisplay?brandind=5000008%9d%9d1%9d%9dlndocid=SERV-MOVIES IBM service parts installation movies] – Select your system to view the parts installation and removal movies.
* [http://www-947.ibm.com/support/entry/portal/docdisplay?brand=5000008&lndocid=MIGR-48RPEJ IBM FRU information] – IBM Field Replacable Units (Fru) parts information.
* [http://www-947.ibm.com/support/entry/portal/docdisplay?brand=5000008&lndocid=MIGR-48RPEJ IBM Boulder parts: 1-800-388-7080] – Boulder parts center – Order IBM parts.
* [http://www-03.ibm.com/servers/eserver/xseries/options/continuation.html IBM Options Continuation Program] – Information on purchasing options no longer marketed by IBM.
* [http://www-947.ibm.com/support/entry/portal/docdisplay?brand=5000008&lndocid=MIGR-48RPEJ IBM Parts documents by family] – System x Option and FRU’s by server. Useful for finding parts by server rather than model.

===Services: Services===
* [http://www-304.ibm.com/jct01004c/systems/support/supportsite.wss/warrantyform?brandind=5000008 IBM Warranty Status Lookup] – Used to determine authorized service levels, warranty start, and expiration dates.
* [http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/services/labservices/ IBM Lab Services] – IBM xSeries Lab Serices Offerings. Implementation and training services.
* [http://www-935.ibm.com/services/us/index.wss IBM Global Services: IT Services] – A list of services, case studies, executive reports, news and more.
* [http://www-03.ibm.com/services/sl/products/ IBM Supportline: Annual Contract] – Supportline: Annual contract supported products list.
* [http://www-935.ibm.com/services/us/index.wss/so/its/a1000229 IBM ServicePac: Technical Support] – Provides unlimited eletronic and phone hardware and software support for your solution.
* [http://www-935.ibm.com/services/us/index.wss/offering/its/a1001480 IBM ServicePac: Warranty] – Provides upgraded in-warranty and post-warranty repair service upgrades.
* [http://www-935.ibm.com/services/us/index.wss/offering/mtss/a1031809 IBM ServicePac for Essential Support for System x and BladeCenter] a combined 3yr 24x7x4Hr Warr. Upgr. and base technical support at a reduced price
* [http://www-935.ibm.com/services/us/its/pdf/servicepacproductselector.xls IBM ServicePac: Worldwide Matrix XLS] – ServicePacs speardsheet (XLS) details offerings for most IBM hardware and software install and support offerings.

===Services: Classes & eLearning===
* [https://www-304.ibm.com/jct03004c/services/weblectures/dlv/Gate.wss?handler=Offering%9d%9d1%9d%9daction=index%9d%9d1%9d%9dcustomer=ibm%9d%9d1%9d%9doffering=xsem IBM System x Seminar] – Detailed Web-based technical training courses.
* [http://www-304.ibm.com/jct03001c/services/learning/ites.wss/us/en?pageType=courses_az%9d%9d1%9d%9dsubChapterInd=C%9d%9d1%9d%9dsortBy=6%9d%9d1%9d%9dsubChapter=5050%9d%9d1%9d%9dx=95%9d%9d1%9d%9dy=14 IBM System x Education Class List] – List of currently available System x courses.
* [http://www-03.ibm.com/support/techdocs/atsmastr.nsf/Web/Intro IBM Techdocs: Technical Library] – Provides access to the Technical Sales Support organization’s technical information databases.
* [http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/systems/index.jsp?topic=/com.ibm.bladecenter.8886.doc/dw1fs_t_learning_about.html IBM BC-S eLearning Modules] – Four eLearning Modules for BladeCenter S – Intro, Configuring, and Managing topics

===Services: ITSO Publications===
* [http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/ IBM ITSO: Redbooks] – Solution oriented technical documents.
* [http://publib-b.boulder.ibm.com/redbooks.nsf/portals/systemx IBM ITSO: Redbooks: System x] – Solution oriented technical documents.
* [http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/abstracts/sg246188.html?Open IBM ITSO: IBM Director 5.20 Redbook] – Implementing IBM Director 5.20 Redbook.
* [http://www-01.ibm.com/redbooks/community/dashboard.action IBM ITSO: IBM Director Redwiki] – Redwiki to provide detailed best practices, scenerios, and other information about using IBM Director.
* [http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/abstracts/tips0054.html IBM ITSO: ServeRAID reference] – ServeRAID Adapter Quick Reference Redpaper (Updated).

