Is there a way to remove the EKG key besides an IPL?

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Issue/Introduction

Question:

Is there a way to remove the EKG key besides an IPL? 

I am running CCS r14.1 on a z/OS 2.1 system. Up until recently February 4, 2016, I was provided an EKG key for one of our LPARs as there were licensing issues with one of the products. On Thursday February 4, 2016, I received a new LMP key for the product I had the licensing issue with and went ahead and applied it with all my keys without issues.

Because I had applied the EKG on January 29, 2016 it was due to expire on Feb 7. So since we have NOT IPL'ed our system since I applied the perm keys, we are now getting the following messages for components of products we don't use and are not specifically licensed for. 

 
*CAS9183A - Product (O3) usage allowed by EKG. Expiration begins in 1 day.
*CAS9183A - Product (O5) usage allowed by EKG. Expiration begins in 1 day.
*CAS9183A - Product (NZ) usage allowed by EKG. Expiration begins in 1 day.
*CAS9183A - Product (HW) usage allowed by EKG. Expiration begins in 1 day.
*CAS9183A - Product (HX) usage allowed by EKG. Expiration begins in 1 day.
*CAS9183A - Product (IF) usage allowed by EKG. Expiration begins in 1 day.
*CAS9183A - Product (HZ) usage allowed by EKG. Expiration begins in 1 day.
*CAS9183A - Product (H2) usage allowed by EKG. Expiration begins in 1 day.

 

I also believe that on Tuesday Feb 9, 2016 we will start getting the following message for the above product keys:

CAS9125E - INVALID DATA: EKG DEVICE HAS EXPIRED DATE ACTIVATED : JAN 29, 2016

So this is why I am thinking that the EKG needs to be removed.

 

Answer:

There is no way to remove an EKG code once it is activated, and in reality there is no functional reason to remove an EKG code. The EKG code is good for only ten days after the defined activation date.

When an EKG code is activated on a system, some CA Products that deliver multiple features will have all features activated and available. This is because an EKG code bypasses the specific 2-byte LMP product code check. So depending upon the CA Product, during product initialization all features may become active. This is evident in the above CAS9183A messages where all the features for CA-TPX and CA-DELIVER were allowed as a result of EKG.

So the CAS9183A warning messages can essentially be ignored since actual LMP keys have been loaded. When the EKG code expires in 1 day, the new license checks will be made against the valid LMP key(s) that has been loaded. Using any feature of the product for which you do not have an explicit LMP key for will result in a violation message. So a recycle of the product after the EKG code expires is recommended and will prevent all product features from being made available, and only licensed features will be presented to your end users.

As for the CAS9125E message. This particular message would only be generated if you tried to activate the EKG code after its valid time period. 

Environment

Release: CA90SV00200-14.1-Common Services-for z/OS
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