Firmware Description Files
Starting in August 2013, IBM will implement additional 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 checked through user-provided customer numbers. Additional information may be requested or required to confirm entitlement. To minimize any impact to the user experience, a special process will be implemented to notify users of failed entitlement checks and to resolve entitlement issues. These additional 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.