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VIO server installation and NIM resources
« on: March 25, 2009, 02:18:42 PM »
Hi,
I am trying to install a VIO server, but the DvD drive on the maanged system appears to be faulty, so I tried to add the contents of the DvD (VIO server 1.5.2) to the NIM server as an LPPsource, so I can install the VIO server via NIM. This seems to be not so easy: because many "normal" filesets are missing from the VIO DvD, the LPPsource is incomplete and I cannot create a SPOT. Can you please help me and let me know how can I use our regular NIM server to install VIO servers?

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Re: VIO server installation and NIM resources
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2009, 06:51:49 AM »
On the DVD there is a file in /usr/sys/inst.images - the real big one.

1. Copy that to your nim server (I have a seperate directory for mysysb images, e.g. /export/mksysb)
2. nim -o define -t mksysb -a server=master -a location=/export/mksysb/VIOS.1.5.X.mksb mksb_vios_15X
# Note: this could also be VIOS.2.X.X if your nim server is at latest AIX 6.1 level
3. nim -o define -t spot -a server=master -a location=/export/spot -a source=mksb_vios_15X # the mksysb resource you just created !!
# Note: make sure that you have enough space in /export/spot for the spot creation to finish
4. Install vios partitions - use only the mksysb and spot resources you just created, no lpp_source is needed.

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Re: VIO server installation and NIM resources
« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2009, 07:11:18 AM »
Thanks Michael, I will try this and let you kow how it goes!

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Re: VIO server installation and NIM resources
« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2009, 09:08:59 AM »
Hi Michael,

I cannot create a SPOT from this mksysb:

=> $ sudo nim -o define -t spot -a server=master -a location=/export/nim/spot/ -a source=mksysb_vios_152 spot_vios_152

 Creating SPOT in "/export/nim/spot/" on machine "master" from "mksysb_vios_152" ...

 Restoring files from BOS image.  This may take several minutes ...

0042-001 nim: processing error encountered on "master":
   0042-103 m_mkspot: unable to restore from mksysb_vios_152

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The file I copied to the mksysb dir was:
/cdrom/usr/sys/inst.images/mksysb_image

(=> $ ls -lrt
total 4300900
-rw-r--r--    1 root     system   2146959360 Mar 31 2008  mksysb_image
-rw-r--r--    1 root     system     55101440 Mar 31 2008  mksysb_image2)

The NIM server is a p5-510 running level 5300-08-03-0831

Any ideas?

Thanks

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Re: VIO server installation and NIM resources
« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2009, 10:43:08 AM »
Hi,
I may have found the problem: the VIO mksysb fileset bos.rte is 5.3.8.0, but the fileset on the nim server is level 5.3.0.50. As we do not have a VIO server installed yet, I do not know how to determine the exact OS level of this mksysb. Does anyone know what the level is for Virtual I/O Server version 1.5.2 - CD 5765-G34 (4/2008)?

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Re: VIO server installation and NIM resources
« Reply #5 on: March 30, 2009, 11:15:06 AM »
Please ignore previous post: the fileset is on correct level:

=> $ lslpp -l bos.rte
  Fileset                      Level  State      Description
  ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Path: /usr/lib/objrepos
  bos.rte                    5.3.8.0  COMMITTED  Base Operating System Runtime

Path: /etc/objrepos
  bos.rte                   5.3.0.50  COMMITTED  Base Operating System Runtime

If anyone has an idea as to why the spot cannot be created, please come forward :-)

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Re: VIO server installation and NIM resources
« Reply #6 on: March 30, 2009, 12:08:54 PM »
run oslevel -s on your nim server. It might still something like AIX 5.3 TL05. When TL07 was introduced they started using the third digit to represent the TL level (so numbering went from 5.3.0.126 to 5.3.7.0 on some filesets.

I do not recall seeing both numbers, but generally, I use
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lslpp -L
to list software installed.

I'll check my nim server on AIX 5.3 for filesets

Edit: need to learn to read messages better. Verifying some numbers....
« Last Edit: March 30, 2009, 12:15:35 PM by Michael »

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Re: VIO server installation and NIM resources
« Reply #7 on: March 30, 2009, 12:18:08 PM »
Hi Michael.
NIM server is on level 8 allright, there must be another reason why it does not work. I do not think iot is the level really. I am sorry for the confusion caused. In the meantime I have managed to get the DVD drive working, so am installing VIOS from DVD now. I would like to be able to install using NIM as that is our way of installing, but it is less urgent now. Suggestions on how to install the NIM-VIOS issue are still very welcome!

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Re: VIO server installation and NIM resources
« Reply #8 on: March 31, 2009, 10:08:36 AM »
I guess a new nim server (only the master needs to be defined) and repeat the steps. I have been using this procedure for several years - it should work fine.