==Resources==
Non-IBM resources

===Resources: Non-commercial===
* [http://www.xseries.org/ xseries.org] – Site with xSeries tips, documentation, and reference materials.
* [http://www.xseries.org/submissions/Firmware_and_Drivers.html xseries.org: Firmware & drivers cheatsheet] – Cheatsheet with listings of current firmware and drivers for most systems
* [http://www.x4live.com/ http://www.x4live.com] – News, links and tutorials for IBM System x, IBM Director and Remote Deployment Manager.
* [http://www.bladeserverswitching.org/ bladeserver switching.org] – A site similar to this site dedicated to the Nortel switchs for the IBM BladeCenter.
* [http://www.nu2.nu/pebuilder/ Bart’s PEBuilder] – Outstanding tool for building bootable Windows XP CD’s.
* [http://users.pandora.be/worldstandards/electricity.htm Electricity around the world] – Tutorial and information about worldwide electrical standards.
* [http://timbarronibm.com/ timbarronibm.com] – An unofficial source for IBM System x and BladeCenter
* [http://xmodem.net/ibm/types.htm Ward’s Machine Type Portal] – An unofficial source quick access to IBM system support pages
* [http://rainsux.dyndns.org/ Doug Ranz’a System p portal] – Doug Ranz’s collection of AIX, pSeries, Sys p5, Miata & Aviation Stuff

===Resources: Commercial===
* [http://www.itxchange.com/itxchange/IBM.asp Itxchange.com] – Purchase info on options no longer marketed by IBM.
* [http://synergy.ships2day.com/default.aspx Synergy Associates] – Purchase info on options no longer marketed by IBM.
* [http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/default.aspx Windows Sysinternals] – Makers of some great tools including one of my favorites – Bginfo
* [http://www.connectivity.avocent.com/ Avocent Connectivity Solutions (equinox)] – Serial related products including cool network appliance devices.
* [http://www.buypowergear.com/ Buy Power Gear] – Power related products and info (connectors and special cables).
* [http://www.racksolutions.com/ibm/index.html Rack Solutions for IBM] – xSeries rack mount kits for non-standard and 2 post racks.
* [http://www.apcc.com/products/ APCC Products] – Power protection related products (many remarketed by IBM).
* [http://www.superspeed.com/servers/supercache.php SuperCache (Citrix on blade)] – SuperCache and SuperCache II use system memory to improve disk performance on cacheless systems.
* [http://www.recoveryforce.com/ Recovery Force] – Affordable data recovery services.
* [http://www.drivesaversdatarecovery.com/ Drive Savers Data Recovery] – Disk data recovery experts. They can work with ServeRAID arrays if needed (800-440-1904).
* [http://java.sun.com/products/archive/ Sun Java archive] – Download location for older versions of Sun’s java implementation
* [http://www.cbtplanet.com/aplus.htm CompTia A+ Training] – CBT Planet provides A+ cbt computer based training and certification study guide CDs at the lowest prices.
* [http://www.digi.com/products/usb/anywhereusb.jsp Anywhere USB] – USB Over IP® connects USB devices anywhere on a wired or wireless LAN. Great for blades and VM’s.
* [http://www.ucertify.com/ Ucertify] – Provider of exam software and study notes, articles, tips & tricks for IT certifications
* [http://www.sfbayarealowcostdatarecovery.com/ | Data Recovery] – SF Bay Area Low Cost Data Recovery added 01/18/10

===Resources: Visio===
* [http://www.visiocafe.com/ visiocafe.com] – Official Visio stencils for IBM System x, p5, i, and z, BladeCenter, and TotalStorage.
* [http://www.visiostencils.com/ NetZoom Visio Stencils] – NetZoom Network Diagramming Solutions and Visio Stencils.
* [http://www.jdtools.ca/visio.html JD Tools Visio] – JDTools Visio Files.

===Resources: VMware===
* [http://www.vmware.com/community/thread.jspa?threadID=81191 VMware link listing] – A very large list of VMware related links found on VMware’s forums. Lots of categories.
* [http://vmware-land.com/ VMware Land] – List of VMware related links
* [http://unnoc.org/ unnoc.org] – A NOC network monitoring application that integrates with SNMP for host checking, monitoring and graphing.

===Resources: XML files===
* [http://ibmquicklinks.com/downloads/xml/ibm_utl_dsa_202i_windows_noarch.xml ibm utl dsa 202i windows noarch.xml] – XML file for distrbuting DSA (unsupported)

===Resources: EAL files===
* [http://ibmquicklinks.com/downloads/eal/EAL_PING_520.zip EAL PING 520.zip] – IBM Director EAL task: Ping a device (unsupported)
* [http://ibmquicklinks.com/downloads/eal/EAL_RDP_520.zip EAL RDP 520.zip] – IBM Director EAL task: Launch RDP session (unsupported)
* [http://ibmquicklinks.com/downloads/eal/EAL_SSH_520.zip EAL SSH 520.zip] – IBM Director EAL task: Launch SSH session (unsupported)
* [http://ibmquicklinks.com/downloads/eal/EAL_TRACERT_520.zip EAL TRACERT 520.zip] – IBM Director EAL task: Tracert a device (unsupported)

===Resources: EAP files===
* [http://ibmquicklinks.com/downloads/eap/EAP_Topology.zip EAP Topology.zip] – EAP that will minimize false topology offline events (unsupported)

===Resources: Scripts===
* [http://ibmquicklinks.com/downloads/scripts/rsa_cfg.txt rsa cfg.txt] – Script for configuring the RSA inband via MPCLI (unsupported)
* [http://ibmquicklinks.com/downloads/scripts/dsa_schedule.txt dsa schedule.txt] – Script for configuring the RSA inband via MPCLI (unsupported)

===Resources: Documentation===
* [http://ibmquicklinks.com/downloads/docs/amm_telnet_commands.txt amm telnet commands.txt] – Script for configuring the RSA inband via MPCLI (unsupported)


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