Firmware Description Files
Starting in January 2014, IBM will implement entitlement validation on Fix Central for select software products and updates and for Machine Code (also known as firmware or microcode) updates for select machines. Entitlement for Machine Code updates will be checked through user provided serial numbers. Entitlement for software products will be validated through IBM ID association to relevant IBM customer numbers. Additional information may be requested or required to confirm entitlement. These entitlement validations are not being implemented in all countries at this time. IBM reserves the right to change, modify or withdraw its offerings, policies and practices at any time.